Sri Ramakrishna's Thoughts on Man World and God

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Item Code: NAJ807
Author: Swami Tapasyananda
Language: English
Edition: 2005
ISBN: 8178231859
Pages: 184
Cover: Paperback
Other Details 7 inch X 5 inch
Weight 140 gm
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About the Book

Sri Ramakrishna's Thoughts on Man, World And God is a study on Sri Ramakrishna's ideas on Man, World, God and Spiritual life, in a Vedantic perspective, based on his recorded teachings. There is an urgent need today to make an in-depth study of his ideas and discover their universal dimensions. This book may be considered as the first step towards that goal….


About the Author

(1904-1991) was a disciple of Swami Shivanandaji Maharaj, one of the eminent disciples of Sri Ramakrishna. The Swami was a vice-president of the Ramakrishna Order during 1985-1991. He was an erudite scholar in Indian and Western philosophy. He has to his credit many books in English, including the translations of many scriptures. His translation of Srimad Bhagavatam in four volumes has been highly acclaimed in intellectual and devotional circles.


Publisher's Note

THIS BOOK BRINGS together Sri Ramakrishna's ideas on the three metaphysical concepts-God, man, and universe--and allied matters.

Swami Tapasyananda (1904-1991) was a vice- president of the Ramakrishna Order and the editor of the Vedanta Kesari from May 1931 to April 1939. A deep thinker and a prolific writer, he has written several books and translated many scriptures into English. Present book is a set of essays originally published as editorials in the Vedanta Kesari in 1939. The material has been rearranged under suitable headings and subheadings are provided for easy reading. The essay on Religious Pluralism first appeared in 1979 as an introduction to Dharma Sagara, a Sanskrit epic poem on Sri Ramakrishna by Dr P.K. Narayana Pillai, a noted scholar. This book is compiled by Br. Srishachaitanya, a brahmacharin of the Ramakrishna Order.

There is an urgent need today to make an in-depth study of Sri Ramakrishna's ideas, to discover his philosophy, and to present it in a systematic format. We hope this book will be helpful to those who wish to take up this challenging task. To the common reader, this book will be of immense value, for it brings together Sri Ramakrishna's thoughts on a wide variety of subjects.




  Publisher's Note v
  I: Man  
1 Man and His Destiny 3
  Scientific view 3
  Religious view 5
  Vedantic view: A Reconcilation 6
  Sri Ramakrishna's view 8
  Man is Divine 8
  Present State is Owing to Ignorance 9
  The Goal 10
  Four Classes of Men 10
  Another Classification 12
  To Manifest the divinity is the Right of Everyone 13
  Conditions for Success 15
2 The Perfect Man 17
  Different views 17
  Sri Ramakrishna's view 18
  General Signs of Perfection 19
  Samadhi 21
  Pseudo Samadhi 24
  Three Types of Spiritual Men 25
  Vijnani 26
  II: World  
1 Doctrine of Maya 33
  Maya: Its Implications 34
  What is Maya 35
  Two levels of Experience 37
  Logical Place of the Second Level 39
  Maya in other Schools 40
  Maya: The Power of Brahman 42
  Maya: Brahman as Power 43
  Vital Place of Maya in Life 44
2 Sri Ramakrishna's view 46
  World is Ephemeral 47
  World is Mithya 49
  Positive Approach 50
  Maya is a Power 53
  Maya as Twin Forces 55
  Bondage 56
  Vidya-Maya 57
  Avidya-Maya 58
  Two Classes of Men 59
  Channels of Avidya-Maya 61:1
1 Vanity and Pride 61
  Vanity of the Scholar 63
  Study is a Must 64
2 Woman and Gold 66
  Woman 67
  The Snare of Sex 69
  Gold 74
  A Summary 77
  III: God  
1 God of Sri Ramakrishna  
  A General Conception 81
  Living Presence 82
  States of Consciousness 84
  Absolute Consciousness and Relative Universe 84
  The Divine Mother 87
  Personal-Impersonal 89
  Many Forms of God 91
  Divine Incarnations 93
2 Two Highways to God 95
  Four Paths 95
  Two Highways 96
  Karma Yoga 97
  Jnana Yoga 100
  Initial Qualifications 101
  Bhakti Yoga 103
  Intial Qualifications 104
  Sri Ramakrishna : Jnani and Bhakta 105
3 Spiritual Life 108
  External Aids 109
  Rituals 109
  Caste Rules 110
  Image- Worship 111
  Pilgrimage 111
  Obstacles 112
  Occult Powers 112
  Fanaticism 113
  Necessary Moral Virtues 114
  Alms and Charities 114
  Reticence 115
  Humility 115
  Simple-Mindeness 115
  Dutifulness 115
  Detachment 116
  Self-Control 117
  Truth 117
  Brahmacharya 118
  Prayers 118
  Fundamentals of Spiritual Life 119
  Faith in God 119
  Faith in Guru 122
  Resignation 124
  Viveka 125
  Constant Practise 126
  Japa 127
  Meditation 128
  Vairagya 128
  Yeaning for God 129
  IV: Religious Pluralism  
  Sphere of Religion 135
  Comparative Religion 137
  Inter-Religious Understanding 139
  Cause of Conflict 140
  Solution: A Phenomenological Approach 144
  Practical and not Theoretical 146
  V: Sri Ramakrishna's Spiritual Experiences  
  His Spiritual Quest 154
  His Spiritual Practise 156
  His Spiritual Attainment 158
  Bhavamukha 159
  Conclusion 163
  Glossary 167
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