Sri Ramakrishna Paramahamsa (1836–1886,) the eminent Hindu mystic of 19th-century India, used stories and parables to portray the core elements of his philosophy. The meaning of Sri Ramakrishna Paramahamsa’s stories and parables are usually not explicitly stated. The meanings are not intended to be mysterious or confidential but are, in contrast, quite uncomplicated and obvious.
In the Hindu and other traditions of the major religions of the world, parables form the language of the wise for enlightening the simple, just as well as they form the language of the simple for enlightening the wise.
- Divine Grace: the Parable of Jatila and Madhusudhan
- Devotion & Consecration: the Parable of the Milkmaid
- Desire and Indulgence: the Parable of the Barber and the Seven Jars of Greed
- Devotion and Grace: the Parable of Devicharan and Sarvamangala
- Thagya and Vairagya: the Parable of Akbar and the Fakir
- Omnipresence: the Parable of Ganesh and the Divine Mother
- The Vastness of God’s Creation: the Parable of the Frog in the Well
- Providence & God’s Will: the Parable of Raghuram and Lord Sri Rama’s Will
- ‘Great Swan: Meetings with Ramakrishna’ by Lex Hixon
- ‘Gospel of Sri Ramakrishna’ by Swami Nikhilananda
- ‘Vivekananda: A Biography’ by Swami Nikhilananda
- ‘Ramakrishna Paramahamsa: The Sadhaka of Dakshineswar’ by Amiya P. Sen
- ‘Complete Works of Swami Vivekananda’ by Swami Vivekananda and Sister Nivedita
- ‘Ramakrishna: His Life and Sayings’ by Sri Ramakrishna Paramahamsa