Subscribe for Newsletters and Discounts
Be the first to receive our thoughtfully written
religious articles and product discounts.
Your interests (Optional)
This will help us make recommendations and send discounts and sale information at times.
By registering, you may receive account related information, our email newsletters and product updates, no more than twice a month. Please read our Privacy Policy for details.
.
By subscribing, you will receive our email newsletters and product updates, no more than twice a month. All emails will be sent by Exotic India using the email address info@exoticindia.com.

Please read our Privacy Policy for details.
|6
Sign In  |  Sign up
Your Cart (0)
Best Deals
Share our website with your friends.
Email this page to a friend
Books > Hindu > Vaishnav > Sri Ramakrishna’s Ideas and Our Times: A Retrospect on His 175th Birth Anniversary (A Commemorative Volume)
Subscribe to our newsletter and discounts
Sri Ramakrishna’s Ideas and Our Times: A Retrospect on His 175th Birth Anniversary (A Commemorative Volume)
Pages from the book
Sri Ramakrishna’s Ideas and Our Times: A Retrospect on His 175th Birth Anniversary (A Commemorative Volume)
Look Inside the Book
Description

About the Book

 

The life of Sri Ramakrishna was an extraordinary searchlight under whose illumination one is able to really understand the whole scope of Hindu religion..... The books were theories, he was the realization. This man had in fifty-one years lived the five thousand years of national spiritual life and so raised himself to be an object-lesson for future generations. The Vedas can only be explained and the Shastras reconciled by his theory of Avastha or stages - that we must not only tolerate others, but positively embrace them, and that truth is the basis of all religions.

 

Preface

 

On November 30, 1894, Swami Vivekananda wrote to Alasinga Perumal: “What nonsense about the miracle of Ramakrishna] ... If they [i.e. those writing on Sri Ramakrishna] can write a real life of Shri Ramakrishna with the idea of showing what he came to do and teach, let them do it, otherwise let them not distort his life and sayings.” It is obvious from these remarks that soon after the death of Sri Ramakrishna, his life began to be projected in various ways. Swami Vivekananda regarded most of these writings as silly imbecilities. They went against the rational and scientific temper of the age to construct a miracle man out of Sri Ramakrishna and demonstrate, as Swamiji sarcastically remarks, that Ramakrishna had “nothing to do in the world but turning wine into ... [D.] Gupta’s medicine.” Swamiji may not have been successful in dismantlingthis grandiose project of constructing a miracle man out of Sri Ramakrishna, but he had the conviction that it was possible’ to interpret Sri Ramakrishna’s spiritual life in a more philosophical manner. An for this, he felt, it was important to develop a more dispassionate method of interpretation.

 

How should the extraordinary life of a man who “had in fifty- one years lived the five thousand years of national spiritual life” be written? What kind of language should be employed? Which of his ideas should be disseminated? How should he be presented before foreign readers? Swamiji thought hard on these questions. His letters show that he tried to prepare certain well-defined guidelines for interpreting Sri Ramakrishna’s life and teachings. However, these guidelines were not strictly followed in later times. The interpretation of Sri Ramakrishna’s life by different people in different places and at different times has given Ramakrishna literature a unique variety. It seems like there are different routes to reach the goal called Sri Ramakrishna. Various interpreters in India and outside India, in Bengal and outside Bengal, within the Ramakrishna Order and outside, have discovered ‘many’ forms of the ‘one’ Ramakrishna. Yet “a real life of Sri Ramakrishna” did not get written. Perhaps “a real life” of Sri Ramakrishna can never be written. It is very difficult to cast the extraordinary life of a man like him in the rigid frame of a mould. And this is why there continues to be an endless interpretation of his life and teachings.

 

The assessment of Sri Ramakrishna that began in The Indian Mirror on March 28, 1875 (later collected by Brajendranath Bandyopadhyay and Sajanikanta Das and published as Samasamayik Dristitey Sri Ramakrishna Paramahamsa) continues unabated. To some he is a ‘miracle’, to some he is ‘a wonderful mixture of God and man’, and to some ‘an extraordinary searchlight under whose illumination one is able to really understand the whole scope of Hindu religion’. These early efforts to see Sri Ramakrishna as a unique individual have been transformed in recent times into a project of seeing in him the ‘mindscape’ of a unique moment in history by postcolonial scholars. For them, Sri Ramakrishna is the door to the pre-colonial world. He takes them, as it were, to the ‘uncolonized innocence’ of the pre-colonial past and helps them discover the secret history of ‘our’ modernity. This is the site where we find conscientious efforts to construct a dominant culture opposed to hegemonic colonial culture.

