Sri Ramakrishna – English Lessons

by Dhruva

With a fresh English translation of Bengali from M.’s Kathamrita, the English words as spoken by Sri Ramakrishna are in CAPITAL LETTERS.  His actual rustic pronunciation of certain words is in parentheses.   The number reflects how often M. records Sri Ramakrishna saying a particular English word in the Kathamrita.

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 …

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 …

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…

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…

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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