Glimpses of Sara Bull

You have blessed to higher uses this home of ours by your presence. You have given us the pearl of great price. . . My husband worked here in this country during a period of some fifty years and gave his best. He would love you and your ideals. It was my privilege to learn how I might guard and shelter him in his work from the hurts that came to the spiritual in him from both friends and enemies.

Notes of a Bhagavad Gita Class by Swami Pavitrananda

Last week we were discussing what the body is composed of. To understand this, intellectual knowledge is not enough. Spiritual practice is also necessary: No pride, no display, no hurting of anyone in thought, word, or deed; one should be forgiving—not even react to harm done. One should have guilessness, calmness and serenity.

2011 Summer-Fall: Three Pioneers

Three Pioneers; An Answer to Our Question; Reminiscences of Swami Ramakrishnananda: Teachings of Swami Ramakrishnananda; Nivedita Go Bragh; Glimpses of Sara Bull; Beethoven, Vivekananda, and the Heroic Struggle; Hope for Householders; Ramakrishna’s Highest Realization; Notes of a Bhagavad Gita Class…

Nivedita Go Bragh

Ireland is a country that, like India, was dominated by foreign power for nearly a thousand years. Its sons and daughters struggled for long to get their political freedom and in the last few centuries the saying Erinn go bragh- Ireland for ever! became a rallying cry, somewhat like the Vande Mataram or Hail, Mother India of India. Irish culture is very ancient, with strong affinities with the culture of the Vedas, and its language is one of the European languages most akin to Sanskrit; but it has suffered terribly from foreign domination and only got partial freedom after the First World War.

2010 Winter – 2011 Spring

Naren Meets Sri Ramakrishna at Dakshineswar; How monastic disciples received assurance of Sri Ramakrishna’s living presence after his death; Chaitanya’s Prayer: A Perfect Primer (Part 2 of 2); Ramakrishna, Be My Friend (song); Swami Amohananda passes away at age 99; Christopher Isherwood The Sixties Diaries, Vol. II 1960-1969 …

How I Came to Vedanta

Bill Davis: My family is Jewish but my parents were atheists. Not crusading atheists, but people who had no religion in the household. Nothing having to do with God was ever mentioned.

Review: Four More Lighted Windows: Memories of Swamis in the West

This is a sequel to Swami Yogeshananda’s earlier book, Six Lighted Windows. This new book records memories of four more swamis whom the author knew: Swamis Shantaswarupananda, Aseshananda, Shraddhananda, and Lokeswarananda. They were not included in the earlier book because they were still living at the time.

Review: Confession of a Buddhist Atheist

Why should Vedantists want to read a book by a self-proclaimed Buddhist atheist? In this case, the answer is that Stephen Batchelor has encountered challenges similar to those sometimes experienced by other Westerners who embrace Eastern religions. We can learn from him.

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