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Sri Sri Ramakrishna Kathamrita: According to M. (Mahendra) a Son of the Lord and Disciple (Set of 5 Volumes)
Sri Sri Ramakrishna Kathamrita: According to M. (Mahendra) a Son of the Lord and Disciple (Set of 5 Volumes)
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Introduction

Birth of Sri Ramakrishna- father Khhudiram and mother Chandramani- primary school-worship of Raghuvir- company of sadhus and listening to the Purranas- beholds a miraculous llight- comes to Calcutta, and company of sadhus at kali Temple in Dakshineswar –sees a miraculous divine form-Thakur like one mad- company of sadhus, Bhairavi Bramhmani, Totapuri and Thakur’s listening to disciplines according to he Tantra and he Puranas- Thakur’s talk with the Mother of the Universe-goes on pilgrimage- Thakur’s inner circle- Thakur and his devotees-Thakur and the Brahmo Samaj reconciliation of all religioins: Hinduism, Christianity, Islam, and so on- Thakur’s women devotees-his family of devotees.

Sri Ramakrishna was born o t a pious Brahmin family in the inland village of Kamarpukur on the second lunar day f the bright fortnight of Phalgun. The village is in the Hooghly district, about eight miles west of Jehanabad (Aram Bag) and about twenty-six south of Burdwan.

There is a difference of opinion on the date of his birth.

During Sri Ramakrishna’s illness, Ambika Acharya read his horoscope and dated his birth on the third of Kartik, 1286 B.Y., A.D. 1879. This give a date of 1756 Shaka, the 10th of Phalgun, Wednesday, the second day of the bright fortnight, Purva Bhadrapada Nakshatra. His calculation is: 1756/ 109/59/12. On the other hand Kshetra Nath Bhatt’s calculation in 1300 B.Y. is 1754/.10/9/0/12. According to this calculation it is 1754 Shaka, the 10th of Phalgun, Wednesday, the second day to the bright fortnight, Purva Bhadrapada, 1239 B.Y., 20 February 1833. All tally. At this time there is a conjunction of the sun, the moon, and Mercury. It is the sign of Aquarius. Because of the conjunction of Jupiter and Venus, he would be the chief of a religious sect.

Narayana Jyotirbhushan made a new horoscope (at Belur Math). According to his calculation, 1242 B.Y., 6th of Phalgun, Wednesday; 17 February 1836, 4 a.m., the second day of the bright fortnight of Phalgun, when there is a conjunction of the three planets, all the points tally except the 10th of Phalgun give by Ambika Acharya: 1757/10/5/59/28/21. Sri Ramakrishan lived for fifty years. Thakur’s father, Sri Khudiram, Chatterji, was, a man of firm faith and great devotion. His mother, Chandramani Devi, was the personification of simplicity and kindness. They had lived in a village called Dee about three miles from Kamarpukur, but because of problems relating to Khudiram’s refusal to give evidence in a lawsuit in favour of the landlord at Dere, he moved to Kamarpukur with his family.

Sri Ramakrishna’s childhood name was Gadadhar. He learned elementary reading in primary school but he arithmetic book by Shuvankara confused him, so he left school to stay at home and attend to the household deity, Raghuvir. He himself plucked flowers for worship and performed the daily puja.

His voice was exquisitely sweet, and he could sing almost all the songs he heard in theatrical performances. He was cheerful from childhood. Everyone in the neighborhood-men and women and children-loved him dearly and felt the attraction of his cheerful nature.

Holy men frequently visited a guesthouse at the garden of the Lahas, near Gadadhar’s home. He would visit them there and serve them. And when the storytellers read from the Puranas, he would listen with rapt attention. In this way he learned all thestor8es of the Ramayana, the Mahabharata, and the Srimad Bhagavata.

One day when he was eleven years old, Thakur crossed a field to Anur, a nearby village. He later narrated how he had suddenly lost all sense consciousness when he saw a miraculous light. People thought he had fainted, but he had attained the super conscious state of bhava Samadhi.

After the death of his father, Khudiram, Thakur came to Calcutta with his elder brother. He was then seventeen or eighteen years old. In Calcutta he spent some days at Nathair Bagan and a few days at the house of Govinda Cahtterji in Jhamapukur. He performed puja there, as well as at the house of the Mittra family in Jhamapukur.

Rani Rasmain dedicated the Kali Temple at Dakshineswar , which is about five miles from Calcutta, on the 18th of Jaishtha, 1262 B,Y., on the Snana Yatra day, Thursday, 31 May 1855. Sri Ramakrishna’s elder brother, Pundit Ramkumar, was appointed the first priest of the Kali Temple. Thakur used to go there often from Calcutta. In time he also was engaged for the puja work. He was at that time twenty-one or twenty-two years old. His second brother, Rameswar, also sometimes performed puja in the Kali Temple. He had two sons, Ramlal and Shivaram, and a daughter, Lakshmi Devi.

After Sri Ramakrishna had performed the worship for some time, a change came over him. He would remain sitting before the image of the Mother, completely absorbed.

Soon after this, his family arranged his marriage,. They thought that marriage might change his state of mind, He was married in 1859 to Saradamain Devi, the daughter of Ramchandra Mukheriji of Jayrambati, a village about four miles from Kamarpukur. Thakur was twenty-two or twenty –three years old; Saradamani was six.

After his marriage, Sri Ramakrishna returned to the Dakshineswar Kali Temple. Within a few days, h is state of mind suddenly changed. When worshiping other Kali, he began to have wonderful divine visions. He would perform arati but not bring the arati to a close. He would sit down to perform puja but the puja would not end.

At times he offered flowers on his own head. Sometimes he could not carry on the puja but would wander around like a madman.

Rani Rasmain’s son-in-law, Mathur, began to revere him as a great man and to serve him. He arranged for another priest to perform Mother Kali’s worship and for Hriday Mukherji, Thakur’ sister’s son, to be his attendant.

After this, Thakur neither attended to the duties of a priest, nor did he enter into the life of a householder. His marriage was in name only. Day and night “Mother, Mother” was on his lips. First he would be like a wooden figure, then he would move around like a mad person. Sometimes he would appear like a child; sometimes he would hide himself at the sight of worldly people attached to ‘lust and greed.’ He liked nothing but divine talk and continually murmured,” Mother! Mother!”

In the Kali Temple compound there was (and still is) a free kitchen. Holy men and sannyasins would frequently visit it. Totapuri stayed there for eleven months and expounded the philosophy of Vedanta to Thakur. Within only a few days, Titapuri observed that Thakur went into nirvikalpa Samadhi. About the year 1866 the Bhairavi Brhmani (who had come on 1859) led Thakur through several Tantric practices. Looking upon him as Sri Chaitanya, she read him Sri Charitamrita and other Vaishnava holy books. When she saw him listening to Vedanta from Totapuri, the Brahmani warned him, “Baba, don’t listen Vedanta. It will dilute your ecstasy and love for God.”

Vaishnavharn, a pundit of the Vaishnava sect, often visited Sri Ramakrishna. It was he who took Thakur to an assembly of Chaitnaya’s devotees in assembly, Sri Ramakrsihna experienced the stat e of God-consciousness and stepped up to occupy the seat of Sri Chaitanya.

Vaishnavcharan had said to Mathur, “This madness is not ordinary; it is the madness of love. He is mad for God.” Vaishnavcharan and the Brahmani had seen Thakur’s state of divine ecstasy. Like Chaitanya Deva he sometimes passed into Samadhi, the state of super conscious awareness, appearing like a piece of wood, unmindful of the world around him. Then he passed through semi-consciousness and returned again to normal consciousness.

Thakur always talked to the Divine Mother and took instructions from Her. He would also weep, calling out, “Mother, Mother.” He would say, “O Mother, I shall hear you and you alone. I don’t know the sacred books, nor do I know scholars. If you explain to me, only then will I believe.” Thakur knew, and he would say, that He who is the Supreme Being, indivisible Sat-chit-ananda, is the Mother.

The Divine Mother told him, “You and I are one. Live in love and devotion to God for the good of mankind. Many devotees will come to you. Ten you won’t have to see only worldly- minded people.

There are many devotees who are pure and free from worldly desires. They will come.”

In the temple at the time of arati, when bells and c7mbals rang, Sri Ramakrishna would go to the r roof of the kuthi and cry out in a loud voice, “O you devotees, who are you? Where are you? Come soon!”

Thakur looked upon his mother, Chandramani Devi, as another form of the mother of the Universe and served her with this same spirit. When his elder brother, Ramkumar, passed away, the bereaved mother was stricken with grief. Within three or four years. Thakur asked her to come and stay with him at the Kali Temple. He would go to see her every day, take the dust of her feet, and ask about her welfare.

Thakur went on pilgrimage twice. The first time he took his mother with him. Ram Chatterji and some of Mahturs sons accompanied them on the first railway line laid to Kashi. This was in 1863, within the period of five or six years of the change in his spiritual state. At that time he was either in samadinday and night, or he remained overwhelmed and intoxicated in ecstasy. During the pilgrimage, after visiting Vaidyanath, he visited kasha and Prayag.

