Pairing legend with fact, memory with history, this volume examines the teachings of Sri Ramakrishna and conveys the true story of this great mystic, whose leaping flame of spiritual realization continues to influence the modern spiritual search.
Swami Nikhilananda and Dhan Gopal Mukerji
Edited and with an Introduction by Swami Adiswarananda
Foreword by Dhan Gopal Mukerji II
6 x 9, 352 pp | 978-1-59473-233-1
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.
“Words as fresh as morning, wisdom as true as light. Will find new generations of enthusiastic readers. The true ‘legend’ of Ramakrishna!”
—Gordon H. Chang, professor of history, Stanford University
“Elegant, uplifting prose and heartfelt storytelling make for delightful reading, drawing us closer to the beautiful divine presence that is Sri Ramakrishna. A wonderful entrée into the world of a pivotal spiritual personality of our time.”
—Kendra Crossen Burroughs, annotator of Selections from the Gospel of Sri Ramakrishna: Annotated and Explained
“Provide[s] a fuller understanding of the life and spiritual significance of Sri Ramakrishna ... [and] a splendid opportunity to deepen our spiritual quest for God-realisation.... Excellent.”
—Prabuddha Bharata (India)
“Splendid ... inspired and enlightening.”
—Spirituality & Health
“Superb.... An invaluable aid to students of enlightenment and comparative religion.”
—New Age Retailer
—Vedanta Kesari (India)
“Brings us vividly into the presence of one of the greatest mystics of all times. We sit once more at Sri Ramakrishna's feet and drink deeply of the nectar stream!”
—Richard Schiffman, author of Sri Ramakrishna: A Prophet for the New Age