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Sri Ramakrishna Darshanam: Lavishly Illustrated in Color

Sri Ramakrishna Darshanam: Lavishly Illustrated in Color

$28
Item Code: IDH441
Publisher: Sri Ramakrishna Ashrama, Rajkot
Edition: 2003
Pages: 86 (Color Illus: 43)
Cover: Hardcover
Other Details: 13" X 9.3
Weight 1.07 kg
Preface

Sri Ramakrishna's life is the most significant event in modern history. His message that all religions lead to the same Godhead is the only wisdom that can lead our world torn by religious conflicts towards a global peace and religious harmony. While Christ, Buddha or Muhammad established their own religions, Sri Ramakrishna reaffirmed people's faith not in the fundamental but the universal dimensions of these religions by his own spiritual Sadhana through all these paths. And this restoration of faith in the religions has brought a religious revival all over the world in spite of seventy years of Godless Communism and amoral materialism.

Sri Ramakrishna's message of the service to human beings on veritable embodiments of Gods, especially to God the poor (Daridra-Narayan), God the sick (Rogi-Narayan), God the seeker of knowledge (Vidyarthi-Narayan), God the fallen (Papi-Narayan) and God the offlicted (Topi-Narayan) irrespective of caste, creed and religion - is the basis of the new society and culture based on Vedantic humanism. His message of respecting and elevating women to living Goddesses is bringing a whole new generation of women leaders, both secular and spiritual, in India and abroad. Finally, Sri Ramakrishna's universal message of awakening man's essential divinity as the final goal of human life is slowly ushering a spiritual culture and spiritual civilization in today's world of consumeristic pride, hedonistic arrogance, sensate madness and fundamentalist atrocities.

We have chosen thirty-six major incidents from Sri Ramakrishna's life and twelve parables narrated by him and tried to project them through modest paintings. Each painting is supported by a short description and interpretation of the event. The homage of world thinkers is also included.

Documents and materials for the description of these painting have mostly been taken from Sri Ramakrishna, the Great Master (Third Edition) by Swami Saradananda, a disciple of Sri Ramakrishna; 'Sri Sri Ramakrishna Punthi' (Bengali, 9th edition) by Akshay Kumar Sen, a disciple of Sri Ramakrishna; Ramakrishna as we saw Him' by Swami Chetanananda of Vedanta Centre, St. Louis, U.S.A.; The Gospel of Sri Ramakrishna' by M (Mahendranath Gupta) and Sri Sri Ramakrishna Kathamrita, (Udbodhan, 1986). Some other books also have been consulted.

A Swami of our Ashrama assisted by Sri Ramakrishna Rao, an artist of Hyderabad, did these simple paintings. Sri Mukesh Rathod of Rajkot did the computer designing. Sri Sachin Gupta and Sri C.M. Malik of Delhi, Sri Dilip Choksi, Dr. & Mrs. Yogesh Chandarana of Mumbai, Sri Bhogilal Patel and Dr. Rashmi Shah of Gujarat Helped us in various ways to bring out the book. Swami Sarvasthananda, Br. Shesharaja and Br. Tamal assisted in compiling the text and writing, typing and printing of the book. We are grateful to all of them.

Our deepest gratitude and heartfelt Pranams go to Revered Swami Ranganathanandaji Maharaj, President, Ramakrishna Math and Ramakrishna Mission, who in spite of his ill health, saw the paintings and blessed the project with a foreword.

We will fell happy if the book can arouse even a little interest in the historic life and epoch-making message of Sri Ramakrishna.

CONTENTS
Sr. No.PaintingsPage No.
1Sri Ramakrishna's father, Sri Kshudiram, gets a divine dream of his future son as an incarnation of Lord Vishnu.9
2Gadadhar, the divine child in his birthplace Kamarpukar11
3Child Gadai plays with Hanumanas-the black-faced monkeys13
4Sri Ramakrishna's first divine ecstasy-samadhi at the age of six.15
5Boy Gadadhar's total absorption in Shiva on Shivaratri festival17
6The child Ramakrishna breaks caste restriction by accepting food from a blacksmith mother.19
7The poor villager Chinu Shankhari first worshipped Gadadhar as an incarnation of God.21
8Sri Ramakrishna's intense yearning brings him the vision of Kali.23
9Sri Ramakrishna sees a living and beloved god in the stone image of Krishna.25
10Sri Ramakrishna practices tantric Sadhana under the guidance of Bhairavi Brahmani.27
11With Sri Ramakrishna's love the stone image of child Rama becomes living.29
12Sri Ramakrishna practises Nirakara Sadhana under Tota Puri31
13Sri Ramakrishna practises Sufi Islam Sadhana under Govinda Ray.33
14Sri Ramakrishna's vision of Mother Sita and Hanumana, the servant of Rama.35
15Through Sri Radha's grace Sri Ramakrishna gets the vision of Sri Krishna.37
16Sri Ramakrishna's vision of child Jesus in the lap of Mary - the Motherhood of God.39
17Sri Ramakrishna's vision of Jesus, the Son of God41
18Sri Ramakrishna's vision of Shiva in te cremation ground of golden Kashi43
19Sri Ramakrishna's vision of Sri Chaitanya and Sri Nityananda at Navadwip45
20Sri Ramakrishna realizes Lord Buddha as an incarnation of God47
21Sri Ramakrishna sees God in human beings: Sri Krishna in an English boy.49
22Sri Ramakrishna gets the divine command to remain in the realm of both the Absolute and the Relative.51
23Sri Ramakrishna asks rich Mathur to serve the poor, the living Gods, at Vaidyanath.53
24Sri Ramakrishna brings divine bliss to the common masses55
25Sri Ramakrishna worships his young wife, Sri Sarada Devi as the Divine Mother.57
26Sri Ramakrishna sees the Divine Mother Kali and his own mother, in his wife Sri Sarada Devi.59
27Sri Ramakrishna's vision of Nara-Narayana in Narendranath.61
29Sri Ramakrishna prophesies to Keshab Sen that his message would travel far and wide.65
30At Girish's theatre Sri Ramakrishna blesses sixteen actresses rejected as fallen by the society.67
31Sri Ramakrishna's grace for the neglected ones: Rasik - sweeper of Dakshineswar69
32Sri Ramakrishna's grace on the ruffian Manmatha in the house of Yogin-ma.71
33Sri Ramakrishna reveals himself as a mighty incarnation power before Gauri Pundit and Vaishnav Dharan at Dakshineswar.73
34Sri Ramakrishna's self revelation as divine incarnation on 1st January, 188675
35Sri Ramakrishna distributes ochre cloth and rosary among his young disciples.77
36Sri Ramakrishna reveals himself to Naren as an incarnation of Sri Rama and Sri Krishna.79
37Pictorial Parables of Sri Ramakrishna - 180
38Pictorial Parables of Sri Ramakrishna - 281
39Pictorial Parables of Sri Ramakrishna - 382
40Pictorial Parables of Sri Ramakrishna - 483
41World Thinkers on Sri Ramakrishna - 184
42World Thinkers on Sri Ramakrishna - 285
43Sri Ma Sarada Devi and Swami Vivekananda on Sri Ramakrishna86
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