His second pilgrimage took place five years later, in January 1868, with Mathur Babu and his wife, Jagadamba Dasi. This time Thakur’s sister’s son, Hriday, was with him. During the journey he visited Kashi, Prayag, and Vrindavan. In kasha he went into samsdhi at the Manikarnika ghat and had a divine vision of Lord Vishvanath whispering the name of Tarak Brahman into the ears of the dying. He also met and spoke to Trailanga Swami, who had taken a vow of silence. In Mathura at the Dhruva ghat, he saw Sri Krishna on the lap of Vasudeva; in holy Vrindavan he saw Sri Krishna with his cows returning in the evening from across the Jamuna. Such sport he saw with hi spiritual eye. In NIdhuvan he was overjoyed to meet and talk with Mother Ganga, who was immersed in love for Radha.

One day in 1875 Sri Ramakrishna went with his nephew, Hriday, to see Keshab Sen at Belgharia. Keshab was meditating in his garden house with his disciples. By this time Vishwanath Upadhyaya, the Captain from Nepal, had begun to visit him. Gopal of Sinti (the Elder Gopal), Mahendra Kaviraj, Kishori of Krishnanagar, and Mahimacharan had also met Thakur by this time.

The devotees of Sri Ramakrishna’s inner circle bean coming to him in 1879-80. When they met him, he had almost passed the state of “divine madness.” He was like a child then, calm and always cheerful. But he was almost always in the state of Samadhi, sometimes in jada Samadhi (appearing inert, like a piece of wood, unmindful of the world around ), at other times in bhava Samadhi (immersed in God). Even when not in samadhi , he remained in a state of ecstasy. He seemed like a five-year-old child, always saying, “Mother!

 

Publisher's Note
Volume-1

We are immensely pleased to bring before our English-speaking readers the second edition of Sri Sri Ramakrishna Kathamrita, Volume I. By the grace of Sri Ramakrishna, the first edition was published in 2001, followed by Volume II in 2002'and Volume III in 2005. In this five-volume series we attempt to translate the original Bengali edition as published by M., which is currently published by the Kathamrita Bhawan, Calcutta.

In the new edition a discerning reader will notice three main enhancements. First, we have used the expression lust and greed' or 'lust and gold' instead of 'woman and- gold' as a translation of kamini kanchana. Second, we have made the Bengali spellings for places, personalities, and Sanskrit words consistent with the Ramakrishna literature, for words such as purashcha-rana, jivanmukta, Jadu Mallick, and so on, so as to enable the readers of Sri Ramakrishna literature to quickly identify with places, persons, and technical terms.

Moreover, we have added an index of words, another index of songs, and an index of Sri M.'s visits to Sri Ramakrishna by date.

Before you dive deep into the Kathamrita, a look at its publishing history may be of interest. The five volumes of the Kathamrita in Bengali by M. saw the light of day in the years 1902, 1904, 1908, 1910, and 1932. Reading all five volumes, one sees the development of the mind: from intellectual to intellectual-spiritual, from intellectual-spiritual to spiritual-intellectual, and from spiritual-intellectual to pure spiritual, and then to the practical pure spiritual state. In the first volume we find profound truths explained with the help of illustrations as guide to intellectual reasoning. For example, the tortoise moves about in water, but do you know where its mind abides? Rub your hands with oil before you break the jackfruit, and so on. In Volume II the highest Truth is explained by an intellect that is soaked in spirit. In Volume III Sri Ramakrishna is found expounding sublime truths from a totally spiritual perspective. In Volume IV a practical spirit shows how to internalize and apply the injunctions in everyday life. Volume V additionally contains an index of characters and the songs of all five volumes. The five volumes of the Kathamrita, then, are five steps leading us from the gross to the Mahakarana (the Great Cause). Smt. Ishwar Devi Gupta, who left her mortal body on Buddha Purnima, 26 May 2002, remains the driving spirit behind the translation and publication of these volumes of the Kathamrita, both in English and in Hindi. It was her strong desire that an English version of the five volumes be published. Her husband, Sri Dharm Pal Gupta, maintaining the same spirit of faithful translation, prepared the original English draft with the assistance of a few dedicated devotees.

May our readers, friends, and associates attain supreme bliss and peace by reading this book. This is our heartfelt prayer at the feet of the Lord.

 

Publisher's Note
Volume 2

It is a great privilege for us to present to our English-speaking readers, Volume II of Sri Sri Ramakrishna Kathamrita. Volume I of the book was Published last year. In this five volume work, we have attempted to translate M.'s original Bengali edition, currently published by the Kathamrita Bhawan, Calcutta.

In the Kathamrita the blissful nectar of Thakur's words is available through the prism of M.'s totally devoted and pure mind. What he observed of Thakur and heard from his holy lips, he recorded in his daily diary that same day. A strong need has been felt by English-speaking readers, for an authentic and verbatim translation of original work of M. Therefore, we have retained whatever was in the original Bengali text, feeling that it is important to convey the original bhava (flavour) of the God-man.

M. s c riginal Bengali Kathamrita is a step-by-step approach tc unfolding the mind of an ordinary aspirant from intellectual to intellectual-spiritual, from intellectual-spiritual to spiritual-intellectual and from spiritual-intellectual to spiritual. M. himself has mentioned what the Kathamrita contains. He says (in Volume VII, Section III, page 36 of M., the Apostle and the Evangelist): "The Kathamrita contains the whole life — the unfoldment of mind and soul. I was present in all these scenes. How the mind was influenced by all these scenes and words has been narrated here."

Our approach to the translation of Volume II has been similar to that adopted by us in Volume I. However, a discerning reader will notice three main enhancements. First, we have used the expression 'lust and greed,' or 'lust and gold' instead of 'woman and gold,' as a translation of kamini kanchana. Second, we have made the Bengali spellings for places and personalities consistent with the Ramakrishna literature, for words such as purashcharana.

jivanmukta, Jadu Mallick etc., so as to enable the readers of Sri Ramakrishna literature to quickly identify with the place or person.

Last but not least, we have taken the help of two experienced American spiritual enthusiasts to review the book minutely from the Western perspective.

Smt. Ishwar Devi Gupta, who left her mortal frame on Buddha Purnima, 26 May, 2002, remains the driving spirit behind the translation and publication of these volumes of the Kathamrita, both English and Hindi. It was her strong desire that an English version of the five volumes of the Kathamrita be published. Sri Dharm Pal Gupta prepared the original draft of the .English version, maintaining the same spirit of faithful translation. Before he left this world in 1998, he had completed the colossal work of translating the entire five parts of the Kathamrita into English.

With Thakur's grace and blessings we are able to bring out the second volume. We are extremely happy that the Volume II is being dedicated at Sri Ramakrishna's feet on the 109th birth anniversary of Swami Nityatmananda.

May our readers, friends and associates attain supreme bliss and peace by reading this book - this is our heartfelt prayer at the feet of the Lord.

 

Publisher's Note
Volume 3

By the grace of Sri Ramakrishna we present to English-speaking readers the third volume of Sri Sri Ramakrishna Kathamrita. Volume I was published in 2001 and Volume II in 2002. In this five volume series, we attempt to translate the original Bengali edition as published by M., which is currently published by the Kathamrita Bhawan, Calcutta.

In the Kathamrita the blissful nectar of Thakur's words is available through the prism of M.'s totally devoted and pure mind. What he observed of Thakur and heard from his holy lips, he recorded in his daily diary that very day. A strong need has been felt by English-speaking readers for an authentic and verbatim translation of M.'s original work. Therefore, we have retained whatever was in M.'s original Bengali text in the belief that it is of paramount importance that the original bhava (flavour) of the God-man is conveyed to the readers.

Before you dive deep into the Kathamrita, a look at its publishing history may be of interest. The five volumes of Kathamrita in Bengali by M. saw the light of day in the years 1902, 1904, 1908, 1910 and 1932. Reading all five volumes, one sees the development of the mind: from intellectual to intellectual-spiritual, from intellectual-spiritual to spiritual-intellectual and from spiritual-intellectual to pure spiritual, and then the practical pure spiritual state. In the first volume of the Kathamrita, we find profound truths explained with the help of illustrations as guide to intellectual reasoning. For example, the tortoise moves about in water, but do you know where its mind abides? Rub your hands with oil before you break the jackfruit, etc. In Volume II of the Kathamrita, the highest Truth is explained by an intellect that is soaked in Spirit. In Part III, Sri Ramakrishna is found expounding sublime truths from a totally spiritual perspective. In Volume IV a practical spirit shows the way to bring the injunctions into practice and how to internalize the Word. Volume V additionally contains an index of characters and songs of all the five volumes. The five volumes of the Kathamrita, then, are five steps leading us from the gross to Mahakarana (the Great Cause).

In Volume III, Sri Ramakrishna teaches the devotees to fix the mind on God while leading a family life. He teaches his devotees what real cleverness is. He says in Section VI of this volume: 'Sa cature cature -the skill which enables one to attain God is the real skill.' Real cleverness is to remember God in the midst of the objectionable environment of worldly life. This is called pure intellect, or khasa buddhi. It is described in the following hymn:

Among nights, the night of the full moon is the best, as the moon's rays are brightest at this time.

Among women, sati (devoted chaste wife) is the best.

Divine sweetness liberates, whereas worldly sweetness enslaves; so divine sweetness is better.

 

Publisher's Note
Volume 4

We are immensely pleased to bring before our English-speaking readers the fourth volume of Sri Sri Ramakrishna Kathamrita. By the grace of Sri Ramakrishna, the first edition was published in 2001, followed by Volume II in 2002 and Volume III in 2005. A second, enhanced edition of Volume I would be printed in few months. In this five-volume series we attempt to translate the original Bengali edition as published by M., which is currently published by the Kathamrita Bhawan, Calcutta.

