Ramakrishna the Great Master - original edition
written by Swami Saradananda
translated by Swami Jagadananda
- 1376 pages, large Indian hardback
This book is the original edition of Ramakrishna the Great Master as translated by Swami Jagadananda and published in 1952. The previous 2-volume edition is out of print.
We also sell an American edition titled Ramakrishna and His Divine Play that is in better English. Swami Chetanananda translated the original Bengali into English. Both translations are good, but note the following:
Comment of a very senior swami: I am told from a very reliable source that when Swami Jagadanandaji Maharaj was asked to translate the Sri Sri Ramakrishna Lila Prasanga into English, he studied very well, and informed the General Secretary that he has something very important to discuss with them. His problem was, if he wants to stick honestly and sincerely to the ideas represented by Saradanandaji, a strict correct English translation, the English reading will be very halting, and very dry and prosaic. And, if he wants to make it readable and pleasant, he has to compromise with some of the subtle ideas. He needed guidance from the headquarters what he should do. Virajanandaji expressed his view to try to make it as easily readable as possible without compromising the ideas mentioned in the original book
If you are interested in the life of Sri Ramakrishna, either version is must reading.