Vedanta and the Revitalization of Indian Life

Amiya P. Sen

in Hindu Revivalism in Bengal c.1872-1905

Published in print February 2001 | ISBN: 9780195655391
Published online October 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199080625 | DOI:
Vedanta and the Revitalization of Indian Life

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This chapter begins with a short reappraisal of the life of Sri Ramakrishna Paramhansa and his chief disciple Swami Vivekananda and describes the social and spiritual world of Ramakrishna. It argues that by putting action at least on the same footing as ascetic contemplation, Vivekananda seems to have not only departed from the negative work ethic of his Master but also implicitly suggested a fresh look at traditional (Hindu) value systems. It also investigates the place of Vivekananda within Hindu revivalist thought. This chapter examines afresh certain questions that remain crucial to our understanding of the interplay between strategies within Hindu revivalism and nationalist thought and discourse.

Keywords: Vedanta; Sri Ramakrishna Paramhansa; Swami Vivekananda; ascetic contemplation; Hindu value systems; Hindu revivalist thought

Chapter.  33187 words. 

Subjects: Hinduism

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