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The story of Ramakrishna Paramahansa’s life is a story of religion in practice. His life enables us to see God face to face. No one can read the story of his life without being convinced that God alone is real and that all else is an illusion. Ramakrishna was a living embodiment of godliness. His sayings are not those of a mere learned man but they are pages from the Book of Life. They are revelations of his own experiences. They, therefore leave on the reader an impression which he can not resist. In this age of scepticism Ramakrishna presents an example of a bright and living faith which gives solace to thousands of men and women who would otherwise have remained without spiritual light. Ramakrishna’s life was an object-lesson in ahimsa. His love knew no limits, geographical or otherwise. May his divine love be an inspiration to all.

 

Preface To The Revised Second Edition

The increasing popularity of the book, viz.• World Thinkers on Ramakrishna-Vivekananda, originally published in 1983, has naturally called for its revision, additions, and alterations through the passage of time.

In its revised edition the book in fitness of things bears a new title, viz. Great Thinkers on Ramakrishna- Vivekananda. In the words of Sri Aurobindo, ‘Of all these souls [avataras] Sri Ramakrishna was the last and greatest, for while others felt God in a single or limited aspect, he felt Him in His illimitable unity as the sum of an illimitable variety. In him the spiritual experiences of the millions of saints who had gone before were renewed and united. Sri Ramakrishna gave to India the final message of Hinduism to the World.’

The Ramakrishna-Vivekananda movement has been the most marvellous contribution of creative India to world civilization. If Sri Ramakrishna is regarded as the ‘prophet’ of the new movement, Swami Vivekananda is certainly its greatest ‘preacher’ of protagonist. India is born anew through the Ramakrishna-Vivekananda movement to work out the salvation not only of India but of the world at large.

The main inspiring force behind this revised edition is Swami Prabhananda, (now General Secretary of the Ramakrishna Math and Ramakrishna Mission) while acting as the Secretary of the Ramakrishna Mission Institute of Culture, entrusted Professor Haridas Mukherjee of the Indological Studies and Research wing to revise the whole book in the light of certain suggestions and the new materials presented by the former to the latter. We hope that the revised edition of the book will receive proper appreciation from the thinking minds all over the world.

Foreword To The First Edition

Ramakrishna and Vivekananda represent one single truth, one its spirit and other its form. What is the truth they represent ? That man can develop till he feels he is one with God. To develop to that point is, according to them, the goal of life. Every effort that man makes should b directed to that end.

Between themselves, they have done much to regenerate India. They are not just religious and social leaders, they have given back to India her lost identity by rousing her national pride. Indian Renaissance can truly be said to have begun with them.

Yet Ramakrishna and Vivekananda are above all barriers of race and creed. Their concern is for mankind as a whole, for to them it is one despite its many superficial divisions. If today their influence is spreading, it is because they address themselves to entire humanity. No wonder they enjoy universal love and respect, a fact to which the following pages bear ample testimony. This small book with tributes to Sri Ramakrishna and Swami Vivekananda from savants across the world, has proved immensely popular in that it has needed a second edition within a short while.

Contents

 

