The Cyclonic Swami Vivekananda in the West edited by Sukalyan Sengupta and Makarand Paranjape examines Vivekananda’s contemporary significance. “The Cyclonic Hindu” is how Swami Vivekananda was described after his stunning debut at the Parliament of Religions in 1893. To commemorate 101 years of Swamiji’s passing, a seminar to assess his impact on the West and his relevance to our times was organized by the Centre for Indic Studies, University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth. This book brings together many of the papers presented during this seminar, along with some new ones.
With papers by practicing scholars and ordained monks from both the US and India, this unique collection examines not only Vivekananda’s contemporary significance, but also assess his extraordinary contributions to fields as diverse as Buddhism, Christology and, the New Age.
This book is essential reading for students and devotees of Swami Vivekananda, as well as for those interested in the impact of Indian spirituality in the West.