Vivekananda As The Turning Point  - The Rise of a New Spiritual Wave

Vivekananda As The Turning Point - The Rise of a New Spiritual Wave

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Author: Swami Prabhananda
Swami Bhajanananda/Several Contributors
Translator(s)/ Editors(s): Swami Shuddhidananda
Publisher: Advaita Ashram
Year: 2013
Language: English
Pages: 667
ISBN/UPC (if available): 9788175053724


This is a commemorative volume, being a part of Swami Vivekananda's 150th birth anniversary publications. It is a collection of revealing articles on this great personality by writers from all walks of life, and they present Vivekananda as that Turning Point in modern history, which will usher a new era of hope, peace, and living spirituality the world over.

Unseen and in silence, vivekananda’s ideas and teachings have been working to transform human lives everywhere. The thunderous message he delivered is echoing even today, 150years since his advent. What was the uniqueness of his personality? What was the source of his powerful ideas? How have his thoughts influenced humankind in modern times? And what is the direction shown by him for the future of humankind? This book deals with these questions and presents the story of the rise of a new spiritual wave initiated by Vivekananda and its ampact on human society.

By far most important and typical representative of Hinduism was Swami Vivekananda, who in fact was beyond question the most popular and influential man in the Parliament… on all occasions he was received with greater enthusiasm than any other speaker, Christian or “Pagan”. The people thronged him wherever he went and hung with eagerness on his every word. Since the Parliament, he has been lecturing before large audiences in the principal cities of the United State and has received an ovation wherever he went… Never before has so authoritative a representative of genuine Hinduism-as apposed to the emasculated and anglicized versions of it so common in these days-been accessible to American people at large will, when he id gone, look forward with eagerness to his return… America thanks India for sending him, and begs her to send many more like him.
= The Pioneer (an American newspaper) 8 March 1894

Swami ViveKananda, the Hindoo monk, who is to lecture at the Auditorium [in Memphis] tonight, is one of the most eloquent men who has ever appeared on the religious or lecture platform I this country [America]. His matchless oratory, deep penetration into things occult, his cleverness in debate, and great earnestness captured the closest attention of the world’s thinking men at World’s Fair Parliament of Religion, and the admiration of thousands of people who have since heard him during his lecture tour through many of the states of the Union.
= The Appeal Avalanche 16 January 1894

Swami Vivekananda will be remembered as one of the most significant figures in the whole history of Indian Religion, comparable in importance to such great teachers as Shankara and Ramnuja. Since the day of the Indian missionaries who travelled in Southeast Asia and China preaching Buddhism and Hinduism more than a thousand years earlier, he was the first Indian religious teacher to make an impression outside India.
= A.L. Basham (Renowned Historian


• Benediction by the
Revered President of the Ramakrishna Order
• Honourable President’s Message
• Honourable Prime Minister’s Message
• Prologue: Vivekananda as the Turning Point

• Ramakrishna and Vivekananda’s Mission:
The Beginning of a New Movement
• Swami Vivekananda’s Contribution
to the Parliament of Religions in Retrospect
• Swami Vivekananda and the Transformation of America
• Swami Vivekananda and the Awakening of India
in the 19th and the 20th Centuries
• Swami Vivekananda:
The Prophet and Patriot of Indian Nationalism
• The Philosophy of Swami Vivekananda
and the Ideology of the Indian State

• Swami Vivekananda and the Awakening of India
in the 21st Century
• Recapturing Vivekananda’s Message
of Eternal Values for Awakening India and the World
• Vivekananda and the Ideal Woman of the Future
• State of the Indian Nation-Policies, Problems and Pitfalls-
An Examination in the Light of Swami Vivekananda’s Teachings
• Vivekananda’s Model of Human Development
Based on Vedantic and Manliness Approaches
• Determinants and Dimensions of
Vivekananda’s Socio-economic Vision
• Syncretism and the Future of Humankind:
Some Golden Thoughts of Vivekananda
• Swami Vivekananda and the
Integration of Science and Religion in Future
• The State of Education in India
in the Light of Swami Vivekananda’s Ideas
• Empowering the Present-day Youth
by focussing on Vivekananda’s Life
• Is Vivekananda the Answer to America’s Current Problems?

• The Image-Maker’s Apprentice
• Swami Vivekananda-A Yogi Par Excellence
• Vivekananda’s Buddha and the Bodhisattva Ideal
• Swami Vivekananda’s Personality
• Thus have I Heard
• With Swamiji in India:
JJ. Goodwin’s Letters from India about Vivekananda

• Swami Vivekananda’s Teachings
on the Development of a Strong Personality
• Viveka Sopana-“The Ladder of Light”
for the Ascent of Man to Divinity

• Vivekananda’s Ideas
and the Two Revolutions in Western Thought
• Vivekananda’s Groundbreaking Ideas
for India and the World-Some Western Perspectives
• Vivekananda and the Revival of the Universal Religion
• Epilogue: The Task Ahead of Us
• Hold on Yet a While, Brave Heart

• List of Contributors
• Index
• Books for Further Reading