Author: Hindol SenguptaPublisher: PenguinYear: 2016Language: EnglishPages: 207ISBN/UPC (if available): 9780143426646
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.
ContentsIntroduction: 9/11Part I: Naren1. The Bad Boy2. The Monk Who SmokedPart II: Ramakrishna3. Can You Show Me God?4. Wanderlust5. The Internationalist6. The Nationalist SocialistConclusion: The MessengerAcknowledgementsNotesIndex