Infinite Paths to Infinite Reality

  • Infinite Paths to Infinite Reality
Ayon Maharaj, PhD

A major contribution to the academic community, as the first scholarly book on the teachings of Sri Ramakrishna in English.

  • 350 pages, quality large Indian hardback
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From the Introduction: Although Sri Ramakrishna never presented a systematic philosophy, his recorded oral teachings in Bengali address a wide range of philosophical issues and draw on numerous Indian philosophical traditions. To date, surprisingly few books have been devoted to Sri Ramakrishna's philosophy...

There are three primary reasons why why Sri Ramakrishna's philosophy deserves a book-length treatment.

First, his philosophical views, as original as they are sophisticated constitute a significant—if neglected—chapter in the history of Indian philosophical thought.

Second, Sri Ramakrishna's teachings influenced some of the most important figures in modern Indian thought, including Swami Vivekananda, Sri Aurobindo, Rabindranath Tagore, Mahatma Gandhi, and Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan. Thus a careful study of Sri Ramakrishna's philosophy enriches our understanding of modern India's complex intellectual landscape.

Third, Sri Ramakrishna's philosophical positions resonate strongly with cutting-edge work in Western philosophy of religion, thereby inviting cross-cultural philosophical inquiry. On the one hand, considering Sri Ramakrishna in the light of recent Western philosophy helps bring out the rigor and force of his views. On the other, considering Sri Ramakrishna's remarkably expansive conception of God as the impersonal-personal Infinite Reality provides a powerful alternative to the more narrowly theistic paradigm of many Western philosophers and theologians.
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