Vedanta for the West: The Ramakrishna Movement In The United States

Hardcover | May 22, 1994

byCarl T. Jackson

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"This important book fills a gap in our knowledge.... Highly recommended."-Library Journal

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"With admirable clarity and remarkable brevity, Jackson surveys the history of the movement and raises... important issues... " -The Journal of American History

An important history of the Ramakrishna movement, the very first and in many ways the most important Asian religious group to appear in the United States.

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The Ramakrishna movement was the very first and in many ways the most important Asian religious group to appear in America. Founded on the teachings of the nineteenth-century Bengali visionary Sri Ramakrishna, the movement was brought to the United States in 1893 by Swami Vivekananda, a disciple of Ramakrishna. Although its membership ...

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"This important book fills a gap in our knowledge.... Highly recommended."-Library Journal"... highly recommended... " -Choice"With admirable clarity and remarkable brevity, Jackson surveys the history of the movement and raises... important issues... " -The Journal of American History An important hi...

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The Ramakrishna movement was the very first and in many ways the most important Asian religious group to appear in America. Founded on the teachings of the nineteenth-century Bengali visionary Sri Ramakrishna, the movement was brought to the United States in 1893 by Swami Vivekananda, a disciple of Ramakrishna. Although its membership ...

CARL T. JACKSON is Professor of History and Dean of the college of Liberal Arts at the University of Texas, El Paso.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:204 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 0.79 inPublished:May 22, 1994Publisher:Indiana University Press

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ISBN - 10:025333098X

ISBN - 13:9780253330987

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Table of Contents

Foreword by Catherine L. Albanese and Stephen J. Stein
Preface

1. The Nineteenth-Century Background
2. The Founders: Ramakrishna and Vivekananda
3. Trials of Survival: The Organization of an American Movement
4. Vedanta for Americans: The Teachings of the Ramakrishna Movement
5. The Appeals of Vedanta
6. The Movement since the 1920s
7. The Ramakrishna Movement in History: Past, Present, and Future

Appendix: Vedanta Centers
Notes
Bibliographical Essay
Index

Illustrations follow page 36

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The Ramakrishna movement was the very first and in many ways the most important Asian religious group to appear in America. Founded on the teachings of the nineteenth-century Bengali visionary Sri Ramakrishna, the movement was brought to the United States in 1893 by Swami Vivekananda, a disciple of Ramakrishna. Although its membership is small, the movement has exercised a significant influence in the last hundred years, promoting Hindu reform and revival in India and increasing public awareness of Hinduism through its Vedanta societies in the United States and Europe. An important history of the oldest form of Hinduism in America, this book sheds new light on the progress and adaptation of Eastern spirituality in the West. Carl T. Jackson begins his account with a brief examination of conditions in nineteenth-century India and the United States that explain the sudden appearance of the Ramakrishna movement in the West. He details the origins and teachings of the movement, Swami Vivekananda's seminal role as founder and organizer of Western "work", and the subsequ