Sri Ramakrishna, the Face of Silence

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SkyLight Paths Publishing, 2005 - Biography & Autobiography - 329 pages

An inspiring in-depth look at the nineteenth-century
Godman of India and Prophet of Harmony.

Sri Ramakrishna, one of the greatest spiritual personalities of our time, is widely recognized as the Prophet of the Harmony of Religions. After perfecting the practice of several religions--including Christianity, Islam and various traditions of Hinduism--he declared, "As many faiths, so many paths."

For the first time, two classic biographies--Dhan Gopal Mukerji's The Face of Silence (1926) and Swami Nikhilananda's Sri Ramakrishna (1942)--are brought together to provide a fuller understanding of the life and spiritual significance of Sri Ramakrishna as well as the systems of Indian religious thought intimately connected with him. Pairing legend with fact, memory with history, this unique volume--including an Introduction to Sri Ramakrishna's God-consciousness by Swami Adiswarananda--succeeds in intimately examining the teachings of Sri Ramakrishna and conveying the true story of this great mystic, whose leaping flame of spiritual realization continues to influence the modern spiritual search.

 

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Contents

Sri Ramakrishna and His GodConsciousness by Swami Adiswarananda
1
The Face of Silence by Dhan Gopal Mukerji
15
Ramakrishna Monastery
17
The Ramakrishna Legend
21
Ramakrishnas Early Life
27
Holy Man
39
Ramakrishna and Other Religions
51
Orthodox Hindus and Ramakrishna
59
Turiyanandas Conclusion
151
Last Impression
161
Sri Ramakrishna by Swami Nikhilananda
171
The Early Years
173
Dakshineswar
183
Spiritual Longing and GodVision
189
Sadhanas or Spiritual Disciplines
205
Contemporaries
239

Ramakrishna and a Modern Social Reformer
67
Ramakrishna and His Disciples
79
Ramakrishna and His Disciples continued
97
Description of the Indescribable
105
A Recent Initiation
115
Holy Man or Incarnation of God
129
Ramakrishna and a Wayward Soul
139
Mahaprasthan or Last Journey
147
The Coming of the Disciples
249
The Final Years
281
Dhan Gopal Mukerji and His Intense Spiritual Longing
295
Notes
313
Glossary
317
Credits
325
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About the author (2005)

Swami Nikhilananda (1895-1973), a direct disciple of Holy Mother Sri Sarada Devi, was a distinguished monk of the Ramakrishna Order of India and a major figure in introducing the teachings of Yoga and Vedanta to America and the West.

Swami Adiswarananda (1925-2007), former senior monk of the Ramakrishna Order of India, was Minister and Spiritual Leader of the Ramakrishna-Vivekananda Center of New York.

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