• 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 Hanuman is being worshipped 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.
  • Swami Bhajanananda is a Hindu monk and resident main pujari 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.
  • Goddess Shitala image at Kali Mandir, Laguna Beach.
  • 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.

     
  • Translated and edited by Swami Chetanananda

    These extensive, detailed and interesting reminiscences of those who knew Sri Ramakrishna provide the modern reader with a vivid sense of how he lived daily the spiritual message he taught, and how he excelled in opening a path for God into the human heart.  Swami Chetanananda is a monk of the Ramakrishna Order and the minister of the Vedanta Society of St. Louis, Missouri.  Paperback

     
  • This is a photo of the famous Dakshineswar Kali Temple where Sri Ramakrishna ardently worshipped Ma Bhavatarini Kali for 30 years.
  • The story goes that one priest slipped while carrying this image. Krishna’s foot got broken and, since a broken image should not be worshipped, pandits recommended to immerse it in the Ganga. The Rani, who built the Dakshineswar Kali Temple was heartbroken because she had become very attached to this image of Krishna. Sri Ramakrishna came to the rescue. He said,” If you son in law breaks his leg, will you throw him into the Ganges?” Sri Ramakrishna himself fixed this image.
  • 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 lived in this room in the Dakshineswar Kali temple compound for 15 years.
  • 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.
  • Ma Dakshineswari Kali of Laguna Beach, California. This photo was taken during one of Kali Mandir’s festivals. Ma is adorned with her favorite hibiscus flowers. Sri Haradhan Chakraborty, the main pujari of the Dakshineswar Kali Temple, brought this image from Kolkata, India, and installed her in Laguna Beach in 1993. Ma Dakshineswari is being worshipped daily at Kali Mandir.
  • 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.
  • Ma Dakshineswari Kali of Laguna Beach, California. Sri Haradhan Chakraborti, the main pujari of the Dakshineswar Kali Temple, brought this image from Kolkata, India, and installed her in Laguna Beach in 1993. Ma Dakshineswari is being worshipped daily at Kali Mandir.
  • 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 stands in Samadhi being held by his nephew Hriday.
  • This is the famous Kali image Sri Ramakrishna worshipped in the Dakshineswar Kali Temple, Kolkata, India. Kali here is in her benign form. She is the dakshina Kali with her right foot front. By divine grace, Elizabeth Usha Harding got the rare privilege to take photos inside the inner shrine of Kali. Taking pictures in the inner sanctum is usually strictly forbidden. This photo prompted Usha to write the book "Kali, the Black Goddess of Dakshineswar," and indirectly started Kali Mandir in Laguna Beach.
  • This photo was taken at dusk from the roof of the kuthi from where Sri Ramakrishna used to call out for his inner circle of devotees to come to him.
  • This book contains the teachings of Sri Sarada Devi, the divine consort of Sri Ramakrishna.  Lovingly called Holy Mother, Sri Sarada Devi is here presented in all her rustic simplicity, which breaks barriers and is inspired by a universal love.  She said, “I can’t contain myself when somebody draws near me and calls me ‘Mother’!”  Taken from 38 reminisces of her direct disciples and devotees.  Paperback. 409 pp. 

  • Sri Ramakrishna (1836 – 1886) avatar, mystic and passionate worshipper of the Divine Mother Kali, taught the harmony of religions.  “God is One, sages call Him/Her by various names.”

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