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Reminiscences of Swami Brahmananda The Mind Born Son of Sri Ramakrishna
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About the Book

Swami Vivekananda once referred to Swami Brahmananda as a spiritual dynamo. These reminiscences related by Brah- machari Akshayachaitanya and translated by Swami Bhas- karananda clearly reveal the innumerable ways in which he radiated that spiritual power. His calm majestic personality is sweet, soothing, inspiring and enlightening. Though often lost in profound mystical moods, this man of God could be down- to-earth as well, dealing with day-to-day details of many of the centers of the Ramakrishna Order, expressing his sympathetic concern for devotees and, most importantly, showering his di- vine love on all. His deep insights into life and human nature touched the hearts of those who were fortunate enough to come into contact with him. It is said God has the nature of a child. Childlike himself, Swami Brahmananda was witty with an irrepressible sense of humor who delighted in playing practi- cal jokes on many unsuspecting monks and devotees. These reminiscences are indeed a veritable spiritual feast for sincere seekers of God.

Swami Prabuddhananda, head of the Vedanta Society of Northern California and a senior monk of the Ramakrishna Order.

Preface

The year 1963 was a very important year for the Rama krishna Order. During that year the birth-centenaries of both Swami Vivekananda and Swami Brahmananda were celebrated in the branches of the Order, as well in as man)' other places all over the world. I was then a trainee (brahmachari) at the Probationers'Training Centre at the headquarters of the Ramakrishna Order in Belur Math. Many books and articles on the lives of these two great swamis were written and published that year. One of them was the book Brahmananda Leelakatha written in Bengali on the extraordinary, saintly life of Swami Brahmananda by Brahmachari Akshayachaitanya, a disciple of the Holy Mother Sri Sarada Devi. Every trainee at the Probationers'Training Centre was given a copy of that book by Swami Nirvanananda, who later became the Vice-President of the Order.

Thus I got a copy of the book and was charmed and inspired by reading it. Nearly twelve years later, in I 974, I was sent to the Vedanta Centre in Seattle, USA, as an assistant to Swami Vividishananda. When I came to Seattle I brought the book along with me. Whenever I read it, Ifelt that it would be wonderful if I could translate this inspiring book into English for the benefit of those who did not know Bengali. But I could not do it without written permission from its publisher. I mentioned this to Swami Swahananda, head of the Vedanta Society of Southern California in Hollywood. During a visit to India nearly a year ago, Swami Swahananda very kindly obtained that permission from the publisher.

At first I thought of publishing the book in the United States. Accordingly I used the language and spelling suitable for American readers. But Swami Chetanananda, head of the Vedanta Society of St. Louis, suggested that the book should be published in India, because there would be a much larger number of readers there. That's why I rewrote the book to suit the Indian readership. The rewritten version of the book follows the British way of spelling. At the same time, I provided copious explanatory notes and a glossary for easy understanding by both Indian and Western readers.

In the publication of this book the following persons have helped immensely and I acknowledge their loving assistance with deep gratitude.

• The Secretary, Sarada Mandir, Khardah, for permission to translate the book Brahmananda Leelakatha written in Bengali by the late Brahmachari Akshayachaitanya.
• Swami Gautamananda, President, Sri Ramakrishna Math, Mylapore, Chennai, India, for offering to publish the book through their publication department.
• Devra A. Freedman for her help in proofreading and editing.
• Mrs. Mira Guerquin for painting the beautiful illustration of Swami Brahmananda for the front cover.
• Charles Mathias for creating a line drawing of Swami Brahmananda.
• Charles S. Wirth and Allen R. Freedman for providing assistance with the typesetting and printing of the manuscript.
I shall consider my labour well rewarded if the book proves to be helpful to the readers

.

