Swami Gambhirananda Biography book
Bibhas De

May the Great Swan illumine us .




Swami Gambhirananda and other journeys

Swami Gambhirananda biography book - Front Cover

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A biographical work on Swami Gambhirananda - an expanded and embellished version of the long-standing and oft-visited online article - is now available as a regular book. At this time, this is the only biographical book on Swami Gambhirananda in a language other than Bengali.


- This is a self-published book, and is "published by" Lulu.com in the USA.

- This is a simple story-telling book written in a personal and narrative vein, meant for the most general readership. All the biographical details are here -- it is only that they are woven into stories. Additionally, biographical data are summarized in an Appendix.

- The author does not make any money from this book. Even with the publication of this book, the online article will continue to be available for reading free of charge.


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- Contents: Page 1, Page 2

- See a Chapter Title page
    Each chapter has an illustrated title page

- See a "markings" page
    The "markings" pages are handwriting or other markings of remarkable individuals (not necessarily related to the subject of the book), inspired by a quotation of Swami Vivekananda: "As you have come into the world, leave some mark behind." Elsewhere in the book, many correspondences from remarkable individuals have been reproduced.

- Read a text page

- See an illustration page
    The book is profusely illustrated with B&W photos and artwork

- Read a page from Elizabeth Usha Harding's Reminiscences
    An endearing portrait of the stern and distant scholar-monk as an accessible human being

- Read a poem
    The book is sprinkled with poetry

- See full-color version of the image that forms the central theme of the book: Italo Calvino's Invisible City, Diomira, as imagined by Sanchari De (presented in B&W in the book)

- See the author ABOUT page


Read about the journeyers such as:

- The famous pioneer monk whose sister and Swami Gambhirananda's sister were married to two brothers

- Two nephews of Swami Gambhirananda: The deeply spiritual, adventure-loving brothers who sculpted the wild terrain of nature in untamed frontierland amid rumors of war

- The unknown benefactor whose timely generosity lifted a fledgling Narendrapur Ramakrishna Mission Ashram from dire straits to become the phenomenal and prestigious education complex it is today. Without this benefactor, it might not have been.

- The Jewish boy who esacaped holocaust to become a Nobel prizewinning American scientist, and a fine poet! He would come to love Bengal and introduce the Bengali poet Joy Goswami to the world

- The great physicist who concluded at the very end of his career that the ultimate essence of all exploration is .....

- The atheist who unsealed the Book of Life, and then wanted to write in it!

- Two evening chess-players in a Rangoon flat who had more than check-mate on their minds

- Some remarkable young sons and daughters of the American soil whom Sri Ramakrishna drew into his hands

- and many others in this vein - some unknown, some well-known - all having one thing in common: The journey's heading.

Posted 25 October 2008

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