In the new edition a discerning reader will notice three main enhancements. First, we have used the expression 'lust and greed' or 'lust and gold' instead of 'woman and gold' as a translation of karnini kanchana. Second, we have made the Bengali spellings for places, personalities, and Sanskrit words consistent with the Ramakrishna literature, for words such as purashcha-rana, jivanmukta, Jadu Mallick, and so on, so as to enable the readers of Sri Ramakrishna literature to quickly identify with places, persons, and technical terms.

Moreover, we have added an index of words, another index of songs, and an index of Sri M.'s visits to Sri Ramakrishna by date.

Before you dive deep into the Kathamrita, a look at its publishing history may be of interest. The five volumes of the Kathamrita in Bengali by M. saw the light of day in the years 1902, 1904, 1908, 1910, and 1932. Reading all five volumes, one sees the development of the mind: from intellectual to intellectual-spiritual, from intellectual-spiritual to spiritual-intellectual, and from spiritual-intellectual to pure spiritual, and then to the practical pure spiritual state. In the first volume we find profound truths explained with the help of illustrations as guide to intellectual reasoning. For example, the tortoise moves about in water, but do you know where its mind abides? Rub your hands with oil before you break the jackfruit, and so on. In Volume II the highest Truth is explained by an intellect that is soaked in spirit. In Volume III Sri Ramakrishna is found expounding sublime truths from a totally spiritual perspective. In Volume IV a practical spirit shows how to internalize and apply the injunctions in everyday life. Volume V additionally contains an index of characters and the songs of all five volumes. The five volumes of the Kathamrita, then, are five steps leading us from the gross to the Mahakarana (the Great Cause).

Smt. Ishwar Devi Gupta, who left her mortal body on Buddha Purnima, 26 May 2002, remains the driving spirit behind the translation and publication of these volumes of the Kathamrita, both in English and in Hindi. It was her strong desire that an English version of the five volumes be published. Her husband, Sri Dharm Pal Gupta, maintaining the same spirit of faithful translation, prepared the original English draft with the assistance of a few dedicated devotees.

May our readers, friends, and associates attain supreme bliss and peace by reading this book. This is our heartfelt prayer at the feet of the Lord.

 

Publisher's Note
Volume-5

We present before our English-speaking reader the fifth volume of Sri Sri Ramakrishna Kathamrita. By the immense grace of Sri Ramakrishna, the first edition was published in 2001, followed by volume II in 2002, volume III in 2005 and Volume IV in 2007. A second, enhanced edition of Volume I was printed in 2010. In this five- volume series we attempt to translate the original Bengali edition as published by M., which is currently published by the Kathamrita Bhawan, Calcutta.

Before you dive deep into the Kathamrita, a look at its publishing history may b of interest. The five volumes of the Kathamrita in Bengali by M. saw the light of day in the years 1902, 1904, 1908, 1910, and 1932. Reading all five volumes, one sees the development of the mind: from intellectual to intellectual spiritual, from intellectual-spiritual to spiritual-intellectual ,and from spiritual-intellectual to pure spiritual, and then t o the practical pure spiritual state. In the first volume was find profound truths explained with the help of illustrations as guide to intellectual reasoning. For example, the tortoise moves about in water, but do yu know where its mind abides? Rub your hands with oil before you break the jackfruit, and so on. In volume II the highest Truth is explained by an intellect that is soaked in spirit. In volume III Sri Ramakrishna is found expounding sublime truths from a totally spiritual perspective. In volume IV a practical spirit shows how to internalize and apply the injunctions in everyday life. Volume V additionally contains an index of characters and the songs of all five volumes. The five volumes of the Kathamirta, then, are five steps leading us from t e gross to the Mahakarna (the Great Cause).

Smt. Ishwar Devi Gupt, who left her mortal body on Buddha Purnima, 26 May 2002, remains the driving spirit behind the translation and publication of these volumes of the kathamrita, both in English and in Hindi. It was her strong desire that an English version of the five volumes be published. Her husband, Sri Dharm Pal Gupta, maintaining the same spirit of faithful translation, prepared the original English draft with the assistance of a few dedicated devotees.

May our readers, friends and associates attain supreme bliss and peace by reading this book. This is our heartfelt prayer at the feet of the Lord.

 

Contents

 

 
Volume I
vii
  Publisher's Note vii
  Letters on Sri Sri Ramakrishna Kathamrita xi
  Appreciations xiv
  Life of Thakur as Told by Himself xix
  M.'s Meetings with Sri Ramakrishna xvii
  Acknowledgements xxi
  Prayer xxii
  Introduction: A Brief Life Sketch of Thakur Sri Ramakrishna 1
1 Sri Ramakrishna at Dakshineswar 13
2 Sri Ramakrishna's Steamer Trip with Keshab Chandra Sen, in Joy and Conversation 63
3 Visit to the Sinthi Brahmo Samaj and Joyful Conversation with Shivanath and Other Brahmo Devotees 95
4 Sri Ramakrishna Instructs Vijaykrishna Goswami and Other Brahmo Devotees 119
5 Conversation with Amrita, Trailokya, and Other Brahmos at the Kali Temple at Dakshineswar 147
6 Conversation with Devotees about the Essence of Brahman and Primal Power at Dakshineswar Kali Temple, talk on Vidyasagar and Keshab Sen 155
7 With Devotees at Dakshineswar Temple 171
8 Visit of Sri Ramakrishna to Sinduriapatti Brahmo Samaj 185
9 Visit to the House of Jaygopal Sen 199
10 Festival in Surendra's Garden 211
11 Sri Ramakrishna's Meeting with a Pundit 241
12 Another Visit to the Sinthi Brahmo Samaj. Instructions to Vijaykrishna and Other Brahmos, Joyful Moments with Them. 267
13 With Devotees at Dakshineswar 303
14 Sri Ramakrishna's Arrival at a Devotee's House. Conversation and Joy with Narendra, Girish, Balaram, Chunilal, Latu, M., Narayan, and Other Devotees 343
15 Sri Ramakrishna's Joyous Conversations with Ishan, Doctor Sarkar, Girish, and Other Devotees at the House in Shyampukur 377
16 Vijay, Narendra, M., Doctor Sarkar, and Other Devotees in Joyful Conversation with Sri Ramakrishna 403
17 Sri Ramakrishna with Devotees at the Shyampukur House 419
18 Sri Ramakrishna with Narendra, Doctor Sarkar, Girish Ghosh, and Other Devotees 441
  Appendix I - Baranagore Math 459
  Appendix II - Letter from Aswini Kumar to M. 466
  M. (Mahendranath Gupta): Short Life of the Author 479
  Index of Sri M.'s Visits to Sri Ramakrishna 499
  Glossary 503
  Song Index 513
  Index 515
  Illustrations  
  Sri Ramakrishna Paramahamsa , ii
  Holy Mother Sri Sarada Devi ix
  Swami Vivekananda x
  Sri Mahendranath Gupta xvii
  Dakshineswar Temple Grounds xviii
 
Volume-2
 
  Publisher's Note vii
  Prayer vii
  Three Classes of Evidence ix
  Usage of Expression 'kamini kanchana? xi
  Acknowledgements xii
1 Sri Ramakrishna with Narendra and other Intimate Disciples in Dakshineswar 1
2 Sri Ramakrishna's Birth Anniversary Celebrated in Dakshineswar 21
3 Sri Ramakrishna at the Dakshineswar Temple with Devotees - Second Visit of Adhar 43
4 Sri Ramakrishna in Worship Hall of Surendra's House 67
5 Sri Ramakrishna at a Devotee's House in Calcutta 77
6 Sri Ramakrishna with Devotees at Kali Temple in Dakshineswar 85
7 Sri Ramakrishna in Dakshineswar with Devote 3 99
8 Sri Ramakrishna at Dakshineswar Temple with Devotee 107
9 Sri Ramakrishna in the Kali Temple at Dakshineswar 117
10 Sri Ramakrishna and Keshab Chandra Sen in the Lily Cottage 127
11 Sri Ramakrishna in the Kali Temple at Dakshineswar with Devotees 143
12 Sri Ramakrishna with Devotees at Dakshineswar 155
13 Sri Ramakrishna with Prankrishna, M. and other Devotees at Dakshineswar 169
14 Sri Ramakrishna with Devotees at Dakshineswar and attends a Performance of Chaitanya at Calcutta 195
15 Sri Ramakrishna in Sadharan Brahmo Samaj - Instructions to Vijay Goswami 219
16 Sri Ramakrishna in Ram's House with Devotees 229
17 Sri Ramakrishna with Devotees on Navami Puja Day in Dakshineswar 243
18 Sri Ramakrishna at Adhar's House - enjoys Devotional Songs with Devotees 263
19 Sri Ramakrishna with Devotees in Dakshineswar 273
20 Sri Ramakrishna in Samadhi with Devotees in the Dead of Night of the Kali Puja in Dakshineswar 309
21 Sri Ramakrishna with Devotees in the House of a Marwari Devotee 321
22 Sri Ramakrishna at Panchavati in Dakshineswar with Devotees 335
23 Sri Ramakrishna with Devotees at Dakshineswar on Dolayatra Day 353
24 Sri Ramakrishna arrives at a Devotee's House in Calcutta - Festivity at Girish Ghosh's House 371
25 Sri Ramakrishna in the Company of Devotees at Shyampukur 389
26 Sri Ramakrishna in Cossipore Garden House with Devotees 403
27 Sri Ramakrishna with Devotees in Cossipore Garden House 415
  Appendix - Sri Ramakrishna in the Hearts of Devotees 441
  Glossary 477
 
