Swami Swahananda and His Love for Books

by Amrita M. Salm, Ph.D.

Even as a young boy, Swami Swahananda showed a love for books. At the age of eleven he began attending the Habiganj Ramakrishna Mission (formerly India; now Bangladesh). The swami often referred to the fact that within three months of daily attendance he had become the “librarian” and had read every book in their library.

Swami Swahananda: 1921-2012

by Ann Louise Bardach

Swami Swahananda, the senior most Vedanta monk in the United States, passed away on October 19 at the age of 91. As the head of the Vedanta Society of Southern California for 36 years, Swahananda was a frequent visitor and a popular lecturer at the Santa Barbara center on Ladera Lane. As the head of the Vedanta Society of Southern California for 36 years….

Child and the Sage

by Subrata

One day, my mind was soaring
Along a light-ed path
‘Round me, the gods and angels
Smiled as I sailed past
Ascending higher– and higher
And high—-er——-.

Review: Swami Swahananda – A Profile in Greatness
 by Malay Das

Review by Br. Shankara

If you are curious about how Swami Swahananda lived and taught during the latter part of his life, this is a good book to read. It’s not a biography of the Swami, though it has a brief summary of his life following its Preface. Instead, Dr. Das offers a reverent and affectionate portrait, in both broad brush strokes and fine detail, of the doctor’s 17-year relationship with his beloved guru.

Spring 2018: The Roots and Branches of Vedanta in America

Issue 73 Vedanta’s roots in America are old, and have sunk deep into the cultural, intellectual, and spiritual thought currents of this nation. They can be found in the teachings of many spiritual traditions; in the work of musicians, writers, painters and artists in...

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.

Let Thy Light Enter My Soul …

by Bhagirath Majmudar

Starting its journey from Beyond Eternity,
Lighting up the stars, the moon and the Sun,
Traveling through many a Light Year,
Let Thy Light finally meet my eyes,
And enter my soul …..

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 White Deer

by Justine Mara Andersen

Why, red cardinal, do you stare silently from the tangles
Of dirt and roots that tell of how the mighty fall?
Are you silenced by what I have seen this morning,
Or is silence the only song that speaks of all we know?

Swamiji “Without Credentials”

by Bill Davis (Music by John Schlenck)

This dramatic reading is a mixture of historical fact and the author’s imagination. The conversations depicted in this reading all took place and we know their outcome but we often don’t know the words that were spoken. These the author filled in from his imagination based on what he could glean from the histories.

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