This book is the English translation of Sri Sri Ramakrishna Kathamrita, the conversations of Sri Ramakrishna with his disciples, devotees and visitors, as recorded by Mahendranath Gupta, who wrote the book in Bengali under the pseudonym of ‘M’. The recordings alternate between deep mystical experiences and ecstasies, profound utterances about the nature of the Ultimate Reality, homely parables and illustrations, animated rendering of devotional songs and innocuous humour—giving a detailed, intimate picture of Sri Ramakrishna’s daily life from March 1882 to April 1886.
Translated into English by Swami Nikhilananda, the book contains a remarkable ‘Introduction’ by the translator which covers the principal events in Sri Ramakrishna’s life, together with brief notes on the people and the doctrines associated with him. The book also includes a chronology, a glossary and a useful index. The book is a mine of inspiration, wisdom and spirituality, and is a must-read for all spiritual seekers who wish to drink deep the actual words of the great Prophet and Incarnation of this age.
The book has been split into two volumes for easy handling. This is the first volume of the book which must be read along with the second volume.