Volume-3
 
  Publisher's Note v
  Prayer viii
  Acknoledgements x
  Three Classes of Evidences xi
  Usage of Expresssion 'Kamini Kanchan' and conventions used in the book xiii
1 Sri Ramakrishba's meeting with Iswar Chandra Vidyasagar in Calcutta 1
2 Sri Ramakrishna with the Devotees at Dakshineswar Temple 31
3 Sri Ramakrishna with Devotees at Dakshineswar Temple on the Vijay Festival Day 45
4 Sri Ramakrishna on the Main Road to Calcutta with his Devotees 57
5 Sri Ramakrishna at Dakshinwar Temple with Devotees 75
6 At the Dakshineswar Temple with Ratan and other Devotees 85
7 Sri Ramkrisha is invited to Calcutta 99
8 Sri Ramakrishna at the Dakshinesear Kali Temple 115
9 Sri Ramakrishna at the Dakshineswar with Pundit Shashadhar and other Devotees 129
10 Sri Ramakrishna at Dakshineswar Temple with Devotees 171
11 Sri Ramakrishna Attends a Play about Prahlada's Life 197
12 Sri Ramakrishna with the Devotees at the Dakshineswar Temple 215
13 Sri Ramakrishna at a Devotee's house in calcutta 235
14 Sri Ramakrishna in the Company of Devotees at Balaram's house 251
15 Sri Ramakrishna at Balaram Basu's House in Calcutta 291
16 Sri ramakrishna, accompanied by Devotees, at the House of a Devotee 315
17 Sri Ramakrishna with Captain, Narendra and other Devotees,a t Dakshineswar 325
18 Sri Ramakrishna at Devotees' Homes in Calcuttta 361
19 Sri Ramakrishna at Devotees's Homes in Calcutta 349
20 Thakur with the Devotees on the holy Vijaya Dashami Day 391
21 Sri Ramakrishna at the Shyampukur House 411
22 Sri Ramakrishna at he Shyampukur House 433
23 With Devotees at the Cossipore Garden House 447
24 Sri Ramakrishna at the Cossipore Garden House with his intimate companions 457
25 Sri Ramakrishna at Cossipore Garden House with Narendra and other Devotees 471
26 Sri Ramakrishna at the Cossipore Garden House with his Intimate Companions 479
27 Appendix-Sri Ramakrishna's first monastery 491
28 Glossary 511
29 Index of M.' s visits to Sri Ramakrishna 521
 
Volume- 4
 
  Publisher's Note ix
  Acknowledgements xi
  M'. S Meeting with Sri Ramakrishna xvii
  Life of Thakur as Told by Himself xviii
  Prayer xx
1 Sri Ramakrishan at the Dakshineswar Temple with Rakhal, Prankrishna, Kedar, and Oher Devotees 1
2 Sri Ramakrishna at ht eDakshineswar Temple with Rakhal, Ram , Nityagopal, Chudhury, and Others 19
3 At Balaram's House with Narendra, Rakhal , and Other Devotees 25
4 Sri Ramakrishna at the Nandan ABAgan Brahmo Samaj with Rakhal, M., and other Devotee 31
5 Sri Ramakrishna at the Dakshineswar Temmple with Rakhal, Ram, Kedar, Tarak, M., and other Devotees 39
6 Sri Ramakrishna with Rakhal, Ram, M., Bhavanath, and Other Devotees at the Panihati Festival 43
7 Sri Ranakrishna as Guiru at aDakshnieswar with Intimate Disciples 53
8 Sri Ramakrishna in the Role of Guru at the Dakshhinewar Temple with Devotees 77
9 At the Dakshineswar Temmple with Rakhal and othe rDevotees 99
10 With Rakhal, Latu, M., Mahima, and others at the Dakshineswar Temple 121
11 With Rakhal, M., Manilal, and others at he Dakshineswar Temple 139
12 Sri Ramakrishba wit Rakhal, Ram, Nitya, Adhar, M., Mahima, and oth r Devotees at the Dakshineswar Temple 147
13 Sri Ramakrishna at h e Dakshineswar Temple with Vijay , Kedar, Rakha, Surendra, and other Devottees on His Birthday 169
14 Sri Ramakrishna at the Dakshineswar Temple with Surendra, Bhavanath, Rakhal, Latu, ., Adhar, and Other Devotees 185
15 Sri Ramakrishna with Devotees at Balaram's House on the Day of the Return Car Festival 195
16 Thakur a thte Dakshineswar Temple withM., Rakhal, Latu, Balaram, Adhar, Devotees from Shivapur, and ohters 217
17 Thakur with Narendra and other Devotees at Adhar's House 241
18 Sri Ramakrishna with Ram, Baburam, M., Chuni, Adhar, Bhavanath, Miranjan, and other Devotees at eh Dakshineswar Temple 251
19 Thakur at Dakshneswar Temple with Narendra and other Devotees 279
20 Thakur at Dakshineswar with Maahendra, Rakhal, Radhika Goswami, and other Devotees 305
21 Thakur with Latu, M., Manilal, Mukherji, and othe rDevotees at the Dakshineswar Temple 341
22 Sri Ramakrishna with Baburam, Nilkantha, M., Manomohan, and other Devotees at he Dakshineswar Temple 373
23 Car Festival at Balaram's House 401
24 Thakur at ht Dakshineswar Temple with Rakhal, M., Mahimacharan, and other Devotees 441
25 Sri Ramakrishna with Rakhal, M., Pundit Shyampada, and other Devotees at the Dakshineswr Temple 459
26 Thakur with devotees at the Dakshineswar Temple on Janmashtmai Festical Day 469
27 With Doctor Sarkar, Narendra, Sashi, Sarat, M., Girish, and others at the Shyampukur House 487
28 At the Shymapukur House with Narendra, Dr. Sarkar, and other Devotees 503
29 The House in Shyampukur-Thakur with Narendra, Mani, and other Devotees 509
30 Sri Ramakrishna with Hariballav, Narendra, Mishra, and other Devotees at eh Shyampukur House 515
31 With Narendra and other Devotees at the Cossipore Garden House 525
32 Sri Ramakrishna with Narendra and other Devotees at the Cossipore Garden House 533
33 Sri Ramakrishna at Cossipore Garden House with Narendra and other Devotees 539
34 Appendix A- Baranagore Math 551
35 Appendix B- Complete index of M.'s Visits to Sri Ramakrishna 559
36 Glossary 563
37 Song Index 573
38 Index 577
39 Illustrations  
40 Sri Ramakrishna Paramahamsa , ii
41 Dakshineswar Temple Grounds] viii
42 Holy Mother, Sri Sarada Devi xii
  Sri Mahendranath Gupta xvi
 
Volume-5
 
  Publisher's Note ix
  Acknowledgements xi
  M'. S Meeting with Sri Ramakrishna xiv
  Life of Thakur as Told by Himself xv
  Prayer xvii
1 Sri Ramakrishna with Devotees 1
2 Sri Ramakrishna with Devotees at Dakshineswar 21
3 Sri Ramakrishna at the Brahmo Festival Celebrtateda t Mani Mallick's 33
4 Sri Ramakrishna oin Joyful singing at the House of Givinda Mukherji in a Village in Belgharia 45
5 Sri Ramakrishna with Brahmo Devotees at Brahmo Samaj in Sinthi 55
6 Sri Ramakrishna at Balaram's and Adhar's houses in calcutta 73
7 Sri ramakrishna with Devotees at Dakshineswar 93
8 Adhar's House-Sri Ramakrishna with Rakhal, Ishna and other Devotees 111
9 At Dakshineswar with Devotees 125
10 Sri Ramakrishna at the Durga Puja Festival at Adhar's House 137
11 The Lakshmi Full moon Fetival of the Brisht For tnight of Aswin at Dakshineswar 149
12 Sri ramakrishna at Dakshineswar with Devotees 161
13 Sri Ramakrishna at Dakshineswar with devotees in Ram Chandra's Garden House 177
14 Sri Ramakrishna at Dakshineswar with Manilal and other devotees 187
15 Sri Ramakrishna at Dakshineswar -Phalaharinin Puja and ht e Vidyasundar Musical Theatrical Performance 203
16 Birthday Celebration for Sri ramakrishna at Dakshineswar-Joyful krtan with Narendra dn other Devotees 227
17 Conversation at Girish's House on Harmony of knowledge and Devotion 247
18 Sri Ramakrishna Observing Silence and vision of Maya 265
  Appendix I- Sri Ramakrishna and Narendra (Swami Vivekanada) 273
  Appendix II-Sri Ramakrishna and Bankim 335
  Apendix -III -With Keshab at Dakshineswar Temple 353
  Aappendix V- Sri Ramakrishna's visit to Surendra's Home 361
  Appendix V-Sri Ramakrishna at Manomohan's Home 365
  Appendix VI-Sri Ramakrishna t Rajendra's House 371
  Appendix VII- Sri Ramakrishna at the Grand Feastival of the Brahmo Samaj at Shimuliia 379
  A Guide to Daily visits with Sri Ramakrishna 385
  Index of visitors, Devotees of Inner Circle, and Visting Devotees 445
  Complete index of M.'s visits to Sri Ramakrishna 509
  Glossary 513
  Song Index 519
  Index 523
  Illustrations  
  Sri Ramakrishna Paramahamsa , ii
  Dakshineswar Temple Grounds vii
  Holy Mother, Sri Sarada Devi xii
  Sri Mahendranath Gupta xiii

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Sri Sri Ramakrishna Kathamrita: According to M. (Mahendra) a Son of the Lord and Disciple (Set of 5 Volumes)

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Introduction

Birth of Sri Ramakrishna- father Khhudiram and mother Chandramani- primary school-worship of Raghuvir- company of sadhus and listening to the Purranas- beholds a miraculous llight- comes to Calcutta, and company of sadhus at kali Temple in Dakshineswar –sees a miraculous divine form-Thakur like one mad- company of sadhus, Bhairavi Bramhmani, Totapuri and Thakur’s listening to disciplines according to he Tantra and he Puranas- Thakur’s talk with the Mother of the Universe-goes on pilgrimage- Thakur’s inner circle- Thakur and his devotees-Thakur and the Brahmo Samaj reconciliation of all religioins: Hinduism, Christianity, Islam, and so on- Thakur’s women devotees-his family of devotees.

