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Bringing together fourteen papers, this book gives new depth to our understanding of the aims and achievements of Swami Vivekananda. It invites us to relate him to movements and individuals outside his native Bengal; it shows how modernizing trends in Indian society wrestled with traditionalfeatures of Hinduism such as caste; and it links his religious and social ideals to thinkers and theologians in the West. The book firmly distances Swami Vivekananda from chauvinist or communal misinterpretations of his work.
Gwilyn Beckerlegge argues legitimately in his paper “Swami Vivekananda and Sev¯a” that Vivekananda’s idea of philanthropy was not a mere western-Christian idea and that Sev¯a was also a part of the Hindu tradition.
|Item Type:||Book Chapter|
|Copyright Holders:||1997 Oxford University Press|
|Keywords:||Hinduism; Swami Vivekananda; Indian society; caste|
|Academic Unit/Department:||Arts > Religious Studies|
|Depositing User:||Jean Fone|
|Date Deposited:||13 Jul 2010 08:32|
|Last Modified:||02 Dec 2010 20:58|
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