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THE INDISPENSABLE VIVEKANANDA: An Anthology for Our Times

edited by AMIYA P. SEN



A hundred years after Swami Vivekananda’s oratory, essays, and philosophical writings offered substantial modifications and refinements to modern Hinduism, he remains a key figure in any proper understanding of the religion of India’s largest majority. This anthology showcases those aspects of Vivekananda that seem indispensable even today.

In his Introduction, the editor provides, first, a general introduction to the life and work of the Swami; and second, a critical appraisal of the various aspects of his social and philosophical ideas.

The second half of the book contains selections from Vivekananda’s writings organised around topics dealing with ‘Contemporary India and her Problems’, ‘Religion and the Human Revolution’, ‘Vedanta and the Future of Mankind’, and ‘The Spiritual Ends of Man’. A list of suggested readings concludes this volume.

AMIYA P. SEN is Tagore Professor, Rabindra Bharati, Santiniketan. He is the author of Hindu Revivalism in Bengal: Some Essays in Interpretation (1993); Swami Vivekananda (2000); Three Essays on Sri Ramakrishna and His Times (2001); and, as editor, Social and Religious Reform: The Hindus of British India (2003).

ISBN 81-7824-239-7 / 250pp / Rs 295 / July 2008

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