SRI RAMAKRISHNA
THE GREAT MASTER

4th Edition
BY SWAMI SARADANANDA

(Translated By Swami Jagadananda)

Sri Ramakrishna Math

  • PUBLISHER NOTES
  • THE BOOK AND ITS AUTHOR
  • PART ONE

    HISTORIC BACKGROUND AND EARLY LIFE

  • PREFACE
  • INTRODUCTION
  • 1) THE NEED OF THE AGE
  • 2) SRI RAMAKRISHNAíS BIRTHPLACE (KAMARPUKUR) AND ANCESTRY
  • 3) THE PIOUS FAMILY AT KAMARPUKUR
  • 4) STRANGE EXPERIENCES OF CHANDRADEVI
  • 5) A GREAT SOUL IS BORN
  • 6) GADADHARíS CHILDHOOD AND THE DEATH OF HIS FATHER
  • 7) CHAPTER GADADHARíS BOYHOOD
  • 8) ON THE THRESHOLD OF YOUTH
  • PART TWO

    AS THE SPIRITUAL ASPIRANT

  • PREFACE
  • INTRODUCTION
  • 1) SADHAKA AND SADHANA (THE SPIRITUAL ASPIRANT & SPIRITUAL DISCIPLINE)
  • 2) THE ATTITUDE OF A SADHAKA IN THE LIFE OF AN INCARNATION OF GOD
  • 3) THE FIRST MANIFESTATION OF THE ATTITUDE OF A SADHAKA
  • 4) THE KALI TEMPLE AT DAKSHINESWAR
  • 5) ASSUMPTION OF THE OFFICE OF THE PRIEST
  • 6) SPIRITUAL EAGERNESS AND THE FIRST VISION
  • 7) SADHANA AND DIVINE INEBRIATION
  • 8) THE LAST PART OF THE STORY OF THE FIRST FOUR YEARS OF SADHANA
  • 9) MARRIAGE AND RETURN TO DAKSHINESWAR
  • 10) THE COMING OF THE BHAIRAVI BRAHMANI
  • 11) TANTRIC SADHANA
  • 12) THE SADHU WITH MATTED HAIR AND THE MASTERíS SADHANA OF THE VATSALYA BHAVA
  • 13) THE ESSENCE OF THE MADHURA BHAVA
  • 14) THE MASTERíS SADHANA OF THE MADHURA BHAVA
  • 15) THE MASTERíS SADHANA OF THE VEDANTA
  • 16) EPILOGUE OF THE MASTERíS VEDANTA SADHANA AND HIS PRACTICE OF ISLAM
  • 17) THE MASTERíS VISIT TO HIS NATIVE VILLAGE
  • 18) THE MASTERíS PILGRIMAGE AND THE STORY OF HRIDAYRAM
  • 19) THE DEATH OF THE MASTERíS RELATIONS
  • 20) THE WORSHIP OF SHODASI
  • 21) EPILOGUE TO THE STORY OF THE MASTERíS SADHANAS
  • APPENDIX - THE PRINCIPAL EVENTS OF THE MASTERíS LIFE FROM AFTER THE WORSHIP OF THE SHODASI TO THE COMING OF HIS ĎMARKEDí DEVOTEES
  • PART THREE

    AS THE SPIRITUAL TEACHER (I)

  • PREFACE
  • HINDU RELIGION AND SRI RAMAKRISHNA
  • 1) SRI RAMAKRISHNA IN BHAVAMUKHA
  • 2) A FEW WORDS ON BHAVA, SAMADHI AND DARSANA
  • 3) SRI RAMAKRISHNA AS THE SPIRITUAL TEACHER
  • 4) THE FIRST MANIFESTATION OF THE MOOD OF THE SPIRITUAL TEACHER
  • 5) THE MOOD OF THE SPIRITUAL TEACHER IN YOUTH
  • 6) THE MOOD OF THE SPIRITUAL TEACHER AND MATHURANATH
  • 7) GRACE BESTOWED ON MATHUR IN THE MOOD OF THE SPIRITUAL TEACHER
  • 8) THE RELATION OF THE MASTER AS THE SPIRITUAL TEACHER WITH HIS OWN TEACHERS
  • PART FOUR

