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An absorbing biography of Swami Vivekananda (1863 - 1902) that presents his vast knowledge of Eastern and Western culture, deep spiritual insight, brilliant conversation, broad human sympathy, and colorful personality. Swami Vivekananda, India's first spiritual and cultural ambassador to the West, proclaimed the universal message of Vedanta: the non-duality of the Godhead, An absorbing biography of Swami Vivekananda (1863 - 1902) that presents his vast knowledge of Eastern and Western culture, deep spiritual insight, brilliant conversation, broad human sympathy, and colorful personality. Swami Vivekananda, India's first spiritual and cultural ambassador to the West, proclaimed the universal message of Vedanta: the non-duality of the Godhead, the divinity of the soul, the oneness of existence, and the harmony of religions. This 256 page book details the life of Swami Vivekananda and contains 28 photographs, as well as, an appendix containing the Swami's most important teachings.


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An absorbing biography of Swami Vivekananda (1863 - 1902) that presents his vast knowledge of Eastern and Western culture, deep spiritual insight, brilliant conversation, broad human sympathy, and colorful personality. Swami Vivekananda, India's first spiritual and cultural ambassador to the West, proclaimed the universal message of Vedanta: the non-duality of the Godhead, An absorbing biography of Swami Vivekananda (1863 - 1902) that presents his vast knowledge of Eastern and Western culture, deep spiritual insight, brilliant conversation, broad human sympathy, and colorful personality. Swami Vivekananda, India's first spiritual and cultural ambassador to the West, proclaimed the universal message of Vedanta: the non-duality of the Godhead, the divinity of the soul, the oneness of existence, and the harmony of religions. This 256 page book details the life of Swami Vivekananda and contains 28 photographs, as well as, an appendix containing the Swami's most important teachings.

30 review for Vivekananda: A Biography

  1. 4 out of 5

    Ramakrishnan

    I have read this book from cover to cover about 5/6 times. It is very hard to read this book without profusely crying (being an Indian that I am) just thinking about his super human accomplishments in the 1890's America with unbelievable odds working against him. Yet what he did on 911 (sep 11, 1893) in Chicago will be heard for centuries .. to inspire mankind of all faiths. I have read this book from cover to cover about 5/6 times. It is very hard to read this book without profusely crying (being an Indian that I am) just thinking about his super human accomplishments in the 1890's America with unbelievable odds working against him. Yet what he did on 911 (sep 11, 1893) in Chicago will be heard for centuries .. to inspire mankind of all faiths.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Ajay

    Great book on Swami Vivekananda. We need more of such people in this world.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Lucas Gialluisi

    One of the best biographies that i have read in these last years so far. A must read for those who wants to know about probably the first hindu leader coming from the oriental word to speak in the western world uniting both worlds. Vivekanda have reached this point in the Parliament of Religions hold in Chigago in the beginning of 1900.. As it says in the book we started his famous speech saying ``Sisters and brothers of America`` removing all sectarianisms behind the religions and praying for t One of the best biographies that i have read in these last years so far. A must read for those who wants to know about probably the first hindu leader coming from the oriental word to speak in the western world uniting both worlds. Vivekanda have reached this point in the Parliament of Religions hold in Chigago in the beginning of 1900.. As it says in the book we started his famous speech saying ``Sisters and brothers of America`` removing all sectarianisms behind the religions and praying for the union as ramakhrisna used to say..``All religions are ways to find god``. The book also contains a detailed insight about his relationship with western disciples and his trips along europe , america and finally his coming back for India in his last days before enter in a state of eternal samadhi. It also shows the appreciation of Vivekanda for Buddha , Jesus and other enlightened soul such as his two visits at Bodhi -Gaya and also a small trip to Rome where Swami Vivekananda shows a profound love of Christ in his earthy journey.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Pushpam Singh