Sri Ramakrishna was born o t a pious Brahmin family in the inland village of Kamarpukur on the second lunar day f the bright fortnight of Phalgun. The village is in the Hooghly district, about eight miles west of Jehanabad (Aram Bag) and about twenty-six south of Burdwan.

There is a difference of opinion on the date of his birth.

During Sri Ramakrishna’s illness, Ambika Acharya read his horoscope and dated his birth on the third of Kartik, 1286 B.Y., A.D. 1879. This give a date of 1756 Shaka, the 10th of Phalgun, Wednesday, the second day of the bright fortnight, Purva Bhadrapada Nakshatra. His calculation is: 1756/ 109/59/12. On the other hand Kshetra Nath Bhatt’s calculation in 1300 B.Y. is 1754/.10/9/0/12. According to this calculation it is 1754 Shaka, the 10th of Phalgun, Wednesday, the second day to the bright fortnight, Purva Bhadrapada, 1239 B.Y., 20 February 1833. All tally. At this time there is a conjunction of the sun, the moon, and Mercury. It is the sign of Aquarius. Because of the conjunction of Jupiter and Venus, he would be the chief of a religious sect.

Narayana Jyotirbhushan made a new horoscope (at Belur Math). According to his calculation, 1242 B.Y., 6th of Phalgun, Wednesday; 17 February 1836, 4 a.m., the second day of the bright fortnight of Phalgun, when there is a conjunction of the three planets, all the points tally except the 10th of Phalgun give by Ambika Acharya: 1757/10/5/59/28/21. Sri Ramakrishan lived for fifty years. Thakur’s father, Sri Khudiram, Chatterji, was, a man of firm faith and great devotion. His mother, Chandramani Devi, was the personification of simplicity and kindness. They had lived in a village called Dee about three miles from Kamarpukur, but because of problems relating to Khudiram’s refusal to give evidence in a lawsuit in favour of the landlord at Dere, he moved to Kamarpukur with his family.

Sri Ramakrishna’s childhood name was Gadadhar. He learned elementary reading in primary school but he arithmetic book by Shuvankara confused him, so he left school to stay at home and attend to the household deity, Raghuvir. He himself plucked flowers for worship and performed the daily puja.

His voice was exquisitely sweet, and he could sing almost all the songs he heard in theatrical performances. He was cheerful from childhood. Everyone in the neighborhood-men and women and children-loved him dearly and felt the attraction of his cheerful nature.

Holy men frequently visited a guesthouse at the garden of the Lahas, near Gadadhar’s home. He would visit them there and serve them. And when the storytellers read from the Puranas, he would listen with rapt attention. In this way he learned all thestor8es of the Ramayana, the Mahabharata, and the Srimad Bhagavata.

One day when he was eleven years old, Thakur crossed a field to Anur, a nearby village. He later narrated how he had suddenly lost all sense consciousness when he saw a miraculous light. People thought he had fainted, but he had attained the super conscious state of bhava Samadhi.

After the death of his father, Khudiram, Thakur came to Calcutta with his elder brother. He was then seventeen or eighteen years old. In Calcutta he spent some days at Nathair Bagan and a few days at the house of Govinda Cahtterji in Jhamapukur. He performed puja there, as well as at the house of the Mittra family in Jhamapukur.

Rani Rasmain dedicated the Kali Temple at Dakshineswar , which is about five miles from Calcutta, on the 18th of Jaishtha, 1262 B,Y., on the Snana Yatra day, Thursday, 31 May 1855. Sri Ramakrishna’s elder brother, Pundit Ramkumar, was appointed the first priest of the Kali Temple. Thakur used to go there often from Calcutta. In time he also was engaged for the puja work. He was at that time twenty-one or twenty-two years old. His second brother, Rameswar, also sometimes performed puja in the Kali Temple. He had two sons, Ramlal and Shivaram, and a daughter, Lakshmi Devi.

After Sri Ramakrishna had performed the worship for some time, a change came over him. He would remain sitting before the image of the Mother, completely absorbed.

Soon after this, his family arranged his marriage,. They thought that marriage might change his state of mind, He was married in 1859 to Saradamain Devi, the daughter of Ramchandra Mukheriji of Jayrambati, a village about four miles from Kamarpukur. Thakur was twenty-two or twenty –three years old; Saradamani was six.

After his marriage, Sri Ramakrishna returned to the Dakshineswar Kali Temple. Within a few days, h is state of mind suddenly changed. When worshiping other Kali, he began to have wonderful divine visions. He would perform arati but not bring the arati to a close. He would sit down to perform puja but the puja would not end.

At times he offered flowers on his own head. Sometimes he could not carry on the puja but would wander around like a madman.

Rani Rasmain’s son-in-law, Mathur, began to revere him as a great man and to serve him. He arranged for another priest to perform Mother Kali’s worship and for Hriday Mukherji, Thakur’ sister’s son, to be his attendant.

After this, Thakur neither attended to the duties of a priest, nor did he enter into the life of a householder. His marriage was in name only. Day and night “Mother, Mother” was on his lips. First he would be like a wooden figure, then he would move around like a mad person. Sometimes he would appear like a child; sometimes he would hide himself at the sight of worldly people attached to ‘lust and greed.’ He liked nothing but divine talk and continually murmured,” Mother! Mother!”

In the Kali Temple compound there was (and still is) a free kitchen. Holy men and sannyasins would frequently visit it. Totapuri stayed there for eleven months and expounded the philosophy of Vedanta to Thakur. Within only a few days, Titapuri observed that Thakur went into nirvikalpa Samadhi. About the year 1866 the Bhairavi Brhmani (who had come on 1859) led Thakur through several Tantric practices. Looking upon him as Sri Chaitanya, she read him Sri Charitamrita and other Vaishnava holy books. When she saw him listening to Vedanta from Totapuri, the Brahmani warned him, “Baba, don’t listen Vedanta. It will dilute your ecstasy and love for God.”

Vaishnavharn, a pundit of the Vaishnava sect, often visited Sri Ramakrishna. It was he who took Thakur to an assembly of Chaitnaya’s devotees in assembly, Sri Ramakrsihna experienced the stat e of God-consciousness and stepped up to occupy the seat of Sri Chaitanya.

Vaishnavcharan had said to Mathur, “This madness is not ordinary; it is the madness of love. He is mad for God.” Vaishnavcharan and the Brahmani had seen Thakur’s state of divine ecstasy. Like Chaitanya Deva he sometimes passed into Samadhi, the state of super conscious awareness, appearing like a piece of wood, unmindful of the world around him. Then he passed through semi-consciousness and returned again to normal consciousness.

Thakur always talked to the Divine Mother and took instructions from Her. He would also weep, calling out, “Mother, Mother.” He would say, “O Mother, I shall hear you and you alone. I don’t know the sacred books, nor do I know scholars. If you explain to me, only then will I believe.” Thakur knew, and he would say, that He who is the Supreme Being, indivisible Sat-chit-ananda, is the Mother.

The Divine Mother told him, “You and I are one. Live in love and devotion to God for the good of mankind. Many devotees will come to you. Ten you won’t have to see only worldly- minded people.

There are many devotees who are pure and free from worldly desires. They will come.”

In the temple at the time of arati, when bells and c7mbals rang, Sri Ramakrishna would go to the r roof of the kuthi and cry out in a loud voice, “O you devotees, who are you? Where are you? Come soon!”

Thakur looked upon his mother, Chandramani Devi, as another form of the mother of the Universe and served her with this same spirit. When his elder brother, Ramkumar, passed away, the bereaved mother was stricken with grief. Within three or four years. Thakur asked her to come and stay with him at the Kali Temple. He would go to see her every day, take the dust of her feet, and ask about her welfare.

Thakur went on pilgrimage twice. The first time he took his mother with him. Ram Chatterji and some of Mahturs sons accompanied them on the first railway line laid to Kashi. This was in 1863, within the period of five or six years of the change in his spiritual state. At that time he was either in samadinday and night, or he remained overwhelmed and intoxicated in ecstasy. During the pilgrimage, after visiting Vaidyanath, he visited kasha and Prayag.

His second pilgrimage took place five years later, in January 1868, with Mathur Babu and his wife, Jagadamba Dasi. This time Thakur’s sister’s son, Hriday, was with him. During the journey he visited Kashi, Prayag, and Vrindavan. In kasha he went into samsdhi at the Manikarnika ghat and had a divine vision of Lord Vishvanath whispering the name of Tarak Brahman into the ears of the dying. He also met and spoke to Trailanga Swami, who had taken a vow of silence. In Mathura at the Dhruva ghat, he saw Sri Krishna on the lap of Vasudeva; in holy Vrindavan he saw Sri Krishna with his cows returning in the evening from across the Jamuna. Such sport he saw with hi spiritual eye. In NIdhuvan he was overjoyed to meet and talk with Mother Ganga, who was immersed in love for Radha.

