Sri Ramakrishna Karnamritam
This extraordinary work of Sanskrit poetry of 280 verses on Sri Ramakrishna is both delightful as poetry and elevating as a devotional hymn. The high emotional pitch and the torrential flow of devotional sentiment are sustained throughout. The work avoids the artificialities and complexities of styles and adheres to a standard of simplicity, directness and naturalness without the least sign of poverty of expression. The book can be alluded to a delicious pabulum of ripe and luscious jackfruit to reader well versed in Sanskrit. It is sweet honey to readers who have a good knowledge of English. To those fortunate few readers who are proficient both in Sanskrit and English, the book is nectarine salad of honey-soaked jackfruit. Swami Tapasyananda, an erudite monk and a former Vice-President of the Ramakrishna Math and Mission, has not only translated and annotated the book but also has given a scholarly and informative introduction giving a lot of interesting details of the gifted poet and the peerless quality of devotional and literary repast that awaits the reader inside the book. The original Sanskrit work was composed by Sri Ottur Bala Bhatta.