This authoritative biography provides a fascinating picture of Sri Ramakrishna's most colorful and least orthodox devotee. Details of numerous encounters between master and disciple have been preserved. The author describes Girish Ghosh's contribution to the development of modern Bengali theatre and summarizes of some of his most influential plays revealing Ramakrishna's direct influence. The swami brings to life this charming and intriguing shadow figure for the non-Bengali- reading public.More info →
Biographies of the 16 monastic disciples of Sri Ramakrishna (1836-1886). Ramakrishna’s incredible aptitude for inner experience and his discovery of the mystic unity of religions are well known. Here are the stories of the finest flowers of his spiritual garden. Five of Ramakrishna’s monastic disciples lived and worked in the West for periods of up to twenty-five years. They built bridges between the ancient and modern worlds and laid the foundation of India’s largest philanthropic and monastic organization.
This is a sequel to They Lived with God by Swami Chetanananda, which preserves the life stories and testimonies of thirty-one of Ramakrishna's householder disciples.More info →
This is the story of the transformation of an unlettered orphan boy, Latu, disciple of Sri Ramakrishna, into a sage, whose profound wisdom inspired Easterners and Westerners alike.More info →
Ramakrishna (1836-1886) was one of the most influential spiritual masters of modern India. He entered the highest mystical states as easily as other men step through a door, and described his extraordinary experiences with an innocent eloquence that brought spiritually to life for millions around the globe. How to Live with God transports us into Ramakrishna’s world with lucidity and breathtaking detail. Sitting alongside his closest disciples, we witness the master’s spiritual ecstasy, his astonishing insights, his humor, and his practical advice for common people yearning to know God.
Swami Chetanananda peels away time and space to introduce us to this god-intoxicated mystic as a living presence. How to establish a relationship with God, how to love God, and how to live with God are the themes of this book. Much of the information is translated into English for the first time.More info →
While the Gospel of SriRamakrishna has become widely known and regarded, the man who actually wrote it has been, until now, virtually unknown. The author of this book, Swami Chetanananda, has explored every available historical source for information about this humble devotee-school master-recorder of the 'Gospel'. Also included are many invaluable reminiscences of persons, known and unknown, who saw and talked with 'M' during his long inspired and inspiring life.More info →
A collection of forty-five reminiscences by persons who knew Sri Ramakrishna (1836-1886), showing vividly how the holy man lived daily the spiritual message he taught, and how he excelled in opening a path for God into the human heart. This revised edition has new reminiscences by Swami Yogananda, Swami Subodhananda, Ramendra Sundar Bhattacharya, Narayan Chandra Ghosh, and Trailokya Nath Dev, as well as additional information in Ramlal Chattopadhyay’s chapter. These new, eyewitness accounts are not found in Sri Ramakrishna and His Divine Play or The Gospel of Sri Ramakrishna. Reminiscences are divided into three sections: (1) Relatives and monastic disciples, (2) Householder disciples and devotees, and (3) Brahmo devotees and admirers.
Edited and translated by Swami Chetanananda.More info →
In this book, Swami Chetanananda addresses the issue of meditation and the manner in which the practice of meditation may lead the seeker to actually “see” God. The various chapters focus on how Ramakrishna himself can become an object of meditation: his physical form, his mind, his divine qualities, and so forth. The book is also a rich source of anecdotes from the life of Ramakrishna.More info →
This pictorial biography traces the spiritual footsteps of Sri Ramakrishna through rural Bengal to British Calcutta and into the sacred precincts of the Dakshineswar temple garden. Using a wide variety of archival prints and photographs from the nineteenth century upto the present, combined with a rich narrative, the author follows Ramakrishna from his birth in 1836 to his passing away in 1886.More info →
A compelling, highly readable biography of Holy Mother, Sri Sarada Devi. The book encompasses as much as possible all the previous biographies, even as it incorporates many lesser-known sources, such as eyewitness accounts and reminiscences, often available only in Bengali language.More info →