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Ramakrishna Vedanta Math
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In these discourses the Swami Abhedananda considers the questions of evolution and resurrection in their bearing upon the ancient teaching of rebirth. Its truth, logic and justice, which are rebirth, its truth, logic and justice, which are rapidly permeating the best thoughts of the Western world. For the preservation of this doctrine mankind is indebted to the literary this doctrine mankind is indebted to the literary storehouses of India, the racial and geographical source of much of the vital knowledge of Occidental peoples. Reincarnation is shown in the present volume to be a universal solvent of life's mysteries. It answers those questions of children that have staggered the wisest minds who seek to reconcile the law of evolution and the existence of an intelligent and just Creator, with the proposition that man has but a single lifetime in which to develop spiritual self-consciousness. It is commended to every thinker.
Swami Abhedananda, an apostle of Sri Ramakrishna-Born October 2, 1866-Spent his early life among the brotherhood in Baranagar monastery near Calcutta, in severe austerity-Traveled barefooted all over India from 1888-1895-Went to London in 1896 at the call of his senior spiritual brother, Swami Vivekananda-Acquainted with many distinguished savants including Prof. Max Muller and Prof. Paul Deussen-Landed in New York, and took the charge of the Vedanta Society in 1897-Became acquainted with Prof. William James, Rev. R. H. Newton, Prof. W. Jackson, Prof. Josiah Royce of Harvard, Prof. Hyslop of Columbia, Prof. Lanman, Prof. G. H. Howison, Prof. Fay, Mr. Edison, the inventor, Dr. Elmer Gates, Ralph Waldo Trine, W. D. Howells, Prof. Herschel C. Parker, Dr. Logan, Rev. Bishop Potter, Prof. Shaler, Dr. Janes, the Chairman of the Cambridge Philosophical conference, and the Professors of Columbia, Harvard, Yale, Cornell, Berkeley and Clarke Universities-Travelled extensively all through the United States, Canada, Alaska and Mexico-Made frequent trips to Europe, delivering lectures in different parts of the Continent-Crossed the Atlantic seventeen time-Was appreciated very much for his profundity of scholarship, intellectual brilliance, oratorical talents, charming personality and nobility of character-A short visit to India in 1906-Returned again to America in 1906-Came back to India finally in 1921-On his way home joined the Pan-Pacific Educational Conference, Honolulu-Visited Japan, China, the Phillipines, Singapore, Kualalumpur and Rangoon-Started on a long tour and went as far as Tibet in 1922-Established centers at Calcutta and Darjeeling-Left his mortal frame on September 8, 1939.
We have great pleasure in thanking the readers all over the world on the issue of the new edition of the book Reincarnation by Swami Abhedananda. There is no doubt that a wider circle of readers will be delighted to go through the book and appreciate the master-mind whose invincible logic clears the mist created by the materialists and all other religionists advocating a single-birth theory as also those having a hazy idea of reincarnation. The listeners to whom the lectures embodied in the book were delivered in America, included professors of universities and other notables who were confirmed believers of one birth theory advocated by the Christians. Still they were convinced that various stages of evolution of Prana as we find in the world cannot be explained without having recourse to the theory of reincarnation; and the impartiality of God, to whom all are equal, cannot be established without acceptance of this grand truth of evolution through different incarnations.
|Cause and effect-Gross and subtle bodies-What do we mean by a subtle body-Samskaras or Vasana-Voluntary or involuntary action-Desires, will and thought-Selection of common environments-Natural selection-Scientific explanation of reincarnation theory-Different philosophers on reincarnation-Transmigration and metempsychosis,-Christianity and reincarnation-Wordsworth, Tennyson and Whitman about reincarnation-Judaism and Zoroastrianism and one-birth theory-Good and evil are relative terms-Nothing is destroyed in the world-Nature teaches us the great lesson of rebirth-Memory and the law of persistence-Remembrance of previous existence -The subconscious mind-What is Chitta|
|HEREDITY AND REINCARNATION||47-62|
|Acceptance of the theory of heredity and denial of existence of the human soul-Heredity and materialistic scientists-Haeckel's definition of heredity-Darwin's theory of Pangenesis-August Weismann and heredity-Democritus-Weismann and the theory of the 'continuity of the germ-plasm'-Germ cells continue from one generation to another-Weismann and heredity-Vedanta and germ-plasms-Theory of Heredity-The doctrine of reincarnation-Hereditary transmission-Cumulative heredity-The law of Karma.|
|EVOLUTION AND REINCARNATION||63-82|
|Evolution and modern science-The germ-life-What science says about the evolution theory-Man's 'self'-The struggle for existence-Prof. Huxley and evolution-Prof. Calderwood and evolution theory-The theory of Natural Selection-Vedanta and evolution-Modern scientists and the theory of evolution-Potentiality in the germ of life-Slumbering mental powers-The manifestation of latent powers-M. M. Williams and evolution-Each germ of life is studying-Evolution is the process of perfection-Higher and lower natures in man-Theory of reincarnation is a supplement to the theory of evolution-J. F. Clarke and evolution-Gift and evolution.|
|WHICH IS SCIENTIFIC-RESURRECTION OR|
|Old Testament and the idea of resurrection-Jews and resurrection-Zoroastrians and resurrection-Parsees and resurrection-Modern science and miracles-Reincarnation is based upon evolution-Reincarnation denies the idea that the soul has come out of nothing-Theory of resurrection-Christian belief of creation-Theory of reincarnation is logical and satisfactory.|
|THEORY OF TRANSMIGRATION||98-113|
|Transmigration theory presupposes the existence of soul-The views of Origen and Church Fathers-Metempsychosis-Greek philosophers about transmigration-Platonic idea of transmigration-What do we mean by Karma-Indian and Egyptian ideas of transmigration-What do we mean by 'rebirth'-Platonic theory of the idea of progress-Retrogression theory-What do we mean by 'sin'.|