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Swami Vivekananda - New Perspectives (An Anthology on Swami Vivekananda)

Swami Vivekananda - New Perspectives (An Anthology on Swami Vivekananda)
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Item Code: NAK180
Publisher: Ramakrishna Mission Institute of Culture
Language: English
Edition: 2013
ISBN: 9789381325230
Pages: 762 (55 B/W Illustrations)
Cover: Hardcover
Other Details: 9.0 inch x 6.0 inch
weight of the book: 950 gms
Publisher Note

I cannot touch these sayings of his, scattered as they are through the pages of books at thirty years' distance, without receiving a thrill through my body like an electric shock – this galvanising impact of swami Vivekananda's words on Romain Rolland at thirty years' distance' (since Swamiji's appearance in Chicago Parliament of Religions') holds equally true today as we find ourselves at a distance of 150 years since the birth of Swami Vivekananda. Indeed irrespective of clime and age, man cannot but be thrilled and inspired by the soul stirring words of Swamiji for in all he did and said, Swamij's pre-eminent concern was MAN and his problems. Diverse as these problems were social economic moral, Intellectual and spiritual, Swamiji's luminous mind probed each to its depth and the solutions that issued from his Buddha heart unquestionably remain the panacea of the pressing human issues.

At humanity's crossroads today, there cannot be a healthier exercise than to reflect on the profound message of this great Prophet of Humanity. During this significant year of 150th birth anniversary of Swamiji this motivates us to bring out this current edition of articles on the various facets of Swamiji's life under the title Swami Vivekananda: New Perspectives. The vast being that Swamiji is – a complete appreciation of him is understandably beyond human grasp. Yet any attempt to reflect on Swamiji is a matter of supreme joy one who undertakes it. Our grateful thanks to the learned contributors for having dealt with the various aspects of the multifaceted personality of Swamiji.

Our special thanks to the Ministry of Culture, Government of India, for having financed this noble endeavour on the occasion of 150th birth anniversary of Swami Vivekananda. We would also like to thank Swami Sunirmalananda and Prof. Sabyasachi Bhattacharya for extending their helpful guidance during this project. We are grateful to the Advaita Asarama, Belur Math Archive and Webteam, Belur Math for providing us with suitable photographs.

Finally we are hopeful, before the readers' mind, out of these articles will emerge Vivekananda – the Prophet of Infinitude.

 

Contents

 

Publisher's Note iii
Part I  
Understanding Vivekananda  
Swami Vivekananda: The Personification of Spirituality 3
The Pendulum of the Purushottama's Peronality 46
Swami Vivekananda: A Monk of Humanity 62
Swami Vivekananda: Swarat Samrat Bhavati – Rescuer From Mahati Vinashtih 87
Reflection on Vivekananda: The Teacher of Humanity 125
Swami Vivekananda's Religion 147
Swami Vivekananda and Harmony of Cultures: a Vision for Evolution of Mankind 185
Swami Vivekananda: The Great Redeemer 229
Swami Vivekananda: The Benefactor of the Masses 243
Part II  
Swami Vivekananda in Global Perspective  
Swami Vivekananda: inspirer of the 19th Century 265
Religions of the World since Vivekananda: Global Harmony through Dialogue 278
'I Have Just Begun My Work': Swami Vivekananda and America 312
Globalization, Religious Pluralism and Swami Vivekananda 324
Swami Vivekananda: His Impact on Leaders in Science, Philosophy, Music and Stage in the West 352
Swami Vivekananda and Art Movements in the East and the West: Then and Now 409
Swami Vivekananda and Tesla: A Revision 447
Revisiting Educational Thoughts of Swami Vivekananda and the Role of Unesco 453
Swami Vivekananda and Western philosophy 487
Swami Vivekananda and France: An Overview 505
Swami Vivekananda's Impact on Japan 522
Swami Vivekananda: The Maker of a New Era of Global Spirituality 544
Indology, Orientalism and Vivekananda in the West 551
Empty Clouds: Vivekananda and Xu Yun 565
Part III  
Swami Vivekananda's Legacy: A Relook  
The Meaning and Scope of Vivekananda Studies 595
Swami Vivekananda and Temple Culture 606
Living for Others: Vivekananda's Approach to the Rich and Poor 625
Meditation: Influence on the Mind of the Future 655
The Importance of Meditation 670
Is Vivekananda Relevant to modern Youth? 683
Karma Yoga: the path of Nontheistic self – Unfoldement 708
Does a Sythesof Science and Spirituality Make Sense? 725
Swami Vivekannanda, press an Journalim 739
The Contributors 755

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