    This book is a beautiful portrayal of life of Swami Vivekananda, one of the greatest monks of all times India has seen. Many of us know swami by name and by reference but not many of us know him by person. The stories of his childhood days and his adulthood discussed in this book opens up a new world of insight for us. He was a great inspiration and a very difficult character to convince for anything. He wasn't easy going when it came to logic. Another striking characteristic that comes out is t This book is a beautiful portrayal of life of Swami Vivekananda, one of the greatest monks of all times India has seen. Many of us know swami by name and by reference but not many of us know him by person. The stories of his childhood days and his adulthood discussed in this book opens up a new world of insight for us. He was a great inspiration and a very difficult character to convince for anything. He wasn't easy going when it came to logic. Another striking characteristic that comes out is the relation between him and Ramakrishna Paramhansa. It might be surprising for some and for some it is depiction of a different type of relationships. Somewhere one can judge about the typical life of a person during those days. This is the first book I read on greatest monk. It is a must read.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Abhijeet Parihar

    What a great story and it very beautifully written. . The most difficult part in spirituality is to be totally convinced that reaching god is possible or it is possible for oneself. This self-doubt is the biggest enemy for any seeker. Turning away from this doubt will not help you but reading the life story of great spiritual giants such as Vivekananda will definitely help you understand that there were others just like you who had fears and doubts but still perceived and reached their goals. Just What a great story and it very beautifully written. . The most difficult part in spirituality is to be totally convinced that reaching god is possible or it is possible for oneself. This self-doubt is the biggest enemy for any seeker. Turning away from this doubt will not help you but reading the life story of great spiritual giants such as Vivekananda will definitely help you understand that there were others just like you who had fears and doubts but still perceived and reached their goals. Just a side note: Read biographies to draw inspiration but never try to imitate someone else's life because it will only lead to confusion and depression.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Anugrah Nagaich

    The detailed biography of Swami Vivekananda, describing his life vividly. I read it just for ascertaining the miracles/super-human abilities (rumored to be) associated with SwamiJi & found that most of the supposed rumors which I heard were actually true. This can be thus very inspiring for people who are followers of Ramakrishna Mission as well as people who want to know about the person who en-lighted India's intellectual superiority & spread it across the globe by his extra-ordinary capabilitie The detailed biography of Swami Vivekananda, describing his life vividly. I read it just for ascertaining the miracles/super-human abilities (rumored to be) associated with SwamiJi & found that most of the supposed rumors which I heard were actually true. This can be thus very inspiring for people who are followers of Ramakrishna Mission as well as people who want to know about the person who en-lighted India's intellectual superiority & spread it across the globe by his extra-ordinary capabilities, way before the era of globlization or IIT's.

  7. 4 out of 5

    V.K. Dadhich

    What made me buy the book - I was curious to know more about the Gods that walked amongst us What I liked about the book - the sheer depth of philosophy, and the simple storytelling Who will I recommend the book to - anyone who'd like to know more about them What did the book teach me - all the paths indeed lead to Rome #OBAAT One Book At A Time What made me buy the book - I was curious to know more about the Gods that walked amongst us What I liked about the book - the sheer depth of philosophy, and the simple storytelling Who will I recommend the book to - anyone who'd like to know more about them What did the book teach me - all the paths indeed lead to Rome #OBAAT One Book At A Time

  8. 4 out of 5

    Joanna Pollner stamper

    Vivekanandas clarity of most complex philosophical aspects of advaita is unsurpassed ! Anything written by Vivekananda is gem. Biography portraits his inquisitive well educated mind and soul.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Chetan

    I always wanted to read this biography... A man with a clear vision and mind, a brilliant speaker, clearly inspiring our lives.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Ayushi

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. One of the marvels of my life. After reading this you will know the philosophy and life of swami vivekananda. It has all the teachings of life if you know how to read between the lines.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Maruthi Podila

    A must read.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Dr Manoj

    Great book. Must read. Gives a clear picture of Swami Vivekananda s life. Inspiring and thought provoking

