As readers of Swami Vivekananda’s works may recall, Swamiji was a wonderful storyteller. His talks and writings are interspersed with numerous anecdotes and illustrations. Some of these are well-known, while others are not, but they are all relevant and thought-provoking, revealing his profound knowledge of human nature – its potential and its limitations. This collection contains most of the stories from his nine-volume Complete Works Published by us.
These stories were serialized from January 2005 to January 2010, under various titles, in The Vedanta Kesari, the English monthly published by Sri Ramakrishna Math, Chennai. The idea of publishing them in this manner was well received and welcomed by one and all. Some were even surprised that Vivekananda had told so many stories. And as all these stories are in Swamiji’s own words, there is an additional charm and value to them.
The 106 stories contained in this volume have been classified under 10 headings. Some are just a paragraph, while others go on for several pages, but all are sure to give readers fresh insights. The compilation and arrangement has been done by Swami Atmashraddhananda, the present editor of The Vedanta Kesari. Sri Mahendra C. Zinzuvadia has created the beautiful line drawings for the book, for which we are very grateful. When the world is celebrating the 150th birth anniversary of Swami Vivekananda, we are sure this book will be widely read.
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