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Vivekananda, World Teacher


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Edited and with an introduction by Swami Adiswarananda

Through enlightening lectures, letters, poems, photographs, newspaper reports and reminiscences of Vivekananda, this book presents an intimate portrait of Vivekananda and his influential messages of spiritual democracy, spiritual humanism, and world unity. Includes an introduction by Swami Adiswarananda, which describes the importance of Vivekananda’s message to the world today, and a chapter by Swami Nikhilananda on the influence of Vivekananda’s ideas on Western religious thought.


A message of love, compassion and the spiritual unity of humankind from one of India’s visionary teachers

Vivekananda’s message gives us hope for the future. His love for humanity gave him the mandate for his message, and his innate purity gave him an irresistible power that nobody could match. The same love that was born as Buddha, the Compassionate One, once again assumed human form as Vivekananda.
—from the Introduction

At the World’s Parliament of Religions in Chicago in 1893, a young Hindu monk caused a sensation. At the utterance of his simple opening words—“Sisters and Brothers of America”—the audience broke into spontaneous applause for Swami Vivekananda. What followed was a stunning speech about the validity and unity of all religions. In just a little over a century, Vivekananda’s message has spread throughout the world.

In this book for spiritual seekers of all faiths and backgrounds, and for all who yearn for solutions to the ideological conflicts that threaten our world, Swami Adiswarananda presents a selection of Vivekananda’s most profound and inspiring lectures and an intimate glimpse of his life through newspaper reports from the time, personal reminiscences from disciples and others close to him, and impressions of his life and message from world leaders. A chapter by Swami Nikhilananda, founder of the Ramakrishna-Vivekananda Center of New York, offers a fascinating view of Vivekananda’s spiritual mission to America—a mission that brought the ideals of spiritual freedom and spiritual democracy to the forefront of Western religious thought.

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“This extraordinary collection of writings by and about one of history’s greatest spiritual pioneers touches the heart. We come face to face with Vivekananda and discover the impact of his journey west. This book is essential for anyone seeking to understand the evolution of spiritual thought in America.”

– Joshua M. Greene, historian and author of
Here Comes the Sun: The Spiritual Journey of George Harrison

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“Swami Adiswarananda has successfully captured the essence of Vivekananda’s humanistic world view. The selections presented in this collection will be of tremendous interest to all those seeking an alternative vision for our own troubled times.”  

– Michael S. Russo, Director of International Education,
Associate Professor of Philosophy, Molloy College

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“For individuals everywhere facing this fractured and confusing world and seeking the harmony and solidarity that is their true nature, Swami Adiswarananda’s beautiful selection (with a thoughtful and succinct introduction) from the copious speeches and writings of Swami Vivekananda on the spiritual unity of humankind fulfills a vital need. Sometimes a single thought of Vivekananda lights up and clarifies the confusions we face.”

– Nirupam Sen, Permanent Representative of India
to the United Nations

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About the author:


Swami Adiswarananda, a senior monk of the Ramakrishna Order of India, was the Minister and Spiritual Leader of the Ramakrishna-Vivekananda Center of New York. A noted writer and speaker, he is the author of  The Spiritual Quest and the Way of Yoga: The Goal, the Journey and the Milestones; The Vedanta Way to Peace and Happiness; The Four Yogas; and Meditation and Its Practices: A Definitive Guide to Techniques and Traditions of Meditation in Yoga and Vedanta ( SkyLight Paths ). He is also the editor of Sri Ramakrishna, the Face of Silence, and Sri Sarada Devi, The Holy Mother: Her Teachings and Conversations (SkyLight Paths).


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