West Bengal: Swami Vireswarananda, General Secretary, Ramakrishna Math & Mission, 1964. First Edition. Dark red cloth with gold blocked title. Landscape quarto, 22.7 x 29.7 cm, 100 pp., ill., glossary, signed on p. 4 by Christopher Isherwood. Good, mild browning to page edges, foxing to endpapers and top edge, light rubbing to head of spine, light bumps to fore edge corners. Item #591
Swami Brahmananda (1863–1922), born Rakhal Chandra Ghosh, was one of the direct disciples of Hindu mystic Ramakrishna who recognised him as his' spiritual son'. He was the first president of the monastic order Ramakrishna Math and the Ramakrishna Mission. This souvenir consists of photos of the Swami and the people and places associated with his life. The photos are arranged chronologically with short explanatory notes for each and there is a biographical note by Christopher Isherwood.