The Bases of Indian Culture: Commemoration Volume of Swami Abhedananda

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Item Code: IDG443
Author: Paramahamsa Prajnanananda
Edition: 2002
ISBN: 818844605X
Pages: 877
Cover: Hardcover
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The Bases of Indian Culture is the Commemoration Volume dedicated to the sacred memory of Swami Abhedananda, the direct disciple of Sri Ramakrishna Paramahamsa and spiritual brother of Swami Vivekananda.

The volume contains various thoughtful writings of different scholars and renowned writers of India and abroad. It contains articles on philosophy, psychology, religion, mysticism, logic, literature, science, education, music, dance, drama, painting and sculpture, together with philosophies of Sri Ramakrishna, Swami Vivekananda and Swami Abhedananda.

This cultural volume is a unique contribution to the domain of Indian thought and culture, and will enlighten the minds of them who are in persuit of knowledge and wisdom.

From the Jacket:

The writings and speeches of Swami Abhedananda, a direct disciple of Sri Ramakrishna, were spread over a long period of spiritual ministration both in America and in India. His deep philosophical insight and unfathomed spirituality attracted the learned and the intelligentsia. All his writings and speeches are available in one set of eleven volumes entitled THE COMPLETE WORKS OF SWAMI ABHEDANANDA, the last volume being a guide to the Complete Works, edited in full by the most renowned philosopher and writer Swami Prajnanananda, a direct disciple of Swami Abhedananda. We invite all lovers of philosophy, religion and culture to avail of the golden opportunity of collecting this set without delay.


THE BASES OF INDIAN CULTURE is a Commemoration Volume, published on the occasion of the holy birth-centenary celebration of Swami Abhedananda, one of the direct disciples of Bhagavan Sri Ramakrishna Paramahamsa.

In the year 1966-67, when the birth-centenary of the great Indian saint, Swami Abhedananda, was being celebrated in a befitting manner in the Ramakrishna Vedanta Math, Calcutta, and in all its branches as well as in different Maths, Ashramas and Institutions of the Ramakrishna Order, a Publication Committee was set up for publishing his various writings and speeches. It was proposed in this Publication Committee to bring out also a cultural commemoration volume under the auspices of the Ramakrishna Vedanta Math, Calcutta, with a view to depicting the various aspects of cultural, religious and philosophical heritage of India and other eastern countries.

Though belated, we are gratified to offer this volume to the lovers of cultural and socio-religious aspects of India and other countries at large.

Precious and thoughtful articles contributed by many experts and experienced writers have made this volume thorough, informative and valuable to the seekers after knowledge, and particularly to the lovers of religion and culture of the Orient. The volume is divided into different sections beginning with a short life-sketch and teachings of Swami Abhedananda, in whose sacred memory it has been dedicated.

In Vol. No. I, has been given the life of Swami Abhedananda, his spiritual teachings and in Vol. Nos. II to IX, the topics like concept of philosophy, the Upanishadic thoughts and essence, Sankhyian thoughts, a critique and spiritual practice of Advaita Vedanta, comparative study of the commentaries the Brahmasutras, maya in Advaita Vedanta, Brahman as Sachchidananda, Advaita views on causality, real, unreal and illusory, concept of intuition, a phenomenological study of Providence, ground work of Mathematical philosophy, Vishishtadvaita philosophy, Indian psychology, nature and validity of inference, Buddhism in Tibet, Islam and its broad principles, Sufism and Vedanta, Jainism, mantra, tantra and yantra, Sakti-worship in the South, philosophy of Tripura-rahasya, etc., have been dealt with besides topics like education, science, religion, mysticism, socio-religious thoughts of Swami Vivekananda, study of literature of the nineteenth century, art of drama, music of the North and the South in different periods, classical and folk types of music, dance, Indian painting and sculpture, etc. The Vol. No. X has been devoted to the discussions on Sri Ramakrishna Paramahamsa and his spiritual message, and the Ramakrishna movement in the West. The Vol. No. XI begins with the discussions on Swami Abhedananda, his personality and his works in the East and the West. The articles are well-written and thoughtful as these came out from the pens of the renowned thinkers and professors, both of India and of abroad.

We are indebted to all the learned writers who have generously contributed their thoughtful articles to this cultural commemoration volume. We are also grateful to Messrs George Allen and Unwin Ltd., London, for giving us permission for reproducing the article., The Upanishadic Thoughts and Essence, written by Swami Prabhavananda of Califormnia, U.S.A., in the first edition of this cultural volume. We offer our gratitude to the authorities of the Indian Museum, Calcutta, this volume, We are thankful to them who have generously helped us in proof-reading and many other subjects, and many other subjects, and especially to Sri Suresh Chandra Chowdhury of Calcutta.

We hope that different topics discussed in this volume in comparative way and synthetic vision will act as the beckon light towards the broad cultural aspects of India. In 1906-07, when Swami Abhedananda delivered a series of lectures on India and Her People, comprising India's education, cultures, literature, philosophy, religion, etc., in the Brooklyn Institute of the Arts and Sciences in U.S.A., he saw the vision of the glorious picture of India, and that vision was somewhat fulfilled when the book, India and Her people, was published and won the hearts of the people of the East and the West, irrespective of caste, creed and colour, and it is to mention in this connection that this volume, The Bases of Indian Culture, is an outcome of that vision.






