The spiritual career of the sixth president of the Ramakrishna Order a monk initiated by the Holy Mother and given the ochre robe by Swami Vivekananda throws a flood of light on the formative period of the Ramakrishna Movement.
Swami Ramakrishnananda or Shashi Maharaj was a direct disciple of Sri Ramakrishna. Having spent more than a decade in the Baranagore Math, the first monastery of Ramakrishna Order, Shashi Maharaj came to Madras in 1897 at the instance of Swami Vivekananda. Enduring many hardships and overcoming numerous obstacles, he founded the Ramakrishna Math at Mylapore in Madras. His unequalled devotion to Sri Ramakrishna, pure life, saintly personality, and love and concern for others left an indelible impression on all those who came in touch with him. This book contains the available reminiscences of the monks and devotees who came in touch with him. Besides reminiscences, the book has all the letters Swami Vivekananda wrote to Shashi Maharaj, as also several appendices. Enriched with numerous pictures of Shashi Maharaj and the places and people associated with him.
Invitation to Holy Company is the work of a life long Sannyasin, recording his intimate experiences with ten of the direct monastic disciples of Sri Ramakrishna, who may be designated as the Great Master’s Apostles. It is hoped that the study of these accounts will induce readers to learn more of these great direct disciples, about whom there is an abundance of good literature in English at present.
In the present age, Holy Mother Sri Sarada Devi, the divine consort of Sri Ramakrishna has become a symbol of moral and spiritual perfection for men and women, for the married and the unmarried, for the householders as well as monks and nuns all over the world. This book comprises of Sri Sarada Devi's life and teachings in a detailed manner.
Swami Brahmananda (1863 – 1922) was a direct disciple of Sri Ramakrishna who regarded him as his spiritual son. Also known as Raja Maharaj or simply ‘Maharaj’, Swami Brahmananda was the first president of the Ramakrishna Order. A man of deep meditative temperament and down-to-earth wisdom and humour, Maharaj quietly carried the mantle of guiding the fledging Ramakrishna Order in its first 21 years as also provided spiritual guidance to numerous spiritual aspirants, monastic and lay, who came in touch with him.
This biography of Swami Shivananda, a direct disciple of Sri Ramakrishna, is our honest attempt to portray the life and work of this “Great Soul”—our humble and worshipful tribute to his sacred memory. For a number of years we had the blessed privilege of enjoying the Swami’s holy association, even as we received his fostering love and care. Our sketch is therefore the combined fruit of personal impressions and patient study and research. While delineating the Swami’s life and personality, we have tried to capture him in his many spiritual moods, keeping in view the typical man of God that he always was.
For the first time since Swami Vivekananda's famous address to the World's Parliament of Religions in Chicago on 11 September 1893, this provocative study seeks to rescue the historical Vivekananda from the celebrated Swamiji of the legend and hagiography. Using a variety of primary and contemporary secondary sources, including eyewitness accounts in English as well as Bengali, Professor Narasingha P. Sil examines Vivekananda's early life and education, his meeting and relationship with his future mentor Sri Ramakrishna Paramahamsa, and the circumstances leading to his embracing monastic life. Analyzing Vivekananda's numerous sermons, speeches, conversations, and letters, Sil exposes the Swami's deliberate distortion of facts and purposive misinformation on, and misleading and tendentious interpretation of, aspects of Hindu society and culture. The book also takes a hard look at his universally acknowledged reputation as a hypercosmological renouncer who championed the causes of the poor and the downtrodden and thus exemplified the doctrines of socialism at their finest. Sil is the first scholar to critically examine Vivekananda's attitude toward women in general and to probe into his experience with Margaret Noble (Sister Nivedita) in particular, and he is the first author to provide a detailed analysis of Vivekananda's popularity as a preacher and lecturer.
Swami Ramakrishnananda popularly known as Shashi Maharaj as the torch-bearer of the message of Sri Ramakrishna worked tirelessly to spread the ideal of renunciation and service in different parts of South India. This book will help the reader to know about his life and how he was able to establish a firm base for Ramakrishna Math and Mission by preaching the message of Sri Ramakrishna in South India. The reader can also find the reminscences by various disciples and devotees of the Swami published as the second part of this book are both interesting and important in themselves.
Swami Turiyananda, with whose life and teachings the present book is concerned, was a direct sannyasin disciple of Sri Ramakrishna. The Swami was closely associated with the Great Master during the last six years of his life, and afterwards he became one of the members of the small group of monastics who organized themselves in the Master’s name under the leadership of Swami Vivekananda. Swami Turiyananda was a rare combination of extreme asceticism, sympathy, devotional fervour, Sanskrit scholarship and modern outlook. Meditation was a pastime for him, and physical hardships and ailments had hardly any depressing effect on his mind. His unfailing spirit of dependence on God enabled him to face the uncertainties of a wandering mendicant’s life even in failing health and distressing conditions. He was an example of one who possessed a body but was not possessed by it. Though a scholar, he lived without the vanity of scholarship and preferred to teach through example.
Sri Ramakrishna Paramahansa Deva represents the very core of the spiritual realizations of the seers and sages of India. He reached a depth of God consciousness that transcends all time and place and has a universal appeal. Seekers of God of all religions feel irresistibly drawn to his life and teachings.Religion is not just a matter for study,it is something that has to be experienced and to be lived,and this is the field in which Sri Ramakrishna manifested his uniqueness…Sri Ramakrishna faithfully practiced the spiritual disciplines of different religions and came to the realization that all of them lead to the same goal. In the present-day world,threatened by divisive strife and religious intolerance, Sri Ramakrishna’s message of harmony and his belief in serving Man in order to serve God gives us hope and shows the way. SRI RAMAKRISHNA FOR YOU is a concise but comprehensive and profusely illustrated compilation of his timeless sayings, teachings and conversations along with recollections of his contemporaries and disciples and tributes from his admirers all of whom have been phenomenal thought leaders from across the world.
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