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Ramakrishna and His Disciples Hardcover – 30 Jul 2002

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  • Hardcover: 348 pages
  • Publisher: Advaita Ashrama, India (30 July 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 8185301182
  • ISBN-13: 978-8185301181
  • Product Dimensions: 14.1 x 2.7 x 21.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 871,767 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"This is a fresh and important contribution to the history of religious mysticism, a subject of ever-increasing interest in a psychology-conscious age." --New York Times.

About the Author

Isherwood was born in 1904 on his family's estate close to the Cheshire-Derbyshire borderAt Repton School in Derbyshire, Isherwood met his lifelong friend Edward Upward with whom he wrote the extravagant "Mortmere" stories, of which one was published during his lifetime, a few others appeared after his death, and others he summarised in Lions and Shadows. He deliberately failed his tripos and left Corpus Christi College, Cambridge without a degree in 1925. For the next few years he lived with violinist André Mangeot, worked as secretary to Mangeot's string quartet and studied medicine. During this time he wrote a book of nonsense poems, People One Ought to Know, with illustrations by Mangeot's eleven-year-old son, Sylvain. It was not published until 1982. In 1925 A.S.T. Fisher reintroduced him to W. H. Auden,[4][5][6] and Isherwood became Auden's literary mentor and partner in an intermittent, casual liaison. Auden sent his poems to Isherwood for comment and approval. Through Auden, Isherwood met Stephen Spender, with whom he later spent much time in Germany. His first novel, All the Conspirators, appeared in 1928. It was an anti-heroic story, written in a pastiche of many modernist novelists, about a young man who is defeated by his mother. In 1928 29 Isherwood studied medicine at King's College London, but gave up his studies after six months to join Auden for a few weeks in Berlin. Rejecting his upper middle class background and embracing his attraction to men, he remained in Berlin, the capital of the young Weimar Republic, drawn by its reputation for sexual freedom. There, he "fully indulged his taste for pretty youths. He went to Berlin in search of boys and found one called Heinz, who became his first great love."[7] Commenting on John Henry Mackay's Der Puppenjunge (The Pansy), Isherwood wrote: "It gives a picture of the Berlin sexual underworld early in this century which I know, from my own experience, to be authentic."[8] In 1931 he met Jean Ross, the inspiration for his fictional character, Sally Bowles. He also met Gerald Hamilton, the inspiration for the fictional Mr Norris. In September 1931 the poet William Plomer introduced him to E. M. Forster. They became close and Forster served as his mentor. Isherwood's second novel, The Memorial (1932), was another story of conflict between mother and son, based closely on his own family history. During one of his return trips to London he worked with the director Berthold Viertel on the film Little Friend, an experience that became the basis of his novel Prater Violet (1945). He worked as a private tutor in Berlin and elsewhere while writing the novel Mr Norris Changes Trains (1935) and a short novel called Goodbye to Berlin (1939), often published together in a collection called The Berlin Stories. These works provided the inspiration for the play I Am a Camera (1951), the 1955 film I Am a Camera (both starring Julie Harris), the Broadway musical Cabaret (1966) and the film (1972) of the same name. In 1932 he met and fell in love with a young German man named Heinz Neddermeyer.[9]

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By MAKdaddy on 20 Dec. 2013
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Excellent view into the masters teachings and life, found it insightful and inspring. First hand perspective on a modern day saint
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By Gisela Robinson on 20 Mar. 2015
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This book arrived before I expected it.
It is a replacement for the same book I lost.
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Well written by an enthusiast; lots of details. For Ramakrishna fans.
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30 of 31 people found the following review helpful
A wonderful book 22 Dec. 1999
By Jose Palacios - Published on
Format: Paperback
It is one of the best books I've seen about Ramakrisna. It covers his whole life. There are many histories about his childhood very interesting and beautiful. It Talks about the disciples, mainly about Vivekananda. It's one of the best books I've read in my life. Highly recommended.
19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
A blissful experience 5 Jan. 2005
By Nigel J. Yorwerth - Published on
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This has to rate as one of my top 10 books ever read. It is a wonderfully moving and enjoyable recounting of the life of Sri Ramakrishna. Ramakrishna was a holy man in India in the late 1800's who had one foot in this world and one in the next. He would be discoursing with his followers or answering a devotee's question and suddenly he would be in samadhi. One really becomes enveloped in bliss while reading about this wonderful man who studied all of the world's spiritual traditions so he could appreciate their unity and was so profoundly practical and loving. It is a joy to read as it is written by an author at the top of his craft.
23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
informative 16 July 2001
By danyew - Published on
Format: Paperback
if you're looking for a book on ramakrishna that's an easy read , this is it . its a good introduction , and one that probably goes down well with a reader not too familiar with hindu thought and hagiography . its a well organised book , covering the life of sri sri ramakrishna in approximate chronological order . too little has been said of his disciples , especially one titled "ramakrishna and his disciples " . don't expect an in depth look at ramakrishna (nor his disciples ), there are other books which delve more deeply . isherwood takes time to explain certain hindu concepts which should prove useful for the neophyte .
anyone with prior knowledge of ramakrishna's life would find this book a decent re-hash of material found in other books ( most notably those by the vedanta press ) . all in all , worth the buy .
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
One of the best spiritual biographies 25 Mar. 2013
By Muir, Alexander - Published on
Format: Paperback
This is one of the best written spiritual biographies I have ever read. Isherwood's smooth, engaging telling of Ramakrishna's extraordinary life is superbly executed. Many biographies get lost in detail, or overdone devotion, or clumsy efforts at creating a sacred vibe.
By contrast, Isherwood keeps the narrative going, occasionally dipping into background information on Hinduism, in such a way that you feel close to the amazing Ramakrishna.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Ramakrishna and his disciples 26 May 2008
By Guido Schiraldi - Published on
Format: Paperback
Absolutely engrossing and inspiring,specially in these times where mankind
needs badly a more spiritual approach to everyday life.
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