Awake! And stop not till the goal is reached!
the Disciples of Sri Ramakrishna January 2009
114, No. 1
offer salutations to Ramakrishna,
eternal, transcendent, Narayana, who,
unborn and imperishable,
to protect the world.
offer my salutations to Sarada,
mother of all beings, who,
unitary in nature, being the Power of Brahman,
taken a distinct form.
adore the leader of the Sangha,
best of Ramakrishna's companions,
initiator of the (new) cycle of dharma,
the person of Swami Vivekananda.
Brahmananda, the cowherd of Vraja,
the mindborn son (of Ramakrishna),
first president of the Sangha, I bow down.
Shivananda, who had the constant vision
the tranquil, auspicious, and imperishable
abode of Ramakrishna, I bow down.
bow down to Saradananda, the author of Lilaprasanga,
is narrated Ramakrishna's life in all its significance.
whose being was in Ramakrishna,
worshipped Ramakrishna, and enriched his divine play, I salute.
Ramakrishna's divine companion, Sarada Devi's attendant,
pure, the ever free, the ever tranquil, I salute.
tranquil Premananda, a mother to all, the embodiment of love
affection, personification of Sri Radha, I salute.
adore Niranjanananda, Mother's ever free and pure attendant,
had Ramakrishna's feet for his refuge.
salute the sinless and wise spiritual master Akhandananda,
always worshipped Shiva in the orphan and the afflicted.
adore that Trigunatita who laid down his life after raising
consciousness through the publication of Udbodhan.
adore Swami Turiyananda, the knower of the essence of Vedanta,
yogi and the sage, who has surrendered himself to Ramakrishna.
adore the venerable Kalitapasvi, the renowned expounder
teacher of Vedanta, who was known as Abhedananda.
adore that devotee and great karmayogi called Subodhananda
of a childlike nature, was full of aff ection for devotees.
bow down to that simple and pureminded Adbhutananda who,
uneducated and unlettered, realized the imperishable Brahman.
salute the elder Gopal, the beloved attendant of Sarada,
is revered by the devotees as Advaitananda.
adore Vijnanananda, the embodiment of wisdom and bliss,
heroic worker, who built the charming Ramakrishna Temple.
adore the companions (of Ramakrishna),
of whom are parts of Ramakrishna,
in different forms and
diverse spiritual moods.
salute again and again
the companions in their divine play,
are the protectors of the dharma of this age.
from Swami Balaramananda, Saparshadasriramakrishnapranama