 

In order to be a part of this tradition of Ramakrishna assessment, Ramakrishna Mission Vidyamandira, Belur Math in association with the Ramakrishna Mission Institute of Culture, Golpark organized an International Seminar between 19th and 21st January 2012 to commemorate his 175th Birth Anniversary. Tided ‘Sri Ramakrishna’s Ideas and Our Times: A Retrospect on His 175th Birth Anniversary’, the Seminar was funded by the UGC and other munificent patrons.

 

The present volume brings together most of the papers presented at this International Seminar by monks of the Ramakrishna Order, internationally acclaimed thinkers, and young scholars. Altogether eight papers were presented by young scholars and college teachers at the Seminar out of which six are included in this volume. Two of them are in Bengali. The volume also contains two valuable articles - an edited version of the text of the lecture delivered by Professor Sudipta Kaviraj at Ramakrishna Mission Vidyamandira on 23rd December 2011 and an original, unpublished essay by Professor Arindam Chakrabarti.

 

We have received invaluable help and advice from many people in organizing the Seminar and publishing this commemorative volume. We convey our thanks and gratitude to all of them. We owe a debt of gratitude to Swami Vimalatmananda, Swami Sarvapriyananda, Swami Krishnanathanada, Brahmachari Vishwapatichaitanya, Professor Prabir Hui, Sri S. K. Roy, Sri M. P. Jalan and Sri Tapas Saha for their unstinted support and cooperation. We take this opportunity to convey our sincere thanks to them.

 

Contents

 

Publishers’ Note

 

Preface

 

Approaching Sri Ramakrishna from Our Times

1

The Life and Times of Sri Ramakrishna

 

Sri Ramakrishna’s Ideas and Our Times

13

Sri Ramakrishna Paramahamsa and Religious Life in Nineteenth Century Bengal

27

Sri Ramakrishna and His Times

45

Sri Ramakrishna and His Chief Disciple

55

Sri Ramakrishna: The Man and His Personality

 

A Study of Sri Ramakrishna’s Bhavamukha State of Consciousness through Science, Philosophy and Tradition

65

Sri Ramakrishna as Acine Gach: “The Tree Without a Name”

93

Sri Ramakrishna: the Friend, Philosopher and Guide

113

Sri Ramakrishna’s Ideas

 

Yato Mat Tato Path

121

Impact of Ramakrishna’s Ideas

127

Why Pray to God who can Hear the Ant’s Anklets? Prayer, Freedom and Karma

155

Sri Ramakrishna: from the Feminist Perspective

179

Sri Sri Ramakrishna Kathamrita as a Text

 

On the Ramakrishna Kathamrita

197

The Kathamrita: a Text for All Contexts

227

The Language of Connectivity

245

Concept and Power of Music According to Sri Ramakrishna

251

Sri Ramakrishna and Our Times

 

Sri Ramakrishna’s Ideas and Islam Today

259

Sri Ramakrishna and Our Times: a Perspective from the West

269

Sri Ramakrishna and Our Times

291

Perspectives on Sri Ramakrishna

 

Sri Ramakrishna’s Idea of God: Collective Perspective

323

Fish and Fisherman Imagery in Sri Ramakrishna’s Teachings: Discourses on Power and Beyond in the Light of the Vedas and Mahabharata

333

Sri Ramakrishna and the Concept of Truth Mahitosh Mandal

353

Sri Ramakrishna’s Love for Visual Devotional Art

361

Sri Ramakrishna O Vishishtadvaitavad (Bengali)

369

Sri Ramakrishna O Tnar Vaishnav Sadhana (Bengali)

373

Annexure I

389

Annexure 11

394

Index

395

 

Sample Page

Sri Ramakrishna’s Ideas and Our Times: A Retrospect on His 175th Birth Anniversary (A Commemorative Volume)

Item Code:
NAJ826
Cover:
Hardcover
Edition:
2013
ISBN:
9789381325254
Language:
English
Size:
8.5 inch X 5.5 inch
Pages:
427 (6 Color Illustrations)
Other Details:
Weight of the Book: 645 gms
Price:
$29.00
Discounted:
$23.20   Shipping Free
You Save:
$5.80 (20%)
Look Inside the Book
Notify me when this item is available
Notify me when this item is available
You will be notified when this item is available
Be the first to rate this product
Add to Wishlist
Send as e-card
Send as free online greeting card
Sri Ramakrishna’s Ideas and Our Times: A Retrospect on His 175th Birth Anniversary (A Commemorative Volume)
From:
Edit     
You will be informed as and when your card is viewed. Please note that your card will be active in the system for 30 days.

