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Swami Vivekananda and seva: taking "social service" seriously

Beckerlegge, Gwilym (1997). Swami Vivekananda and seva: taking "social service" seriously. In: Radice, W ed. Vivekananda and the Modernization of Hinduism. SOAS studies on South Asia. New Delhi: Oxford University Press, pp. 158–193.

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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 Section
Copyright Holders: 1997 Oxford University Press
ISBN: 0-19-564012-8, 978-0-19-564012-0
Keywords: Hinduism; Swami Vivekananda; Indian society; caste
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS)
Item ID: 21960
Depositing User: Jean Fone
Date Deposited: 13 Jul 2010 08:32
Last Modified: 30 Sep 2019 09:20
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