Contents

PrefaceIV
List of IllustrationVII
A short biography of Swami BrahmanandXI
Chapter I Swami Brahmananda His life spoke more eloquently than his words1
Chapter II Swami Brahmsnands's Role as sadguru21
Chapter III Swami Brahmananda Protector of those to whom he gave shelter37
Chapter IV Swami Brahmananda's concern for the devotes61
Chapter V Swami brahmananda A man of great sympathy69
Chapter VI Swami Brahmananda's Compassion77
Chapter VII Swami Brahmananda An Admirer87
Chapter VIII Swami brahmananda and women91
Chapter IX Swami Brahmananda's Ability to Understand people97
Chapter XSwami Brahmananda's way of Displining and Transforming monks107
Chapter XI Teaching and Transforming Disciples117
Chapter XII The various teaching of swami Brahmananda119
Chapter XIII Swami Brahmananda's Versatile wisdom133
Chapter XIV What Swami Brahmananda said About the Greatness and glory of some141
Chapter XV Swami Brahmananda's Pwer to Sence the supernatural147
ChapterXVI Swami Brahmanada's Love of Trees and plants153
Chapter XVII Swami Brahmananda A lover of fun and frolic161
Chapter XVIII Swami Brahmananda A lover of fun and frolic with children179
Chapter XIX Swami Brahamananda's A lover of playful Disguises183
Chapter XX Swami Brahmnananda's playing of cards nad going fishing189
Chapter XXI The Large Heartedness and Ingenuity201
Chapter XXIIThe holy mother Sri Sarada Devi and Swami Brahmananda209
Chapter XXIII Swami Brahmanada and his brother disciples213
Chapter XXIV Incidents Revealing Swami Brahmananda's Divine Nature227
Chapter XXV Swami Brahmananda's Power of Attraction231
Chapter XXVI Events on the Eve of Swami Brahmananda's Passing Away237
Chapter XXVII Swami Brahmananada's Final Deprature from This World245
Appendix Sri Pareshnath Gupta's Reminisciences Revealing Swami Brahmananda's Love and Affection for His Disciples253
Glossary258

Reminiscences of Swami Brahmananda The Mind Born Son of Sri Ramakrishna

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About the Book

Swami Vivekananda once referred to Swami Brahmananda as a spiritual dynamo. These reminiscences related by Brah- machari Akshayachaitanya and translated by Swami Bhas- karananda clearly reveal the innumerable ways in which he radiated that spiritual power. His calm majestic personality is sweet, soothing, inspiring and enlightening. Though often lost in profound mystical moods, this man of God could be down- to-earth as well, dealing with day-to-day details of many of the centers of the Ramakrishna Order, expressing his sympathetic concern for devotees and, most importantly, showering his di- vine love on all. His deep insights into life and human nature touched the hearts of those who were fortunate enough to come into contact with him. It is said God has the nature of a child. Childlike himself, Swami Brahmananda was witty with an irrepressible sense of humor who delighted in playing practi- cal jokes on many unsuspecting monks and devotees. These reminiscences are indeed a veritable spiritual feast for sincere seekers of God.

Swami Prabuddhananda, head of the Vedanta Society of Northern California and a senior monk of the Ramakrishna Order.

Preface

The year 1963 was a very important year for the Rama krishna Order. During that year the birth-centenaries of both Swami Vivekananda and Swami Brahmananda were celebrated in the branches of the Order, as well in as man)' other places all over the world. I was then a trainee (brahmachari) at the Probationers'Training Centre at the headquarters of the Ramakrishna Order in Belur Math. Many books and articles on the lives of these two great swamis were written and published that year. One of them was the book Brahmananda Leelakatha written in Bengali on the extraordinary, saintly life of Swami Brahmananda by Brahmachari Akshayachaitanya, a disciple of the Holy Mother Sri Sarada Devi. Every trainee at the Probationers'Training Centre was given a copy of that book by Swami Nirvanananda, who later became the Vice-President of the Order.