Tributes to Sri Ramakrishan By  
Aldous Huxley 3
Amaruy de Reincourt 4
Amiya Chakravarty 4
Arnold J. Toynbee 5
Ashapurna Devi 7
Sri Aurobindo 7
Benoy Kumar Sarkar 9
Brahmabandhab Upadhyaya 12
Brojendra Nath Seal 14
C. Rajagopalachari 15
Christopher Isherwood 15
Claude Alan Stark 16
D.S. Sarma 17
Dalai Lama 18
Ernest C. Brown 18
Priedrich Max Muller 18
Francis Younghusband 25
George C. Williams 26
Govind Ballabh Pant 26
Harlow Shapley 27
Henry R. Zimmer 27
Hiren Mukherjee 27
Humayun Kabir 28
Huston Smith 29
Jadinath Sarkar 31
Jawaharlal Nehru 32
Joseph Campbell 32
K.M. Munshi 33
Leo Tolstoy 33
Leroy S. Rouner 34
Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi 35
Mahendranath Sircar 35
Mohitlal Majumdar 36
Muhammad Daud Rahba 36
Muhammad Sahidullah 39
Nocholas K. Roerich 39
Paul Brunton 41
Philip Glass 41
Pitirim A. Sorokin 44
Pramathanath Tarkabhusan 44
Protap Chandra Mozoomdar 45
Rabindranath Tagore 48
Radhakamal Mukerjee 48
R.C. Majumdar 51
Richard Schiffman 52
Romain Rolland 53
Sarat Chandra Bose 54
Sarojini Naidu 55
Sarvepalli Radhakrishna 56
Satis Chandra Chattopadhyaya 56
Sayed Mujtaba Ali 57
Sivanath Sastri 58
Subhas Chandra Bose 60
Tarasankar Bandyopadhyaya 61
Thomas Merton 61
Will Durant 62
William Digby 62
References and Notes 62
Tributes to Swami Vivekananda By  
A.D. Pusalker 69
A.L. Basham 69
Annie Besant 70
A. Ramaswami Mudaliar 71
Bal Gangadhar Tilak 71
Benoy Kumar Sarkar 72
Bepin Chandra Pal 75
Brahmabandhab Upadhyaya 81
Brojendranath Seal 84
C.F. Andrews 85
C.p. Ramaswami Aiyar 85
C. Rajagopalachari 86
Christopher Isherwood 86
D.S. Sarma 91
E.P. Chelishev 91
Ella W. Wilcox 94
Federico Mayor 94
Felix Marti-Ibanez 96
Francis Younghusband 96
Gopal Halder 97
Henry Miller 97
Hiren Mukherjee 98
Huang Xin Chuan 99
Huston Smith 101
Indira Gandhi 103
J.C. Bose 103
Jadunath sarkar 104
Jawaharlal Nehru 104
Jay Prakash Narayan 106
Saheb Kalelkar 107
K.M. Munshi 108
K.M. Panikkar 109
Lal Bahadur Shastri 109
Leo Tolstoy 110
Emma Calve 112
M.K. Gandhi 113
Mahendranath Sircar 113
Manabendra Nath Roy 114
Michael Talbot 115
Munshi Premchand 116
Nagendranath Gupta 117
Prafulla Chandra Ray 118
R.C. Dutt 118
Radhakamal Mukerjee 119
Radhakumud Mukerjee 119
R.C. Majumdar 120
R.G. Pradhan 125
R. Rybakov 125
R. Sugathan 128
Rabindranath Tagore 129
Rajendra Prasad 133
Romain Rolland 134
Sarvepalli Radhakrishna 104
Satyaendra Nath Bose 141
Shyama Prasad Mookerjee 141
Sri Aurobindo 142
Subhas Chandra Bose 143
Subrahmanya Bharati 147
Suniti Kumar Chatterji 148
U Thant 152
Vincent Sheem 153
Vinoba Bhave 154
Will Durant 156
William Ernest Hocking 157
William James 159
References and Notes 161
Biographical sketch of the Great Thinkers 169

 

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The story of Ramakrishna Paramahansa’s life is a story of religion in practice. His life enables us to see God face to face. No one can read the story of his life without being convinced that God alone is real and that all else is an illusion. Ramakrishna was a living embodiment of godliness. His sayings are not those of a mere learned man but they are pages from the Book of Life. They are revelations of his own experiences. They, therefore leave on the reader an impression which he can not resist. In this age of scepticism Ramakrishna presents an example of a bright and living faith which gives solace to thousands of men and women who would otherwise have remained without spiritual light. Ramakrishna’s life was an object-lesson in ahimsa. His love knew no limits, geographical or otherwise. May his divine love be an inspiration to all.

 

Preface To The Revised Second Edition

The increasing popularity of the book, viz.• World Thinkers on Ramakrishna-Vivekananda, originally published in 1983, has naturally called for its revision, additions, and alterations through the passage of time.

In its revised edition the book in fitness of things bears a new title, viz. Great Thinkers on Ramakrishna- Vivekananda. In the words of Sri Aurobindo, ‘Of all these souls [avataras] Sri Ramakrishna was the last and greatest, for while others felt God in a single or limited aspect, he felt Him in His illimitable unity as the sum of an illimitable variety. In him the spiritual experiences of the millions of saints who had gone before were renewed and united. Sri Ramakrishna gave to India the final message of Hinduism to the World.’

The Ramakrishna-Vivekananda movement has been the most marvellous contribution of creative India to world civilization. If Sri Ramakrishna is regarded as the ‘prophet’ of the new movement, Swami Vivekananda is certainly its greatest ‘preacher’ of protagonist. India is born anew through the Ramakrishna-Vivekananda movement to work out the salvation not only of India but of the world at large.

The main inspiring force behind this revised edition is Swami Prabhananda, (now General Secretary of the Ramakrishna Math and Ramakrishna Mission) while acting as the Secretary of the Ramakrishna Mission Institute of Culture, entrusted Professor Haridas Mukherjee of the Indological Studies and Research wing to revise the whole book in the light of certain suggestions and the new materials presented by the former to the latter. We hope that the revised edition of the book will receive proper appreciation from the thinking minds all over the world.

Foreword To The First Edition

Ramakrishna and Vivekananda represent one single truth, one its spirit and other its form. What is the truth they represent ? That man can develop till he feels he is one with God. To develop to that point is, according to them, the goal of life. Every effort that man makes should b directed to that end.

