Spirituality vs. Materialism: East vs. West?

By John Schlenck From before the time of Swami Vivekananda, it has been a truism for many, both in East and West, that India represents and embodies spirituality and the West represents and embodies materialism. That is, the core values and goals of Indian civilization are spiritual, and the core values and goals of the West are materialistic. This was Swami Vivekananda’s own conviction, broadly stated.

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Swami Vivekananda and Liberation Theology

By Gopal Stavig There are an amazing number of similarities between the humanitarian social ideas presented by Swami Vivekananda and those taught by the contemporary liberation theologians. Liberation theology is a movement arising out of Latin America and other third world countries, focusing on liberating people from poverty and oppression. This radically new approach to theology begins with the poor classes of the third world, and recognizes God and the Church’s presence in their struggle to throw off subjugation.

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A Western Take on the Teachings of Swami Vivekananda

By William A. Conrad. In this article I intend to give one Westerner’s view of the teachings of Swami Vivekananda. I do not claim that my view encompasses the whole of the wide-ranging thoughts of the Swami, nor does it capture all of the most important statements he made. I have included quotes from Western thinkers to show both the parallels and the compatibility of his ideas with the thought of the West.

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Scenes from the Great Summer

A Play by Bill Davis It is early morning, August 28, 1899. Swamiji and Swami Turiyananda have just docked in New York City. They are met by Miss Maud Stumm, a young artist who has come down from Ridgely Manor…

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Swamiji’s Vision of Vedanta

Compiled by Bhaveshananda. “There is a chance of Vedanta becoming the religion of your country (the United States) because of democracy. But it can become so only if you can and do clearly understand it…

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Selected Teachings of Swami Ashokananda for Spiritual Practice

Swami Ashokananda led the Vedanta Society of Northern California for more than 30 years, leaving behind a truly astonishing body of spiritual instruction. Using the prisms of their own internal quests, Marie Louise Burke (Sister Gargi) and Shelley Brown looked through notes taken over decades by the Swami’s disciples for particularly illuminating precepts and aphorisms.

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