One day in 1875 Sri Ramakrishna went with his nephew, Hriday, to see Keshab Sen at Belgharia. Keshab was meditating in his garden house with his disciples. By this time Vishwanath Upadhyaya, the Captain from Nepal, had begun to visit him. Gopal of Sinti (the Elder Gopal), Mahendra Kaviraj, Kishori of Krishnanagar, and Mahimacharan had also met Thakur by this time.

The devotees of Sri Ramakrishna’s inner circle bean coming to him in 1879-80. When they met him, he had almost passed the state of “divine madness.” He was like a child then, calm and always cheerful. But he was almost always in the state of Samadhi, sometimes in jada Samadhi (appearing inert, like a piece of wood, unmindful of the world around ), at other times in bhava Samadhi (immersed in God). Even when not in samadhi , he remained in a state of ecstasy. He seemed like a five-year-old child, always saying, “Mother!

 

Publisher's Note
Volume-1

We are immensely pleased to bring before our English-speaking readers the second edition of Sri Sri Ramakrishna Kathamrita, Volume I. By the grace of Sri Ramakrishna, the first edition was published in 2001, followed by Volume II in 2002'and Volume III in 2005. In this five-volume series we attempt to translate the original Bengali edition as published by M., which is currently published by the Kathamrita Bhawan, Calcutta.

In the new edition a discerning reader will notice three main enhancements. First, we have used the expression lust and greed' or 'lust and gold' instead of 'woman and- gold' as a translation of kamini kanchana. Second, we have made the Bengali spellings for places, personalities, and Sanskrit words consistent with the Ramakrishna literature, for words such as purashcha-rana, jivanmukta, Jadu Mallick, and so on, so as to enable the readers of Sri Ramakrishna literature to quickly identify with places, persons, and technical terms.

Moreover, we have added an index of words, another index of songs, and an index of Sri M.'s visits to Sri Ramakrishna by date.

Before you dive deep into the Kathamrita, a look at its publishing history may be of interest. The five volumes of the Kathamrita in Bengali by M. saw the light of day in the years 1902, 1904, 1908, 1910, and 1932. Reading all five volumes, one sees the development of the mind: from intellectual to intellectual-spiritual, from intellectual-spiritual to spiritual-intellectual, and from spiritual-intellectual to pure spiritual, and then to the practical pure spiritual state. In the first volume we find profound truths explained with the help of illustrations as guide to intellectual reasoning. For example, the tortoise moves about in water, but do you know where its mind abides? Rub your hands with oil before you break the jackfruit, and so on. In Volume II the highest Truth is explained by an intellect that is soaked in spirit. In Volume III Sri Ramakrishna is found expounding sublime truths from a totally spiritual perspective. In Volume IV a practical spirit shows how to internalize and apply the injunctions in everyday life. Volume V additionally contains an index of characters and the songs of all five volumes. The five volumes of the Kathamrita, then, are five steps leading us from the gross to the Mahakarana (the Great Cause). Smt. Ishwar Devi Gupta, who left her mortal body on Buddha Purnima, 26 May 2002, remains the driving spirit behind the translation and publication of these volumes of the Kathamrita, both in English and in Hindi. It was her strong desire that an English version of the five volumes be published. Her husband, Sri Dharm Pal Gupta, maintaining the same spirit of faithful translation, prepared the original English draft with the assistance of a few dedicated devotees.

May our readers, friends, and associates attain supreme bliss and peace by reading this book. This is our heartfelt prayer at the feet of the Lord.

 

Publisher's Note
Volume 2

It is a great privilege for us to present to our English-speaking readers, Volume II of Sri Sri Ramakrishna Kathamrita. Volume I of the book was Published last year. In this five volume work, we have attempted to translate M.'s original Bengali edition, currently published by the Kathamrita Bhawan, Calcutta.

In the Kathamrita the blissful nectar of Thakur's words is available through the prism of M.'s totally devoted and pure mind. What he observed of Thakur and heard from his holy lips, he recorded in his daily diary that same day. A strong need has been felt by English-speaking readers, for an authentic and verbatim translation of original work of M. Therefore, we have retained whatever was in the original Bengali text, feeling that it is important to convey the original bhava (flavour) of the God-man.

M. s c riginal Bengali Kathamrita is a step-by-step approach tc unfolding the mind of an ordinary aspirant from intellectual to intellectual-spiritual, from intellectual-spiritual to spiritual-intellectual and from spiritual-intellectual to spiritual. M. himself has mentioned what the Kathamrita contains. He says (in Volume VII, Section III, page 36 of M., the Apostle and the Evangelist): "The Kathamrita contains the whole life — the unfoldment of mind and soul. I was present in all these scenes. How the mind was influenced by all these scenes and words has been narrated here."

Our approach to the translation of Volume II has been similar to that adopted by us in Volume I. However, a discerning reader will notice three main enhancements. First, we have used the expression 'lust and greed,' or 'lust and gold' instead of 'woman and gold,' as a translation of kamini kanchana. Second, we have made the Bengali spellings for places and personalities consistent with the Ramakrishna literature, for words such as purashcharana.

jivanmukta, Jadu Mallick etc., so as to enable the readers of Sri Ramakrishna literature to quickly identify with the place or person.

Last but not least, we have taken the help of two experienced American spiritual enthusiasts to review the book minutely from the Western perspective.

Smt. Ishwar Devi Gupta, who left her mortal frame on Buddha Purnima, 26 May, 2002, remains the driving spirit behind the translation and publication of these volumes of the Kathamrita, both English and Hindi. It was her strong desire that an English version of the five volumes of the Kathamrita be published. Sri Dharm Pal Gupta prepared the original draft of the .English version, maintaining the same spirit of faithful translation. Before he left this world in 1998, he had completed the colossal work of translating the entire five parts of the Kathamrita into English.

With Thakur's grace and blessings we are able to bring out the second volume. We are extremely happy that the Volume II is being dedicated at Sri Ramakrishna's feet on the 109th birth anniversary of Swami Nityatmananda.

May our readers, friends and associates attain supreme bliss and peace by reading this book - this is our heartfelt prayer at the feet of the Lord.

 

Publisher's Note
Volume 3

By the grace of Sri Ramakrishna we present to English-speaking readers the third volume of Sri Sri Ramakrishna Kathamrita. Volume I was published in 2001 and Volume II in 2002. In this five volume series, we attempt to translate the original Bengali edition as published by M., which is currently published by the Kathamrita Bhawan, Calcutta.

In the Kathamrita the blissful nectar of Thakur's words is available through the prism of M.'s totally devoted and pure mind. What he observed of Thakur and heard from his holy lips, he recorded in his daily diary that very day. A strong need has been felt by English-speaking readers for an authentic and verbatim translation of M.'s original work. Therefore, we have retained whatever was in M.'s original Bengali text in the belief that it is of paramount importance that the original bhava (flavour) of the God-man is conveyed to the readers.

Before you dive deep into the Kathamrita, a look at its publishing history may be of interest. The five volumes of Kathamrita in Bengali by M. saw the light of day in the years 1902, 1904, 1908, 1910 and 1932. Reading all five volumes, one sees the development of the mind: from intellectual to intellectual-spiritual, from intellectual-spiritual to spiritual-intellectual and from spiritual-intellectual to pure spiritual, and then the practical pure spiritual state. In the first volume of the Kathamrita, we find profound truths explained with the help of illustrations as guide to intellectual reasoning. For example, the tortoise moves about in water, but do you know where its mind abides? Rub your hands with oil before you break the jackfruit, etc. In Volume II of the Kathamrita, the highest Truth is explained by an intellect that is soaked in Spirit. In Part III, Sri Ramakrishna is found expounding sublime truths from a totally spiritual perspective. In Volume IV a practical spirit shows the way to bring the injunctions into practice and how to internalize the Word. Volume V additionally contains an index of characters and songs of all the five volumes. The five volumes of the Kathamrita, then, are five steps leading us from the gross to Mahakarana (the Great Cause).

In Volume III, Sri Ramakrishna teaches the devotees to fix the mind on God while leading a family life. He teaches his devotees what real cleverness is. He says in Section VI of this volume: 'Sa cature cature -the skill which enables one to attain God is the real skill.' Real cleverness is to remember God in the midst of the objectionable environment of worldly life. This is called pure intellect, or khasa buddhi. It is described in the following hymn:

Among nights, the night of the full moon is the best, as the moon's rays are brightest at this time.

Among women, sati (devoted chaste wife) is the best.

Divine sweetness liberates, whereas worldly sweetness enslaves; so divine sweetness is better.

 

Publisher's Note
Volume 4

We are immensely pleased to bring before our English-speaking readers the fourth volume of Sri Sri Ramakrishna Kathamrita. By the grace of Sri Ramakrishna, the first edition was published in 2001, followed by Volume II in 2002 and Volume III in 2005. A second, enhanced edition of Volume I would be printed in few months. In this five-volume series we attempt to translate the original Bengali edition as published by M., which is currently published by the Kathamrita Bhawan, Calcutta.