Viewed 4572 times since 2nd Dec, 2014

About the Book

 

The life of Sri Ramakrishna was an extraordinary searchlight under whose illumination one is able to really understand the whole scope of Hindu religion..... The books were theories, he was the realization. This man had in fifty-one years lived the five thousand years of national spiritual life and so raised himself to be an object-lesson for future generations. The Vedas can only be explained and the Shastras reconciled by his theory of Avastha or stages - that we must not only tolerate others, but positively embrace them, and that truth is the basis of all religions.

 

Preface

 

On November 30, 1894, Swami Vivekananda wrote to Alasinga Perumal: “What nonsense about the miracle of Ramakrishna] ... If they [i.e. those writing on Sri Ramakrishna] can write a real life of Shri Ramakrishna with the idea of showing what he came to do and teach, let them do it, otherwise let them not distort his life and sayings.” It is obvious from these remarks that soon after the death of Sri Ramakrishna, his life began to be projected in various ways. Swami Vivekananda regarded most of these writings as silly imbecilities. They went against the rational and scientific temper of the age to construct a miracle man out of Sri Ramakrishna and demonstrate, as Swamiji sarcastically remarks, that Ramakrishna had “nothing to do in the world but turning wine into ... [D.] Gupta’s medicine.” Swamiji may not have been successful in dismantlingthis grandiose project of constructing a miracle man out of Sri Ramakrishna, but he had the conviction that it was possible’ to interpret Sri Ramakrishna’s spiritual life in a more philosophical manner. An for this, he felt, it was important to develop a more dispassionate method of interpretation.

 

How should the extraordinary life of a man who “had in fifty- one years lived the five thousand years of national spiritual life” be written? What kind of language should be employed? Which of his ideas should be disseminated? How should he be presented before foreign readers? Swamiji thought hard on these questions. His letters show that he tried to prepare certain well-defined guidelines for interpreting Sri Ramakrishna’s life and teachings. However, these guidelines were not strictly followed in later times. The interpretation of Sri Ramakrishna’s life by different people in different places and at different times has given Ramakrishna literature a unique variety. It seems like there are different routes to reach the goal called Sri Ramakrishna. Various interpreters in India and outside India, in Bengal and outside Bengal, within the Ramakrishna Order and outside, have discovered ‘many’ forms of the ‘one’ Ramakrishna. Yet “a real life of Sri Ramakrishna” did not get written. Perhaps “a real life” of Sri Ramakrishna can never be written. It is very difficult to cast the extraordinary life of a man like him in the rigid frame of a mould. And this is why there continues to be an endless interpretation of his life and teachings.

 

The assessment of Sri Ramakrishna that began in The Indian Mirror on March 28, 1875 (later collected by Brajendranath Bandyopadhyay and Sajanikanta Das and published as Samasamayik Dristitey Sri Ramakrishna Paramahamsa) continues unabated. To some he is a ‘miracle’, to some he is ‘a wonderful mixture of God and man’, and to some ‘an extraordinary searchlight under whose illumination one is able to really understand the whole scope of Hindu religion’. These early efforts to see Sri Ramakrishna as a unique individual have been transformed in recent times into a project of seeing in him the ‘mindscape’ of a unique moment in history by postcolonial scholars. For them, Sri Ramakrishna is the door to the pre-colonial world. He takes them, as it were, to the ‘uncolonized innocence’ of the pre-colonial past and helps them discover the secret history of ‘our’ modernity. This is the site where we find conscientious efforts to construct a dominant culture opposed to hegemonic colonial culture.

 

In order to be a part of this tradition of Ramakrishna assessment, Ramakrishna Mission Vidyamandira, Belur Math in association with the Ramakrishna Mission Institute of Culture, Golpark organized an International Seminar between 19th and 21st January 2012 to commemorate his 175th Birth Anniversary. Tided ‘Sri Ramakrishna’s Ideas and Our Times: A Retrospect on His 175th Birth Anniversary’, the Seminar was funded by the UGC and other munificent patrons.

