The Gospel of Sri Ramakrishna as translated by Swami Nikhilananda offers the reader a penetrating view into the spiritual wisdom of India. On account of his deep mystical experiences and constant absorption in God, Sri Ramakrishna (1836 - 1886) is regarded as being of the stature of Krishna, Buddha, and Christ. The Gospel is the record of his conversations, which are unique in their breadth and depth. Profound spiritual truths are here described in simple words and vivid stories, revealing the divinity of man and the spiritual foundation of the universe.
This abridged edition of The Gospel of Sri Ramakrishna (ISBN 0-911206-01-9) will be found useful for daily devotional reading and especially convenient to carry. The original work has been reduced by the Swami Nikhilananda to less than one-third of the its size by eliminating repetitions and unfamiliar references. This has been done without affecting the continuity or the completeness of the teaching. This 640 page edition retains the biographical introduction from the unabridged edition, as well as, a glossary, and index.
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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.From the Inside Flap:
Sri Ramakrishna (A.D. 1836-1886) practised various religious austerities both within and outside Hinduism and experienced the fundamental truths which are the basis of all religions. Attracted by his irresistible power, men and women of all classes came to him - young and old, educated and illiterate, agnostic and orthodox; and they learned about many of the intimate truths of God revealed to this sensitive and disciplined mystic. His soul-stirring conversations, in simple words and vivid stories, were recorded with almost stenographic precision by one of his disciples and later published in an English translation. They bring a conviction of the divinity of man and the spiritual foundation of the universe, and an unusually deep and broad understanding of the essential harmony of religions. From the pages of this book Sri Ramakrishna emerges as a man of exceeding charm - winsome, loving, lovable, and completely God-intoxicated. Readers will feel that if God were to take human form and talk to us, this is what he would be like.
The present volume, a reprint of Ramakrishna: Prophet of New India, enlarged and thoroughly revised, is one third the length of the original work. It has lost none of the latter's simple beauty and structural unity. The book is especially designed for daily devotional study.
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