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Revered Swami Smarananandaji Maharaj, after joining the Ramakrishna Order as a monastic member, started writing articles, chiefly in English, from early sixties. His writings were published in all the important English monthly journals, namely the Prabuddha Bharata, the Vedanta Kesari and the Bulletin of the Ramakrishna Mission Institute of Culture, of the Ramakrishna Order. Besides those, his writings were published in many other souvenirs and magazines, including the Vivek-Jivan, the monthly journal of Akhil Bharat Vivekananda Yuva Mahamandal, a youth movement which is considered as his brain-child.

In this collection of his articles and writings, sixty eight articles have been compiled together and they have been classified under fourteen sections.

The readers will find that the subjects of the articles are not confined to Ramakrishna- Vivekananda only, there are articles on many other subjects also. The articles on the scriptures and the comparative presentation show his in depth study and understanding on those subjects. From the articles on Sri Ramakrishna, Sri Ma Sarada Devi, Swamiji and Ramakrishna movement, the readers will find lot of insight and practical guidance of the theoretical aspect of the Ramakrishna movement and its practical application in individual as well as collective life. It is because of his travels all over India and many other countries he wrote a good number of travelogues, which attract the readers greatly.

Another very important feature of this compilation is two un-published writings. Though it has been mentioned in the beginning that the started writings from early sixties, one of his writings included here under section' Appendix', was written in 1958 when he was Brahmachari Samvit-chaitanya (i.e. before his initiation into Sannyasa and naming as Swami Smaranananda). In this small piece of very poetic and sublime writing he has expressed his feeling of a visit to the Dakshineswar Kali temple on one evening. We are sure that study of this writing will elevate the readers to a higher spiritual plane. Also there is a conversation with Revered Swami Atulanandaji Maharaj (a close associate of Swami Turiyanandaji and an initiated disciple of Holy Mother Sri Sarada Devi), whom he met at the erstwhile Barlowganj Ashrama (near Mussoori in Uttarakhand).

Since quite some time, tbe devotees bave been enquiring about a collection of the writings of Revered Maharaj. We hope this publication will quench this thirst of theirs to some extent. There are many more speeches and writings of Revered Mabaraj. But, in this compilation, we have mainly concentrated on his articles published in the most important j ournals oftbe Ramakrishna Order.

We are indebted to Swami Atmajnanandaji, past-Manager of Advaita Ashrama, Kolkata; Swami Atmashraddhanandaji, Editor, Vedanta Kesari, Ramakrishna Math, Chennai, and Sri Dipak Sarkar of Akhil Bharat Vivekananda Yuva Mahamandal for their kind help in collecting the articles. Also we are indebted to Sri Debashis Moitra, an initiated disciple of Revered Mabaraj, for his help in preparing the manuscript.

Finally: we are extremely grateful to Revered Swami Suparnanandaji, Secretary of Ramakrishna Mission Institute of Culture, Gol Park, Kolkata, and the efficient team of the publication section of the institute, for taking up the publication work to fulfil the long cherished desire of the devotees and reader in general

Contents

 

Compiler's Note [v]
Publisher's Note [vii]
Contents [viii]
SRI RAMAKRISHNA
 
The Modernity of Sri Ramakrishna's Religion 3
Sri Ramakrishna, The Ideal Teacher 15
Sri Ramakrishna and the Future of Mankind 23
Sri Ramakrishna : A Unique Phenomenon 38
Sri Ramakrishna's Experience of God 45
HOLY MOTHER SRI SARADA DEVI
 
The Mysticism of Sri Sarada Devi 57
The Holy Mother's Message to Us 68
SWAMI VIVEKANANDA
 
Swami Vivekananda : The Exponent of Sri Ramakrishna 75
Swami Vivekananda's Concept of Man-making Education 91
The Complete Works of Swami Vivekananda- A new scripture for modern man 100
Swamiji's Concept of 'Tyaga' and 'Seva'-Its Tangible Impact on Society 108
Harmony of Religions in the Light of Swami Vivekananda's Addresses at Chicago 114
The Student and Swami Vivekananda 123
Swami Vivekananda : His Message and Its Significance for Present-Day India 128
Swamiji Can Inspire the Youth 136
Chew and Digest His Ideas 139
RAMAKRISHNA ORDER AND RAMAKRISHNA MOVEMENT
 
A Global Mission and the Future 151
Rarnakrishna Mission's Contribution to Cultural Transformation 156
SCRIPTURES
 
