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The Gospel of Sri Ramakrishna Hardcover – 1984
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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 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."
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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I love this Gospel by Sri Ramakrishna. These are the words spoken and recorded in a diary and then written -- as is --with the best translation in English . Read morePublished 7 months ago by VATSALA vIVEKANANTHAN
Must read for anyone interested in Sri Ramakrishna. This is primarily his advice in the context of householders as it is recorded by Mahendranath who was a school teacher/head... Read morePublished 8 months ago by V-rock
A scriptural classic that is an asset to our species. Few, perhaps none, have so effortlessly endeavored and accomplished the union of all apparent truths into one whole as Sri... Read morePublished 9 months ago by Reece Johnson
I first encountered Sri Ramakrishna in Bishop Stephen Neill's masterpiece "Christian Faith and other Faiths". Read morePublished 13 months ago by Andrew Dahlburg
Wonderful to see the life and teachings of Sri Ramakrishna as witnessed by M.Published 15 months ago by Trompo