Author: Richard SchiffmanPublisher: Ramakrishna MissionYear: 2003Language: EnglishPages: 245ISBN/UPC (if available): 8185843635
A compact, accessible biography, and the first treatment of Ramakrishna's life to emphasize the practical applications of his teachings.This compelling portrait chronicles Ramakrishna's short but transcendent life. From his early spiritual trials( the attempts to gain the mystical knowledge of Kali, the Holy Mother, that left Ramakrishna so frustrated he considered suicide), through his initiation into the divine secrets and apprenticeship under a Brahmani Nun, to his ashram in Dakshineswar, where he trained his disciples until his death, the devout intensity with which the prophet faced life illuminates every page. As the story unfolds, Ramakrishna's remarkable inner journey is recreated through anecdotes, eye-witness accounts, and excerpts from his own speeches. The author intersperses his narrative with detailed explanations of Ramakrishna's teachings, giving essential background information on Hindu spiritual practices and philosophy, and on the various forms of Yoga. His sympathetic style brings the reader close to the childlike personality and profound spirituality of this great teacher.