By drawing [on] the spiritual wisdom of the sermon [on the mount] using Vedantic tools, he teaches Christians how they can relate to Hinduism without conflict. The brief introduction traces through the origin of the affinity of the Ramakrishna Order to the teachings of Christ and the author finds the basis in the fact that like Krishna and Buddha, Christ did not teach a mere ethical gospel, but an uncompromising spiritual one. --Studies in Formative Spirituality
Swami Prabhavananda acquired a deep understanding of both the Bible and the western approach to religion. He had the highest respect for Jesus as a spiritual teacher and often used his words to elaborate and exemplify the themes he was explaining. This commentary is a thorough analysis of several chapters from Matthew from a principally Hindu viewpoint, with frequent references to Buddhism. Lucid and inspiring, it provides many valuable insights for daily living and the spiritual quest, as well as understanding of key issues in comparative religious studies. --Paul Rooke, International Headquarters of the Theosophical Society
This book is of everlasting and transcendental worth... The author has drawn upon profusely from the Upanishads, the Puranas and Patanjali Yoga Sutras, and dwelt on many incidents in the lives of the Monks of the Ramakrishna Order, as well as their Master Sri Ramakrishna ... This book is as much a treatise on Vedanta as upon the Sermon on the Mount, and in integrating both, as it were one philosophy, the author has made a stupendous contribution to Hinduism and Christianity. --Vedanta Kesari
From the Publisher
A book on the Sermon on the Mount should be no novelty in a Christian community. But when that books is written by a Hindu swami, a follower of Vedanta and The Gospel of Sri Ramakrishna
, that certainly is unusual. More so since the swami extols the Sermon as though it were a scripture of his own.
Beautiful as the this interpretation is in itself, it is presented by Swami Prabhavananda not as a far-off, scarcely attainable ideal, which is the way most Occidentals read the Sermon, but as a practical program of daily living and conduct. So clear is the Swamis reading of this great scripture, that many a Christian by means of it will discover a simpler approach to the teachings of his Master, more direct than any he had found heretofore.