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The Sermon on the Mount According to Vedanta Paperback – July 4, 1964
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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
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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.
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This book, which I originally stumbled across quite by accident, couldn't be further in theme and temperament from that lot -- this is aboslutely the gentlest, most respectful, most loving book that I could imagine on the subject. It makes no attempts at conversion, but in a very scholarly -- yet very readable -- way, takes Christ's Sermon on the Mount (paying special attention to the Beatitudes and the Lord's Prayer) and makes line-by-line comparisons to the ancient teachings of Hinduism.
Prabhavananda was a monk of the Ramakrishna Order -- and one of Sri Ramakrishna's most fundamental teachings was the 'oneness of all religions', that, when sincerely believed and practiced, 'all paths lead to the same goal'. This incredible, tender book shows how deeply true his teachings were. Ramakrishna -- a Hindu saint of the 19th century who worshiped God in the form of the Divine Mother, and who experienced ecstatic visions of Christ, Mohammed and Buddha as well -- was one of the most unique, unpretentious, all-encompassing figures in any religion. He embraced them all. Would that we had, in this 'modern, civilized era', when people are still killing each other over the way they each worship God, a teacher so unifying, so true of heart, that could shine the light of wisdom on our folly.Read more ›
Interesting to note the similarities and differences as I read, side by side, Martin Luther's Small Catechism and the Sermon on the Mount According to Vedanta. Is Christ the "only son of God?" This book offers examples from Krishna and Arjuna, Buddha and the Torah and modern Avatar's woven into a consistent theme describing the power of devotional worship. I'm buying a copy for my Mother.
Jesus taught the masses according to their capacity. He spoke to them indirectly about spiritual truths through means of parable and metaphor. He was not an elitist. He was a realist. Even the Universe itself is but a parable God is telling us. I digress.
Jesus taught those closest to him through both indirect and direct means. "When he was alone, the Twelve and the others around him asked him about the parables. He told them, the secret of the kingdom of God has been given to you. But to those on the outside everything is said in parables..." Mark 4:10-11. NIV.
There is the exoteric "outside" type of Christianity of the masses and then there is the esoteric "inside" type of Christianity of the few. This is a tendency of all organized religions. But this is a book about the Sermon on the Mount. One type of Christianity is of the letter of the law, of doctrine, an indirect religion. The other a Christianity of the spirit of the law, of direct experience, a gnostic faith. Knowing through personal experience rather than believing through indoctrination. Believers are religious, knowers are spiritual. Jesus was an irreligious man. He was in direct communication with God and so was excommunicated and sentenced to death by the religious believers of his time. Jesus was a revolutionary, a freedom fighter that gave his life for his cause. The cause of spiritual freedom. The truth shall make you free.
Fundamentalist Christianity is doctrinal religion. Tribal religion. As I alluded to above every esoteric spiritual tradition has a fundamentalist crowd of outsiders claiming to be insiders. They know doctrine, but they do not know God.Read more ›
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Reading this book is wonderful experience. I recommend reading for my friends.Published 1 month ago by perraju vaddadi
Demystifies the spiritual nature and mission of Jesus of Nazareth. Puts him in more of an historical context than "religious" one. Read morePublished 2 months ago by DaisyMay
This is an excellent book, although I think it's time for an update. It was written in the late 1950s or early 1960s. Read morePublished 6 months ago by K
It is an excellent interpretation of the explanation of our understanding of what our maker expects of us. Read morePublished 9 months ago by srfell17
I thought this was a very deep spiritual understanding of this famous sermon, with not just literal interpretation of the meaning of the words, but also including great teaching... Read morePublished 9 months ago by Quasimodo
When one comes to a greater realization, the fact that all religions contain sacred truths becomes apparent. Read morePublished 10 months ago by A. Mark
A long time favorite in paperback. Nice to have a hardback to last a long time!
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