Great Swan – Meetings with Ramakrishna
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.
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