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Vedanta and the Revitalization of Indian Life

Amiya P. Sen

in Hindu Revivalism in Bengal c.1872-1905: Some Essays in Interpretation

Published in print:
2001
Published Online:
October 2012
ISBN:
9780195655391
eISBN:
9780199080625
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195655391.003.0005
Subject:
Religion, Hinduism

This chapter begins with a short reappraisal of the life of Sri Ramakrishna Paramhansa and his chief disciple Swami Vivekananda and describes the social and spiritual world of Ramakrishna. It argues ... More


Swami Vivekānanda and the Politics of Religion

Torkel Brekke

in Makers of Modern Indian Religion in the Late Nineteenth Century

Published in print:
2002
Published Online:
January 2005
ISBN:
9780199252367
eISBN:
9780191602047
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/019925236X.003.0003
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

Swami Vivekananda sought to establish a new Hindu identity under a programme of national solidarity and uplift. He championed tolerant Hinduism, while emphasizing that other religions were ... More


Swami and Mahatma Paradigms: State and Civil Society

A. Raghuramaraju

in Debates in Indian Philosophy: Classical, Colonial, and Contemporary

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
October 2012
ISBN:
9780195693027
eISBN:
9780199080359
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195693027.003.0002
Subject:
Philosophy, Political Philosophy

The impact of colonialism on the Indian mind may be confined to mere ‘surface deterioration’ and it may be ‘potentially what it was’. The relation between Mahatma Gandhi and the pre-modern societies ... More


Tracings The Inner World in Culture and History

Sudhir Kakar

in The Inner World: A Psychoanalytical Study of Childhood and Society in India

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
September 2012
ISBN:
9780198077152
eISBN:
9780199081103
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198077152.003.0021
Subject:
Psychology, Social Psychology

Fears and anxieties as well as specific psycho-social strengths are rooted in the earliest ‘pre-verbal’ experiences and connections of life. It is this residual dark soil of infantile experience that ... More


Nishkama Karma and the Masses: Vivekananda’s Understanding of the Gita

Nagappa K. Gowda

in The Bhagavadgita in the Nationalist Discourse

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
September 2012
ISBN:
9780198072065
eISBN:
9780199080748
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198072065.003.0003
Subject:
History, History of Ideas

This chapter examines Swami Vivekananda's reading and interpretation of the Bhagavadgita. It suggests that Vivekananda considered karma yoga as the central teaching of the Bhagavadgita. It highlights ... More


Deodorized Tantra: Sex, Scandal, Secrecy, and Censorship in the Works of John Woodroffe and Swami Vivekananda

Hugh B. Urban

in Tantra: Sex, Secrecy, Politics, and Power in the Study of Religion

Published in print:
2003
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780520230620
eISBN:
9780520936898
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520230620.003.0005
Subject:
Religion, Religious Studies

This chapter examines the various attempts, on the part of both Western and Indian authors, to deodorize, sanitize, or reform Tantra. The most famous of these is the eccentric Supreme Court judge and ... More


The Bhagavadgita in the Nationalist Discourse

Nagappa Gowda

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
September 2012
ISBN:
9780198072065
eISBN:
9780199080748
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198072065.001.0001
Subject:
History, History of Ideas

The Bhagavadgita has lent itself to several readings to defend or contest various views on life, morality, and metaphysics. It has played an important role in the formation of nationalist discourse ... More


Defining Hinduism

Torkel Brekke

in Makers of Modern Indian Religion in the Late Nineteenth Century

Published in print:
2002
Published Online:
January 2005
ISBN:
9780199252367
eISBN:
9780191602047
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/019925236X.003.0002
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

Bengali Hindu Swami Vivekananda sought to establish a new Hindu identity, which emphasized the individual’s right to unmediated access to the religious culture of India. His goal was to create a new ... More


Universalists Abroad

Steven Kemper

in Rescued from the Nation: Anagarika Dharmapala and the Buddhist World

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
May 2015
ISBN:
9780226199078
eISBN:
9780226199108
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226199108.003.0003
Subject:
Religion, Buddhism

In his travels Dharmapala encountered many universalizing projects-from Theosophy to Kakuzo Okakura’s pan-Asianism, from the World’s Parliament of Religions to the branding and projection of world ... More


Debates in Indian Philosophy: Classical, Colonial, and Contemporary

A. Raghuramaraju

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
October 2012
ISBN:
9780195693027
eISBN:
9780199080359
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195693027.001.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, Political Philosophy

This book elucidates the debate between Swami Vivekananda and Mahatma Gandhi, V.D. Savarkar and Gandhi, and Sri Aurobindo and Krishnachandra Bhattacharyya. It also compares and contrasts for the ... More


The Builders

Balmiki Prasad Singh

in Bahudhā and the Post 9/11 World

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
October 2012
ISBN:
9780195693553
eISBN:
9780199080328
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195693553.003.0005
Subject:
Religion, Philosophy of Religion