Swami Abhedananda 19-29
Spiritual Teachings of Swami Abhedananda 30-38
The Concept of Philosophy  
  Dr. Kalidas Bhattacharyya 41-61
The Spirit of Indian Philosophy  
  Dr. Ruth Reyna 62-67
The Upanishadic Thoughts and Essence  
  Swami Prabhavananda 68-112
Samkhya on Validity and Invalidity of knowledge  
  Dr. Anima Sengupta 113-122
A Critique of Advaita Philosophy  
  Swami Satswarupananda 123-134
Spiritual Practice of Advaita Vedanta  
  Swami Sadananda Giri 135-144
A Comparative Study of the Commentaries on the Brahma-Sutras  
  Srimat Swami Vireswarananda 145-186
Indefinable Maya in Advaita Vedanta  
  Swami Prajnanananda 187-213
The Vedantic Conception of Brahman as Sachchidananda  
  Dr. Roma Choudhury 214-233
Advaita Views on Causality  
  Dr. Devaprasad Bhattacharya 234-255
The Real, the Unreal and the Illusory  
  Dr. S. C. Chatterjee 256-266
The Concept of Intuition  
  Dr. J. N. Mohanty 267-274
A Phenomenological Study of "Providence"  
  Dr. Clarence Shute 275-292
Groundworks of Mathematical Philosophy in the Bhashapariccheda  
  Sri J. K. Roy 293-307
Essentials of Vishishtadvaita Philosophy  
  Sri Yatindra Ramanujacharyya 308-323
A Study of Indian Psychology  
  Prof. Dinesh Chandra Shastri 327-341
Nature and Validity of Inference  
  Dr. B. K. Bhattacharya 342-387
Buddhism in Tibet  
  Sri Nirmal Chandra Sinha 388-391
Islam and Its Broad Principles  
  Mr. Justice S. A. Masud 392-397
  Dr. Hira Lall Chopra 398-405
Sufism and Vedanta  
  Dr. Roma Choudhury 406-419
  Dr. Amulya Chandra Sen 420-423
Mantra, Yantra and Tantra  
  Swami Pratyagatmananda Saraswati 427-432
Sakti-Worship in the South  
  Sri N. Subramani Aiyar 433-441
Philosophy of Tripura-Rahasya  
  S. Rajagopala Shastri 442-449
The Scientific Approach to Religion 453-466
  Swami Ranganathananda 453-466
Chinese Religion  
  Prof. Tan Yun-Shan 467-476
Study of Mystical Experience 477-494
  Prof. Santosh Sengupta  
The Socio-Religious Thoughts of Swami Vivekananda  
  Prof. Santwana Dasgupta 495-531
Science and Humanity  
  Prof. Priyadaranjan Ray 535-541
Education We need for Indian Womanhood  
  Swami Tejasananda 542-550
The Literary Scene Today in West Bengal  
  Sri Narayan Chaudhuri 553-562
Brahmananda Keshab Chandra Sen (1838-1884)  
  Prof. Dwijendra Lal Nath 563-569
Nineteenth Century Bengali Criticism: A Survey  
  Dr. Arun Kumar Mukherjee 570-577
Bankumchandra and Anandamath  
  Dr. Bhabatosh Datta 578-591
Art of Drama in Ancient India  
  Dr. Kali Kumar Dutta Sastri 592-606
The Pre-Historic Civilization and Music in Pre-Historic Times  
  Swami Prajnanananda 609-630
Samavedic Music  
  Principal Thakur Jaideva Singh 631-637
Cultural Bases of Indian Music  
  Dr. B. Chaitanya Deva 638-650
Karnatic Music: A Survey  
  Prof. P. Sambamoorthy 651-657
Indian Music during the Muslim Rule in India  
  Sri Rajyeswar Mitra 658-670
The Songs of Sri Tyagaraja: Their Import and Philosophy  
  Sri T. S. Parthasarathy 671-681
Culture of Music in Bengal in the 18th -19th Century  
  Sri Dilip Kumar Mukherjee 682-693
Bengal's Contribution Towards the Revival and Development of Indian Classical Music  
  Sri Ramesh Chandra Banerjee 694-702
Folk Song and Origin of a Divine Myth  
  Dr. Ashutosh Bhattacharya 703-712
Indian Dancing  
  Sri Hiranmoy Banerjee 713-718
The Silpasastra on Depicting Objects in Indian Painting  
  Prof. Asok Kumar Bhattacharyya 721-728
New Light on Rajput Painting  
  Prof. O. C. Gangoly 729-730
Ananda K. Coomaraswami  
  Sri Nirmal K. Ghosh 731-736
The Story of Indian Sculpture  
  Sri A. K. Bhattacharyya 737-758
Sri Ramakrishna: Humanity's Past, Present and Future  
  Swami Gambhirananda 761-768
Sri Ramakrishna and His Spiritual Message  
  Dr. Nirod Baran Chakraborty 769-778
The Ramakrishna Movement in the West  
  Swami Shraddhananda 779-795
Sri Abhedonanda-Stabah (Sanskrit)  
  Kaviraj Sri Devabrata Trivedi 799
Swami Abhedananda  
  Mr. Justice Sankar Prasad Mitra 801-813
Swami Abhedananda  
  Shri P. Seshadri 814-823
Swami Abhedananda: The Patriot-Saint of India  
  Sri Moni Bagchee 824-829
Swami Abhedananda and the Parapsyhological
Quest for the Beyond
  Prof. C. T. K. Chari 830-840
Vedantic Biogenesis and Pan-Psychism of Swami Abhedananda  
  Brahmachari Sudhanshu 841-851
Swami Abhedananda's Work in the West  
  Swami Lokeswarananda 852-867
Swami Abhedananda on the Relation between
Religion, Philosophy and Science
  A. D. Litman, Dr. Sc. (Philoso.) 868-877

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