Author: Nancy Patchen
Publisher: Chinmaya Mission Trust
ISBN/UPC (if available): 8175973056
For over forty years Swami Chinmayananda was one of the leading interpreters and teachers of the Hindu philosophical system of Advaita Vedanta, which establishes with exact logic the identity of the Self (Atman) with the infinite (Brahman). Through a variety of institutions and methods, particularly the jnana yajnas, rituals of truth, he worked to rejuvenate Hinduism by making hitherto inaccessible insights of the Upanishads and the Bhagavad Gita available to the general people. Thereby, he was instrumental in bringing the wisdom of the Hindu Heritage to everyone, regardless of caste, creed, gender or nationality.
This, the first biography of Swami Chinmayananda, retraces his journey from his boyhood in Kerala, through his carefree college days and rebellion against British imperialism, them his spiritual tulelage under Swami Shivananda and Swami Tapovan. An account is given detailing the growth of a worldwide movement under his guidance. Included are conversations with him on different subjects that demonstrate his sharp intellect, deep wisdom and quick wit. He is undoubtedly one of the outstanding and influential figures in the modern history of India.