In the new edition a discerning reader will notice three main enhancements. First, we have used the expression 'lust and greed' or 'lust and gold' instead of 'woman and gold' as a translation of karnini kanchana. Second, we have made the Bengali spellings for places, personalities, and Sanskrit words consistent with the Ramakrishna literature, for words such as purashcha-rana, jivanmukta, Jadu Mallick, and so on, so as to enable the readers of Sri Ramakrishna literature to quickly identify with places, persons, and technical terms.

Moreover, we have added an index of words, another index of songs, and an index of Sri M.'s visits to Sri Ramakrishna by date.

Before you dive deep into the Kathamrita, a look at its publishing history may be of interest. The five volumes of the Kathamrita in Bengali by M. saw the light of day in the years 1902, 1904, 1908, 1910, and 1932. Reading all five volumes, one sees the development of the mind: from intellectual to intellectual-spiritual, from intellectual-spiritual to spiritual-intellectual, and from spiritual-intellectual to pure spiritual, and then to the practical pure spiritual state. In the first volume we find profound truths explained with the help of illustrations as guide to intellectual reasoning. For example, the tortoise moves about in water, but do you know where its mind abides? Rub your hands with oil before you break the jackfruit, and so on. In Volume II the highest Truth is explained by an intellect that is soaked in spirit. In Volume III Sri Ramakrishna is found expounding sublime truths from a totally spiritual perspective. In Volume IV a practical spirit shows how to internalize and apply the injunctions in everyday life. Volume V additionally contains an index of characters and the songs of all five volumes. The five volumes of the Kathamrita, then, are five steps leading us from the gross to the Mahakarana (the Great Cause).

Smt. Ishwar Devi Gupta, who left her mortal body on Buddha Purnima, 26 May 2002, remains the driving spirit behind the translation and publication of these volumes of the Kathamrita, both in English and in Hindi. It was her strong desire that an English version of the five volumes be published. Her husband, Sri Dharm Pal Gupta, maintaining the same spirit of faithful translation, prepared the original English draft with the assistance of a few dedicated devotees.

May our readers, friends, and associates attain supreme bliss and peace by reading this book. This is our heartfelt prayer at the feet of the Lord.

 

Publisher's Note
Volume-5

We present before our English-speaking reader the fifth volume of Sri Sri Ramakrishna Kathamrita. By the immense grace of Sri Ramakrishna, the first edition was published in 2001, followed by volume II in 2002, volume III in 2005 and Volume IV in 2007. A second, enhanced edition of Volume I was printed in 2010. In this five- volume series we attempt to translate the original Bengali edition as published by M., which is currently published by the Kathamrita Bhawan, Calcutta.

Before you dive deep into the Kathamrita, a look at its publishing history may b of interest. The five volumes of the Kathamrita in Bengali by M. saw the light of day in the years 1902, 1904, 1908, 1910, and 1932. Reading all five volumes, one sees the development of the mind: from intellectual to intellectual spiritual, from intellectual-spiritual to spiritual-intellectual ,and from spiritual-intellectual to pure spiritual, and then t o the practical pure spiritual state. In the first volume was find profound truths explained with the help of illustrations as guide to intellectual reasoning. For example, the tortoise moves about in water, but do yu know where its mind abides? Rub your hands with oil before you break the jackfruit, and so on. In volume II the highest Truth is explained by an intellect that is soaked in spirit. In volume III Sri Ramakrishna is found expounding sublime truths from a totally spiritual perspective. In volume IV a practical spirit shows how to internalize and apply the injunctions in everyday life. Volume V additionally contains an index of characters and the songs of all five volumes. The five volumes of the Kathamirta, then, are five steps leading us from t e gross to the Mahakarna (the Great Cause).

Smt. Ishwar Devi Gupt, who left her mortal body on Buddha Purnima, 26 May 2002, remains the driving spirit behind the translation and publication of these volumes of the kathamrita, both in English and in Hindi. It was her strong desire that an English version of the five volumes be published. Her husband, Sri Dharm Pal Gupta, maintaining the same spirit of faithful translation, prepared the original English draft with the assistance of a few dedicated devotees.

May our readers, friends and associates attain supreme bliss and peace by reading this book. This is our heartfelt prayer at the feet of the Lord.

 

Contents

 

 
Volume I
vii
  Publisher's Note vii
  Letters on Sri Sri Ramakrishna Kathamrita xi
  Appreciations xiv
  Life of Thakur as Told by Himself xix
  M.'s Meetings with Sri Ramakrishna xvii
  Acknowledgements xxi
  Prayer xxii
  Introduction: A Brief Life Sketch of Thakur Sri Ramakrishna 1
1 Sri Ramakrishna at Dakshineswar 13
2 Sri Ramakrishna's Steamer Trip with Keshab Chandra Sen, in Joy and Conversation 63
3 Visit to the Sinthi Brahmo Samaj and Joyful Conversation with Shivanath and Other Brahmo Devotees 95
4 Sri Ramakrishna Instructs Vijaykrishna Goswami and Other Brahmo Devotees 119
5 Conversation with Amrita, Trailokya, and Other Brahmos at the Kali Temple at Dakshineswar 147
6 Conversation with Devotees about the Essence of Brahman and Primal Power at Dakshineswar Kali Temple, talk on Vidyasagar and Keshab Sen 155
7 With Devotees at Dakshineswar Temple 171
8 Visit of Sri Ramakrishna to Sinduriapatti Brahmo Samaj 185
9 Visit to the House of Jaygopal Sen 199
10 Festival in Surendra's Garden 211
11 Sri Ramakrishna's Meeting with a Pundit 241
12 Another Visit to the Sinthi Brahmo Samaj. Instructions to Vijaykrishna and Other Brahmos, Joyful Moments with Them. 267
13 With Devotees at Dakshineswar 303
14 Sri Ramakrishna's Arrival at a Devotee's House. Conversation and Joy with Narendra, Girish, Balaram, Chunilal, Latu, M., Narayan, and Other Devotees 343
15 Sri Ramakrishna's Joyous Conversations with Ishan, Doctor Sarkar, Girish, and Other Devotees at the House in Shyampukur 377
16 Vijay, Narendra, M., Doctor Sarkar, and Other Devotees in Joyful Conversation with Sri Ramakrishna 403
17 Sri Ramakrishna with Devotees at the Shyampukur House 419
18 Sri Ramakrishna with Narendra, Doctor Sarkar, Girish Ghosh, and Other Devotees 441
  Appendix I - Baranagore Math 459
  Appendix II - Letter from Aswini Kumar to M. 466
  M. (Mahendranath Gupta): Short Life of the Author 479
  Index of Sri M.'s Visits to Sri Ramakrishna 499
  Glossary 503
  Song Index 513
  Index 515
  Illustrations  
  Sri Ramakrishna Paramahamsa , ii
  Holy Mother Sri Sarada Devi ix
  Swami Vivekananda x
  Sri Mahendranath Gupta xvii
  Dakshineswar Temple Grounds xviii
 
Volume-2
 
  Publisher's Note vii
  Prayer vii
  Three Classes of Evidence ix
  Usage of Expression 'kamini kanchana? xi
  Acknowledgements xii
1 Sri Ramakrishna with Narendra and other Intimate Disciples in Dakshineswar 1
2 Sri Ramakrishna's Birth Anniversary Celebrated in Dakshineswar 21
3 Sri Ramakrishna at the Dakshineswar Temple with Devotees - Second Visit of Adhar 43
4 Sri Ramakrishna in Worship Hall of Surendra's House 67
5 Sri Ramakrishna at a Devotee's House in Calcutta 77
6 Sri Ramakrishna with Devotees at Kali Temple in Dakshineswar 85
7 Sri Ramakrishna in Dakshineswar with Devote 3 99
8 Sri Ramakrishna at Dakshineswar Temple with Devotee 107
9 Sri Ramakrishna in the Kali Temple at Dakshineswar 117
10 Sri Ramakrishna and Keshab Chandra Sen in the Lily Cottage 127
11 Sri Ramakrishna in the Kali Temple at Dakshineswar with Devotees 143
12 Sri Ramakrishna with Devotees at Dakshineswar 155
13 Sri Ramakrishna with Prankrishna, M. and other Devotees at Dakshineswar 169
14 Sri Ramakrishna with Devotees at Dakshineswar and attends a Performance of Chaitanya at Calcutta 195
15 Sri Ramakrishna in Sadharan Brahmo Samaj - Instructions to Vijay Goswami 219
16 Sri Ramakrishna in Ram's House with Devotees 229
17 Sri Ramakrishna with Devotees on Navami Puja Day in Dakshineswar 243
18 Sri Ramakrishna at Adhar's House - enjoys Devotional Songs with Devotees 263
19 Sri Ramakrishna with Devotees in Dakshineswar 273
20 Sri Ramakrishna in Samadhi with Devotees in the Dead of Night of the Kali Puja in Dakshineswar 309
21 Sri Ramakrishna with Devotees in the House of a Marwari Devotee 321
22 Sri Ramakrishna at Panchavati in Dakshineswar with Devotees 335
23 Sri Ramakrishna with Devotees at Dakshineswar on Dolayatra Day 353
24 Sri Ramakrishna arrives at a Devotee's House in Calcutta - Festivity at Girish Ghosh's House 371
25 Sri Ramakrishna in the Company of Devotees at Shyampukur 389
26 Sri Ramakrishna in Cossipore Garden House with Devotees 403
27 Sri Ramakrishna with Devotees in Cossipore Garden House 415
  Appendix - Sri Ramakrishna in the Hearts of Devotees 441
  Glossary 477
 
