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Catalog Swami

Catalog Swami

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The Ramakrishna-Vivekananda Center of NewYork bases its teachings on the system of Vedanta, especially as explained by SriRamakrishna (1836-1886) and his discipleSwami Vivekananda (1863-1902) anddemonstrated in their lives. Vedanta is the philosophy that has evolved from the teachingsof the Vedas, which are a collection of ancientIndian scriptures -- the world's oldest religiouswritings.According to the Vedas, ultimate reality isall-pervading, uncreated, self-luminous, eternalspirit, the final cause of the universe, the power  behind all tangible forces, the consciousnesswhich animates all conscious beings. This is thecentral philosophy of the Vedantist, and his or her religion consists of meditation on this spiritand prayer for guidance along the path of virtueand righteousness.From the philosophical standpoint, Vedanta isnon-dualistic, and from the religious standpoint,monotheistic. The Vedanta philosophy assertsthe essential non-duality of God, soul, anduniverse, the apparent distinctions beingcreated by names and forms which, from the standpointof ultimate reality, do not exist. Vedanta acceptsall religions as true and regards the variousGodheads of different faiths as diversemanifestations of the oneAbsolute.According to Vedanta, religion is experienceand not mere acceptance of certaintime-honored dogmas or creeds. To know Godis to become like God.We mayquotescriptures,engage in rituals, perform social service, or praywith regularity, but unless we realize the divinespirit in our hearts, we are still phenomenal beings, victims of the separative existence. Onecan experience God as tangibly as “a fruit lyingon the palm of one's hand,” which means that inthis very life we can overcome our lower nature,manifest our higher nature, and become perfect.Through the experience of God, one's doubtsdisappear and the “knots of the heart are cutasunder.” By ridding oneself of all desires, amortal becomes immortal in this very body. Thatthe attainment of immortality is not the prerogative of a chosen few, but the birthright of all, is the conviction of every follower of Vedanta.Vedanta asserts that Truth is universal and thathumankind and all of existence are one. Itteaches the unity of the Godhead, or ultimateReality, and accepts every faith as a valid meansfor its own followers to realize the Truth. Thefour cardinal principles of Vedanta may besummed up as follows: the non-duality of theGodhead, the divinity of the soul, the unity of existence,andtheharmonyofreligions.Thefaithof the Vedantist is based on these four principles.The essential teaching of Vedanta, as stated bySwamiVivekananda, is: "Each soul is potentiallydivine. The goal is to manifest this divinitywithin by controlling nature: external andinternal. Do this either by work, or worship, or  psychiccontrol,orphilosophy--byone,ormore,or all of these -- and be free. This is the whole of religion. Doctrines, or dogmas, or rituals, or  books, or temples, or forms, are but secondarydetails."
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Vedanta
 
www.ramakrishna.orgrvcnewyork@worldnet.att.netRamakrishna Vivekananda Center of New York 17 East 94th Street, New York, NY 10128Telephone: (212) 534-9445Fax: (212) 828-1618
Table of Contents
Featured Title
MEDITATION & ITS PRACTICES
ADefinitive Guide to Techniques and Traditionsof Meditation in Yoga and Vedanta
By SwamiAdiswarananda
Discover the wisdom of two great teachings of Hindu meditation - in onecomprehensive volume. SwamiAdiswarananda defines the key concepts of meditation in clear terms. Every aspect of meditation is covered in thisinspiring guidebook, including Goals and Benefits of Meditation, Objects of Meditation, Methods of Concentration, Posture, Diet, Mystical Experiences,Self-Realization, Obstacles in Meditation and Ways of Overcoming Them. “This book is one of thefinest works on meditation I’ve ever encountered...eminently practical, inspiring, and effective.”-Brother Wayne Teasdale. 472 pages.
 Hardcover $34.95 Paperback $19.99
Vedanta ....................................................................................Featured Title ...........................................................................Sri Ramakrishna .......................................................................Sri Sarada Devi ........................................................................Swami Vivekananda ................................................................Disciples of Sri Ramakrishna ..................................................Scriptures and Vedanta Philosophy .........................................Meditation, Prayer, and Spiritual Practice ...............................Books for Children ..................................................................Other Titles ..............................................................................Video Cassettes, DVDs, CDs, & eBooks ................................Photographs .............................................................................Incense .....................................................................................Order Form...............................................................................123457811131415161617
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The Gospel of SriRamakrishna
Translated by Swami Nikhilananda. Foreword byAldous Huxley. Completeconversations of SriRamakrishna (1836 - 1886).With introductory biography, 26 photographs. "His life enablesus to see God face to face."-- Mahatma Gandhi
Ramakrishna and His Disciples
Christopher Isherwood.A beautifully written accountof the Master's life by a noted British-American author.Illustrated with many photographs.Paperback $16.95
Sayings of Sri Ramakrishna
Sayings, teachings and parables of Sri Ramakrishna. With Introductionand detailed Index.Paperback $3.50
The Gospel of Sri Ramakrishna:Abridged Edition
Swami Nikhilananda. Translation.Includes biography.615 pages.Hardcover $17.50
Sri Ramakrishna Upanishad
C. Rajagopalachari.A retelling of tales, parables, andteachings of Sri Ramakrishna in a lucid and easy style.Paperback $1.50
AShort Life of Sri Ramakrishna
Swami Tejasananda. Includes a selection of sayings of theMaster.Paperback $1.75
Life of Sri Ramakrishna
Acomprehensive account of the lifeand teachings of Sri Ramakrishna.“Ramakrishna was a livingembodiment of godliness.” --Fromthe foreword by Mahatma Gandhi.Frontis.Hardcover $9.50
Sri Ramakrishna:ABiography in Pictures
An authentic pictorial biographyof Sri Ramakrishna, with lifesketch and numerous quotations.Takes us on an inspiring pilgrimage and helps us enter intothe spirit of the great life.Deluxe Edition. Large Format.Hardcover $19.95
Sri Ramakrishna
"One of the world's most extraordinary religiousdocuments." -- Time Magazine"Conveys the personality of a great mystic." --ThomasMann1106 pages.Hardcover $35.50
Tales and Parables of Sri Ramakrishna
The great truths of religion and philosophy expressed by Sri Ramakrishna through parables drawn fromordinary life experiences.Paperback $5.95
Sri Ramakrishna, The Faceof Silence
Swami Nikhilananda and DhanGopal Mukerji. Edited &Introduction by SwamiAdiswarananda. Foreword byDhan Gopal Mukerji II. A historic book in the Ramakrishna-Vivekananda-Vedanta tradition.Two classic biographies -DhanGopal Mukerji’s
Face of Silence
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and Swami Nikhilananda’s
Sri Ramakrishna-
are broughttogether in this inspiring volume examining the life andteachings of the Great Master. Included are SwamiAdiswarananda’s
Sri Ramakrishna and HisGod-consciousness
and photographs associated with thelife of the Master. “The Face of Silence feeds both theheart and the head...Sit once more at Sri Ramakrishna’sfeet and drink deeply of the nectar stream!”- Richard Schiffman288 pages.Hardcover $29.99

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