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Swami Adbhutananda was the only unlettered monastic disciple of Sri Ramakrishna (1836-1886) this is the story of his transformation from the orphan boy Latu into a sage whose profound simplicity inspired easterners and westerns like.

Latu is Sri Ramakrishna greatest miracle. Having absolutely no education eh has attained the highest wisdom simply by virtue of the Master’s touch.

 

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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.

 

Preface

The natural inclination of most mystics is to remain unknown to the world in undisturbed communion with God. And yet, their lives can tell us more about God than can whole libraries on religion, philosophy, and theology. When they teach, it maybe through only a few words or even through silence, for they are not talkers of religion; yet a few words from a great soul have been known to change the course of a person’s life. Those who are really seeking God will be drawn to the mystics, whether they are well-known or hidden from most of mankind. People may not see the flowers which are in full bloom deep in the forest, but the bees searching for nectar will be attracted to them.

Swami Adbhutananda, familiarly and affectionately known as Latu Maharaj, was such a mystic. Through the divine influence of his teacher, Sri Ramakrishna, and under his careful training, this unsophisticated village boy became an illumined saint.

His brother disciple 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.”

Lath Maharaj’s lack of formal education made him unique among Sri Ramakrishna’s direct disciples. Sri Ramakrishna told him one day in an ecstatic mood, “One day the gems of the Vedas and Vedanta will pour forth from your mouth.” Thus was Latu Maharaj commissioned and blessed by his teacher. This prophecy later came to be fulfilled to the letter. It would seem as though Sri Ramakrishna intended to demonstrate to the modern world through Latu Maharaj that God can be realized without the study of books and scriptures; that spiritual wisdom comes not through intellectualism, but through inner realization.

As the flame of one lamp lights another, so one pure life inspires others. Those who associated with Lath Maharaj could not help but be inspired by him. He awakened the hearts of many people, teaching them how to love God and live in him. As Michelet wrote in The Bible of Humanity, “Man must rest, get his breath, refresh himself at the great living wells, which keep the freshness of the eternal.” Latu Maharaj was one such fountainhead of spirituality.

Although, as mentioned before, the natural tendency of the mystics is to remain hidden, unseen and unheard, the spiritual traditions of the world show us that God loves to play and manifest himself through these saints. Their life stories are also a great inspiration for humanity. Once Sharat Chandra Chakravarty, a learned disciple of Swami Vivekananda, expressed a desire to Latu Maharaj to write his biography. When Latu Maharaj heard this, he said, “Sir, please do not write anything about me. Jam an insignificant person. If you wish to write anything then write about Sri Ramakrishna and Swami Vivekananda. That will benefit humanity.”

Sharat Chandra Chakravarty could not carry out his desire, but later three important books on Latu Maharaj were written in Bengali: Sri Sri Latu Maharajer Smritikatha by Sri Chandrasekhar Chattopadhyaya, and Satkatha and Adbhutananda-Prasanga by Swami Siddhananda. The first of these was translated anonymously and appeared serially in English in the magazine Vedanta Kesari (Ramakrishna Math, Chennai) from September 1962 to January 1967. I am indebted to this translator for inspiring me to venture into this project. I selected and translated material for the major part of the life and teachings of Latu Maharaj primarily from the first and third books. With a view to maintaining the same style and spirit throughout, I also retranslated those sections from the first book which had already appeared in English as mentioned above. In addition, some reminiscences were taken from the Udbodhan, a Bengali magazine published by the Ramakrishna Order. I would like to thank the President of Advaita Ashrama, Mayavati, for permission to reprint Sister Devamata’s reminiscences of Latu Maharaj from the Prubuddha Bharata, and also the Ramakrishna-Vivekananda Center, New York, for permission to reprint excerpts from The Gospel of Sri Ramakrishna by “M.”, translated by Swami Nikhilananda. The book Apostles of Ramakrishna, edited by Swami Gambhirananda, was referred to from time to time for corroborating some of the incidents told in Latu Maharaj’s biography.

I am grateful to Brahmacharini Sumitra and Clive Johnson, who helped me in editing and preparing the manuscript for publication.

Latu Maharaj’s life and teachings have reminded me again and again of two thoughts. The first is from The Imitation of Christ, “Vanity of vanities, and all is vanity, except to love God and to serve him only.” The second is from a Sanskrit scripture, “A moment spent in the company of a holy man is like a ferryboat, helping one to cross the turbulent ocean of maya.”

 

Contents

 

  Preface 7
  Swami Abhutananda (Latu Maharaj)  
I Early years 11
II At the feet of Sri Ramakrishna 17
III Memories of Sri Ramakrishna as told by Latu Maharaj 37
IV The Passing away of the master as told by Latu Maharaj 65
V Pilgrimage to vrindaban 72
VI At Bharanagore Math 79
VII Days of Austerity 91
VIII With the Brother Monks 101
IX Later Years Kolkata and Varanasi 121
X His Passing Away 129
  Teachings of Swami Adbhutananda Reminiscences of Swami Adbhutananda 135
I Ramlala Chatterjee 195
II M 199
III Sister Devamata 206
IV Kumudbandhu Sen 2141
V Swami Siddhananda 219
VI Swami Basudevananda 227

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Swami Adbhutananda was the only unlettered monastic disciple of Sri Ramakrishna (1836-1886) this is the story of his transformation from the orphan boy Latu into a sage whose profound simplicity inspired easterners and westerns like.

