Scholars on Sri Ramakrishna
AMAURY DE REINCOURT
ARNOLD JOSEPH TOYNBEE
Sri Ramakrishna’s message was unique in being expressed in action. The message itself was the perennial message of Hinduism…. In the Hindu view, each of the higher religions is atrue vision and a right way, and all of them alike areindispensable to mankind, because each gives a differentglimpse of the same truth, and each leads by a different route tothe same goal of human endeavours. Each, therefore, has aspecial spiritual value of its own which is not to be found in anyof the others.To know this is good, but it is not enough. Religion is not justa matter for study ; it is something that has to be experienced andto be lived, and this is the field in which Sri Ramakrishnamanifested his uniqueness. He practised successively almost
In the Atomic Age the whole human race has a utilitarianmotive for following this Indian way. No utilitarian motive couldbe stronger or more respectable in itself. The survival of thehuman race is at stake. Yet even the strongest and mostrespectable utilitarian motive is only a secondary reason fortaking Ramakrishna’s and Gandhi’s and Ashoka’s teaching toheart and acting on it. The primary reason is that this teaching isright—and is right because it flows from a true vision of spiritual reality.