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4.58  ·  Rating details ·  1,026 ratings  ·  53 reviews
The Gospel of Sri Ramakrishna is published by The Ramakrishna-Vivekananda Center of New York which bases it teachings on the principles of Vedanta, or Hinduism. Hinduism teaches that every soul is potentially divine, and that its divinity may be manifested through worship, contemplation, unselfish work, and philosophical discrimination. According to Hinduism, Truth is univ ...more
Hardcover, 1062 pages
Published September 1st 1942 by Ramakrishna-Vivekananda Center (first published 1000)
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Jan 02, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I've read a lot of biographies of both Christian and Hindu holy persons, including St Francis, St Therese, and Paramahansa Yogananda. And The Gospel of Sri Ramakrishna is my absolute favorite. His spirituality is so simple and childlike, yet profound. And since the book consists of a 19th-century, first-person account by one of his disciples, it seems more complete and immediate.
Victor Finn
Dec 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This massive philosophical and spiritual tome with gold-trimmed pages has been sitting on my bookshelf for almost two years. A spiritual mentor of mine recommended it to me a long time ago. I attempted to read it in bits and pieces many times, but quickly realized that this extraordinary book is of the kind that demands your full attention. I am a busy person, so it took me a long time for the day to dawn when I would finally have enough time and mental energy to read The Gospel of Sri Ramakrish ...more
Daniel Prasetyo
Mar 03, 2012 rated it it was amazing
One of the most enlightening book I ever read, no concept or idea, only experience of God-consciousness from one of the most revered saint of India, and humanity. You will found every answer of life in this book, he is really a treasure of the world. Mahendranath Gupta, who record this conversations, become a devotee after first meeting with Sri Ramakrishna, because of his humble and simply enlightened being he is. Read this book, it will change your life..!!
P.J. Mazumdar
Mar 24, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I can say without any hesitation that this book is the book closest to my heart. When asked the common question, ‘which is your favorite book’, most people who want to give an honest answer would be mildly taken aback and also perhaps irritated as they go mentally over the books they have loved, which are all possibly ‘favorite books’ in different ways.

But in this, I have an advantage over most people in that I can say straight out, ‘this (the present book) is my favorite book’.

This has always b
Apr 05, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I used to have this book and would like to get another copy and re-read again. Fond memories of reading this from years ago...
Sumangali Morhall
May 31, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: spiritual, memoir
One of my absolutely favourite books. A priceless insight into the life of Sri Ramakrishna, it captures so beautifully the experience of learning directly from a God-realised spiritual Master. The stories are intimate and alive with detail, transporting the reader as though directly back in time to 19th Century Bengal.
Jul 15, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Absolutely inspiring. My daily guidance and companion book to "Mother as I saw her"
Maria Lancaster
A great book about a great master.
Alok Jagawat
Sep 11, 2014 rated it it was amazing
One of my all time favourites. It gives you the complete details about the life of an enlightened master. I consider Swami Ramakrishna as one of the most enlightened and spiritually elevated souls.
Rajasekhar Perepu
Dec 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing
A must read for all spiritual aspirants. . . . answers all questions about God/Soul/Consciousness . . . duality and non-duality concepts . . . and dispels the doubts of his existence.
Mark DeGange
Apr 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Lovers of God. Those who study how God manifests in other religions and cultures
Ramakrishna was an ecstatic presence of God. The book amply illustrates this in his bursts into song and dance praising the Divine Mother, Kali, the Lord, the path of devotion. He samadhic states of no pulse, no breath were pure demonstrations of Spirit. The book is long and there are plenty of incidents to plow through, but the wisdom, the simple parables, and ecstatic love are always present adding richness to whatever is going on. The miracle was how this man M could have recorded all of it. ...more
Oct 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
It’s a pity that Goodreads does not have a 20 Star rating. If so then this book deserves no less.

A must read for anyone who wants to understand Hinduism in its simplistic form, exactly the same way as Thakur was, a simple, jovial mahatma with childlike innocence.

