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The Ramakrishna Mission: The Making of a Modern Hindu Movement

The Ramakrishna Mission: The Making of a Modern Hindu Movement
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Item Code: IDE608
Author: Gwilym Beckerlegge
Publisher: Oxford University Press, New Delhi
Language: English
Edition: 2000
ISBN: 0195651332
Pages: 232 (B & W Illus: 20)
Cover: Hardcover
Other Details: 8.7" X 5.7"
From the Jacket:

Most scholarly studies of the Ramakrishna Math and Mission to date have concentrated almost exclusively on the relationship between Sri Ramakrishna Paramhamsa, the Bengali mystic in whose name the movement was created, and Swami Vivekananda, his close follower and the actual founder of the Movement. Such studies have raised questions about the degree of continuity between Ramakrishna and Vivekananda and the nature of the relationship of the Ramakrishna Math and Mission to Hinduism in its wider sense.

This book stands in this tradition of critical studies of the Ramakrishna movement. It offers selected studies of aspects of the movement's development down to the present day and examines the role of personalities, other than Ramakrishna and Vivekananda, who also played a part in the growth of the movement.

Beckerlegge explores ways in which the Ramakrishna movement has been presented by scholars, promoted by its own adherents, and has seen prominent defections from its own ranks. It combines both an overview of several important debates within the study of Ramakrishna and Vivekananda with distinctive studies of the growth of the Ramakrishna movement. This book will be of special interest to historians and religious studies specialists.

About the Author:

Gwilym Beckerlegge is Senior Lecturer and staff tutor in Religious Studies at the Faculty of Arts, The Open University, UK.

CONTENTS

Abbreviationsxi
Illustrationsxii
Introduction1
Part One: The Ramakrishna Movement in Theoretical Perspective
1. The Ramakrishna Movement and Its Tradition According to Two 'Sympathetic Outsiders':
F. Max Muller and Romain Rolland
7
2. Ramakrishna and Vivekananda in Critical Studies of the Ramakrishna Math and Mission27
3. Categorizing the Ramakrishna Math and Mission52
Part Two: The Ramakrishna Movement in India
4. 'First of All Comes the Gift of Food': Swami Vivekananda's Response to the Problem of Modern Famine79
5. The Ramakrishna Math and Mission's Practice of Seva and the Promotion of Human Rights96
6. Iconographic Representatios of Sri Ramakrishna and Swami Vivekananda113
Part Three: The Ramakrishna Movement in Britain
7. Sowing the seeds of Vedanta in Britain:
Surprising Shoots or Disappointing Harvest?
143
8. Henrietta Muller's Search for the Religion of the Femme Libre180
Bibliography202
Index215

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