The Life of Vivekananda and The Universal Gospel: A Study of Mysticism and Action in Living India

The Life of Vivekananda and The Universal Gospel: A Study of Mysticism and Action in Living India

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Item Code: IDH228
Author: Romain Rolland
Publisher: ADVAITA ASHRAM KOLKATA
Edition: 2018
ISBN: 8185301018
Pages: 333
Cover: Hardcover
Other Details: 8.3
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The man whose image I here evoke was the consummation of two thousand years of the spiritual life of three hundred million people. Although he has been dead forty years, his soul animates modern India. He was no hero of action like Gandhi, no genius in art or thought like Goethe or Tagore. He as a little village Brahmin of Bengal, whose outer life was set in a limited frame without striking incident, outside the political and social activities of his time. But his inner life embraced the whole multiplicity of men and gods.

About the Author

Romain Rolland, the great French savant and one of the finest examples of gallic grace in intellectual culture presents a fascinating and graphic account of Swami Vivekananda's life and message.

About his teachings he says: 'Vivekananda's words are great music, phrases in the style of Beethoven, stirring rhythms like the march of Handel choruses. 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. And what shocks, what transports must have been produced when in burning words they issued from the lips of the hero.'

Preface

CONTENTS
PART I
THE LIFE OF VIVEKANANDA
Prelude
IThe Parivrajaka: The Call of the Earth to the wandering soul
IIThe Pilgrim of India 1
IIIThe Great Journey to the West and the Parliament of Religions 26
IVAmerica at the Time of Vivekananda's First Visit. The Anglo-Saxon forerunners of the Spirit of Asia: Emerson, Thoreau, Walt Whitman 37
VThe Preaching in America 57
VIThe Meeting of India and Europe 70
VIIThe Return to India 85
VIIIThe Founding of the Ramakrishna Mission 96
IX The Second Journey to the West122
X The Departure129
PART II
THE UNIVERSAL GOSPEL
IMaya and the March towards Freedom 143
IIThe Great Paths: The Four Yogas 154
IIIThe Universal Science-Religion 214
IVCivitas Dei: The City of Mankind 234
VCave Canem 247
Conclusion 259
APPENDICES
IThe Ramakrishna Math and Mission 265
IIConcerning Mystic Introversion and Its Scientific Values for the Knowledge of the Real 277
III On the Hellenic-Christian Mysticism of the First Centuries and its Relationship to Hindu Mysticism: Plotinus of Alexandria and Denis the Areopagite 289
Index 323
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