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The Modern Monk   :  What Vivekananda Means to Us Today
The Modern Monk : What Vivekananda Means to Us Today

The Modern Monk : What Vivekananda Means to Us Today

by Hindol Sengupta

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English

Publisher

Penguin

ISBN

9780143426646 - Year: 2016 - Pages: 207

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Paperback

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Author: Hindol Sengupta
Publisher: Penguin
Year: 2016
Language: English
Pages: 207
ISBN/UPC (if available): 9780143426646

Description

Vivekananda is one of the most important figures in the modern imagination of India. He is also an utterly modern man, consistently challenging his own views, and embracing diverse, even conflicting arguments. It is his modernity that appeals to us today. He is unlike any monk we have known.

He is confined neither by history nor by ritual, and is constantly questioning everything around him, including himself. It is in Vivekananda’s contradictions, his doubts, his fears and his failings that he recognize his profoundly compelling divinity—he teaches us that to try and understand God, first one must truly comprehend one’s own self.
divinity—he teaches us that to try and understand God, first one must truly comprehend one’s own self.

This book is an argument that it is not just because he is close to God but also because he is so tantalizingly immersed in being human that keeps us returning to Vivekananda and his immortal wisdom.

Contents

Contents

Introduction: 9/11

Part I: Naren
1. The Bad Boy
2. The Monk Who Smoked

Part II: Ramakrishna
3. Can You Show Me God?
4. Wanderlust
5. The Internationalist
6. The Nationalist Socialist

Conclusion: The Messenger
Acknowledgements
Notes
Index

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