The Condensed Gospel of Sri Ramakrishna
- Mahendranath Gupta
- Sri Ramakrishna Math, Chennai
Mahendranath Gupta, a householder disciple of Sri Ramakrishna, is familiarly known by his pen name 'M' and popularly as Master Mahashay. He was the recorder of the great teachings and revelations that came to humanity through Sri Ramakrishna. 'M' eventually published these teachings in Bengali as Sri Sri Ramakrishna Kathamrita. Available in a five-volume English translation by Dharm Pal Gupta, Sri Sri Ramakrishna Kathamrita remains a unique classic in the religious literature of the world. The Bengali work was also translated into English by Swami Nikhilananda as The Gospel of Sri Ramakrishna<.
The present work, The Condensed Gospel of Sri Ramakrishna , is M's own English version of some of the most important and representative sections of his original five-volume Bengali work. It is more a translation of thoughts contained in his diaries than of its language. He has also included in this work several new elaborations and doctrinal discussions. In this sense, this book, by its nature, is more of an original work by 'M' in English rather than a mere translation, making it a wonderful addition to The Gospel of Sri Ramakrishna.