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(5 parts, 1064 pp, 7th Edition, July 2013)

      – Swami Ranganathananda - xix
      – Swami Dayananda - xx
      – Swami Tattvavidananda - xxi
      – Swami Muktananda - xxxiii
      – Anandshankar Pandya - xxiv
Publisher’s Note - xxv, xxix
Foreword – Swami Tapasyananda - xxx
Prolegomenon – Dr. M. Lakshmi Kumari - xxxiii
“A Book to be treasured....” – M. V. Kamath - xxxvii
“A Homage with a difference...” – Prof. K. R. Srinivasa Iyengar - xli
Editor’s Note - xliii
A Synoptic View of the Book – K. P. Shivkumar - xlvi

Introduction – 1
     Part One: Section One – 19-75

Vivekananda: His Gospel of Man-making – 21
     Part One: Section Two – 77-156

Vivekananda on Education and Religion – 79
     Part One: Section Three – 157-365

Vivekananda – The Man and His Mission – 163
     Part Two – 367-694

A Chronicle of Important Events
in the Life and Times of Vivekananda – 387

     Part Three – 695-761

Vivekananda – A Voice Across the Century – 697
     Part Four – 763-794

Winds of Change:
Vivekananda and His Impact on the Western Mind - 765

     Part Five – 795-878

Vivekananda in Pictures – 799
     List of Pictures – 797

Appendix – 879-890
      i Vivekananda And His New Gospel – A Recapitulation – 879
      ii What Is ‘Man-making’? – 883
      iii A Homage To Swami Vivekananda – 884
      iv An Unwarranted ‘Disclaimer’ On Vivekananda TV Series – 886
      v Frank Parlato Jr On The Author – 888
      vi Milestones in the Publication – 890

Glossary – 891
Bibliography (Chronicle) – 906

Vivekananda Literature – Books By and on Vivekananda – 909
Brief Introduction To The Authors – 924
General Index (Chronicle) – 928
Subject Index (Chronicle) – 981

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The introduction to the book brings out the universal and unifying aspects of Indian spiritual and cultural heritage and shows how the great genius of Swami Vivekananda tried to establish not only its practicality and relevance in the present-day world but also reiterated the urgent need to follow its tenets for the onward progress of mankind - the development and enlightenment of the individual and for peace and harmony in society.

Vivekananda – His Gospel of Man-making
Vivekananda's thoughts on the art of molding people, combining scientific temper with a spiritual basis, are enshrined in this section. Transforming individuals was his main pre-occupation, for he believed that in such free, fearless persons of character, enlightenment and love lay the hope of the world. Transformation of persons is the only solution for all the ills that are found in the society. Swamiji has provided the best of remedies for today's social and global illness.

Vivekananda on Education and Religion – Interpretations and Allied Thoughts
This section highlighting not only the importance of Swami Vivekananda's life and teachings but also the impact it has produced on the world citizens from various walks of life brings together the vast collection of observations on him. The multi-faceted personality of the great Swami, seen, known, adored and worshipped by many contemporaries, his and ours, get painted on the canvas of the last one century of Indian cultural history.

Vivekananda – The Man and his Mission: Tributes
Swamiji's ideas springing forth from the fountainhead of his realization that each soul is potentially divine get amplified and reinforced in this section through several scholarly voices. This innate divinity of mankind was what Swamiji emphasized all the time, as he was fully convinced through his own life and of his Great Master that on this foundation alone can be built the beautiful edifice of human life grounded on character, dignity and integrity, not only of the individual but also of the nation.

A Chronicle of Important Events in the Life and Times of Vivekananda
This part aims at presenting Swamiji's historic image in the context of the contemporary movements - political, social, cultural, etc. This is useful for a proper understanding of Swamiji's mission in world perspective. Besides the principal event in the life of the Swami, the Chronicle thus covers significant landmarks in various spheres of human activity in India and abroad during the years 1863-1902.

Vivekananda – A Voice from Across the Century
In the context of the centenary of Swamiji's appearance in the World's Parliament of Religions held at Chicago on September 11, 1893, this part highlights his visit to and the impact on the West, and his historic Chicago Address. Portraying him as a bridge between the East and the West, it shows how Vivekananda is a dynamic spiritual force to shape the future of the humanity.

Winds of Change: Vivekananda and His Impact on the Western Mind
The speciality of this new edition is that it carries a ‘Synoptic View’ of the whole book, and also a new chapter: “Winds of Change: Vivekananda and His Impact on the Western Mind (1893-2013)”. The new supplement, gives a brief picture of how far the Vedanta philosophy has influenced some of the greatest thinkers in the West, and through them how the thoughts have influenced many receptive minds there. The significance of this Section lies in the fact that it gives a bird's-eye view of the range of Swamiji’s success in the West. It reveals, in a nut-shell, the extent to which reputed American intellectuals have taken up the study of Vedanta and what a force they were in giving further thrust to the thought movement following Swamiji’s visit to America. Homage to Swami Vivekananda from Swami Ranganathananda, Messages from Sri Narendra Modi – an ardent devotee of Swami Vivekananda, and the Hon’ble Chief Minister of Gujarat, and Sri Rajiv Malhotra – author and Founder of ‘Infinity Foundation’, New Jersey, U. S. A, and Sri Tarun Vijay – author and Member of Parliament, give a fitting finale to the new part.

Vivekananda in Pictures
This part enables the readers to see Swamiji visually through illustrations. It contains a selection of eighty photographs projecting tapestry-like a visual review of the evolution of Naren into Vivekananda the prophet of 'Awakened India', of man's awakening into his true Self, and of the efflorescence of the Divine in everyday human life.

Vivekananda Literature – Books by and on Vivekananda
An exhaustive list of over 260 books by and on Swami Vivekananda is appended to the book for reference and further study.