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Great Swan

Meetings With Ramakrishna
Paperback Book
Larson Publications
April, 1997
$24.95 CAD
Banyen's Description: 

Already acclaimed as a timeless classic, Great Swan introduces the blissfully unconventional Bengali sage Ramakrishna.

For Lex Hixon, Ramakrishna’s life shows that a “global society based on the intuitive sense of the Sacred—a society with rich diversity but without boundaries”— is not only possible, but inevitable. Hixon’s luminous writing intimately re-creates a series of encounters with this divinely intoxicated master, so readers experience firsthand his power, playfulness, and spiritual intensity.

Blissfully devoted to what he called the Divine Mother, Ramakrishna practiced all religions and taught that all sacred paths spring from the same divine source. These “meetings” are keys to seeing how the sacred feminine is re-emerging in our time, to show the unity at the core of all spiritual endeavor.

“Meet as many adepts from various paths as you can,” Ramakrishna instructed. “Love these persons, receive their initiations, and passionately practice their disciplines. But enter your own inner chamber of primordial awareness to enjoy selfless peace and delight.”

Great Swan may well be the next best thing to a personal meeting with this particular one of them. For many, it’s Lex’s greatest work—a true classic. The sanctity, delightful playfulness, wisdom, power, devotion, and spiritual intensity of one of the most inspiring spiritual teachers of all time permeate every page.

“This is a wise, beautiful, brilliant book, designed to introduce us to—no, to directly immerse us in—the mind and spirit of the remarkable Ramakrishna. But as Hixon so accurately points out, ‘Ramakrishna is not a quaint person from an ancient culture, representing a particular religious background, but an Einstein of the planetary civilization of the near future, a greenhouse for the future evolution of humanity.’ This book thus contains the master key that opens all cultures and all hearts. Lex Hixon has succeeded beautifully in this task, and I bow in deep gratitude for the wisdom that comes through Lex to all of us fortunate enough to read this wonderful book.” —Ken Wilber

“Lex has looked into the eyes of the divine and has burst into flame—he invites us into the blazing heart of one of the great spiritual masters. Accept the invitation.” —Stephen Levine

“In Great Swan, Ramakrishna’s words echo with the song of the lover. He tells us the simple and tremendous truth, that only through love can we reach Reality. He says he is simply ‘a true human being moving in one direction, towards Truth alone,’ and his words go straight to the heart of every seeker, reminding and encouraging us. For the Sufi he is a friend who knows what it means to be a ‘lover of God’, and how nothing else matters. This is a book to be read and reread.” —Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee, author, Return of the Feminine and the World Soul

“With Great Swan, Lex Hixon gives us a generous gift. He does a daring thing: he loses himself in love for Ramakrishna as he sees him, and so gains the confidence to paraphrase the Master’s profound speech. He makes no claim of scientific objectivity, philological precision, anthropological sophistication, though he commands all these scholarly tools. Rather he proclaims the intention to make himself the vessel, a medium, for the Sage himself to bring his playful wisdom into our modern idiom and atmosphere. And it works. Ramakrishna, The Great Swan of Wisdom, comes alive in these pages, skillfully contextualized, lovingly dramatized, and brilliantly articulated in our modern speech. Some, who feel they already have the Sage through earlier translations, may take exception to Hixon’s daring approach. But I suspect most will be delighted by the feeling that they really meet this remarkable Being." —Robert Thurman, author of Tibetan Book of the Dead

Great Swan: Meetings with Ramakrishna fulfills the reader on multiple levels—as a lively and compelling biography of one of the great spiritual masters of our time; as a book of poetry and song that is luminous and beautiful; and as a rich text of truth and healing. Reading it is like walking into a garden—the sweet air and the vibrant colors open the heart and clear the head. There is a wildness about this book and a gentleness of heart. This is a rare and fantastic combination!” —Elizabeth Lesser, cofounder of Omega Institute

Publisher’s Description: 

Dramatically recreates a series of delightful encounters with a great spiritual teacher.

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