What or who Ramakrishna is can only be intimated by his own startling words, actions, and experiences. This is what Great Swan is all about. It is not a volume of philosophy, theology, or anthropology. Nor is it a book about Ramakrishna, but simply is Ramakrishna at play, continuing to express nondual Reality spontaneously, offering guidance, inspiration, and initiation to subsequent generations of Truth seekers and lovers of God. To immerse mind and heart in these selected conversations provides a vivid experience—sweet, astonishing, spiritually intoxicating. Welcome to Ramakrishna’s unmistakable, inimitable presence.
He was the forerunner of the Feminine Age which is now dawning,” says Lex Hixon of Ramakrishna Paramahansa (1836-1886), whose life is portrayed in great depth in Great Swan. The book dramatically re-creates a series of documented encounters with this world-renowned Bengali sage, as he converses with devotees and visitors in his peaceful room beside the holy river Ganges. By turns amusing, playful, brilliant, tender, and visionary, Ramakrishna offers practical instruction, inspiration, and thrilling glimpses into his states of spiritual intoxication as well as his ultimate enlightenment.
“Ramakrishna worshiped the blissful Goddess Kali” Lex continues, “not only through the temple icon and the living, breathing sacred forms of his wife and mother, of young girls and prostitutes, but also in and through his own biologically male form. He experienced Her through all forms of conscious life and even inanimate nature, but testified that the Cosmic Mother manifests most powerfully through the biologically female human form. For contemporary culture, which is witnessing the powerful emergence of the Feminine Principle in various ways, the experience of Ramakrishna and his wife and equal spiritual partner, Sarada Devi, is most illuminating.”
Lex feels that Ramakrishna’s experiences and teachings contain “essential secrets for the unfolding of harmonious cultural interaction and spiritual growth during the twenty first century.” Great Swan is a totally non-European book at its roots, yet it provides a valuable bridge between East and West– a bridge that Lex himself has crossed in both directions, as a committed practitioner of Vedanta (he was a close student of Swami Nikhilananda of the Ramakrishna Order), Islamic Sufism, Eastern Orthodox Christianity, Tibetan Tantric Buddhism, and Japanese Zen. Ramakrishna himself engaged in the practices of a variety of religious paths and personally realized the same essential truth inherent in all of them– limitless awareness. Thus, Lex believes, the example and guidance of.Ramakrishna will contribute to the creation of a “global society based on the intuitive sense of the Sacred– a society with rich diversity but without boundaries.”
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