Great Swan: Meetings with Ramakrishna

Author:   Lex Hixon
Publisher:   Larson Publications
ISBN:  

9780943914800


Pages:   314
Publication Date:   23 July 2021
Format:   Paperback
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Author:   Lex Hixon
Publisher:   Larson Publications
Imprint:   Larson Publications
Dimensions:   Width: 23.00cm , Height: 2.30cm , Length: 15.50cm
Weight:   0.509kg
ISBN:  

9780943914800


ISBN 10:   0943914809
Pages:   314
Publication Date:   23 July 2021
Audience:   General/trade ,  General
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active
Availability:   In Print   Availability explained
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A remarkable portrait of a most remarkable spiritual teacher.Though little known in the West, Ramakrishna (1836-86) is generally revered in India as a direct incarnation of God, similar in some ways to Christ. Rather than write a standard biography of this Hindu mystic who embraced and, reportedly, embodied the essence of all major world religions - a biography like Richard Schiffman's Sri Ramakrishna (1989) - Hixon (Coming Home, 1978) here attempts a more daunting task: to re-create the experience of observing, over the course of years, a man who has attained the goal of spiritual evolution. To do this, the author draws on numerous eyewitness accounts of the sage, smoothly blending them into the voice of a disciple who observes his Master lecturing, conversing, playing, singing, dancing, and slipping into profound mystical ecstasies. There is no skepticism in this devotional telling but, rather, a pervasive sense of wonder and even rapture that Hixon makes concrete through tight physical detail, as in this deathbed scene: Ramakrishna's charming smile and the fresh white cloth around his waist shine in the flickering lamplight. His honey-colored skin, dulled by illness, seems to regain its extraordinary luster....The room is being filled with light....It is like a lightning flash, prolonged for several minutes. The pressure is unbearable.... There is also much inspired exposition by Ramakrishna of religious principles and practices, making this account of great interest to those spiritually inclined but occasionally a tough go for those more interested in Ramakrishna's incandescent character than in his teachings. You don't have to share Hixon's conviction in order to appreciate his achievement in evoking - artfully and with considerable emotional power - what it might be like to encounter, as Ramakrishna put it, a human emanation of Divine Reality. (Kirkus Reviews)


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