- Hardcover: 1062 pages
- Publisher: Ramakrishna-Vivekananda Center; 7th ptg edition (1984)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0911206019
- ISBN-13: 978-0911206012
- Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 1.5 x 10 inches
- Shipping Weight: 3.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 76 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #138,643 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
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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.
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How was Ramakrishna able to do this? Here in this book, we find out. First, Ramakrisna gathered a small circle of disciples around him and they committed themselves to living a common, simple life-something along the lines of St. Benedict or St. Francis from the Christian tradition. Second, they were also a learning community and devoted themselves to reading the Hindu Scriptures and longs hours of meditation. Third-and here is an unusual feature-Ramakrishna would go for extended periods immersing himself in other religious traditions and claiming to have visions of other religious figures such as Jesus. By so doing, Ramakrishna's and his small band of followers learned to appreciate religious traditions outside of their own "faith". That's pretty amazing considering Ramakrishna received hardly any formal eduction.
And perhaps that is the good news of this book of over 1000 pages. Tolerance, respect, appreciation, and openness.
While the translation is many decades old, it still retains a certain unmistakable freshness.
What's more, the English is very lucid - almost too good to be true. Why? Because we would expect Swami Nikhilananda ji Mj to be austere and cold, perhaps even in writing, but wait! No. This book brings out the best of Thakur in every word, in every ounce.
Every drop is honey, every ounce is nectar.
May God Bless Us All. Hari Om Tat Sat.
Jai Thakur Jai Ma Jai Swamiji!
The complete works of Swami Vivekananda is another great read as Sri Ramakrishna choose him as his heir apparent to carry on his message to a wider audience suitable for all contexts.
Sri Ramakrishna was a simple and humble saint who spoke in a simple and straightforward manner about complex spiritual issues. The translator did a most excellent job in putting the teachings of Sri Ramakrishna in a very readable and easily understood manner that can melt your heart. Reading this book is like sipping soma nectar. A book worth reading slowly at a quiet time. If I could I would rate I this book a hundred stars.
His absolute simplicity, child-like nature, humility, care for others, exemplary life, discipline is so awe inspiring! He IS the Universal Teacher that knows the disposition of every person and the right approach for each one.
Together with the Autobiography of a Yogi, this is one of the best books I have ever read in my life. Do not hesitate to buy.