Volume-3
 
  Publisher's Note v
  Prayer viii
  Acknoledgements x
  Three Classes of Evidences xi
  Usage of Expresssion 'Kamini Kanchan' and conventions used in the book xiii
1 Sri Ramakrishba's meeting with Iswar Chandra Vidyasagar in Calcutta 1
2 Sri Ramakrishna with the Devotees at Dakshineswar Temple 31
3 Sri Ramakrishna with Devotees at Dakshineswar Temple on the Vijay Festival Day 45
4 Sri Ramakrishna on the Main Road to Calcutta with his Devotees 57
5 Sri Ramakrishna at Dakshinwar Temple with Devotees 75
6 At the Dakshineswar Temple with Ratan and other Devotees 85
7 Sri Ramkrisha is invited to Calcutta 99
8 Sri Ramakrishna at the Dakshinesear Kali Temple 115
9 Sri Ramakrishna at the Dakshineswar with Pundit Shashadhar and other Devotees 129
10 Sri Ramakrishna at Dakshineswar Temple with Devotees 171
11 Sri Ramakrishna Attends a Play about Prahlada's Life 197
12 Sri Ramakrishna with the Devotees at the Dakshineswar Temple 215
13 Sri Ramakrishna at a Devotee's house in calcutta 235
14 Sri Ramakrishna in the Company of Devotees at Balaram's house 251
15 Sri Ramakrishna at Balaram Basu's House in Calcutta 291
16 Sri ramakrishna, accompanied by Devotees, at the House of a Devotee 315
17 Sri Ramakrishna with Captain, Narendra and other Devotees,a t Dakshineswar 325
18 Sri Ramakrishna at Devotees' Homes in Calcuttta 361
19 Sri Ramakrishna at Devotees's Homes in Calcutta 349
20 Thakur with the Devotees on the holy Vijaya Dashami Day 391
21 Sri Ramakrishna at the Shyampukur House 411
22 Sri Ramakrishna at he Shyampukur House 433
23 With Devotees at the Cossipore Garden House 447
24 Sri Ramakrishna at the Cossipore Garden House with his intimate companions 457
25 Sri Ramakrishna at Cossipore Garden House with Narendra and other Devotees 471
26 Sri Ramakrishna at the Cossipore Garden House with his Intimate Companions 479
27 Appendix-Sri Ramakrishna's first monastery 491
28 Glossary 511
29 Index of M.' s visits to Sri Ramakrishna 521
 
Volume- 4
 
  Publisher's Note ix
  Acknowledgements xi
  M'. S Meeting with Sri Ramakrishna xvii
  Life of Thakur as Told by Himself xviii
  Prayer xx
1 Sri Ramakrishan at the Dakshineswar Temple with Rakhal, Prankrishna, Kedar, and Oher Devotees 1
2 Sri Ramakrishna at ht eDakshineswar Temple with Rakhal, Ram , Nityagopal, Chudhury, and Others 19
3 At Balaram's House with Narendra, Rakhal , and Other Devotees 25
4 Sri Ramakrishna at the Nandan ABAgan Brahmo Samaj with Rakhal, M., and other Devotee 31
5 Sri Ramakrishna at the Dakshineswar Temmple with Rakhal, Ram, Kedar, Tarak, M., and other Devotees 39
6 Sri Ramakrishna with Rakhal, Ram, M., Bhavanath, and Other Devotees at the Panihati Festival 43
7 Sri Ranakrishna as Guiru at aDakshnieswar with Intimate Disciples 53
8 Sri Ramakrishna in the Role of Guru at the Dakshhinewar Temple with Devotees 77
9 At the Dakshineswar Temmple with Rakhal and othe rDevotees 99
10 With Rakhal, Latu, M., Mahima, and others at the Dakshineswar Temple 121
11 With Rakhal, M., Manilal, and others at he Dakshineswar Temple 139
12 Sri Ramakrishba wit Rakhal, Ram, Nitya, Adhar, M., Mahima, and oth r Devotees at the Dakshineswar Temple 147
13 Sri Ramakrishna at h e Dakshineswar Temple with Vijay , Kedar, Rakha, Surendra, and other Devottees on His Birthday 169
14 Sri Ramakrishna at the Dakshineswar Temple with Surendra, Bhavanath, Rakhal, Latu, ., Adhar, and Other Devotees 185
15 Sri Ramakrishna with Devotees at Balaram's House on the Day of the Return Car Festival 195
16 Thakur a thte Dakshineswar Temple withM., Rakhal, Latu, Balaram, Adhar, Devotees from Shivapur, and ohters 217
17 Thakur with Narendra and other Devotees at Adhar's House 241
18 Sri Ramakrishna with Ram, Baburam, M., Chuni, Adhar, Bhavanath, Miranjan, and other Devotees at eh Dakshineswar Temple 251
19 Thakur at Dakshneswar Temple with Narendra and other Devotees 279
20 Thakur at Dakshineswar with Maahendra, Rakhal, Radhika Goswami, and other Devotees 305
21 Thakur with Latu, M., Manilal, Mukherji, and othe rDevotees at the Dakshineswar Temple 341
22 Sri Ramakrishna with Baburam, Nilkantha, M., Manomohan, and other Devotees at he Dakshineswar Temple 373
23 Car Festival at Balaram's House 401
24 Thakur at ht Dakshineswar Temple with Rakhal, M., Mahimacharan, and other Devotees 441
25 Sri Ramakrishna with Rakhal, M., Pundit Shyampada, and other Devotees at the Dakshineswr Temple 459
26 Thakur with devotees at the Dakshineswar Temple on Janmashtmai Festical Day 469
27 With Doctor Sarkar, Narendra, Sashi, Sarat, M., Girish, and others at the Shyampukur House 487
28 At the Shymapukur House with Narendra, Dr. Sarkar, and other Devotees 503
29 The House in Shyampukur-Thakur with Narendra, Mani, and other Devotees 509
30 Sri Ramakrishna with Hariballav, Narendra, Mishra, and other Devotees at eh Shyampukur House 515
31 With Narendra and other Devotees at the Cossipore Garden House 525
32 Sri Ramakrishna with Narendra and other Devotees at the Cossipore Garden House 533
33 Sri Ramakrishna at Cossipore Garden House with Narendra and other Devotees 539
34 Appendix A- Baranagore Math 551
35 Appendix B- Complete index of M.'s Visits to Sri Ramakrishna 559
36 Glossary 563
37 Song Index 573
38 Index 577
39 Illustrations  
40 Sri Ramakrishna Paramahamsa , ii
41 Dakshineswar Temple Grounds] viii
42 Holy Mother, Sri Sarada Devi xii
  Sri Mahendranath Gupta xvi
 
Volume-5
 
  Publisher's Note ix
  Acknowledgements xi
  M'. S Meeting with Sri Ramakrishna xiv
  Life of Thakur as Told by Himself xv
  Prayer xvii
1 Sri Ramakrishna with Devotees 1
2 Sri Ramakrishna with Devotees at Dakshineswar 21
3 Sri Ramakrishna at the Brahmo Festival Celebrtateda t Mani Mallick's 33
4 Sri Ramakrishna oin Joyful singing at the House of Givinda Mukherji in a Village in Belgharia 45
5 Sri Ramakrishna with Brahmo Devotees at Brahmo Samaj in Sinthi 55
6 Sri Ramakrishna at Balaram's and Adhar's houses in calcutta 73
7 Sri ramakrishna with Devotees at Dakshineswar 93
8 Adhar's House-Sri Ramakrishna with Rakhal, Ishna and other Devotees 111
9 At Dakshineswar with Devotees 125
10 Sri Ramakrishna at the Durga Puja Festival at Adhar's House 137
11 The Lakshmi Full moon Fetival of the Brisht For tnight of Aswin at Dakshineswar 149
12 Sri ramakrishna at Dakshineswar with Devotees 161
13 Sri Ramakrishna at Dakshineswar with devotees in Ram Chandra's Garden House 177
14 Sri Ramakrishna at Dakshineswar with Manilal and other devotees 187
15 Sri Ramakrishna at Dakshineswar -Phalaharinin Puja and ht e Vidyasundar Musical Theatrical Performance 203
16 Birthday Celebration for Sri ramakrishna at Dakshineswar-Joyful krtan with Narendra dn other Devotees 227
17 Conversation at Girish's House on Harmony of knowledge and Devotion 247
18 Sri Ramakrishna Observing Silence and vision of Maya 265
  Appendix I- Sri Ramakrishna and Narendra (Swami Vivekanada) 273
  Appendix II-Sri Ramakrishna and Bankim 335
  Apendix -III -With Keshab at Dakshineswar Temple 353
  Aappendix V- Sri Ramakrishna's visit to Surendra's Home 361
  Appendix V-Sri Ramakrishna at Manomohan's Home 365
  Appendix VI-Sri Ramakrishna t Rajendra's House 371
  Appendix VII- Sri Ramakrishna at the Grand Feastival of the Brahmo Samaj at Shimuliia 379
  A Guide to Daily visits with Sri Ramakrishna 385
  Index of visitors, Devotees of Inner Circle, and Visting Devotees 445
  Complete index of M.'s visits to Sri Ramakrishna 509
  Glossary 513
  Song Index 519
  Index 523
  Illustrations  
  Sri Ramakrishna Paramahamsa , ii
  Dakshineswar Temple Grounds vii
  Holy Mother, Sri Sarada Devi xii
  Sri Mahendranath Gupta xiii

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