-- Kurt F. Leidecker, Professor Emeritus, University of Virginia
Swami Chetanananda has selected 104 powerful essays from Swami Vivekananda. No Vivekananda reader to date has done better.
-- Religious Studies Review, April 1988
The present volume. . . should be enough to whet the intellectual, spiritual, and moral appetite of every thinking individual.
-- Indian and Foreign Review, May 15, 1987
About the Author
Swami Vivekananda (1863-1902) was the foremost disciple of India's great holy man, Sri Ramakrishna (1836-1886). In fact, Vivekananda brought Sri Ramakrishna's message -- the message of Vedanta -- to the West beginning with the Parliament of Religions in Chicago in 1893. Those who knew Vivekananda say he walked with the glory, the power and the radiance of another world, and through that unearthly light he brought to life the world of the spirit for many people. Vivekananda taught with fire and authority, but most of all, he taught with the wisdom that comes from experiencing a higher reality, a reality beyond the physical and material life we lead.
About the Editor
Swami Chetanananda is a monk of the Ramakrishna Order of India, an author, and a spiritual teacher with students all over the world. He is the minister-in-charge of the Vedanta Society of St. Louis. He has written and translated more than two dozen books about the spiritual life, and he has collaborated in his writing with Huston Smith and Christopher Isherwood. Swami Chetananada has been teaching and writing about Vedanta in the United States for more than three of his four-plus decades as a monk. He came to the United States from Ramakrishna Order monasteries of the Himalayas and Calcutta. His books have been translated into more than a dozen languages.