 

The present volume brings together most of the papers presented at this International Seminar by monks of the Ramakrishna Order, internationally acclaimed thinkers, and young scholars. Altogether eight papers were presented by young scholars and college teachers at the Seminar out of which six are included in this volume. Two of them are in Bengali. The volume also contains two valuable articles - an edited version of the text of the lecture delivered by Professor Sudipta Kaviraj at Ramakrishna Mission Vidyamandira on 23rd December 2011 and an original, unpublished essay by Professor Arindam Chakrabarti.

 

We have received invaluable help and advice from many people in organizing the Seminar and publishing this commemorative volume. We convey our thanks and gratitude to all of them. We owe a debt of gratitude to Swami Vimalatmananda, Swami Sarvapriyananda, Swami Krishnanathanada, Brahmachari Vishwapatichaitanya, Professor Prabir Hui, Sri S. K. Roy, Sri M. P. Jalan and Sri Tapas Saha for their unstinted support and cooperation. We take this opportunity to convey our sincere thanks to them.

 

Contents

 

Publishers’ Note

 

Preface

 

Approaching Sri Ramakrishna from Our Times

1

The Life and Times of Sri Ramakrishna

 

Sri Ramakrishna’s Ideas and Our Times

13

Sri Ramakrishna Paramahamsa and Religious Life in Nineteenth Century Bengal

27

Sri Ramakrishna and His Times

45

Sri Ramakrishna and His Chief Disciple

55

Sri Ramakrishna: The Man and His Personality

 

A Study of Sri Ramakrishna’s Bhavamukha State of Consciousness through Science, Philosophy and Tradition

65

Sri Ramakrishna as Acine Gach: “The Tree Without a Name”

93

Sri Ramakrishna: the Friend, Philosopher and Guide

113

Sri Ramakrishna’s Ideas

 

Yato Mat Tato Path

121

Impact of Ramakrishna’s Ideas

127

Why Pray to God who can Hear the Ant’s Anklets? Prayer, Freedom and Karma

155

Sri Ramakrishna: from the Feminist Perspective

179

Sri Sri Ramakrishna Kathamrita as a Text

 

On the Ramakrishna Kathamrita

197

The Kathamrita: a Text for All Contexts

227

The Language of Connectivity

245

Concept and Power of Music According to Sri Ramakrishna

251

Sri Ramakrishna and Our Times

 

Sri Ramakrishna’s Ideas and Islam Today

259

Sri Ramakrishna and Our Times: a Perspective from the West

269

Sri Ramakrishna and Our Times

291

Perspectives on Sri Ramakrishna

 

Sri Ramakrishna’s Idea of God: Collective Perspective

323

Fish and Fisherman Imagery in Sri Ramakrishna’s Teachings: Discourses on Power and Beyond in the Light of the Vedas and Mahabharata

333

Sri Ramakrishna and the Concept of Truth Mahitosh Mandal

353

Sri Ramakrishna’s Love for Visual Devotional Art

361

Sri Ramakrishna O Vishishtadvaitavad (Bengali)

369

Sri Ramakrishna O Tnar Vaishnav Sadhana (Bengali)

373

Annexure I

389

Annexure 11

394

Index

395

 

Sample Page

Post a Comment
 
Post a Query
For privacy concerns, please view our Privacy Policy
Based on your browsing history
Loading... Please wait

Items Related to Sri Ramakrishna’s Ideas and Our Times: A Retrospect on His 175th... (Hindu | Books)

