By Swami Chetanananda
Hardback, 11″x 9½”. 232 pages.
Sri Ramakrishna — A Divine Life in Pictures beautifully illustrates the spirit of nineteenth-century Bengal in words and pictures. It focuses on the remarkable life of Sri Ramakrishna Paramahamsa (1836-1886), whose disciples introduced yoga and meditation to the West in 1890s.
This book transports us back in time to the sites where the worldwide spiritual revolution inaugurated by Ramakrishna began. We see for ourselves the lively political and cultural atmosphere of Calcutta under British India, while the vibrant ancient spiritual traditions of rural Bengal come to life.
Readers will witness the temple garden of Dakshineswar, where Ramakrishna led his god-intoxicated life, and the places and people he encountered during his spiritual journey. They will learn how his broad, ecumenical vision of the harmony of religions — “As many faiths so many paths” — influenced India as well as the whole world.
This pictorial biography consists of more than 600 rare and evocative images that show us Ramakrishna’s vibrant divine life. The photos in this book, accompanied by his teachings and stories, transport us through time and space, and we feel his living divine presence.
In addition, Swami Chetanananda gives us a personal introduction to the great nineteenth-century saint Ramakrishna who demonstrated that spiritual revelation is not a thing of the past, but a resource still available to us today when we reconnect with the living spirit.
About the Author
Swami Chetanananda is a monk of the Ramakrishna Order, India. Before coming to the United States he worked in the editorial and publication departments of Advaita Ashrama in Mayavati, Himalayas, and also at its Calcutta branch. He served as an assistant minister of the Vedanta Society of Southern California from 1971 to 1978 before taking his present position as the minister of the Vedanta Society of St. Louis.
Among his many publications are: Sri Ramakrishna and His Divine Play, Ramakrishna as We Saw Him, They Lived with God, God Lived with Them, How to Live with God: In the Company of Ramakrishna, See God with Open Eyes: Meditation on Ramakrishna, Sri Sarada Devi and Her Divine Play, Vivekananda: East Meets West, Vedanta: Voice of Freedom, Meditation and Its Methods: According to Swami Vivekananda, A Guide to Spiritual Life: Teachings of Swami Brahmananda, Spiritual Treasures: Letters of Swami Turiyananda, How a Shepherd Boy Became a Saint: Life and Teachings of Swami Adbhutananda, Mahendra Nath Gupta (M.): The Recorder of the Gospel of Sri Ramakrishna, Girish Chandra Ghosh: A Bohemian Devotee of Sri Ramakrishna, and Avadhuta Gita of Dattatreya.