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Swami Vivekananda

Essential Writings
Paperback Book
Orbis Books
July, 2012
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The wisdom of an Indian Swami, an early bridge between East and West, published to mark the 150th anniversary of his birth.

"There is a proverb in our language —'If I want to be a hunter, I'll hunt the rhinoceros; if I want to be a robber, I'll rob the king's treasury.' What is the use of robbing beggars or hunting ants? So if you want to love, love God." —Swami Vivekananda

Swami Vivekananda (1863-1902) was a pioneering figure in introducing yoga and the wisdom of Hinduism to the West. A learned scholar and wandering monk, he traveled to Chicago in 1893 for the World Parliament of Religions, and there won immediate acclaim as a spiritual teacher whose wisdom transcended conventional boundaries. He established the first Vedanta centers in the United States and made a tremendous impression on a range of scholars, writers, and spiritual seekers. His central themes included openness to other religions, the quest for God-consciousness within one's own soul, and the relation between spirituality and social concerns. Returning to India, he died at the age of 39.

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