Swami Vivekananda: A Reassessment

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Susquehanna University Press, 1997 - Biography & Autobiography - 250 pages
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For the first time since Swami Vivekananda's famous address to the World's Parliament of Religions in Chicago on 11 September 1893, this provocative study seeks to rescue the historical Vivekananda from the celebrated Swamiji of the legend and hagiography. Using a variety of primary and contemporary secondary sources, including eyewitness accounts in English as well as Bengali, Professor Narasingha P. Sil examines Vivekananda's early life and education, his meeting and relationship with his future mentor Sri Ramakrishna Paramahamsa, and the circumstances leading to his embracing monastic life. Analyzing Vivekananda's numerous sermons, speeches, conversations, and letters, Sil exposes the Swami's deliberate distortion of facts and purposive misinformation on, and misleading and tendentious interpretation of, aspects of Hindu society and culture.
The book also takes a hard look at his universally acknowledged reputation as a hypercosmological renouncer who championed the causes of the poor and the downtrodden and thus exemplified the doctrines of socialism at their finest. Sil is the first scholar to critically examine Vivekananda's attitude toward women in general and to probe into his experience with Margaret Noble (Sister Nivedita) in particular, and he is the first author to provide a detailed analysis of Vivekananda's popularity as a preacher and lecturer.
 

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This is seriously one of the worst books I have ever read. Narasingha prosad claims to know the other side of swami Vivekananda but what are those sources from which Mr narasingha deduced these conclusions? It isn't just the Ramakrishna mission which speaks of Narendranath Dutta aka Swami Vivekananda highly but it is every person, man or woman who speaks highly of him. He is certainly by no means a fake. He was from an aristocratic family who could have had a bright future for himself if he wanted to but he decided otherwise and focused on serving humanity instead. He was a first division college graduate of his era i.e the late 1800. Now why would a person as aristocratic and educated as Swami Vivekananda set out on the path of selflessness if he had such a mentality as the author of this book claims? How do we know that the sources from which Mr narasingha has inferred these claims are true either? These claims made by this narasingha prosad sil Are completely false, fabricated and baseless. This author has no substantial proof to back up his claims. I wish I could truly give this book a negative rating. This book is completely bogus as hell. 

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Narasingha P. Sil is Professor of European and English History at Western Oregon State College.

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