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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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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 (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #177,542 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Jose Palacios on December 22, 1999
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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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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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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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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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Christopher Isherwood though a Westerner did a thorough job of describing the life of Ramakrishna. Books about spiritual people do not have to be written by only those who believe in their Divinity. Great respect was evident and a broad background sweep that included his father's and mother's experience, his elder brother and how Ramakrishna (before he WAS Ramakrishna) went to the city to help his older brother. Often, details such as this are left out of a devotee's rendition and leaves the reader at a loss to understand evolved figures.
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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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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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Ramakrishna's disciples were great souls. But everyone has to go through ups and downs. The story of Swami Vivekananda, his closest disciple, is one example. He has to wander the streets penniless after his father died. There are many stories, well written by Isherwood, in this book, worth reading over and over again. These men were real spiritual giants who gave their lives to God.
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