See God with Open Eyes: Meditation on Ramakrishna
The latest work by a popular author and authority on the life of Ramakrishna
- 480 pages, 42 illustrations, Canadian paperback
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Here we have a unique book about Ramakrishna that covers a lot of material including new stories not generally known in the West. The book was specially written to provide inspiration to Ramakrishna devotees for their meditation.
Selected Table of Contents
1. Meditation on Ramakrishna’s Form
2. Meditation on Ramakrishna’s Mind
3. Meditation on Ramakrishna’s Divine Qualities
4. Meditation on Ramakrishna’s Lila
5. Meditation on Ramakrishna’s Service to Humanity
6. Meditation on the Places of Ramakrishna’s Lila
7. Ramakrishna’s Teachings on Meditation
8. Ramakrishna’s Prayer
9. Ramakrishna Scripture
10. History of Sri Sri Ramakrishna Lilaprasanga (Divine Play)
11. History of Sri Sri Ramakrishna Kathamrita (Gospel)
12. Krishna and Ramakrishna on Meditation
13. Dakshineswar: An Abode of Bliss
14. The Magnitude of Ramakrishna’s Life and Message
Note two noteworthy chapters above, one explaining the history of Sri Ramakrishna: The Great Master, and the other The Gospel of Sri Ramakrishna.
Thanks to Swami Chetanananda for these powerful reflections on the meaning of authentic religious experience. For anyone sincerely interested in getting beyond the pop spirituality of our Internet age, this book will be a treasure. Meditation, prayer, the role of scripture, states of mystical awareness—all these and more are discussed with profound insight, as inspired by the teachings and extraordinary experiences of Sri Ramakrishna Paramahamsa, certainly the most important spiritual luminary of our time. Lance E. Nelson, Professor of Theology and Religious Studies, University of San Diego, California
Swami Chetanananda has performed a wonderful service in writing this treasure of a book. Using the life and teachings of Sri Ramakrishna as its template, this book is an almost comprehensive guide to the spiritual path. With its combination of meticulous research and spiritual insight, See God with Open Eyes displays the scholarly gifts as well as the depth of the practice of its author, a senior scholar-monk of the Ramakrishna Order. One hopes this book will be disseminated widely. Dr. Jeffery D. Long, Professor of Religion and Asian Studies, Elizabethtown College, Pennsylvania
Swami Chetanananda’s newest book strikes a different tone from his earlier books and is a welcome addition to his prolific contributions through the years. In this current book, he addresses the issue of meditation and the manner in which the practice of meditation may lead the seeker actually to “see” God as the title of his book suggests. The various chapters focus on how Ramakrishna himself can become an object of meditation: his physical form, his mind, his divine qualities, and so forth. The book is also a rich source of anecdotes from the life of Ramakrishna.
Gerald James Larson, Rabindranath Tagore Professor Emeritus, Indiana University, Bloomington, and Professor Emeritus, Religious Studies, University of California, Santa Barbara
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