Between themselves, they have done much to regenerate India. They are not just religious and social leaders, they have given back to India her lost identity by rousing her national pride. Indian Renaissance can truly be said to have begun with them.

Yet Ramakrishna and Vivekananda are above all barriers of race and creed. Their concern is for mankind as a whole, for to them it is one despite its many superficial divisions. If today their influence is spreading, it is because they address themselves to entire humanity. No wonder they enjoy universal love and respect, a fact to which the following pages bear ample testimony. This small book with tributes to Sri Ramakrishna and Swami Vivekananda from savants across the world, has proved immensely popular in that it has needed a second edition within a short while.

Contents

 

Tributes to Sri Ramakrishan By  
Aldous Huxley 3
Amaruy de Reincourt 4
Amiya Chakravarty 4
Arnold J. Toynbee 5
Ashapurna Devi 7
Sri Aurobindo 7
Benoy Kumar Sarkar 9
Brahmabandhab Upadhyaya 12
Brojendra Nath Seal 14
C. Rajagopalachari 15
Christopher Isherwood 15
Claude Alan Stark 16
D.S. Sarma 17
Dalai Lama 18
Ernest C. Brown 18
Priedrich Max Muller 18
Francis Younghusband 25
George C. Williams 26
Govind Ballabh Pant 26
Harlow Shapley 27
Henry R. Zimmer 27
Hiren Mukherjee 27
Humayun Kabir 28
Huston Smith 29
Jadinath Sarkar 31
Jawaharlal Nehru 32
Joseph Campbell 32
K.M. Munshi 33
Leo Tolstoy 33
Leroy S. Rouner 34
Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi 35
Mahendranath Sircar 35
Mohitlal Majumdar 36
Muhammad Daud Rahba 36
Muhammad Sahidullah 39
Nocholas K. Roerich 39
Paul Brunton 41
Philip Glass 41
Pitirim A. Sorokin 44
Pramathanath Tarkabhusan 44
Protap Chandra Mozoomdar 45
Rabindranath Tagore 48
Radhakamal Mukerjee 48
R.C. Majumdar 51
Richard Schiffman 52
Romain Rolland 53
Sarat Chandra Bose 54
Sarojini Naidu 55
Sarvepalli Radhakrishna 56
Satis Chandra Chattopadhyaya 56
Sayed Mujtaba Ali 57
Sivanath Sastri 58
Subhas Chandra Bose 60
Tarasankar Bandyopadhyaya 61
Thomas Merton 61
Will Durant 62
William Digby 62
References and Notes 62
Tributes to Swami Vivekananda By  
A.D. Pusalker 69
A.L. Basham 69
Annie Besant 70
A. Ramaswami Mudaliar 71
Bal Gangadhar Tilak 71
Benoy Kumar Sarkar 72
Bepin Chandra Pal 75
Brahmabandhab Upadhyaya 81
Brojendranath Seal 84
C.F. Andrews 85
C.p. Ramaswami Aiyar 85
C. Rajagopalachari 86
Christopher Isherwood 86
D.S. Sarma 91
E.P. Chelishev 91
Ella W. Wilcox 94
Federico Mayor 94
Felix Marti-Ibanez 96
Francis Younghusband 96
Gopal Halder 97
Henry Miller 97
Hiren Mukherjee 98
Huang Xin Chuan 99
Huston Smith 101
Indira Gandhi 103
J.C. Bose 103
Jadunath sarkar 104
Jawaharlal Nehru 104
Jay Prakash Narayan 106
Saheb Kalelkar 107
K.M. Munshi 108
K.M. Panikkar 109
Lal Bahadur Shastri 109
Leo Tolstoy 110
Emma Calve 112
M.K. Gandhi 113
Mahendranath Sircar 113
Manabendra Nath Roy 114
Michael Talbot 115
Munshi Premchand 116
Nagendranath Gupta 117
Prafulla Chandra Ray 118
R.C. Dutt 118
Radhakamal Mukerjee 119
Radhakumud Mukerjee 119
R.C. Majumdar 120
R.G. Pradhan 125
R. Rybakov 125
R. Sugathan 128
Rabindranath Tagore 129
Rajendra Prasad 133
Romain Rolland 134
Sarvepalli Radhakrishna 104
Satyaendra Nath Bose 141
Shyama Prasad Mookerjee 141
Sri Aurobindo 142
Subhas Chandra Bose 143
Subrahmanya Bharati 147
Suniti Kumar Chatterji 148
U Thant 152
Vincent Sheem 153
Vinoba Bhave 154
Will Durant 156
William Ernest Hocking 157
William James 159
References and Notes 161
Biographical sketch of the Great Thinkers 169

 

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