Vivekananda: The Yogas and Other Works

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Vivekananda: The Yogas and Other Works reveals the many facets of a spiritual giant of our times. It will serve as a guide for all spiritual seekers in their search for the Highest Good. This handsome edition includes the unabridged texts of Swami Vivekananda's' Jnana-Yoga, Raja-Yoga, Karma-Yoga, Bhakti-Yoga, and Inspired Talks, together with additional lectures, poems, and letters. A biography of Vivekananda (179 pages) written by Swami Nikhilananda forms the introductory chapter. A glossary and an index are included along with 43 photographs.

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Swami Vivekananda, India's first spiritual and cultural ambassador to the West, came to represent the religions of India at the World Parliament of Religions, held at Chicago in connection with the World's Fair (Columbian Exposition) of 1893. His message of the unity of humankind and harmony of religions was embraced by the public and press of the time as representing the essence of the Parliament.

The Swami wished to create a bridge between the East and the West by bringing to America the gift of India's ancient spirituality, in exchange for the scientific and industrial outlook of the West. After four years of traveling and teaching in America and Europe, the Swami returned to India, where he is revered as a "Patriot Saint." The government of India has declared his birthday a national holiday.

In 1976 on the occasion of the American Bicentennial, Swami Vivekananda was honored by the Smithsonian Institution's National Portrait Gallery as one who came to America from abroad during the past 200 years and made a significant impact on its spiritual development.

Upon his return to India, Swami Vivekananda founded The Ramakrishna Order of India in the name of his teacher, Sri Ramakrishna, who is regarded as the Prophet of Harmony of Religions. The Order is the pre-eminent religious organization of modern India. More than 1000 monks of the Order serve throughout the world. While in the West the work is mainly in the form of conducting worship, teaching, writing and lecturing, in India the Order is widely known for its vast charitable activities -- running hospitals and schools, rural uplift, and extensive relief work in times of emergency. The Swamis of the Order work tirelessly in the spirit of "Service of God in Man," regarding the service of all people as a veritable form of worship.

The Centers of the Order in America, often referred to by such names as Ramakrishna or Vivekananda Centers, or Vedanta Societies, were first organized by Swami Vivekananda for the propagation of the Swami's teachings. Today there are Centers in many of America's major cities, including New York, Boston, Providence, Chicago, St. Louis, Seattle, Portland, San Francisco, Berkeley, Sacramento, and Hollywood. Because of their belief in the underlying truth of all religions, the Centers of the Ramakrishna Order are at the forefront of the Interfaith Movement. Publisher's comments written by Swami Adiswarananda.

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SWAMI VIVEKANANDA (1863 - 1902), through his masterly exposition of the Hindu religion and philosophy at the Parliament of Religions held in Chicago in 1893, and his subsequent lectures and writings, made an unforgettable impression upon religious minds in America.

As the builder of the spiritual bridge joining East and West, he has been hailed as India's first cultural ambassador to the New World. For the past century Americans have been reading his Jnana-Yoga, Bhakti-Yoga, Karma-Yoga, Raja-Yoga, and other works to learn the techniques of the spiritual life, to gain an insight into the nature of spiritual experiences, and also to obtain an understanding of the Hindu religion and philosophy in general.

The materials contained in the present volume have been carefully selected from the eight volumes of Vivekananda's Complete Works published in India, and have been thoroughly revised and edited. They include, besides the unabridged texts of the Yogas, many of the Swami's other lectures, as well as poems and letters, and reveal Vivekananda as a philosopher, man of action, devotee of God, mystic, and poet.

The introductory section contains a detailed biography of Vivekananda by Swami Nikhilananda. Technical and unfamiliar words have been explained in an exhaustive glossary. The reader of this volume will find in Vivekananda not only an uncommon religious teacher, but also a warm-blooded, sensitive, passionate, and breathing human being. His words have power to stir up weary and depressed souls, strengthen men's faith in themselves and in God, and open new horizons before all seekers of truth.

Westerners will find here a key to understanding of the spiritual culture of the Orient and of India in particular. Through these teachings, which embody a synthesis of science and religion, reason and faith, modern minds will be enabled to deepen their religious consciousness and thus eventually realize the dream of One World.

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