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Dynamic Spirituality for A Globalized World (Selection from the Works of Swami Ranganathananda)

Dynamic Spirituality for A Globalized World (Selection from the Works of Swami Ranganathananda)
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Item Code: NAD732
Author: Swami Ranganathananda
Publisher: Ramakrishna Mission
Edition: 2008
Pages: 368 (8 B/W & 9 Color Illustrations)
Cover: Hardcover
Other Details: 9.0 inch X 6.0 inch
weight of the book: 683 gms
About the Book

This is a representative selection of the published works of Swami Ranganathananda, offered as a Commemorative Volume marking his Birth Centenary (2008). The volume is designed to introduce readers to his strikingly original and pragmatic insights into almost every area of human excellence. The overall theme is dynamic spirituality which the Swami always emphasized as the indispensable precondition for peace and harmony in a world already globalized. As such the essays included here are on Sri Ramakrishna, the Holy Mother and Swami Vivekananda; on the Swmi's guru Swami Sivananda; various saints and sages, aspects of sadhana, scriptures (Upanishads and the Gita). And there is also a substantial selection on almost the entire spectrum of human excellence as the Swami formulated and practiced. In short, here is volume which is of immense relevance embodying the perennial values for contemporary (often extremely complex) contexts.

About the Author

Swami Ranganathananda (1908-2005), the 13th President of the world-renowned Ramakrishna Order, represents one of its most remarkable figures. Initiated by Swami Sivananda, a direct disciple of Sri Ramakrishna, Ranganathnanda joined the Order in 1926. Ever since, he remained a dynamic spiritual and cultural exponent of India's eternal values, contemporizing them with a range and originality unique in its pragmatism.

The illustrious Swami worked at many centres of the Order which include Rangoon, Karachi, Delhi, Kolkata and Hyderabad (the centre where he stayed for the longest period). All these centres saw phenomenal growth in a comprehensive manner upholding the Ramakrishna tradition of renunciation and service. The Institute of Culture in Kolkata and the Vivekananda Institute of Human Excellence at the Ramakrishna Math Hyderabad, are concrete examples of Ranganathananda's dynamic spirituality.

Swami Ranganathananda was, moreover, a spiritual and cultural ambassador of India's vast heritage to the West. He undertook extensive tours covering the USA, UK Holland, Germany, Russia and many other countries. He addressed distinguished gatherings of intellectuals, scientists, and academics as also students on the areas of oneness and unity of mankind and the need for a balanced and total human development. As a great synthesizer, he won great respect and recognition, including the First Indira Gandhi Award for National Integration (1986). No wonder that the celebrated Swami evoked the respect and love of initiated disciples, devotees and admirers from all over the world.

Contents

Biographical Sketch of Swami RanganathanandaXI
Swami Raganathananda's Inclusive HumanismXV
Part I: Reflections on the Holy Trinity
1Sri Ramakrishna and Universal Religion3
2Sri Sarada Devi, the Holy Mother11
3The Message of Swami Vivekananda17
Part II: His Guru
4Mahapurushji As I Knew Him33
Part III: Saints and Sages
5Bhagavan Buddha and our Heritage47
6The Christ We Adore84
7The Legacy of Mahatma Gandhi101
Part IV: Aspects of Sadhana
8Divine Grace111
Part V: Scriptures
9The Message of the Upanisads143
10The Gita Concept of Citizenship as Spiritual Growth161
Part VI: Human Excellence
11Need for a Synthesis of Science and Religion in Education '223
12Philosophy oh Human Excellence228
13The Science of Human Energy Resources250
14The Administrator in a Welfare State276
15Human Valuable im Management282
16Roleand Responsibility of Teachers in Building up Modern India292
17The Indian Ideal of Womanhood309
Part VII: Experience
18What Life has Taugh me321
Part VIII
A Note on the text345
For Further Reading345
Acknowledgements346
Birth Centenary Citizens Committee347

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