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by: Christopher Isherwood

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ISBN: 9789388575201
Year Of Publication: 2021
Edition: 1st
Pages : viii,452
Bibliographic Details : Contributors
Language : English
Binding : Hardcover
Publisher: Avi Publishers
Size: 23cm
Weight: 772

Overview

Vedanta for the Western World is a collection of sixty-eight articles appeared in a magazine having the same title during 1938-45 by eminent scholars of international repute such as Aldous Huxley, Allan Hunter, Gerald Heard and Swami Prabhavananda reflecting on the varied aspects and universal reflections of Vedanta, with an Introduction by Christopher Isherwood. Vedanta, the Vedic philosophy per se, and not time-specific, focuses on three fundamental propositions that man’s real nature is divine; aim of human life is to realize this divine nature; and all religions are essentially in agreement as far as this divine concept is concerned. The essays featured in this volume imbibe and exude the same philosophy being best suited to the understanding of new generation audience, especially the one that belongs to the Western world. This unique volume stands out in its genera of works due to a wide gamut of topics featured in it under the umbrella banner Vedanta. It enables every student of Vedanta know the essence of the Vedic philosophies from the perspectives of both Indian and Western scholars and men of merit.

Contents

Introduction — Christopher Isherwood
Is Mysticism Escapism? — Gerald Heard
The Minimum Working Hypothesis
— Aldous Huxley
Hypothesis and Belief — Christopher Isherwood
What Yoga Is — Swami Prabhavananda
The Goal of Yoga — Swami Prabhavananda
Vedanta as the Scientific Approach to Religion
— Gerald Heard
Dedication Ode — Frederick Manchester
My Discoveries in Vedanta — Gerald Heard
Divine Grace — Swami Prabhavananda
Towards Meditation — Swami Yatiswarananda
The Yoga of Meditation — Swami Prabhavananda
The Return to Ritual — Gerald Heard
Religion and Temperament — Aldous Huxley
Religion and Time — Aldous Huxley
The Problem of Evil — Swami Prabhavananda
The Magical and the Spiritual — Aldous Huxley
How to Integrate Our Personality
— Swami Yatiswarananda
Distractions — Aldous Huxley
Dryness and Dark Night — Gerald Heard
Realize the Truth — Swami Yatiswarananda
The Mystic Word OM — Swami Prabhavananda
Power of the Word — Swami Adbhutananda
Meditation — Swami Adbhutananda
Brahman and Maya — Swami Adbhutananda
Seven Meditations — Aldous Huxley
Spiritual Maxims — Swami Shivananda
Control of the Subconscious Mind
— Swami Prabhavananda
Thoughts by a Stream — Allan Hunter
Prayer — John van Druten
From a Notebook — Aldous Huxley
Thoughts — George Fitts
Warnings and Hints to the Spiritual Aspirant
— Swami Yatiswarananda
Renunciation and Austerity
— Swami Prabhavananda
On a Sentence from Shakespeare — Aldous Huxley
I Am Where I Have Always Been
— John van Druten
Samadhi — Swami Prabhavananda
Chant the Name of the Lord — Sri Chaitanya
An Unpublished Lecture — Swami Vivekananda
Sri Ramakrishna, Modern Spirit and Religion
— Swami Prabhavananda
St. Francis and Sri Ramakrishna — Guido Ferrando
Marriage of Sarada Devi — Amiya Corbin
The Gospel of Sri Ramakrishna
— Christopher Wood
Vivekananda and Sarah Bernhardt
— Christopher Isherwood
Man and Reality — Aldous Huxley
Words and Reality — Aldous Huxley
Some Aspects of Buddha’s Thought
—Swami Prabhavananda
Buddha and Bergson
— Swami Prabhavananda
The Philosophia Perennis — Gerald Heard
Reflections on the Lord’s Prayer — Aldous Huxley
Sermon on the Mount — Swami Prabhavananda
Maya and Mortal Mind — John van Druten
Martha — Amiya Corbin
The Gita and War — Christopher Isherwood
Action and Contemplation — Aldous Huxley
Unknown Indian Influences — Gerald Heard
Readings in Mysticism — Aldous Huxley
Mysticism in the Theologia Germanica
— Gerald Heard
The Spiritual Message of Dante — Guido Ferrando
Notes on Brother Lawrence — Gerald Heard
Self-Surrender — Swami Prabhavananda
The Churches, Humanism, Spirituality
— Gerald Heard
Idolatry — Aldous Huxley
Is there Progress? — Gerald Heard
God in Everything — Swami Prabhavananda
The Future of Mankind’s Religion — Gerald Heard
The Yellow Mustard — Aldous Huxley
The Wishing Tree — Christopher Isherwood
Lines — Aldous Huxley

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