Readings

  • The Near and The Dear by Dada Mukerjee

    As Krishna Das points out in his introduction to The Near and the Dear, when you read these stories about Maharaj-ji and his devotees you step into a place and a time that is outside the boundaries of your own memories. You meet people whose lives were forever changed by a word or a look from the great Indian saint Neem Karoli Baba. In The Near and The Dear, Mukerjee tells his own story of time spent with Maharaj-ji, and relates stories about other sadhus and devotees who came to be with Neem Karoli Baba. For a little while you spend time in another culture unlike the United States but not unfamiliar, because to be on a spiritual path is a journey of opening the heart wherever you live. Mukerjee helps you discover how you have more in common with these people he describes than you are different from them. Along with the stories of devotees who came to see Maharaj-ji, you read about how the great saint gave to each what he needed for his spiritual journey. Mukerjee shows you the endlessly adaptable Guru working with his followers, not through coercion, intimidation, or fear, but with overwhelming compassion, understanding, and acceptance. You?ll find yourself marveling at what you can accomplish when you follow where your heart leads. ? Paperback, 294 pages. Published by the Hanuman Foundation, 3rd edition, 2000. Mukerjee continues to share his recollections of Neem Karoli Baba, begun in By His Grace, and expands to relate other devotees? stories. Contains a few photos of Neem Karoli Baba and his devotees seldom seen in the West.
  • By His Grace by Dada Mukerjee

    Dada [Sudhir Mukerjee] is recognized as one of the devotees who has been closest to Maharajji. Their relationship has been so intimate for so long that we treasure Dada's stories about his "Baba" as especially precious. He is our elder brother in Maharajji's spiritual family. -from the introduction by Ram Dass
  • The Gospel of Sri Ramakrishna

    The Gospel of Sri Ramakrishna as translated by Swami Nikhilananda offers the reader a penetrating view into the spiritual wisdom of India. On account of his deep mystical experiences and constant absorption in God, Sri Ramakrishna (1836 - 1886) is regarded as being of the stature of Krishna, Buddha, and Christ. The Gospel is the record of Sri Ramakrishna's conversations, which are unique in their breadth and depth. Profound spiritual truths are described in simple words and vivid stories, revealing the divinity of man and the spiritual foundation of the universe. This volume is a mine of inspiration, wisdom, theology, and metaphysics.

    This 1106 page volume contains an introduction (70 pages) by Swami Nikhilananda that narrates the main events of Sri Ramakrishna's life and briefly sketches the people and the doctrines associated with him. Also, includes 26 photographs, a detailed glossary, and an index.

  • The Gospel of Holy Mother

    The teachings and sayings of Sarada Devi: The Holy Mother as gathered by her disciples and devotees. The recorded conversations and reminiscences in diary format help you sense the spiritual power of the Holy Mother. The most complete collection available.
  • The Ramayana of Tulsidas

    Shri Ramcharitmanasa, also known as Ramayana, is an epic poem that was composed in the 16th-century Indian by poet Goswami Tulsidas (c.1532–1623). The core of the work is a poetic retelling of the events of the Sanskrit epic Ramayana, centered on the narrative of Rama, the crown prince of Ayodhya. Ramcharitmanas literally means "lake of the deeds of Rama". Tulsidas compared the seven Kāndas (literally "books") of the epic to seven steps leading into the holy waters of a Himalayan lake Mānasa, as in Lake Manasarovar, which purifies the body and the soul at once. Today, it is considered one of the greatest works of Hindu literature.
  • Death Must Die by Ram Alexander

