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Swami Vivekananda's legacy of service: a study of the Ramakrishna math and mission

Beckerlegge, Gwilym (2006). Swami Vivekananda's legacy of service: a study of the Ramakrishna math and mission. India: Oxford University Press.

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Was the concept of ‘social service’ rooted in Hindu traditions or did it originate from India’s encounter with the West? Did the Ramakrishna Math and Mission’s commitment to seva, later known as sadhana of service, owe more to Vivekananda than to Ramakrishna himself? This book offers a distinctive analysis of the Ramakrishna movement’s legacy of service by focusing on the continuities and discontinuities in the movement. It argues that the movement’s commitment to seva was shaped by complex and varied influences. The author examines the impact of individuals such as Vivekananda and other followers of Ramakrishna, and the interaction between Indian and western ideals. He also investigates the dramatic changes taking place in the delivery of organized philanthropy in societies disrupted by industrialization and colonization during the nineteenth century. Gwilym Beckerlegge emphasizes the ways in which social, economic, and political factors beyond the movement’s direct control, conspired to make ever-increasing demands on the Ramakrishna Math and Mission.

Item Type: Book
ISBN: 0-19-567388-3, 978-0-19-567388-3
Keywords: Hinduism; seva; Swami Vivekananda; Ramakrishna math and mission
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS)
Item ID: 2874
Depositing User: Gwilym Beckerlegge
Date Deposited: 20 Jun 2006
Last Modified: 30 Sep 2019 09:20
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