A Restatement of Religion by Jyotirmaya Sharma

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The common consensus is that Swami Vivekananda widely spread his master’s message across the world. However, after Sri Ramakrishna’s death, Vivekananda not only shifted his devotional emphasis from Kali to Shiva but also created a world far removed from Ramakrishna’s world.  His new world is more rational, scientific, logistic and less masculine, orthodox and nationalistic.

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The book ‘A Restatement of Religion’ is based on the work of Swami Vivekananda and his beliefs in true Hinduism. Sri Ramakrishna Paramahamsa gave a message that the truth is rarely simple. The common consensus is that Swami Vivekananda widely spread his master’s message across the world. However, after Sri Ramakrishna’s death, Vivekananda not only shifted his devotional emphasis from Kali to Shiva but also created a world far removed from Ramakrishna’s world.  His new world is more rational, scientific, logistic and less masculine, orthodox and nationalistic.

The essays in this volume examine Vivekananda’s formulation of Hinduism as religion. Intellectual and accessible, consistently probing and skeptical of hoary traditions, this book is the most beautifully written. The book also includes controversial and thought-provoking, events. Moreover, ‘A Restatement of Religion’ is an invaluable addition to the existing scholarship in one of India’s greatest religious and social icons. This book is the third installment of author Jyotirmaya Sharma in the comprehensive history of India s religion and reappraisal of Hindu identity. The book also discussed the systematic marginalization of alternate religions and heterodox beliefs.

About the author of the book:

Professor Jyotirmaya Sharma offers an engaging portrait of Swami Vivekananda and his relationship with his legendary guru. His work focuses on Vivekananda’s reinterpretation and re-formulation of diverse Indian spiritual and mystical traditions and practices as “Hinduism”. Sharma’s illuminating narrative is an excellent re-examination of one of India’s most controversial religious figures. Jyotirmaya Sharma is a professor of political science at the University of Hyderabad, India. In this book, the author examines the questions of caste and the interference from the west in Vivekananda’s vision.

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