Tuesday, September 27, 2005

Photographs of Swami Vivekananda

The Vivekananda Vedanta network a project sponsored by Ramakrishna Vedanta Society, Boston has provided a Photogallery of 106 photos & a brief Biography of Swami Vivekananda to make Swami Vivekananda’s ideas and insights easily accessible online. It also has got an Egreeting & a Build a Calendar section.
Sri Ramakrishna Math, Chennai has published the following books of Photographs of Swami Vivekananda which is available for online shopping.

PHOTOGRAPHS OF SWAMI VIVEKANANDA(English) compiled & researched by members of the Vedanta Society of Northern California. pages 286+xvii.
ISBN 81-7823-00-3. Rs. 200.00
This is a work to be treasured; it is an invaluable testament to the fact that the incomparable mind & heart of Swami Vivekananda were embodied in a uniquely beautiful human form. That such a person walked among us & loved us was one of the rare events in the history of humanity that assures us of our worth & of our potential greatness. one wants to gaze endlessly at every page of this carefully & thoroughly researched book & know that, afterall, we, the human race, cannot be nearly so bad as we seem. - Sister Gargi (Marie Louise Burke) from the blurb of the book.

The story of the Swamiji's life, as told through these pictures and their accompanying quotations or narative, has been divided into seven chapters, and each chapter is introduced by an account of the Swamiji's life during that period.
pages 120. ISBN: 81-7505-080-2. Rs. 130.00

"The Truths he preaches would have been as true, had he never been born. Nay more, they would have been equally authentic. The difference would have lain in their difficulty of access, in their want of modern clearness & incisiveness of statement & in their loss of mental coherence & unity. Had he not lived, texts that today will carry the bread of life to thousands might have remained the obscure disputes of scholars. He taught with authority & not as one of the pundits. For he himself had plunged to the depths of the realization which he preached & he came back like Ramanuja, only to tell its secrets to the pariah, the outcast & the foreigner." - Sister Nivedita from the dust jacket of the book.

Monday, September 26, 2005

Vedanta Literature

The Ramakrishna Order has published a lot of information on Vedanta for spiritual aspirants. Ramkrishna Math, Hyderabad had made available some of the literature on their website for the benefit of spiritual aspirants.

Monday, September 19, 2005

Vivekananda -- The Guide

Swami Vivekananda -- The Guide a blog containing the words of Swami Vivekananda by RaviChandra.

Sri Ramakrishna Paramahamsa

Meditation Pose, Dakshineshwar, 1884
  • 1775 Birth of Khudiram
  • 1791 Birth of Chandra Devi
  • 1805 Birth of Ramkumar
  • 1814 Khudiram settles at Kamarpukur
  • 1826 Birth of Rameswar
  • 1835 Khudiram's pilgrimage to Gaya
  • 1836 Birth of Sri Ramakrishna, February 18, about 5: 15 A.M.
  • 1843 Death of Khudiram
  • 1845 Sri Ramakrishna's sacred thread ceremony
  • 1850 Ramkumar opens his school in Calcutta
  • 1852 Sri Ramakrishna comes to Calcutta
  • 1853 Birth of the Holy Mother, December 22
  • 1855 Dakshineswar Kali temple founded. Hriday at Dakshineswar. Sri Ramakrishna appointed priest of the Vishnu temple and then of the Kali temple
  • 1856 Death of Ramkumar. Realization of God and first God-intoxicated state of Sri Ramakrishna
  • 1857 Sri Ramakrishna's treatment under Gangaprasad
  • 1858 Haladhari as priest at Dakshineswar. Sri Ramakrishna goes to Kamarpukur
  • 1859 Sri Ramakrishna's marriage
  • 1860 Return to Dakshineswar. Mathur's vision
  • 1861 Death of Rani Rasmani. Meeting with the Brahmani. Tantra practice under the Brahmani. Second divine madness
  • 1863 Completion of Tantra practice. Meeting with Pundit Padmalochan. Chandra Devi comes to live at Dakshineswar
  • 1864 Sri Ramakrishna's practice of the vatsalya bhava under Jatadhari. Practice of the madhur bhava. Initiation into sannyas by Totapuri
  • 1865 Akshay replaces Haladhari. Totapuri leaves Dakshineswar
  • 1866 Sri Ramakrishna in the Advaita plane for six months. Illness. Practice of Mohammedanism
  • 1867 Sri Ramakrishna at Kamarpukur. Brahmani takes leave
  • 1868 Pilgrimage. Meeting with Gangama
  • 1870 Tour with Mathur. Sri Ramakrishna at the Colootola Harisabha. Visit to Kalna and Navadvip
  • 1871 Death of Mathur
  • 1872 The Holy Mother's first visit to Dakshineswar. The Shoraši Puja
  • 1873 Death of Rameswar
  • 1874 The Holy Mother again at Dakshineswar
  • 1875 Sri Ramakrishna's first visit to Keshab Chandra Sen. Last visit to Kamarpukur
  • 1876 Death of Chandra Devi
  • 1877} Intimacy with Keshab. The Holy Mother's third visit to Dakshineswar
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  • 1879 Coming of disciples begins
  • 1880 Meeting with Rakhal and Narendranath
  • 1881 Dismissal of Hriday
  • 1882 Visit to Pundit Vidyasagar. The Holy Mother again at Dakshineswar.
  • 1884 Death of Keshab. Meeting with Pundit Shashadhar. Gopal Ma. The Holy Mother comes to live at Dakshineswar for the last time.
  • 1885 Last visit to Panihati. Illness and removal to Syampukur. Association with Dr. Sarkar. Removal to Cossipore
  • 1886 Treatment at Cossipore. Organization of disciples. Mahasamadhi, August 16, at two minutes past 1 a.m.

p. 1028 - 1029. The Gospel of Sri Ramakrishna by Mahendranath Gupta (M) translated into English By Swami Nikhilananda. published by Sri Ramakrishna Math, Chennai.

Friday, September 16, 2005

Sri Ramakrishnarpanam

A devotee of Sri Ramakrishna Paramahamsa, Holy Mother Sri Sarada Devi & Swami Vivekananda Bows at the Lotus Feet of the Holy Trio. This blog is dedicated to All the Devotees of The Ramakrishna Order. More Info on the Ramakrishna Order is avaialable in Wikipedia on the Ramakrishna Mission.