Reflections on Sri Sri Ramakrishna
- 120 pages, Indian paperback
- (retail only)
Mohendra Nath Dutta, as Vivekananda's younger brother, visited Ramakrishna many times in his early teens. This book contains his memories and reflections of the visits. It's fascinating to observe through the author what it was like to sit with Ramakrishna (referred to in the book as Paramahamsa Mosai.) and see how others reacted to him. Truly this is a book worth reading for devotees of Ramakrishna. Translated from the Bengali.
I noticed a strange attractive power in Paramahamsa Mosai, be it while he was sitting in the drawing room or while singing in the courtyard, or while eating... It was as if our principal task was to observe him quietly. Often what he said was not remembered... but I noticed a kind of aura or energy emanating from the body of Paramahamsa Mosai. Coming from its source, the energy first enveloped the entire room and then the front verandah. It even used to pass through the bars on the window and undulate on the road. I observed this on several occasions. Many contemporaries had noticed this and discussed the matter.
It was as if the energy or aura first touched the skin. Gradually it entered into the flesh and approached the heart where it was clearly felt. Then there ensued a fierce struggle between the personality and the external energy. Finally, vanquishing the internal energy, the external energy entered the inner recesses. Then individuality or one's own power was lost. The normal thoughts of family and household affairs were forgotten, as though the mind had moved to an unknown region... the world and worldly activities appeared like pictures in a distance. Worldly desires and attachments vanished... Even meditation and japam... looked like a sort of bondage
Part Two could hardly be more different. It's a long, 53-page disquisition on Mahendranath's psycho-physiological theories, with much discussion of gross nerves, fine nerves, vibrations, and energy. I'm not qualified to evaluate this part; readers will have to draw their own conclusions.