- Paperback: 297 pages
- Publisher: Ramakrishna Vivekanada Center; Revised edition (June 1, 1980)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 091120623X
- ISBN-13: 978-0911206234
- Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.5 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 125 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #401,775 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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His whole life and teaching inspired my generation . . . . he brought his great spirituality to bear upon his patriotism and thus his message was not confined to India only, but was for the whole world. I pay my homage to his memory. -- Jawaharlal Nehru
My homage and respect to the very revered memory of Swami Vivekananda . . . .after having gone through [his works], the love that I had for my country became a thousandfold. -- Mahatma Gandhi
The man [Vivekananda] is simply a wonder for oratorical power . . . the Swami is an honor to humanity. -- William James
This book brings together the main teachings of Swami Vivekananda in an easily accessible and readable form. I hope that in these days of uncertainty and confusion of mind Vivekananda's teachings may prove an enlightenment to many troubled souls. -- S. Radhakrishnan, author, philosopher, and former Vice-president of the Indian Republic
To convey Hindu meanings in English words is exceedingly difficult. The difficulty arises from the fact that the reader inevitably reads modern western, rather than ancient Hindu, meanings into the English words. The problem of any expositor or translator, therefore, is that of so wording the English translation of the Hindu doctrines that the Western philosophical or psychological meanings of the English words will not be introduced to the reader. -- F.S.C. Northrop, Yale University
[Vivekananda is] one of the very greatest historical figures that India has ever produced. When one sees the full range of his mind, one is astounded. -- Christopher Isherwood, author
From the Publisher
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, Spiritual Leader, Ramakrishna-Vivekananda Center of New York).
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Swami Vivekananda is my first and forever teacher in my life.
Back in 1986 I had my first personal life crises. Raised as atheist in former Soviet Union, I suddenly found myself without family, without home, money and most importantly all my reasons for life crumbled... All habitual way of thinking collapsed and I could not understand what was the purpose to be alive...
One day through miraculous circumstances somebody (whom I didn't even know) brought me the old book...actually not even a book - it's a copy of the old Russian translation of the book "Raja Yoga" which was published in Russia in 1913 before bolshevik's revolution. Such books were banished from all the libraries in Soviet Union but people who had special privileges to access closed vaults in public libraries were making their own copies... Most of spiritual and religious books were removed from public in those years.
When I got this book I was not in the mood to read anything but only because I had to somehow fill my time I started reading it...
From the first night on, I was gradually transformed... for the first time in my life, the atheist in me started seeing that the Life actually does have meaning because it is not random, not accidental neither incidental !
My transformation that first years was nothing less than magical. People around me told me the same...Many synchronicity happened. Since then every time when I am in deep trouble - I grab this book. I can't say how many times it pulled me out of despair into the meaningful life.
Now I will try to explain (is it even possible?) why it is so special.
There are many good books on Raja yoga and good comments on Yoga Sutras of Patanjalli which I have in my library.
Swami Vivekananda's language is not academic - it reflects his own development - from logic of analytical analyses, which does not include any traces of presumption of religious doctrine, all the way to inevitable rise of the spiritual concepts to explain the worldly phenomena, up to spiritual awakening. For people like myself, his language was the only language which I could understand and if only individual has brains with open mind, he simply cannot refuse the rock solid logic of Swami Vivekananda.
The end result - from logical deliberation he pulls you into the most complicated aspects of Advaita Vedanta, nature of human mind and human behavior, up to practical methods to get control over your mind and have experience beyond worldly phenomena. He leads you gently and slowly like a baby on the path towards the highest expansion of consciousness.
After reading so many wonderful books on the same topics, I still check all the information coming my way against the opinion of Swami Vivekananda, - in the end it appears always true.
As of today I have all his printed lectures in my library. The other book which I always keep next to me is his Jnana Yoga. These two books should go together.
I think everybody who wants to self develop must read these books. Even if the methods described in them do not resonate with you (all people are different), still the information about WHO YOU ARE will help you to choose your path.
This review should be my negligibly small pay off due to the man who awoke spirituality in me and revealed the meaning of life.
My sincere wishes to all the seekers.
However,iIn the book ‘Raj Yoga & Patanjali Yoga Sutra’, I think that the essential Truth, the great message, for the reader, is contained in the first part. There he informs that the system of Raj Yoga cannot be learned from a book, but rather has to be taught by a teacher/master through personal instruction. After that, there does not seem, to me, much point in intellectual elaboration of Patanjali’s aphorisms (which appears to be a component of the system of Raj Yoga about which he is writing), without his offering the possibility / avenue of personal instruction for any interested student.