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Cosmic Love and Human Apathy: Swami Vivekanandas Restatement of Religion

Cosmic Love and Human Apathy: Swami Vivekanandas Restatement of Religion

Jyotirmaya Sharma

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The truth is rarely simple. The common consensus is that swami vivekananda, as sri ramakrishnas chosen disciple, spread his masters message across the world. The fact, though, is that after ramakrishnas death in 1886, vivekananda not only shifted the devotional emphasis of the new monastic order from kali to shiva, he also embraced a world far removed from ramakrishnas a world that was rational, scientific, masculine, orthodox and nationalistic. Integral to the tale of cosmic love and human apathy is the issue of hindu identity. The essays in this volume examine vivekanandas formulation of hinduism as religion, the most definitive restatement of hinduism in modern history. Erudite yet accessible, consistently probing and skeptical of hoary traditions, controversial and thought-provoking, this is an invaluable addition to the existing scholarship on one of indias greatest religio...