    Death Must Die gives an intimate first-hand account of a courageous woman's spiritual quest in close association with several of India's greatest modern saints, most prominently Shree Anandamayee Ma. Although written in a diary format, Atmananda's diary entries read almost like a novel, beginning with her youthful involvement with Theosophy and J. Krishnamurti in the Vienna of the 1920s. Atmananda eventually travels to Benares, India, where she is lead deeper into the heart of Indian spirituality. While in India, she encounters the Great Saint Sri Ramana Maharshi at His ashram in South India. In 1945, Atmananda ultimately comes into contact with her guru - the great Bengali mystic, Anandamayee Ma, with whom she embarks on the great spiritual adventure of her life as told here-in, culminating in sannyasa, the ultimate renunciation. This book is a rare record of a remarkable spiritual odyssey. There are also photos of Ananadamayi Ma, as well of photos of Atmananda, Lewis Thompson , J. Krishnamurti and Ramana Maharshi.
  • They Lived With God by Swami Chetanananda

    The lay disciples of Sri Ramakrishna came from all walks of life attracted by the power and depth of his spirituality. Needless to say, their lives had been transformed by meeting a man whom they came to accept as a Divine Incarnation. In this book the author brings alive the lives of Sri Ramakrishna’s twenty-eight principal lay disciples, and shows how they exemplified various facets of their Master’s teachings. Above all, this book presents a more complete picture of the Great Master himself, including many new incidents from his life hitherto unrecorded in English.
  • Sri Ramakrishna and His Divine Play by Swami Saradananda, translated by Swami Chetanananda

    Originally written in Bengali in the early 20th century and first published as a five-volume English edition (titled Sri Ramakrishna, the Great Master) 50 years ago, this exhaustive account of the life of the 19th-century Indian saint Ramakrishna is one of the great treasures of the world's spiritual literature. Now that it's been translated into contemporary English (a task that took five years), its re-publication is a great boon to seekers everywhere. The life and teachings of Ramakrishna, an itinerant mystic who espoused the essential truth of all religion, speak directly to the spiritual yearning of humanity; indeed, as the translator notes, "his life is a glowing beacon in an age that is trying to recover its bearings in a turbulent sea of opinions about religion." In nearly a thousand pages, Saradananda details Ramakrishna's humble origins and early spiritual experiences before moving on to the great mystic's complete devotion to God and the Divine Mother, the rapid growth of his following, and the impact of his teachings. He covers Ramakrishna's entire life up to his final months.
  • Chants of a Lifetime by Krishna Das

    Chants of a Lifetime offers an intimate collection of stories, teachings, and insights from Krishna Das. Much of this account of Krishna Das's life revolves around his close relationship with Maharaj-ji who loved him, stretched him, encouraged him in his chanting, and provided wise counsel when he needed it most. The three years he spent in India transformed his life. When his guru died in 1973, Krishna Das was shattered, and he succumbed to drug addiction. After more time in India, he started leading chanting in New York City in 1994, a path that is perfectly suited to him and inspiring to others. The book comes bundled with a CD of Krishna Das' chanting that can be used for the practice of kirtan (devotional chanting).
  • The Journey Home by Radhanath Swami

    Within this extraordinary memoir, Radhanath Swami weaves a colorful tapestry of adventure, mysticism, and love. Readers follow Richard Slavin from the suburbs of Chicago to the caves of the Himalayas as he transforms from young seeker to renowned spiritual guide. The Journey Home is an intimate account of the steps to self awareness and a penetrating glimpse into the heart of mystic traditions and the challenges that all souls must face on the road to inner harmony and a union with the Divine. Through near-death encounters, apprenticeships with advanced yogis, and years of travel along the pilgrim’s path, Radhanath Swami eventually reaches the inner sanctum of India’s mystic culture and finds the love he has been seeking. It is a tale told with rare candor, immersing the reader in a journey that is at once engaging, humorous, and heartwarming.
  • The Bijak of Kabir translated by Linda Hess; Shukdev Singh

    Kabir was an extraordinary oral poet whose works have been sung and recited by millions throughout North India for half a millennium. Thousands of poems are popularly attributed to Kabir, but only a few written collections have survived over the centuries. The Bijak is one of the most important, and is the sacred book of those who follow Kabir.