• Translated and edited by Swami Chetanananda

    This is a new translation of Sri Sri Ramakrishna Lilaprasanga, originally written in classical Bengali by Swami Saradananda, a direct monastic disciple of Sri Ramakrishna. It is a meticulously reliable account of Sri Ramakrishna’s life up to his final illness.   Swami Chetanananda is a monk of the Ramakrishna Order and the minister of the Vedanta Society of St. Louis, Missouri.  Hardback beautifully bound, 1008 pages, 108 historic photographs.

     
  • Goddess Shitala image at Kali Mandir, Laguna Beach.
  • Swami Chetanananda is a monk of the Ramakrishna Order and head of the Vedanta Society of St. Louis. He is the author of innumerable books on Sri Ramakrishna, Holy Mother, Swami Vivekananda and Vedanta.
  • Swami Bhajanananda is a Hindu monk and resident main pujari at Kali Mandir, Laguna Beach.
  • In Hinduism, the goddess Durga, also known as Shakti or Devi, is the protective mother of the universe. She is one of the most popular deities, a protector of all. Sitting astride on a lion or tiger, the multi-limbed Durga battles the forces of evil in the world. In Sanskrit, Durga means "a fort" or "a place that is difficult to overrun," an apt metaphor for this deity's protective, militant nature. Durga is sometimes referred to as Durgatinashini, which literally translates into "the one who eliminates sufferings." This particular Durga image is being worshipped at Kali Mandir, Laguna Beach.
  • This beautiful sandstone image of Hanuman is being worshipped at Kali Mandir, Laguna Beach.
  • Sri Ramakrishna (1836 - 1886) was born in Kamarpukur, a small village in West Bengal. He spent his adult life ardently worshipping Ma Bhavatarini Kali at the Dakshineswar Temple in Kolkata. His spiritual realizations made him see God in everything. God is One. People call on the same God who appears in various forms and names.
  • Sri Ramakrishna (1836 - 1886) was born in Kamarpukur, a small village in West Bengal. He spent his adult life ardently worshipping Ma Bhavatarini Kali at the Dakshineswar Temple in Kolkata. His spiritual realizations made him see God in everything. God is One. People call on the same God who appears in various forms and names.
  • This beautiful sandstone image of Lord Hanuman was a surprise donation arriving at Kali Mandir in 2007 a day before Guru Purnima.
  • Devotees pray to the Goddess Shitala, an incarnation of the Supreme Goddess Durga, to protect them and cure them from disease. This image of Shitala resides at Kali Mandir, Laguna Beach
  • Devotees pray to the Goddess Shitala, an incarnation of the Supreme Goddess Durga, to protect them and cure them from disease. This image of Shitala resides at Kali Mandir, Laguna Beach.
  • These deities of Radha and Krishna reside at Kali Mandir, Laguna Beach. They were custom-made for Kali Mandir by a well-known artist in Kolkata who molded them in the likeness of the Radha Krishna images at the Dakshineswar Temple, Kolkata, India.
  • These deities of Radha and Krishna reside at Kali Mandir, Laguna Beach. They were custom-made for Kali Mandir by a well-known artist in Kolkata who molded them in the likeness of the Radha Krishna images at the Dakshineswar Temple, Kolkata, India.
  • Lord Nataraj is a depiction of the Hindu God Shiva as the divine dancer. His dance is called Tandavam or Nadanta, depending on the context of the dance. This particular image is worshipped at Kali Mandir in Laguna Beach.
  • Lord Nataraj is a depiction of the Hindu God Shiva as the divine dancer. His dance is called Tandavam or Nadanta, depending on the context of the dance. This particular image is worshipped at Kali Mandir in Laguna Beach.
  • Swami Vivekananda (1863-1902) was a Hindu monk, chief disciple of Sri Ramakrishna, and a key figure in the introduction of Indian philosophies of Vedanta and Yoga to the western world.
  • Swami Vivekananda (1863-1902) was a Hindu monk, chief disciple of Sri Ramakrishna, and a key figure in the introduction of Indian philosophies of Vedanta and Yoga to the western world.
  • Sri Haradhan Chakraborty, the late main priest at the Dakshineswar Kali Temple, Kolkata, India, comes from a lineage of priests. Like his father, he worshipped Ma Bhavatarini Kali throughout his adult life. In 1993, he installed the image of Ma Dakshineswari Kali in Laguna Beach by performing prana pratistha.
  • Sri Haradhan Chakraborty, the late main priest at the Dakshineswar Kali Temple, Kolkata, India, comes from a lineage of priests. Like his father, he worshipped Ma Bhavatarini Kali throughout his adult life. In 1993, he installed the image of Ma Dakshineswari Kali in Laguna Beach by performing prana pratistha.
  • This photo of Sri Sarada Devi, the Holy Mother, was taken at her village home in Jayrambati. It is believed that she grants abundance in this photo. Therefore, her devotees always keep this photo in their kitchen area.
  • Ma Kali blesses Sri Ramakrishna in the Panchavati, the holy grove at the Dakshineswar Kali Temple.

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