The Hidden History of Vedanta in the West

by Patrick Horn

The Vaidika Dharma influenced western philosophy and religion long before Swami Vivekananda received a standing ovation at the World’s Parliament of Religions in Chicago on September 11, 1893. There is evidence for inspiration from India in ancient Greek thought, innovative adoption by European Gnostics and secret societies, and …

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The Roots of Vedanta in America

by Ruth Small, Ph.D.

In the early fall of 1893, when an obscure Swami from Calcutta, India stood up to address the World’s Parliament of Religions in Chicago, America had already experienced a rich variety of encounters with India’s land and culture.  For nearly 200 years prior to the Indian Swami’s presentation before the American public, impressions of India were …

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The History and Impact of the 
Swami Prabhavananda – Christopher Isherwood 
Bhagavad Gita Translation

by Dharmadas (Jon Monday)

Since it was first published in 1944, the Swami Prabhavananda/Christopher Isherwood Bhagavad Gita, with an introduction by Aldous Huxley, has become one of the most widely read English translations of the Hindu classic, having sold over one million copies. Many American college and university students first encountered this translation as a required text…

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Christopher Isherwood & the Monastery
– Part 1

by Anna Monday (Urvasi)

A Day in the Life
[July 16, 1943] Rich is here in the morning, sawing wood with Web. He has been around ever since Swami returned home, popping in and out, quite one of the family again. No one knows just what he plans to do.
Later…Swami Vishwananda got hold of me and put me through a regular examination on the mudras we use…

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The Symphony of Religion

by Swami Yogeshananda

My title is, the symphony of religion. Sri Ramakrishna used to say, “Why should I be monotonous? A flute has many holes; shall I go on playing one note over and over? Why not sound all the notes, using all the holes to play a merry tune?” He wanted to enjoy God through the many ways in which He has been found. And he reported that he discovered the same truth at…

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Nataraja: The Cosmic Dancer

by Ryan NeuCollins

With his long hair whipping, he leaps and bends and twists amid a circle of flames, yet the dance movements are graceful and controlled, the facial expression tranquil. According to Khan Academy, Auguste Rodin once wrote that the sculpture known as Nataraja was the “perfect expression of rhythmic movement in the world,” …

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My Experience with Vedanta

by Krishna Shetty

When the editor of this magazine asked me if I would be interested in contributing an article describing how I got introduced to, and, my experience with Vedanta, I was happy to oblige.  To accurately recollect and document the events and circumstances that led me to Vedanta and the journey is not an easy task. I would say that Providence and my past Karma must have…

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Connections – Calcutta & Northampton:

by Usha Kutty Juman

As I move past the half-century mark, it begins to dawn on me that perhaps the passages of my life are not quite as disparate or accidental as I thought they were. With or without my active participation, the needle on my compass had been set with a bias toward spiritual ideas. Perhaps that sums up divine grace. We are all on the road toward Godhead, …

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