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Product Details

  • Paperback: 340 pages
  • Publisher: Vedanta Press & Bookshop (September 1, 1965)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 087481037X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0874810370
  • Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #290,480 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Isherwood unfolds a fantastic story with a calm finesse.... This is a fresh and important contribution to religious mysticism" --New York Times, 1965

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"This is the story of a phenomenon. I will begin by calling him simply that, rather than "holy man,""mystic,"or "saint"; all emotive words with mixed associations which may attract some readers, repel others.

"A phenomenon is always a fact, an object of experience. That is how I shall try to approach Ramakrishna . . . I only ask you to approach Ramakrishna with the same open-minded curiosity you might feel for any highly unusual human being."

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A very good biography of Ramakrishna.
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It's one of the best books I've read in my life.
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The original book is from Vedanta Press.
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29 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Jose Palacios on December 22, 1999
Format: Paperback
It is one of the best books I've seen about Ramakrisna. It covers his whole life. There are many histories about his childhood very interesting and beautiful. It Talks about the disciples, mainly about Vivekananda. It's one of the best books I've read in my life. Highly recommended.
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful By danyew on July 16, 2001
Format: Paperback
if you're looking for a book on ramakrishna that's an easy read , this is it . its a good introduction , and one that probably goes down well with a reader not too familiar with hindu thought and hagiography . its a well organised book , covering the life of sri sri ramakrishna in approximate chronological order . too little has been said of his disciples , especially one titled "ramakrishna and his disciples " . don't expect an in depth look at ramakrishna (nor his disciples ), there are other books which delve more deeply . isherwood takes time to explain certain hindu concepts which should prove useful for the neophyte .
anyone with prior knowledge of ramakrishna's life would find this book a decent re-hash of material found in other books ( most notably those by the vedanta press ) . all in all , worth the buy .
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Nigel J. Yorwerth on January 5, 2005
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This has to rate as one of my top 10 books ever read. It is a wonderfully moving and enjoyable recounting of the life of Sri Ramakrishna. Ramakrishna was a holy man in India in the late 1800's who had one foot in this world and one in the next. He would be discoursing with his followers or answering a devotee's question and suddenly he would be in samadhi. One really becomes enveloped in bliss while reading about this wonderful man who studied all of the world's spiritual traditions so he could appreciate their unity and was so profoundly practical and loving. It is a joy to read as it is written by an author at the top of his craft.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Muir, Alexander on March 24, 2013
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This is one of the best written spiritual biographies I have ever read. Isherwood's smooth, engaging telling of Ramakrishna's extraordinary life is superbly executed. Many biographies get lost in detail, or overdone devotion, or clumsy efforts at creating a sacred vibe.
By contrast, Isherwood keeps the narrative going, occasionally dipping into background information on Hinduism, in such a way that you feel close to the amazing Ramakrishna.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Guido Schiraldi on May 26, 2008
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Absolutely engrossing and inspiring,specially in these times where mankind
needs badly a more spiritual approach to everyday life.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Richard on December 21, 2013
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Truly great biography of an extraordinary soul. Isherwood writes with insight, objectivity and grace. Even for those of us who are not spiritually inclined, his biography of Ramakrishna is accessible and immensely enjoyable. You become drawn immediately into this unique story of a man who grows and evolves into what many consider a true saint or avatar. Highly recommended.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By The Bolder Adventurer on January 20, 2014
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Absolutely love this book. Ramakrishna was indeed the avatar of devotion. I really like Isherwood's writing style. Very Good book.
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A wonderful easy to read introduction/background to the chronicle of Sri Ramakrishna's life and the main players aka His direct disciples. A very good introductory book for those who are interested in knowing more about Swami Vivekananda and his making. Sri Ramakrishna was the spiritual master of Swami Vivekananda. Without Him and the brother disciples there would be no Swami Vivekananda today.
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Christopher Isherwood (1904-1986) was one of the most prominent writers of his generation. He is the author of many works of fiction, including All the Conspirators, The Memorial, Mr. Norris Changes Trains, and Goodbye to Berlin, on which the musical Cabaret was based, as well as works of nonfiction and biography.

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