The establishment of British rule brought India in direct contact with Christianity and English education which led to fresh awakening. In the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, the emergence of ... More


Vivekananda’s Justification of Panentheistic Cosmopsychism: Involution, Mystical Experience, and Grounding by Self-Limitation

Swami Medhananda

in Swami Vivekananda's Vedāntic Cosmopolitanism

Published in print:
2022
Published Online:
February 2022
ISBN:
9780197624463
eISBN:
9780197624494
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780197624463.003.0011
Subject:
Philosophy, Moral Philosophy

Chapter 10 reconstructs Vivekananda’s philosophical justification of panentheistic cosmopsychism and his account of how the single Divine Consciousness individuates into the varied conscious ... More


Non-Dualism (Advaita Vedanta)

Keith Ward

in Religion and Human Nature

Published in print:
1998
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198269618
eISBN:
9780191683718
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198269618.003.0002
Subject:
Religion, Theology, World Religions

This chapter examines the view of Advaita or non-dualistic Vedanta on human nature. Advaita Vedanta proposes a ‘one self’ view of human nature. Swami Vivekananda, one of its greatest teachers, has ... More


“The Deification of the World”: The Metaphysics and Ethics of Oneness in Vivekananda’s Integral Advaita

Swami Medhananda

in Swami Vivekananda's Vedāntic Cosmopolitanism

Published in print:
2022
Published Online:
February 2022
ISBN:
9780197624463
eISBN:
9780197624494
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780197624463.003.0003
Subject:
Philosophy, Moral Philosophy

Chapter 2 provides a detailed reconstruction of the main tenets of Vivekananda’s philosophy of Integral Advaita, as expounded in lectures and writings in the 1890s. Militating against the dominant ... More


Internal Criticism

A. Raghuramaraju

in Modernity in Indian Social Theory

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
September 2012
ISBN:
9780198070122
eISBN:
9780199080014
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198070122.003.0004
Subject:
Sociology, Social Theory

This chapter examines how reading contemporary Indian philosophers' writings as modern texts or considering them as modern authors fails to capture some important ideas contained in them. There are ... More


Panentheistic Cosmopsychism: Vivekananda’s Sāṃkhya-Vedāntic Solution to the Hard Problem of Consciousness

Swami Medhananda

in Swami Vivekananda's Vedāntic Cosmopolitanism

Published in print:
2022
Published Online:
February 2022
ISBN:
9780197624463
eISBN:
9780197624494
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780197624463.003.0010
Subject:
Philosophy, Moral Philosophy

Chapter 9 concerns what contemporary philosopher David Chalmers has called the “hard problem of consciousness”—the problem of explaining how conscious experience arises. The chapter provides an ... More


The Will to Realize: Vivekananda’s Doxastic Involuntarism and His Three-Rung Ladder of Religious Faith

Swami Medhananda

in Swami Vivekananda's Vedāntic Cosmopolitanism

Published in print:
2022
Published Online:
February 2022
ISBN:
9780197624463
eISBN:
9780197624494
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780197624463.003.0009
Subject:
Philosophy, Moral Philosophy

Chapter 8 reconstructs Vivekananda’s nuanced cosmopolitan account of the dynamics of religious faith. Vivekananda made a unique intervention in late nineteenth-century debates about faith and reason ... More


Introduction: Swami Vivekananda as an Immersive Cosmopolitan Philosopher

Swami Medhananda

in Swami Vivekananda's Vedāntic Cosmopolitanism

Published in print:
2022
Published Online:
February 2022
ISBN:
9780197624463
eISBN:
9780197624494
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780197624463.003.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, Moral Philosophy

The introduction discusses some of the textual difficulties relating to The Complete Works of Swami Vivekananda and then outlines the cosmopolitan hermeneutic approach to Vivekananda’s philosophy ... More


Grounding Religious Cosmopolitanism: Three Phases in the Evolution of Vivekananda’s Doctrine of the Harmony of Religions

Swami Medhananda

in Swami Vivekananda's Vedāntic Cosmopolitanism

Published in print:
2022
Published Online:
February 2022
ISBN:
9780197624463
eISBN:
9780197624494
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780197624463.003.0004
Subject:
Philosophy, Moral Philosophy

Chapter 3 argues that Vivekananda’s views on the harmony of religions evolved from 1893 to 1901 in three phases. In the first phase from September 1893 to March 1894, Vivekananda defended the equal ... More


Perceiving God: A Vivekanandan Argument for the Epistemic Value of Supersensuous Perception

Swami Medhananda

in Swami Vivekananda's Vedāntic Cosmopolitanism

Published in print:
2022
Published Online:
February 2022
ISBN:
9780197624463
eISBN:
9780197624494
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780197624463.003.0006
Subject:
Philosophy, Moral Philosophy

Central to Vivekananda’s doctrine of the science of religion is the controversial assumption that supersensuous experience is a genuine source of knowledge. He defended this assumption by presenting ... More


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