Swami Vivekananda

Swami Vivekananda

by Amiya P. Sen
     
 

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This is a short, critical biography of Swami Vivekananda (1863-1902), fiery nationalist, social reformer, institution-builder and student of philosophy. Vivekananda's life and his ideas manifested ambiguities and shifting priorities that this volume explores and attempts to juxtapose meaningfully." "Vivekananda's religious philosophy of Vedanta is discussed in detail… See more details below

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This is a short, critical biography of Swami Vivekananda (1863-1902), fiery nationalist, social reformer, institution-builder and student of philosophy. Vivekananda's life and his ideas manifested ambiguities and shifting priorities that this volume explores and attempts to juxtapose meaningfully." "Vivekananda's religious philosophy of Vedanta is discussed in detail, with an analysis of the influence on him of the Bengali mystic Sri Ramakrishna, as also his often controversial leadership of the Ramakrishna Mission. Vivekananda's position as a social activist and nationalist is similarly complex: he often denied being a 'caste' or 'social' reformer - he, in fact, opposed such social reforms as widow remarriage - and denied any connection with politics. Symptomatic of the paradoxes and apparent inconsistencies of his life and ideas are the two strongest facets of his personality: a deep commitment to the world and its concerns, and what seems to be its very opposite, a strong penchant for renunciation.

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ISBN-13:
9780198095156
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
11/15/2013
Pages:
128
Product dimensions:
5.70(w) x 8.80(h) x 0.50(d)

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