Imitation of Christ, by Thomas Kempis

The Imitation of Christ

This classic, second only to the Bible for religious instruction and inspiration, has brought understanding and comfort to millions for centuries. Written in a candid and conversational style, the topics include liberation from worldly inclinations, preparation and consolations of prayer, and the place of eucharistic communion in a devout life.

This also was one of the few books that the great Vedanta saint, Swami Vivekananda, carried with him throughout his life. Because this, many monks and followers in the Ramakrishna Mission community also read/recommend the Imitation of Christ.

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  1. by Kalhan

    On June 14, 2012

    Absolutely correct, the wondering monk,vedantic lion,cyclonic monk, an unique and original in all respect like whom, the world has not seen another one like him,that Swami Vivekananda, while travelling length and breath of India and then to America and Europe was carrying only few books in his side bag, one of which was the said book,An Imitation of Christ so much near to his heart; not only so,after the passing away of
    Sree Ramakrishna,on 16 August 1886, the first Sree Ramakrishna Math could be formed in the October 1886 in the north end of Calcutta,the name of the Math was Baranagar Math….that was the extreme struggling days in spiritual practice and living the life in extreme poverty,the group of young disciples of Sree Ramakrishna under the leadership of Narendra Nath Dutta (Swami Vivekananda) was in the phase of formation the Ramakrishna Order/Ramakrishna Movement ,they had been engrossed into total immersion in the spiritual
    depth, twenty fours of the day, in one phase, it was in the reading and discussions on the various scriptures and holy books, including the Imitation of Christ, what a book indeed in the practice of devotion and total surrender to The Lord of Love.
    One may like to reach the reading room of, to read the entire works of Swami Vivekananda and get electrified/charged by the ‘Voice Without Form’, that was Swamiji.

  2. by Kalhan

    On June 14, 2012


    Please read ‘Twenty four hours of the day’ instead of ‘twenty fours of the day’

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