Vedanta For The West

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"This important book fills a gap in our knowledge.... Highly recommended."—Library Journal

"... highly recommended... "
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"With admirable clarity and remarkable brevity, Jackson surveys the history of the movement and raises... important issues... " —The Journal of American
History

An important history of the Ramakrishna movement, the very first and in many ways the most important Asian religious group ...

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Overview

"This important book fills a gap in our knowledge.... Highly recommended."—Library Journal

"... highly recommended... "
—Choice

"With admirable clarity and remarkable brevity, Jackson surveys the history of the movement and raises... important issues... " —The Journal of American
History

An important history of the Ramakrishna movement, the very first and in many ways the most important Asian religious group to appear in the United States.

Indiana University Press

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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
This important book fills a gap in our knowledge. Histories of Vedanta have appeared before, but they have been by devotees; Jackson's work demonstrates the objectivity and thoroughness of a trained historian. He begins with a brief history of the reform movements within Hinduism in the 1800s; explains how Vedanta, a religion related to Hinduism, came to the United States; and then reviews the lives of two primary figures in Vedanta--Ramakrishna and his follower Vivekennanda. Jackson then discusses the organization of the movement, presents the teachings, analyzes the movement since 1920, and muses on its future. An excellent bibliographic essay lists a host of important publications, while an appendix contains a list of Vedanta centers. Highly recommended.-- David Bourquin, California State Univ., San Bernardino
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780253330987
  • Publisher: Indiana University Press
  • Publication date: 5/1/1994
  • Series: Religion in North America Series
  • Pages: 204
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

CARL T. JACKSON is Professor of History and Dean of the college of Liberal Arts at the University of Texas, El Paso.

Indiana University Press

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Table of Contents

Foreword by Catherine L. Albanese and Stephen J.
Stein
Preface

1. The Nineteenth-Century Background
2. The
Founders: Ramakrishna and Vivekananda
3. Trials of Survival: The Organization of an
American Movement
4. Vedanta for Americans: The Teachings of the Ramakrishna
Movement
5. The Appeals of Vedanta
6. The Movement since the 1920s
7. The
Ramakrishna Movement in History: Past, Present, and Future

Appendix: Vedanta
Centers
Notes
Bibliographical Essay
Index

Illustrations follow page 36

Indiana University Press

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