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Sri Ramakrishna and Western Thought

by Gopal Stavig  

Dedicated to my guru Swami Prabhavananda (1893-1976). Without his sublime influence this book would never have been written

Please Note: Chapters will become live as they are completed.

I. Sri Ramakrishna's Background and Mission

1. Historical Events at the Time of His Birth

2. Descriptions of Ramakrishna by the People Who Knew Him

3. His Background and Orientation

4. His Mission and Teachings

5. Ramakrishna's Influence on Narendra

6. Divine Visitations

7. Holy Men and Women, and Religious Leaders He Met

8. Western Writers on Sri Ramakrishna

II. The Nature of Brahman-God

1. Two Aspects: Brahman-God as Static-Undivided-Formless-

Transpersonal (Nirguna Brahman) and Dynamic-Composite-With Form-

Personal (Saguna Brahman)

2. Western Concepts Concerning the Two Aspects of God

3. Brahman-God and the World

4. Brahman-God as Impersonal and Personal (Vijnana)

5. Infinity (Ananta) of Brahman-God

6. Transcendence (Alaukika, Vishvatiga) of Brahman-God

7. Omnipotence (Ananta-virya, Sarva-kartriva) of Brahman-God

8. Love of Brahman-God

9. Omnibliss (Ananda) of Brahman-God

10. Realizing Our Oneness with Nirguna Brahman-Essence of God

11. Wisdom as Feminine

12. Seven Sages

III. Avatar-Divine Incarnation: Their Spiritual and Human Nature

1. Saguna Brahman (Ishvara)-Personal God Assumes a Human Form

2. Possible Indian Views of the Christian Trinity

3. The Virgin Birth

4. Incarnations of Brahman-God�s Heavenly Assistants

5. Spirituality and Holiness

6. Religious Experiences of the Divine Incarnation

7. Kenosis and Their Human Nature

IV. Avatar-Divine Incarnation: Their Mission and Legacy

1. Life Events: Jesus and Sri Ramakrishna

2. Sri Ramakrishna and Justification (To Be Made Just) and Regeneration

3. They Save Those Who Follow Their Teachings and Believe in Them

4. Sin and the Doctrine of Atonement

5. Giver of Knowledge

6. The Second Coming and Multiple Incarnations

V. The Divinity of the Soul

1. All People Were Created in the Image of Brahman-God

2. A New Body in Heaven

VI. Divine Grace

1. The Lord�s Grace

2. Conditional Grace

3. The Lord Protects His Devotee

4. Brahman-God Gives Liberation-Salvation and Eternal Life

5. Brahman-God Makes a Sinful Person Righteous

VII. Religious Pluralism

VIII. The Religious Order and Ritual

1. Holy Places of Worship

2. Initiation and Baptism

3. Indian Ritual and the Christian Eucharist-Communion

4. Be Instructed by a Teacher (Guru)

IX. Brahman-God Realization

1. Worshiping Brahman-God

2. Striving to Realize Brahman-God (Adoration)

3. Brahman-God Working Through Us

4. Feeling and Devotion

5. Religious Experience and Contextualization

6. Liberated-Saved Through Faith

7. Bhavamukha

8. Jivanmukta

X. Religious Practices

1. Seek Brahman-God

2. Image Worship

3. Meditation and Prayer

4. Utter the Name of the Lord

5. Self-Surrender

6. Read the Scriptures

7. Higher Knowledge Is Hidden

8. Counter Karma and Samskaras

9. Future Life Is Determined at the Moment of Death

10. The Four Yogas

XI. Renunciation and Morality

1. Avidyamaya, Sin, and Evil

2. Renunciation of Worldly Desires

3. Continence

4. Avoid Egotism and Pride (Hubris)

5. Truthfulness

6. Overcoming Anger

XII. Psychology

1. Defense Mechanisms as Transformative Mechanisms

2. General Psychological Factors

3. The Seven Chakras



 Copyright 2018 Gopal Stavig