    AS THE SPIRITUAL TEACHER (II)

  • PREFACE
  • 1) VAISHNAVACHARAN AND GAURI
  • 2) THE MOOD OF THE SPIRITUAL TEACHER AND VARIOUS COMMUNITIES OF HOLY MEN
  • 3) PILGRIMAGE OF THE MASTER AS THE GURU AND HIS COMPANY COMPANY WITH THE HOLY MEN
  • 4) AS THE SPIRITUAL TEACHER-CONCLUDED
  • 5) SRI RAMAKRISHNA IN THE COMPANY OF DEVOTEES FOR 9 DAYS:THE NAVAYATRA IN A.D. 1885
  • 6) SRI RAMAKRISHNA IN THE COMPANY OF DEVOTEES: THE STORY OF THE STORY OF GOPALAíS MOTHER - IST PART
  • 7) SRI RAMAKRISHNA IN THE COMPANY OF DEVOTEES. THE RETURN CHARIOT JOURNEY IN A.D. 1885 AND THE STORY OF GOPALAíS MOTHER - LAST PART
  • APPENDIX - THE HUMAN ASPECT OF THE MASTER
  • PART FIVE

    THE MASTER IN THE DIVINE MOOD AND NARENDRANA

  • PREFACE
  • A BRIEF RETROSPECT
  • 1) Sec 1. THE INFLUENCE OF THE MASTER ON THE BRAHMO SAMAJ
  • 1) Sec 2. THE BRAHMO FESTIVAL IN MANIMOHAN MALLICKíS HOUSE
  • 1) Sec 3. THE MASTER IN JAYAGOPAL SENíS HOUSE
  • 2) THE BEGINNING OF THE ARRIVAL OF THE MASTERíS DEVOTEES PREVIOUSLY SEEN IN VISIONS
  • 3) NARENDRAíS ANTECEDENTS AND HIS FIRST VISIT TO DAKSHINESWAR
  • 4) NARENDRAíS SECOND AND THIRD VISITS TO THE MASTER
  • 5) THE MASTERíS SELFLESS LOVE AND NARENDRANATH
  • 6) Sec 1. THE EXTRAORDINARY RELATION BETWEEN THE MASTER AND NARENDRANATH
  • 6) Sec 2. THE EXTRAORDINARY RELATION BETWEEN THE MASTER AND NARENDRANATH
  • 7) THE MASTERíS METHOD OF TESTING AND NARENDRANATH
  • 8) Sec 1. NARENDRANATHíS SCHOOLING IN THE WORLD AND BY THE MASTER
  • 8) Sec 2. NARENDRANATHíS SCHOOLING IN THE WORLD AND BY THE MASTER
  • 9) THE CIRCLE OF DEVOTEES OF THE MASTER AND NARENDRANATH
  • 10) THE FESTIVAL AT PANIHATI
  • 11) THE MASTER MOVED TO CALCUTTA
  • 12) Sec 1. THE MASTERíS STAY AT SHYAMPUKUR
  • 12) Sec 2. THE MASTERíS STAY AT SHYAMPUKUR
  • 12) Sec 3. THE MASTERíS STAY AT SHYAMPUKUR
  • 13) Sec 1. THE MASTER IN THE GARDEN HOUSE OF KASIPUR
  • 13) Sec 2. THE VOW OF SERVICE AT KASIPUR
  • 13) Sec 3. THE MASTERíS SELF-REVELATION AND THE BESTOWAL OF FREEDOM FROM FEAR
  • CHRONOLOGY OF IMPORTANT EVENTS
  • THE HOROSCOPE OF SRI RAMAKRISHNA
  • GLOSSARY