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Initial Encounter; Face to Face with the Divine Dancer; Ancient Sage Meets Modern Pandit; From the God-Man's Treasury of Secrets; The Taste of Sugar; One Hemp-Smoker Recognises Another; The Sage Opens a Gap In the Net of Convention; The Bliss of Ramakrishna's Birthday; The New Dispensation; Cry with An Infinite Cry; Timeless Man Meets Contemporary Man; Ramakrishna Relates His Intimate Experiences; Radha and Krishna In Mystic Union; Meeting Mother Sarada; The Master Expounds Advaita Vedanta; The Mystery of Narendra and the Vow of Spiritual Completion; Two Great Souls; The Paramahamsa Transmits; The Ideal Op Feminine Love; Avatara Meets Wandering Sadhu; The Mood of the Divine Child; Upward-Flowing Energy of Kundalini; Secret Rhythm of the Wisdom Mother; Special Worship of Kali; Great Swan Meets Orthodox Pandit; Ramakrishna Sings the Tantric Transmission; The Master's Terminal Illness; My Play is Over; The Master Transforms Dr. Sarkar; Ramakrishna and Lord Buddha; The Mood of Formlessness; Universal Victory; Divine Communion.


Hixon, a disciple of both Ramakrishna's wife and his spiritual successor, provides contemporary commentary based on The Gospel of Sri Ramakrishna and The Great Master . This retelling in clear contemporary English requires no background knowledge and makes accessible the ideas of a most remarkable Hindu saint who worshipped Kali, the Divine Mother, but also experienced union with Jesus, Muhammad, and Allah. Hixon claims his book ``is not a conventional biography but a workbook'' to provide Ramakrishna's guidance to the spiritually inclined reader of any religious tradition and to clarify the mystical path. Hixon is self-effacing: what shines through is Ramakrishna sanctity and wisdom, as well as the devotion of his disciples. Recommended for most libraries.

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