Author: Dulal Chandra Panday
Publisher: Ramakrishna Mission Institute of Culture
ISBN/UPC (if available): 9789381325155
The present thesis is the outcome of author's study of Swami Vivekananda’s life and works for years out of his deep and sincere love and respect to him. Swami Vivekananda, the worthy disciple of Sri Ramakrishna, the great spiritual master, was a luminous star in the history of the Renaissance of Bengal in the 19th century.
He was born in critical age, when people needed him most to become inspired by the ideal of universal love, and the service of man as the service of God, irrespective of caste, creed and religion, by giving up blind faith and superstition, enmity and hatred.
His contribution to the Neo-Vedantic movement in the modern age is immeasurable. His ‘Practical Vedanta’ is undoubtedly a new commentary in the line of the traditional Vedantic culture. He did not confine the Vedanta merely to its theoretical study, but applied it to his practical life. He had no faith in the mere theoretical Philosophy having no practical application in life.
So work, says the Vedanta, putting God in everything, and knowing Him to be in everything. Work incessantly, holding life as something deified, as God Himself, and knowing that this is all we have to do, this is all we should ask for. God is in everything, where else shall we go to find Him? He is already in every work, in every thought, in every feeling. Thus knowing we must work-this is the only way, there is no other.
= Swami Vivekananda
1. Vedanta: Classical and Modern
(I) (a) What is Upanishad?
(b) Philosophy of the Upanishads
(II) What is Vedanta?
(III) Classical Vedanta
(IV) Modern Vedanta
2. A Brief History of the Neo-Vedantic Movement-Spiritual Renaissance-Sri Ramakrishna and Swami Vivekananda
3. The Place of Swami Vivekananda in the Neo-Vedantic Movement
Swami Vivekananda’s Neo-Vedanta in Theory: The Metaphysical Standpoint
1. (a) Brahman (Atma)
2. Jiva (The Individual Soul)
4. The Relation of Brahman, Jiva and Jagat
Swami Vivekananda’s Neo-Vedanta in Practice: The Ideal of Sadhana (Dharma-yoga)
1. Karma-yoga: The Path of Selfless Action without Attachment
2. Bhakti-yoga: The Path of Devotion to God with Absolute Self-Surrender
3. Raja-yoga: The Path of Controlling the External Senses and the Mind, and Concentrating upon God
4. Jnana-yoga: The Path of Concentration upon the Truth that Jiva is nothing but Brahman
5. Synthesis of the Four Kinds of Yoga
Swami Vivekananda’s Neo-Vedanta in Practice: The Moral and the Social Ideal
1. The Moral Ideal
2. The Social Ideal
3. Universal Humanism
4. The Ideal Man
1. A Critical Evaluation of Swami Vivekananda’s Neo-Vedanta
2. The Importance of Swami Vivekananda’s Neo-Vedanta in the Present Age of Moral and Spiritual Crisis