The Alvars and Their Religion of Love 167
The Message of the Upanisads 205
llluminating Dialogues from Indian Lore Dhrtarastra and Sanat-sujata 220
Gita Way of Right Activity 237
Upanisads : The Eternal Spring of Spiritual Life 243
VEDANTA AND COMPARATIVE STUDY
 
Plotinus and Vedanta 251
Transcendence and Immanence in Vedanta 272
The Place of Bhakti in Advaita Vedanta 282
Jiva and Jagat : According to Buddha and Sri Ramakrishna 301
Vedanta : Concepts and Application 312
Vedanta for Life and Living 319
RELIGION AND SPIRITUALITY
 
The Path of Knowledge 327
Religion in Daily Life 336
Where Religions Meet 343
Dialogue for Peace: The Contribution of Religion Towards Living Together 354
The Place of Inter-personal Relationships in Spiritual Life Spirituality in Daily Life 360
Spirituality in Daily Life 366
Spirituality in Changing Times 371
SELFLESS SERVICE

 

 
Role of Selfless Service in an Industrial Society 375
The Art of Doing' Karma 384
RURAL DEVELOPMENT
 
Pallimangal : An Experiment in Rural Reconstruction 397
INDIA AND CURRENT AFFAIRS
 
Understanding India: Nivedita's Example 411
The Youth in a Ferment 420
A Nation's Tribute to Swami Vivekananda 426
Ramakrishna-Vivekananda and Indian Youth 435
The Role of Youth in Integrating the Motherland 442
Sri Sankara and Modem Man 448
Contemplation in an Active World 457
Outlook for National Integration 463
Youth and National Reconstruction 466
Be Great and Make India Great 473
MEMOIRS

 

 
The Mayavati Experience 485
MISCELLANEOUS
 
Youth and Mass Education 493
'The Harvest is Rich, the Labourers are Few' 504
Love, and Conquer 510
A Call to Youth 515
Man, the Central Theme of Society 520
Stand Upon Your Own Head! 525
Calling the Youths 530
Human Life: The Best Field for Cultivation 537
Bid You Godspeed 541
APPENDIX
 
Musings at the Altar 549
Gist of Talk with Swami Atulanandaji Maharaj at Barlowganj, on 22/23 August 1963 551













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Compiler's Note

Revered Swami Smarananandaji Maharaj, after joining the Ramakrishna Order as a monastic member, started writing articles, chiefly in English, from early sixties. His writings were published in all the important English monthly journals, namely the Prabuddha Bharata, the Vedanta Kesari and the Bulletin of the Ramakrishna Mission Institute of Culture, of the Ramakrishna Order. Besides those, his writings were published in many other souvenirs and magazines, including the Vivek-Jivan, the monthly journal of Akhil Bharat Vivekananda Yuva Mahamandal, a youth movement which is considered as his brain-child.

In this collection of his articles and writings, sixty eight articles have been compiled together and they have been classified under fourteen sections.

The readers will find that the subjects of the articles are not confined to Ramakrishna- Vivekananda only, there are articles on many other subjects also. The articles on the scriptures and the comparative presentation show his in depth study and understanding on those subjects. From the articles on Sri Ramakrishna, Sri Ma Sarada Devi, Swamiji and Ramakrishna movement, the readers will find lot of insight and practical guidance of the theoretical aspect of the Ramakrishna movement and its practical application in individual as well as collective life. It is because of his travels all over India and many other countries he wrote a good number of travelogues, which attract the readers greatly.

Another very important feature of this compilation is two un-published writings. Though it has been mentioned in the beginning that the started writings from early sixties, one of his writings included here under section' Appendix', was written in 1958 when he was Brahmachari Samvit-chaitanya (i.e. before his initiation into Sannyasa and naming as Swami Smaranananda). In this small piece of very poetic and sublime writing he has expressed his feeling of a visit to the Dakshineswar Kali temple on one evening. We are sure that study of this writing will elevate the readers to a higher spiritual plane. Also there is a conversation with Revered Swami Atulanandaji Maharaj (a close associate of Swami Turiyanandaji and an initiated disciple of Holy Mother Sri Sarada Devi), whom he met at the erstwhile Barlowganj Ashrama (near Mussoori in Uttarakhand).

Since quite some time, tbe devotees bave been enquiring about a collection of the writings of Revered Maharaj. We hope this publication will quench this thirst of theirs to some extent. There are many more speeches and writings of Revered Mabaraj. But, in this compilation, we have mainly concentrated on his articles published in the most important j ournals oftbe Ramakrishna Order.

