Rediscovering Swami Vivekananda



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When erosion of ethical values is a global experience, human morals are fast decaying, religious fundamentalism is prompting fratricides, the teachings of Swami Vivekananda (1863-1902), a missionary of socialism, a great educator, and overall a propagator of universal religion, are emerging with renewed significance.

Rediscovering Swami Vivekananda makes a critical examination of the keynote of Swami Vivekananda’s philo­sophy which was spiritual unity of the universe, and most importantly, raising interfaith awareness which the oriental monk introduced in the occident more than hundred years ago. An uncompromising Advaitist, Vivekananda has always been a champion of freedom – a doctrine which mirrors his idea of socialism visualising a movement in which the individuals acted freely and spontaneously for the good of the whole. “Harmony and Peace, and not Dissension”, Vivekananda’s stirring call at the conclud­ing session of the historic Parliament of Religions at Chicago, in September 1893 has the most significant relevance today when we are standing at a critical phase of history.

Amiya Kumar Mazumdar (1917-1998) retired as the Research Director, The Asiatic Society, Kolkata, India. Mazumdar taught Philosophy at Presidency College, Kolkata besides being the principal of various state government colleges in West Bengal, and holding the position of UGC Professor, Rabindra Bharati University, Kolkata. Influenced by Dr Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan, his mentor at the University of Calcutta, Mazumdar’s research centred on oriental philosophy and comparative religions and his papers have been presented and published across the world. In 1995, Amiya Kumar was awarded Nivedita Commemoration Prize for his lifetime achievement in spreading the ideals of Ramakrishna and Vivekananda. Mazumdar’s noted publications include: Understanding VivekanandaSwami Vivekananda as a VedantistSwami Vivekananda, the Great EducatorSikshak Samaj o Samaj Sikshak (in Bengali) and the much acclaimed edited volumes called, Nivedita Commemoration VolumeFaith and Reason: The Indian Scene and Experience.

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