It took me a while to complete this book, namely because I wanted to digest every chapter.
Gorav Joshi
Apr 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
How mysterious are the ways the divine perform reading this book will not solve the purpose of tasting the divine nectar instead one has to experience the love of divine . Really blessed are those who reached this level. I only pray to almighty to include me in the journey of true blissful love
Sajith Buvi
Mar 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing
The truth is not about characterization and physical identification. This book simply simplifies the experience of truth by a true yogi.Mr M simply records. He doesn't have any idea or belief. He simply writes his Master's life and interactions with people. That is amazing. Because if you start identifying, characterizing and defining truth you miss the point. You live truth. That is the best you can do. This book simply without saying that says that. It is sad the world still has not woken up t ...more
Chetan Hegde M
The Best book for a Spiritual aspirant...
Jonathan Angelilli
Jan 03, 2013 rated it really liked it
Beautiful book about a beautiful guru, who constantly teachers with short stories ripe with metaphor.
Ashutosh Joshi
Jul 19, 2013 rated it really liked it
A very good book for soul searching and understanding the universal truth. Also helps in many ways to overcome common life problems.
Feb 11, 2014 rated it it was amazing
A must read to realize the infinite. shows how to Love him with all our hearts. shows how to love everyone with all heart.
ajay panwar
Jan 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Transformed me for better.

Must read for every individual having slightest of spiritual inclination and even a trace of love for God. My thousands salutes to the compiler M. .
Dec 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
excellent for spiritual seekers a very rare account of the simple teachings of a great soul

one of the best books for spiritual seekers both for house holders and renouncing aspirants of all castes and creeds
Mar 03, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Read this often...just keep it with me, kind of like people do the bible.
Laurent Videau
Apr 15, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: spirituality
Conversations of the Guru with many disciples or visitors. Long book but full of wisdom.
May 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Probably one of the best book to begin with Spirituality. The magnificent life of the great mystic is portrayed and the experiences and reminiscences of the author, a disciple of Sri Ramakrishna.
Brian Sullivan
Jan 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A regular read for me. A beautiful reminder of simple devotion.
Damodar Shenoy
This book is a great way to understand what Sri ramakrishna was like. The abridged edition is almost 650 pages of actual text. The letter size is big enough to be easily read.
Handbook - if you are serious spiritual seeker. You don't need any other book to practice spirituality.
And best part is that they are addressed to the house-holder needs! Grab it if you are serious.
Marco Pontual
This book made all the difference to the way I see my own faith. It made me go back to my old Christian church with a totally new understanding of devotion. A gem. A repetitive gem, but a gem nonetheless.
JD Moore
Aug 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
It's not that often that a contemporary of a religious leader, moreso in India, records so faithfully significant events over several years. In this case, Mahendranath Gupta, a householder who visited the temple, did so. He goes by simply "M." in this rather long diary. Even if Sri Ramakrishna didn't have supernatural powers, he maintained good wit and humor up to his painful illness, and eventual death. The vocabulary remains simple enough for the lay person to make sense of much of the text. I ...more
Dec 11, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: did-not-finish
How could I rate a book 4 stars, yet did not finish it? This book is massive and repetitive. A "best of" makes a fine read. Great ideas. Really loved it. But had the idea without reading the entire thing.

But in general, if I don't finish a book, it gets one star. I think this is my only exception.
Bill Johnson
May 22, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed reading this work about the life of Sri Ramakrishna. I read a few pages at a time so I had time to ponder it all. It helped deepen my meditations.

Very inspiring.

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Ramakrishna Paramahansa, born Gadadhar Chattopadhyay, was a famous mystic of 19th-century India. His religious school of thought led to the formation of the Ramakrishna Mission by his chief disciple Swami Vivekananda. both were influential figures in the Bengali Renaissance as well as the Hindu renaissance during the 19th and 20th centuries. ...more

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