Thus I got a copy of the book and was charmed and inspired by reading it. Nearly twelve years later, in I 974, I was sent to the Vedanta Centre in Seattle, USA, as an assistant to Swami Vividishananda. When I came to Seattle I brought the book along with me. Whenever I read it, Ifelt that it would be wonderful if I could translate this inspiring book into English for the benefit of those who did not know Bengali. But I could not do it without written permission from its publisher. I mentioned this to Swami Swahananda, head of the Vedanta Society of Southern California in Hollywood. During a visit to India nearly a year ago, Swami Swahananda very kindly obtained that permission from the publisher.

At first I thought of publishing the book in the United States. Accordingly I used the language and spelling suitable for American readers. But Swami Chetanananda, head of the Vedanta Society of St. Louis, suggested that the book should be published in India, because there would be a much larger number of readers there. That's why I rewrote the book to suit the Indian readership. The rewritten version of the book follows the British way of spelling. At the same time, I provided copious explanatory notes and a glossary for easy understanding by both Indian and Western readers.

In the publication of this book the following persons have helped immensely and I acknowledge their loving assistance with deep gratitude.

• The Secretary, Sarada Mandir, Khardah, for permission to translate the book Brahmananda Leelakatha written in Bengali by the late Brahmachari Akshayachaitanya.
• Swami Gautamananda, President, Sri Ramakrishna Math, Mylapore, Chennai, India, for offering to publish the book through their publication department.
• Devra A. Freedman for her help in proofreading and editing.
• Mrs. Mira Guerquin for painting the beautiful illustration of Swami Brahmananda for the front cover.
• Charles Mathias for creating a line drawing of Swami Brahmananda.
• Charles S. Wirth and Allen R. Freedman for providing assistance with the typesetting and printing of the manuscript.
I shall consider my labour well rewarded if the book proves to be helpful to the readers

.

Contents

PrefaceIV
List of IllustrationVII
A short biography of Swami BrahmanandXI
Chapter I Swami Brahmananda His life spoke more eloquently than his words1
Chapter II Swami Brahmsnands's Role as sadguru21
Chapter III Swami Brahmananda Protector of those to whom he gave shelter37
Chapter IV Swami Brahmananda's concern for the devotes61
Chapter V Swami brahmananda A man of great sympathy69
Chapter VI Swami Brahmananda's Compassion77
Chapter VII Swami Brahmananda An Admirer87
Chapter VIII Swami brahmananda and women91
Chapter IX Swami Brahmananda's Ability to Understand people97
Chapter XSwami Brahmananda's way of Displining and Transforming monks107
Chapter XI Teaching and Transforming Disciples117
Chapter XII The various teaching of swami Brahmananda119
Chapter XIII Swami Brahmananda's Versatile wisdom133
Chapter XIV What Swami Brahmananda said About the Greatness and glory of some141
Chapter XV Swami Brahmananda's Pwer to Sence the supernatural147
ChapterXVI Swami Brahmanada's Love of Trees and plants153
Chapter XVII Swami Brahmananda A lover of fun and frolic161
Chapter XVIII Swami Brahmananda A lover of fun and frolic with children179
Chapter XIX Swami Brahamananda's A lover of playful Disguises183
Chapter XX Swami Brahmnananda's playing of cards nad going fishing189
Chapter XXI The Large Heartedness and Ingenuity201
Chapter XXIIThe holy mother Sri Sarada Devi and Swami Brahmananda209
Chapter XXIII Swami Brahmanada and his brother disciples213
Chapter XXIV Incidents Revealing Swami Brahmananda's Divine Nature227
Chapter XXV Swami Brahmananda's Power of Attraction231
Chapter XXVI Events on the Eve of Swami Brahmananda's Passing Away237
Chapter XXVII Swami Brahmananada's Final Deprature from This World245
Appendix Sri Pareshnath Gupta's Reminisciences Revealing Swami Brahmananda's Love and Affection for His Disciples253
Glossary258
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