26 January, 2021

Dharma For The State?

Swami Vivekananda: Social reformer or caste votary? Religious inclusivist or Hindu supremacist?

Advaita Ashram
Dharma For The State?
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A new book on Swami Vivekananda reveals him to be a man who wasn’t quite what he has been made out to be.  

Vivekananda on Hinduism 

If there is one phrase in the popular consciousness that effortlessly invokes the name and memory of Ramakrishna, it is ‘Ramakrishna’s catholicity’. Vivekananda, more than anyone else, helped construct the elements that constituted this carefully edited, censored and wilfully misleading version of his master’s ‘catholicity’. He used it to mean what he thought was Ramakrishna’s tolerance, generosity and inclusiveness in relation to other faiths while carefully glossing over the sources and influences that produced this ‘catholicity’. The continued use of the term has had a longevity independent of Vivekananda’s remoulding of Ramakrishna from a “religious ecstatic to a religious eclectic”, and continues to be used even to this day...

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