RECOMMENDED READINGS ON VEDANTA
All titles are available in the Society's library and bookshop
The Bhagavad Gita, translated by Swami Nikhilananda , Ramakrishna Vivekananda Center, New York,
Considered the essence of the Upanishads, and called the "practical scripture," this 700-verse
dialogue between Sri Krishna and the warrior hero Arjuna is one of the most important religious
classics in the world.
Note: Other translations of The Bhagavad Gita are also available.
God is Everything, by Swami Sarvagatananda, Vedanta Society of Toronto
A unique exposition of the Isa Upanishad, illuminating its literal and its inner meaning, and showing
the application of its truth in our lives.
Seeing God Everywhere, by Swami Shraddhananda, Vedanta Press, Hollywood, CA
A practical guide to spiritual living, with articles that stimulate in-depth spiritual practice.
Sermon on the Mount according to Vedanta, by Swami Prabhavananda, Vedanta Press, Hollywood,
An approach to Christ's teachings from the standpoint of Vedanta's practical methods for divine
unfoldment and spiritual realization.
The Upanishads, translated by Swami Nikhilananda , Ramakrishna Vivekananda Centre, New York, NY
Eleven major Upanishads are included. The Upanishads form the concluding portion of each of
the four Vedas: Rig, Sama, Yajur, and Atharva. The Upanishads are records of the highest
experiences of ancient sages who searched through meditation and intuition for Truth. The
Upanishads are also referred to as "the Vedanta." Swami Nikhilananda gives translation of each
verse, followed by commentary.
Vedanta: Voice of Freedom, by Swami Vivekananda (compiled and edited by Swami Chetanananda) ,
Society of St Louis
Selections from the lectures and writings by Swami Vivekananda who brought the message of
Vedanta to the West in 1893 and founded the first Vedanta Societies. The question "What is
Vedanta?" is discussed, as are a variety of topics including the universality and practicality of Vedanta.
Vedanta: A Simple Introduction, by Pravrajika Vrajaprana , Vedanta Press, Hollywood, CA
Topics include an overview of Vedanta and its universality; the four yogas for basic spiritual
practice; the harmony of religions; the oneness of existence; and God in human form.
|The Vedanta Society of Kansas City
|AN ESSAY BY A PUNDIT OF OUR TRADITION
I hope you mean by â€œget along,â€� living in peaceful coexistence.
Sure, people of different faiths need to look for common ground so they can live peacefully together.
When people find other people of different faiths have some beliefs that are similar to theirs, it is easier to
get along. The trouble only begins when one faith asserts itself as superior and pushes its dogma to
emphasize it is the way, and other faiths are wrong. Some faiths even go as far as to say that their God is
the only God, and all others are false.
Hindus believe that all faiths are the same -- seeking the same God. They are like different rivers flowing
into the same ocean of the Godhead. Our ancient wise men -- called â€œrishisâ€� (seers) -- expounded
this fact more than 5,000 years ago when, through contemplation and meditation, this truth was r evealed
to them: â€œEkam Sat, Vipra Bahuda Vadanti,â€� meaning â€œTruth is one. Sages call it by different
Hinduism believes in the universality of religions, tolerance for religions, and acceptance of all beliefs.
This is evidenced by the fact that, over the past several centuries, Hindus of India have sheltered and
protected people of other faiths fleeing persecution in their own countries.
|Do people of different faiths need to look for
common ground to get along?