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Vedanta and Ramakrishna

Vedanta and Ramakrishna

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  • Dimensions:8.5' X 5.5
  • Edition:2003
  • Author:Swami Swahananda
  • Publisher:Ramakrishna Mission Institute of Culture
  • ISBN:8187332239
  • Cover Type:Hardcover
  • Number of Pages:446 (B & W Illus: 1)
  • From the Jacket

    Swami Swahananda, a senior monk of the Ramakrishna Order of India, is the minister and spiritual leader of the Vedanta Society of Southern California. He joined the Ramakrishna Order in 1947 and received sannyasa, final vows, in 1956.

    After joining the order, he served in the Madras Math and, later, as editor of the Order's scholarly publication, the Vedanta Kesari. He came to the United states in 1968 as the Assistant Minister of the San Francisco Vedanta Society and was later appointed head of the Vedanta Society of Berkeley, California. Immediately prior to coming to this country, the swami was head of the Delhi Centre, the premier centre of the Ramakrishna Order in the capital of India.

    In December of 1976 he was transferred to Hollywood, the headquarters of the Vedanta Society ;of Southern California, where he remains the minister today.

    In the late 1980s he was invited to lecture in Moscow and provide spiritual guidance. The swami gives lectures regularly at the Vedanta branch centres in Southern California. He also lectures in many places throughout North America.

    Swami Swahananda is the author of many books and articles on religious life and spirituality including: Meditation and Other Spiritual Disciplines; Hindu Symbology and Other Essays, and Service and Spirituality. The present book, Vedanta and Ramakrishna, is a collection of some of his articles and lectures.

    Publisher's Note

    We are happy to bring out this book, Vedanta and Ramakrishna, by Swami Swahananda, Minister-in-charge of the Vedanta Society of Southern California, the Vedanta Centre of Greater Washington, D. C., and the Vivekananda Retreat at Ridgely. Most of the articles in this book have been previously printed in different journals, and the rest are based on lectures given by the swami at different places.

    According to the author, Pamela (Prem) Reid helped to transcribe and edit the material, and without her zeal and labour of love this book would not have seen the light of day. Also, Amrita, Evelyn, Richard, and others helped to go through the material and arrange it, and they gave suggestions for improvement. Fritz Peters (Niranjan) designed the cover. We are thankful to all of them.

    This book is meant to popularize the message of Sri Ramakrishna, and thus some repetitions have been retained for the sake of clarity. However, we are sure this book will be appreciated by readers, as his previous books have been.

    CONTENTS
    PART I
    Relevance of Vedanta Today 1
    Man's Destiny 30
    Spirituality and Quality of Life 43
    Be an Instrument of God 59
    Towards a Meaningful Life 75
    Spiritual Life: Techniques and Attitude 91
    The Concept of God in Hinduism 102
    Ideals of Vedanta 112
    The Doctrines of Grace and Karma 116
    Sanatana Dharma and Sri Ramakrishna 122
    Social Implications of Vedanta 135
    Strength is Religion 150
    Advaita Vedanta 158
    Vedanta and the Individual 162
    The Four Values of Life 176
    The Need of Idealism in Youth 179
    Life and Its Mission 182
    Unity of Religions 192
    PART II
    The Message of the Upanishads 201
    Gita 218
    Spiritual Training of the Mind 227
    The Yoga of Tranquility 241
    The Conquest of Misery and the Gita 252
    Yoga of Meditation 260
    Service as a Spiritual Discipline 266
    Buddha and His Way 277
    PART III
    Peace 299
    Hinduism 305
    Peace and Unity Through Religion 315
    PART IV
    The Unique Ramakrishna 329
    Holy Mother in Universal Perspective 335
    Ramakrishna, the Principle 345
    Why the Gospel is so Popular 361
    Swami Brahmananda 364
    Chicago Address 373
    Swami Vivekananda and the West 378
    The Ramakrishna Movement and the role of the Devotees 398
    Ramakrishna Movement Abroad 405
    My Days in Madras Math 409
    The Need for a New Temple of Sri Ramakrishna 428
    Working for Peace 434
    Appendix : Interreligious Meeting 443
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