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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 1062 pages
  • Publisher: Ramakrishna-Vivekananda Center (1984)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0911206019
  • ISBN-13: 978-0911206012
  • Product Dimensions: 1.5 x 6.8 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (54 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #76,989 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Certainly this is one of the notable books of our time, one of the marvelous books in all time. It is a book where gentle, deathless goodness softens whatever humiliation I might feel for any inadvertent glibness of comment; and where the piety - in the deepest Latin sense of the word - and the brilliant, easy scholarship of the translation are enough to knock us down. --Stark Young

East and West agree that he was the most radiant religious personality of the nineteenth century. The record of his life and teachings is a mine of inspiration, wisdom, theology, and metaphysics. It is also a tremendous adventure story, the odyssey of a man who set out on the mystical way and journeyed to its end. The English version is a triumph of creative translation. --Thomas Sugrue

I have examined the proofs of your new volume, The Gospel of Sri Ramakrishna, and send you herewith my praises for a work of noble scholarship and utter devotion. You have added to the scriptures of our English tongue a new Bible. When the volume appears, I shall add it proudly and reverently to my Bible of Humanity. I feel inexpressibly grateful to you for your labors thus crowned with this great achievement. --John Haynes Holmes, Minister of the Community Church, New York

From the Publisher

The Gospel of Sri Ramakrishna is published by The Ramakrishna-Vivekananda Center of New York which bases it teachings on the principles of Vedanta, or Hinduism. Hinduism teaches that every soul is potentially divine, and that its divinity may be manifested through worship, contemplation, unselfish work, and philosophical discrimination. According to Hinduism, Truth is universal and all humankind and all existence are one. It preaches the unity of the Godhead, or ultimate Reality, and accepts every faith as a valid means for its own followers to realize the Truth. For more information about the Ramakrishna-Vivekananda Center of New York, visit www.ramakrishna.org.

Customer Reviews

This is truly the best spiritual book I have ever read.
Christian Karl
It encourages the reader to be steadfast in his spiritual quest and gives the reader hope and guidance in the spiritual path.
Siva Balan
I will read this book for the rest of my life and always feel happier after reading in this book.
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62 of 63 people found the following review helpful By "alliatus" on January 12, 2003
Format: Hardcover
His beautiful and elegant parables read like Jesus's in the Biblical Gospels, like Jesus had yet to say but did not manage to say because His life was nailed short; another way to look at it is maybe the parables are inspired by the same source.
"The worldly-minded never come to their senses, even though they suffer and have terrible experiences. Camels are very fond of thorny shrub. The more they eat of them, the more do their mouths bleed, yet they do not refrain from making them their food."
"As persons living in a house infested with venomous snakes are always alert and cautious, so should men living in the world be always on their guard against the allurement of lust and greed."
"As the fly sits now on an offering dedicated to gods and again on a festering wound, so the mind of the worldly is at one time deeply engaged in religious topics and at the next moment lost in the enjoyment of lust and wealth."
Although the 3rd cited parable mentioned "gods", if you are monotheist, I think Sri Ramakrishna would ask you to feel fine to read as "God"; "the Heaven/Buddha" if you are Buddhist...Truth is the Truth.
Regardless of your background and path of practice, I would like to quote from Swami Nikhilananda: "...In these pages seekers of all religions would find courage and faith, hope and illumination."
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46 of 48 people found the following review helpful By Jose S. Morel Filho on March 18, 2000
Format: Hardcover
Simply the best book I have ever read. It's a very simple and profound book. It's lenghty size (more than 1000 pages) is like walking in a long white sand beach, you stroll the pages on and on, the stories seems to repeat itself like the scenery in a beach, but you never get tired, or bored, rather it always enlarge your view about very important spiritual matters. A book recommended for the ones questing for spiritual clarifications and guidance
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34 of 35 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 17, 1999
Format: Hardcover
The Gospel of Sri Ramakrishna is truly one of the spiritual treasures of the ages. It contains over 1,000 pages of dialogue capturing the words and essence of a man beloved not only in India but around the world as a pure expression of the divine. While the comparison may seen blasphemous to some, imagine the Gospels of Jesus recorded in faithful and impeccable detail with conversations enlarged upon ten times over, this will give the reader an idea of the content of this wonderful book. My own experience of reading this work is that it has immeasurably enriched my own spiritual quest. The mere act of reading the book has taken me many times to beautifully deep meditative states but each reader will have his own experience. I can only encourage the serious student to open her or his heart to its pages it could be the beginning of the most wonderful journey.
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 4, 2001
Format: Hardcover
If someone asks, if you can ever have only one book, I would choose this one. It is indeed a blessing to read this. Whoever reads this will have a paradigm shift in their spiritual life. As given in the reviews, it is "the consummation of two thousand years of the spiritual life of three hundred million"!
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful By AJ on October 27, 2005
Format: Hardcover
If you are a sincere spiritual seeker, you are not likely to find any book better than this one. The whole book is filled with actual recorded question-and-answer conversations between one of India's greatest saints and various people who came to him seeking spiritual insights. The conversations are recorded so vividly that you feel like you are actually there in the room with the people in the story, listening to the words of a great saint.
Sri Ramakrishna emphasized that the goal of life is to realize the truth, and that all religions can lead to the same God. He also explained that the only thing separating us from God, whom he defines as the very essence of knowledge, love, and selflessnes, is our own ignorance. Using beautiful stories and parables, he explains how to go beyond this ignorance to realize our true unity with God and with all living beings.
For non-Indians, such as myself, the extensive glossary in the back is very helpful in explaining the meanings of Hindu terminology. This book does nothing short of explaining how to realize the highest truth in the words of a man who did so himself.
This book is a life-changer.
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27 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Linda Johnsen on October 7, 2004
Format: Hardcover
What if one of Jesus' disciples had carefully written down every detail of his every encounter with Jesus, and every word he heard come out of his mouth? Unfortunately that didn't happen, but luckily in the 19th century a physics teacher named Mahendranath Gupta had the presence of mind to do exactly that for his own spiritual teacher, the Bengali mystic Ramakrishna Paramahansa. Ramakrishna was one of the greatest saints of his era. This record of his activities and conversations is worth its weight in gold. An all time spiritual classic!
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 13, 2000
Format: Hardcover
With Ramakrishna, the custom started, that disciples write down every word of a guru and publish it in a book. However troublesome that usually is, in the case of Ramakrishna it was a great blessing to mankind. Ramakrishna was a god-man with deepest spirtual insights, and an enormous richness of spritual diversity. At the same time, in this book, human ascpects are shown as well. The book does not pretend a perfect world or a perfect Ramakrishna. The time one invests into spiritual development is obvously lost from investing into other things, like presentig oneself in an optimized way. I'm sure, Ramakrishna wore no tie and would fail in a modern management school. This is no joke, because many people do not beleive certain enlightend people, because they behave not quite propperly according to social standards. A reader of this Gospel has to be prepared to be confronted with a strange, but extremely spritual, environment.
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