Reminiscences of Swami Brahmananda: The Mind-Born Son of Sri Ramakrishna

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These reminiscences, translated and explained by Swami Bhaskaranda from the original Bengali book, Brahmananda Leelakatha, by Brahmachari Akshayachaitanya, reveal many wonderful ways in which Swami Brahmananda touched the hearts of those fortunate enough to have met him. The Swami's multifaceted personality, along with his deep insights into life and human nature, establish these reminiscences as a true spiritual treasury. Includes a short biography, photos and illustrations, glossary and more.

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Swami Bhaskarananda, a senior monk of the Ramakrishna Order of India, is the President of the Vedanta Society of Western Washington in Seattle, an affiliated branch of the Ramakrishna Order. He functions as spiritual guide, teacher and lecturer on Vedanta, which is another name for Hinduism. Swami Bhaskarananda is the author of The Essentials of Hinduism; Life in Indian Monasteries; Meditation, Mind and Patanjali's Yoga; and Journey From Many to One: Essentials of Advaita Vedanta. He translated and commented on The Philosophical Verses of Yogavasishtha and the Reminiscences of Swami Brahmananda. He is the Editor-in-Chief of Global Vedanta, a journal of the worldwide Vedanta movement. The Swami was born and raised in India. After earning his university degrees, he joined the Order in 1958. His first seventeen years of monastic life were spent in India. While in India he was stationed at the Order's headquarters near Calcutta for 12 years, where he served as a member of the Working Committee of the Order for many years. In 1974 the Ramakrishna Order's headquarters sent him to serve at the Vedanta Society in Seattle. Swami Bhaskarananda, along with two other religious leaders, formed the Interfaith Council of Washington. He is a past President of the Council and is currently a member of its Advisory Board. The Swami has traveled extensively in the United States, Canada, South America, Europe and Asia giving talks on invitation and conducting spiritual retreats. He is the spiritual head of the Vedanta Society of Hawaii and the Vivekananda Vedanta Society of British Columbia, Canada.

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Swami Vivekananda once referred to Swami Brahmananda as a spiritual dynamo. These reminiscences related by Brahmachari Akshayachaitanya and freely translated by Swami Bhaskarananda clearly reveal the innumerable ways in which he radiated that spiritual power. His calm majestic personality is sweet, soothing, inspiring and enlightening. Though often lost in profound mystical moods, this man of God could be down-to-earth as well, dealing with day-to-day details of many centers of the Ramakrishna Order, expressing his sympathetic concern for devotees and, most importantly, showering his divine love on all. His deep insights into life and human nature touched the hearts of those who were fortunate enough to come into contact with him. It is said God has the nature of a child. Childlike himself, Swami Brahmananda was witty with an irrepressible sense of humor who delighted in playing practical jokes on many unsuspecting monks and devotees. These reminiscences are indeed a veritable spiritual feast for sincere seekers of God. --Swami Prabuddhananda, head of the Vedanta Society of Northern California

To reminiscence is to simply recall. But when one reminisces ... about a spiritual giant of Swami Brahmananda s stature, it becomes an act of meditation. Swami Brahmananda, a direct disciple of Sri Ramakrishna and the first President of the Ramakrishna Order, has left behind a rich legacy of how to live a spiritual vibrant life. His lofty state of mind, practical wisdom and a deep love and sympathy for all those who came in touch with him, is a legend in the Ramakrishna tradition. Swami Bhaskarananda, the translator of the present volume, has taken great pains to provide a faithful and clear translation, with copious explanatory notes and a glossary. He has also added a short biographical sketch of Swami Brahmananda. ... Nothing could be of greater help in the contemporary world where the need for such books is keenly felt, but rarely met. --Publisher, Sri Ramakrishna Math, Chennai

To reminiscence is to simply recall. But when one reminisces ... about a spiritual giant of Swami Brahmananda s stature, it becomes an act of meditation. Swami Brahmananda, a direct disciple of Sri Ramakrishna and the first President of the Ramakrishna Order, has left behind a rich legacy of how to live a spiritual vibrant life. His lofty state of mind, practical wisdom and a deep love and sympathy for all those who came in touch with him, is a legend in the Ramakrishna tradition. Swami Bhaskarananda, the translator of the present volume, has taken great pains to provide a faithful and clear translation, with copious explanatory notes and a glossary. He has also added a short biographical sketch of Swami Brahmananda. ... Nothing could be of greater help in the contemporary world where the need for such books is keenly felt, but rarely met. --Publisher, Sri Ramakrishna Math, Chennai

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