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How a Shepherd Boy Became a Saint - Life and Teachings of Swami Adbhutananda

by Swami Chetanananda

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Advaita Ashram


9788175052338 - Year: 2015 - Pages: 232



Swami Chetanananda

Author: Swami Chetanananda
Publisher: Advaita Ashram
Year: 2015
Language: English
Pages: 232
ISBN/UPC (if available): 9788175052338


Swami Adbhutananda, affectionately known as Latu Maharaj, was one of the sixteen monastic disciples of Sri Ramakrishna. Through the divine influence of his guru, this unsophisticated village boy became an illumined saint. Swami Vivekananda once said: ‘Latu is Sri Ramakrishna’s greatest miracle. Having absolutely no education, he has attained the highest wisdom simply by virtue of the Master’s touch.’ Swami Turiyananda also said of him: ‘Many of us had to go through the muddy waters of intellectual knowledge before we attained God, but Latu jumped over them like Hanuman. His life teaches us how to live in God without touching the dirt of the world.’

Latu Maharaj’s lack of formal education made him unique among Sri Ramakrishna’s direct disciples. Perhaps because his mind was uncluttered by intellectualism and not trained to doubt, he absorbed the instructions of his guru with unquestioning simplicity. Once the Master told him in an ecstatic mood, ‘One day the gems of the Vedas and Vedanta will pour forth from your lips.’ Thus Latu Maharaj was commissioned and blessed by his teacher. It would seem as though Sri Ramakrishna intended to demonstrate to the modern world through Latu Maharai that God can be realized without the study of books and scriptures that spiritual wisdom comes not through intellectualism but through inner realization.

Swami Adbhutananda was the only unlettered monastic disciple of Ramakrishna (1836-1886). This is the story of his transformation from the orphan boy Latu into a sage, whose profound simplicity inspired Easterners and Westerners alike.

“Latu is Ramakrishna’s greatest miracle. Having absolutely no education, he attained the highest wisdom simply by the grace of the Master’s touch.”
- Swami Vivekananda




1. Early Years
2. At the Feet of Sri Ramakrishna
3. Memories of Sri Ramakrishna as told by Latu Maharaj
4. The Passing Away of the Master as told by Latu Maharaj
5. Pilgrimage to Vrindaban
6. At Baranagore Math
7. Days of Austerity
8. With his Brother Monks
9. Later Years - Calcutta and Varanasi
10. His Passing Away


1. Ramlal Chatterjee
2. "M"
3. Sister Devamata
4. Kumudbandhu Sen
5. Swami Siddhananda
6. Swami Basudevananda

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