Latu is Sri Ramakrishna greatest miracle. Having absolutely no education eh has attained the highest wisdom simply by virtue of the Master’s touch.

 

From the Jacket

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.

 

Preface

The natural inclination of most mystics is to remain unknown to the world in undisturbed communion with God. And yet, their lives can tell us more about God than can whole libraries on religion, philosophy, and theology. When they teach, it maybe through only a few words or even through silence, for they are not talkers of religion; yet a few words from a great soul have been known to change the course of a person’s life. Those who are really seeking God will be drawn to the mystics, whether they are well-known or hidden from most of mankind. People may not see the flowers which are in full bloom deep in the forest, but the bees searching for nectar will be attracted to them.

Swami Adbhutananda, familiarly and affectionately known as Latu Maharaj, was such a mystic. Through the divine influence of his teacher, Sri Ramakrishna, and under his careful training, this unsophisticated village boy became an illumined saint.

His brother disciple 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.”

Lath Maharaj’s lack of formal education made him unique among Sri Ramakrishna’s direct disciples. Sri Ramakrishna told him one day in an ecstatic mood, “One day the gems of the Vedas and Vedanta will pour forth from your mouth.” Thus was Latu Maharaj commissioned and blessed by his teacher. This prophecy later came to be fulfilled to the letter. It would seem as though Sri Ramakrishna intended to demonstrate to the modern world through Latu Maharaj that God can be realized without the study of books and scriptures; that spiritual wisdom comes not through intellectualism, but through inner realization.

As the flame of one lamp lights another, so one pure life inspires others. Those who associated with Lath Maharaj could not help but be inspired by him. He awakened the hearts of many people, teaching them how to love God and live in him. As Michelet wrote in The Bible of Humanity, “Man must rest, get his breath, refresh himself at the great living wells, which keep the freshness of the eternal.” Latu Maharaj was one such fountainhead of spirituality.

Although, as mentioned before, the natural tendency of the mystics is to remain hidden, unseen and unheard, the spiritual traditions of the world show us that God loves to play and manifest himself through these saints. Their life stories are also a great inspiration for humanity. Once Sharat Chandra Chakravarty, a learned disciple of Swami Vivekananda, expressed a desire to Latu Maharaj to write his biography. When Latu Maharaj heard this, he said, “Sir, please do not write anything about me. Jam an insignificant person. If you wish to write anything then write about Sri Ramakrishna and Swami Vivekananda. That will benefit humanity.”

Sharat Chandra Chakravarty could not carry out his desire, but later three important books on Latu Maharaj were written in Bengali: Sri Sri Latu Maharajer Smritikatha by Sri Chandrasekhar Chattopadhyaya, and Satkatha and Adbhutananda-Prasanga by Swami Siddhananda. The first of these was translated anonymously and appeared serially in English in the magazine Vedanta Kesari (Ramakrishna Math, Chennai) from September 1962 to January 1967. I am indebted to this translator for inspiring me to venture into this project. I selected and translated material for the major part of the life and teachings of Latu Maharaj primarily from the first and third books. With a view to maintaining the same style and spirit throughout, I also retranslated those sections from the first book which had already appeared in English as mentioned above. In addition, some reminiscences were taken from the Udbodhan, a Bengali magazine published by the Ramakrishna Order. I would like to thank the President of Advaita Ashrama, Mayavati, for permission to reprint Sister Devamata’s reminiscences of Latu Maharaj from the Prubuddha Bharata, and also the Ramakrishna-Vivekananda Center, New York, for permission to reprint excerpts from The Gospel of Sri Ramakrishna by “M.”, translated by Swami Nikhilananda. The book Apostles of Ramakrishna, edited by Swami Gambhirananda, was referred to from time to time for corroborating some of the incidents told in Latu Maharaj’s biography.

I am grateful to Brahmacharini Sumitra and Clive Johnson, who helped me in editing and preparing the manuscript for publication.

Latu Maharaj’s life and teachings have reminded me again and again of two thoughts. The first is from The Imitation of Christ, “Vanity of vanities, and all is vanity, except to love God and to serve him only.” The second is from a Sanskrit scripture, “A moment spent in the company of a holy man is like a ferryboat, helping one to cross the turbulent ocean of maya.”

 

Contents

 

  Preface 7
  Swami Abhutananda (Latu Maharaj)  
I Early years 11
II At the feet of Sri Ramakrishna 17
III Memories of Sri Ramakrishna as told by Latu Maharaj 37
IV The Passing away of the master as told by Latu Maharaj 65
V Pilgrimage to vrindaban 72
VI At Bharanagore Math 79
VII Days of Austerity 91
VIII With the Brother Monks 101
IX Later Years Kolkata and Varanasi 121
X His Passing Away 129
  Teachings of Swami Adbhutananda Reminiscences of Swami Adbhutananda 135
I Ramlala Chatterjee 195
II M 199
III Sister Devamata 206
IV Kumudbandhu Sen 2141
V Swami Siddhananda 219
VI Swami Basudevananda 227

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