About the Book
Swami Tapasyanandaji Maharaj,
Vice President of Ramakrishna Math and Mission, writer:
knowledge of the Hindu Puranas and the ltihasas on the one hand and of the life and teachings of
Sri Ramakrishna on the other, have helped Ramabadran
to find parallelisms in the Puranic lore for most of
the incidents and saying of Sri Ramakrishna. In a very ingenious way he has
superimposed these two mutually and formed a nexus providing matter for deep
thought. The book provides stimulating reading.”
a good book never fails to give pure joy and spiritual experience to readers.
Century is generally recognised as a period of spiritual renaissance in India.
During this time several eminent sages appeared in the north and south of this
country. History has proved most of them to be only of provincial interest. But
among them Sri Ramakrishna stands out as a personality of world-wide
significance. Though-he lived practically the whole of his life confined to the
temple of Dakshineswar, the power emanating from him
and the great relevance of his teachings to the requirements of the present day
world have helped to spread their influence all the world over. This encounter
between him and the world- consciousness has produced a body of literature and
institutions that are attaining great popularity.
Sri Ramabadran's “Sri
Ramakrishna Bhagavata” is an example of the literary
productions deriving inspiration from the personality of Sri Ramakrishna and
his message. His knowledge of the Hindu Puranas and
the Itihasas on the one hand and of the life and
teachings of Sri Ramakrishna on the other, have helped Ramabadran
to find parallelisms in the Puranic lore for most of
the incidents and sayings of Sri Rama- krishna.
In a very ingenious way he has superimposed these two mutually and formed a
nexus providing matter for deep thought. The book provides stimulating reading.
Bhagavan Sri Ramakrishna
and the Holy Mother Sri Sarada Devi are known among
devotees as “Sarva-Deva-Devi-Swarupjns “ (embodiments of all
gods and goddesses). This book, the first of a series of five or six volumes,
is a humble attempt to study them as such.
“Bhagavata” for this series is no doubt a little
ambitious and needs some explaining. There are certain centuries-old
conventional requirements for religious books in Sanskrit to be styled a Purana such as The Bhagavata,
which, perhaps, are not very relevant for a book written in English in this
age. Generally speaking, all religious books which deal with the life and
teachings of an Incarnation of God so as to inculcate devotion and faith in the
minds of readers, such as this present work on Sri Ramakrishna, may be termed “Bhagavata”.
there are special reasons, for the title of this book. Firstly, it relates many
events from past Puranas like the Bhagavata
and Itihasas like the Ramayana with the lives and
teachings of Bhagavan Sri Ramakrishna, the Holy
Mother Sri Sarada Devi and Swami Vivekananda.
Secondly, it is modelled on the great Srimad Bhagavata in one important respect. The Bhagavata
Purana identifies all great epoch-makers with Vishnu
and concludes that Krishna is His greatest Avatar (Krishnastu
Bhagavan Swayam). Similarly
r this work identifies not only all previous Avatars including Krishna with Sri
Ramakrishna, but also all deities. Therefore this series of books has been named
“Sri Ramakrishna Bhagavata”.
chapter of this book identifies Sri Rama-krishna or
Sri Sarada Devi with a particular deity or Avatar.
This arrangement has a special advantage and significance of its own for
devotees. Swami Saradananda has stated in his great
biography that on any day auspicious to a particular deity, the characteristics
of that deity manifested themselves spontaneously in the person of Sri
Ramakrishna. Therefore, on a day auspicious to each deity or Avatar, the
relevant chapter identifying that particular aspect of divinity with Sri
Ramakrishna or Sri Sarada Devi may be read with
benefit by devotees. For example, on Ganesa Chaturthi, the chapter “Sri Rama-krishna
As Ganesa” can be read and so on.
consider myself singularly fortunate in having received a Foreword for this
book on Sri Guru Maharaj from no less eminent an
authority than my Guru, the Revered Swami Tapasyanandaji
Maharaj, Vice President of the Ramakrishna Math and
Mission, himself. I am also indebted to Swami Raghaveshanandaji
Maharaj, Manager, Sri Ramakrishna Math, Madras, for
kindly providing me with certain facilities during the execution of this book
as well as for his advice in some matters. I am also indebted to Swami Yatatmanandaji Maharaj of Madras
Math and to Sri C. S. Ramakrishnan in this regard.
I wish to
thank my good friends-Sri G. Maheswara Rao of M/s P.V. Ramachandra Rao Group of Companies, Srikalahasti
(A.P.), as well as Sri P. Shivaji Kumar, an active
devotee of Madras Math, for encouraging me to publish this book.
criticism and comments on this book are most welcome from readers.
Sri Ramakrishna as Ganesa
Sri Sarada Devi as Saraswati
Sri Ramakrishna as Brahma
Sri Sarada Devi as Lakshmi
Sri Ramakrishna as Visbnu
Sri Sarada Devi as Sita
Sri Ramakrishna as Sita
Sri Ramakrishna as Rama
Sri Ramakrishna as Raghuvir
Sri Ramakrishna as Hanuman
Sri Sarada Devi as Radha
Sri Ramakrishna as Radha
Sri Ramakrishna as Krishna
Sri Ramakrishna as Gopala
Sri Sarada Devi as Vishnupriya
Sri Ramakrishna as Chaitanya
Sri Ramakrishna as Nityananda
Sri Sarada Devi as Uma
Sri Sarada Devi as Parvati
Sri Sarada Devi as Sakti
Sri Ramakrishna as Siva
Sri Sarada Devi as Bhavatarini
Sri Sarada Devi as Phalaharini
Sri Sarada Devi as Shodasi
Sri Sarada Devi as Simhavahini
Sri Sarada Devi as Jagaddhatri
Sri Sarada Devi as Kali
Sri Ramakrishna as Kali
Sri Sarada Devi as Durga
Sri Ramakrishna as Durga
Brahma Sutras (79)
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