  13. 4 out of 5

    Dan Gheorghita

    It is indeed an interesting account on the life of the Swami. Contentwise, it is a good book. Structurewise it is a bit messy. I'd ascribe the fact, perhaps, to the lack of skills of the writer. There is no chronology of time, but rather a mish-mash of happenings, so it's hard to follow the order of events ad the value that is communicated through them. There is the feeling of the hand of the writer, his reverence for the Swami and India, too much perhaps, for in some moments the book is gaining t It is indeed an interesting account on the life of the Swami. Contentwise, it is a good book. Structurewise it is a bit messy. I'd ascribe the fact, perhaps, to the lack of skills of the writer. There is no chronology of time, but rather a mish-mash of happenings, so it's hard to follow the order of events ad the value that is communicated through them. There is the feeling of the hand of the writer, his reverence for the Swami and India, too much perhaps, for in some moments the book is gaining the shape of idolatry and a mild propaganda. This should not happen in a biography, I'd say, where the language should be rather factual and direct, with much care to not alter or add anything. In the end, I remain with the feeling that I must read perhaps another one or two biographies to really get to know the ife of the Swami. However, I could withdraw from the book a solid idea of what was the mind of this great Sannyasin.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Nipun

    A brilliant explanation of the life of one of the Greatest persons that were born on the Indian soil. The author has in a great style gave us the details pertaining to the life of the saint that Swami Vivekananda was. A must read for some spiritual awakening and inspiration in life.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Heidi Mair

    I think this is the version I read. I bought it in India several years ago. I love biographies and have always been intrigued by Vivekananda and his role in bringing Yoga and eastern religion to the US over 100 years ago.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Raj

    An inspiration Great biography by a Swami about the peerless Swami Vivekananda If you are truly seeking some answers about life, give this book a try.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Aman Gaur

    " I am reading the India herself. " Unable to weave Swamiji in my tiny vocabulary. " I am reading the India herself. " Unable to weave Swamiji in my tiny vocabulary.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Viswajeeth

    He doesn't believe anything unless otherwise it's proven to him. A highly intellectual person. There's none like him. A true follower of non-dualism. He doesn't believe anything unless otherwise it's proven to him. A highly intellectual person. There's none like him. A true follower of non-dualism.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Uday Sen

    Inspirational. It could be used as a guide book for monks.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Mukesh

    An influential man that every Indian must-read. Swami Ji is an inspiration to all of us.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Binoy Roy

    A very brief description about the life of Swami Vivekananda. Detailing and writing aura is quite comprehensive and easy to understand! A good choice to read and learn about Swamiji.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Arjit Yadav

    Getting to know so much about Vivekananda’s divine personality is more than a blessing. ❤️ A good read for those wanting to know more about him.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Nishanth Selvalingam

    The best biography of India's foremost saint! The best biography of India's foremost saint!

  24. 4 out of 5

    Ananya Choudhury

    Inspiring and eye-opening! A compact book and perfect introduction to Swami Vivekananda. One of the greatest souls ever - Swami ji is the embodiment of strength and truth! Must-read especially for every Indian.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Vinod Pal

    A brilliant book. It really inspired me about the wonderful soul that once walked on this earth. It is amazing to believe that such a great soul lived in my own country. A great read for those who are spiritually inclined. It was like a surreal experience as if I was living with the real swami ji. The book is very well written and priced very reasonably, INR 100/- in order to make it affordable to all. I picked up this book while visiting Ramkrishna Mission Ashram at Pahadganj, New Delhi. The sa A brilliant book. It really inspired me about the wonderful soul that once walked on this earth. It is amazing to believe that such a great soul lived in my own country. A great read for those who are spiritually inclined. It was like a surreal experience as if I was living with the real swami ji. The book is very well written and priced very reasonably, INR 100/- in order to make it affordable to all. I picked up this book while visiting Ramkrishna Mission Ashram at Pahadganj, New Delhi. The sales person at the book shop recommended me this book. Now I would definitely like to read other books related to Swami Vivekananda.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Piyush Agarwal

    A must read I must say. Though sometimes becomes very difficult to understand the abstract thoughts of the Vedas. It might bring tears in your eyes even though the language has a lot of supressed flattery in it. It can also act as an inspirational and self help book giving you pathway to do something credible for your fellowbeings.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Jassar SM

    A book that gives a nice description of the life of the Swami. At times it tends to eulogies the protagonist, but nevertheless brings out most of the facts in vivid detail.

  28. 5 out of 5

    suksham

  29. 4 out of 5

    Varun Meel

  30. 4 out of 5

    Amith

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