The Life Story of Sri Ramakrishna (The First Biography of Sri Ramakrishna)
by Swami Sarvadevananda
Hardcover (Edition: 2014)
Advaita Ashram
Item Code: NAK556
$21.00$16.80
You save: $4.20 (20%)
Add to Cart
Buy Now
Seven Gems (Sri Narayana. Sri Ramakrishna, Sri Satyasai Baba, Sri Vivekananda, Sri Meera, Sri Buddha, Sri Krishna)
by A.D.Jayapraksh
Paperback (Edition: 1987)
A. D. Jayaprakash
Item Code: NAD212
$3.00$2.40
You save: $0.60 (20%)
Add to Cart
Buy Now
Life of M. and Sri Sri Ramakrishna Kathamrita
Item Code: IHL099
$31.00$24.80
You save: $6.20 (20%)
Add to Cart
Buy Now
Sri Sri Ramakrishna Kathamrita: According to M. (Mahendra) a Son of the Lord and Disciple (Set of 5 Volumes)
by Dharm Pal Gupta
Hardcover/Paperback (Edition: 2011)
Sri Ma Trust and Ramakrishna Mission
Item Code: NAF534
$155.00$124.00
You save: $31.00 (20%)
Add to Cart
Buy Now
The Philosophical Ideas of Swami Abhedananda: A Critical Study - A Guide to the Complete Works of Swami Abhedananda (An Old and Rare Book)
Deal 20% Off
by Swami Prajnanananda
Hardcover (Edition: 1992)
Ramakrishna Vedanta Math
Item Code: NAM551
$31.00$19.84
You save: $11.16 (20 + 20%)
Add to Cart
Buy Now
Sri Ramakrishna - The Great Master
Item Code: IDK917
$52.00$41.60
You save: $10.40 (20%)
Add to Cart
Buy Now
Sri Ramakrishna's Thoughts on Man World and God
by Swami Tapasyananda
Paperback (Edition: 2005)
Sri Ramakrishna Math
Item Code: NAJ807
$9.00$7.20
You save: $1.80 (20%)
Add to Cart
Buy Now
The Light of The Modern World (The Universal Significance of Sri Ramakrishna's Avatarahood and Message)
Deal 20% Off
by Swami Bhajanananda
Hardcover (Edition: 2012)
Advaita Ashram
Item Code: NAF034
$18.50$11.84
You save: $6.66 (20 + 20%)
Add to Cart
Buy Now
A Portrait of Sri Ramakrishna
Item Code: IDK751
$57.00$45.60
You save: $11.40 (20%)
Add to Cart
Buy Now
Sri Ramakrishna and His Gospel (Set of Two Volumes)
by Swami Bhuteshananda
Hardcover (Edition: 2006)
Advaita Ashram
Item Code: NAM470
$62.00$49.60
You save: $12.40 (20%)
Add to Cart
Buy Now
The Gospel of Sri Ramakrishna and Its Relevance
Item Code: NAN306
$57.00$45.60
You save: $11.40 (20%)
Add to Cart
Buy Now
Meaning and Significance of Worship ( Based on the Worship of Sri Ramakrishna)
by Swami Yatiswarananda
PAPERBACK (Edition: 2018)
SRI RAMAKRISHNA MATH
Item Code: NAQ719
$23.00$18.40
You save: $4.60 (20%)
Add to Cart
Buy Now
The Gospel of Sri Ramakrishna (Set of 2 Volumes)
by Swami Nikhilananda
Hardcover (Edition: 2019)
Sri Ramakrishna Math
Item Code: NAE612
$45.00$36.00
You save: $9.00 (20%)
Add to Cart
Buy Now
Testimonials
Thank you so much. Your service is amazing. 
Kiran, USA
I received the two books today from my order. The package was intact, and the books arrived in excellent condition. Thank you very much and hope you have a great day. Stay safe, stay healthy,
Smitha, USA
Over the years, I have purchased several statues, wooden, bronze and brass, from Exotic India. The artists have shown exquisite attention to details. These deities are truly awe-inspiring. I have been very pleased with the purchases.
Heramba, USA
The Green Tara that I ordered on 10/12 arrived today.  I am very pleased with it.
William USA
Excellent!!! Excellent!!!
Fotis, Greece
Amazing how fast your order arrived, beautifully packed, just as described.  Thank you very much !
Verena, UK
I just received my package. It was just on time. I truly appreciate all your work Exotic India. The packaging is excellent. I love all my 3 orders. Admire the craftsmanship in all 3 orders. Thanks so much.
Rajalakshmi, USA
Your books arrived in good order and I am very pleased.
Christine, the Netherlands
Thank you very much for the Shri Yantra with Navaratna which has arrived here safely. I noticed that you seem to have had some difficulty in posting it so thank you...Posting anything these days is difficult because the ordinary postal services are either closed or functioning weakly.   I wish the best to Exotic India which is an excellent company...
Mary, Australia
Love your website and the emails
John, USA
Language:
Currency:
All rights reserved. Copyright 2020 © Exotic India