We are indebted to Swami Atmajnanandaji, past-Manager of Advaita Ashrama, Kolkata; Swami Atmashraddhanandaji, Editor, Vedanta Kesari, Ramakrishna Math, Chennai, and Sri Dipak Sarkar of Akhil Bharat Vivekananda Yuva Mahamandal for their kind help in collecting the articles. Also we are indebted to Sri Debashis Moitra, an initiated disciple of Revered Mabaraj, for his help in preparing the manuscript.

Finally: we are extremely grateful to Revered Swami Suparnanandaji, Secretary of Ramakrishna Mission Institute of Culture, Gol Park, Kolkata, and the efficient team of the publication section of the institute, for taking up the publication work to fulfil the long cherished desire of the devotees and reader in general

Contents

 

Compiler's Note [v]
Publisher's Note [vii]
Contents [viii]
SRI RAMAKRISHNA
 
The Modernity of Sri Ramakrishna's Religion 3
Sri Ramakrishna, The Ideal Teacher 15
Sri Ramakrishna and the Future of Mankind 23
Sri Ramakrishna : A Unique Phenomenon 38
Sri Ramakrishna's Experience of God 45
HOLY MOTHER SRI SARADA DEVI
 
The Mysticism of Sri Sarada Devi 57
The Holy Mother's Message to Us 68
SWAMI VIVEKANANDA
 
Swami Vivekananda : The Exponent of Sri Ramakrishna 75
Swami Vivekananda's Concept of Man-making Education 91
The Complete Works of Swami Vivekananda- A new scripture for modern man 100
Swamiji's Concept of 'Tyaga' and 'Seva'-Its Tangible Impact on Society 108
Harmony of Religions in the Light of Swami Vivekananda's Addresses at Chicago 114
The Student and Swami Vivekananda 123
Swami Vivekananda : His Message and Its Significance for Present-Day India 128
Swamiji Can Inspire the Youth 136
Chew and Digest His Ideas 139
RAMAKRISHNA ORDER AND RAMAKRISHNA MOVEMENT
 
A Global Mission and the Future 151
Rarnakrishna Mission's Contribution to Cultural Transformation 156
SCRIPTURES
 
The Alvars and Their Religion of Love 167
The Message of the Upanisads 205
llluminating Dialogues from Indian Lore Dhrtarastra and Sanat-sujata 220
Gita Way of Right Activity 237
Upanisads : The Eternal Spring of Spiritual Life 243
VEDANTA AND COMPARATIVE STUDY
 
Plotinus and Vedanta 251
Transcendence and Immanence in Vedanta 272
The Place of Bhakti in Advaita Vedanta 282
Jiva and Jagat : According to Buddha and Sri Ramakrishna 301
Vedanta : Concepts and Application 312
Vedanta for Life and Living 319
RELIGION AND SPIRITUALITY
 
The Path of Knowledge 327
Religion in Daily Life 336
Where Religions Meet 343
Dialogue for Peace: The Contribution of Religion Towards Living Together 354
The Place of Inter-personal Relationships in Spiritual Life Spirituality in Daily Life 360
Spirituality in Daily Life 366
Spirituality in Changing Times 371
SELFLESS SERVICE

 

 
Role of Selfless Service in an Industrial Society 375
The Art of Doing' Karma 384
RURAL DEVELOPMENT
 
Pallimangal : An Experiment in Rural Reconstruction 397
INDIA AND CURRENT AFFAIRS
 
Understanding India: Nivedita's Example 411
The Youth in a Ferment 420
A Nation's Tribute to Swami Vivekananda 426
Ramakrishna-Vivekananda and Indian Youth 435
The Role of Youth in Integrating the Motherland 442
Sri Sankara and Modem Man 448
Contemplation in an Active World 457
Outlook for National Integration 463
Youth and National Reconstruction 466
Be Great and Make India Great 473
MEMOIRS

 

 
The Mayavati Experience 485
MISCELLANEOUS
 
Youth and Mass Education 493
'The Harvest is Rich, the Labourers are Few' 504
Love, and Conquer 510
A Call to Youth 515
Man, the Central Theme of Society 520
Stand Upon Your Own Head! 525
Calling the Youths 530
Human Life: The Best Field for Cultivation 537
Bid You Godspeed 541
APPENDIX
 
Musings at the Altar 549
Gist of Talk with Swami Atulanandaji Maharaj at Barlowganj, on 22/23 August 1963 551













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