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Author Name:    YALE, John

Title:   Yankee and the Swamis. First Edition in dustjacket

Publisher:    George Allen & Unwin Ltd, London, 1961, 

Seller ID:   113959

YALE, John. A Yankee and the Swamis.. London : George Allen & Unwin Ltd, (1961). First Edition. Pp (8),[9]-224, frontispiece + 6 pp plates. Endpaper Maps. 8vo, grey cloth, gilt lettering to spine. "The record of a journey by an American to the great holy places of India, and his study of the Ramakrishna Order and movement. In the past decade a strong interest developed in comparative religion, the 'perennial philosophy', and Eastern spirituality.Writings on these subjects by Aldous Huxley, Christopher Isherwood, Gerald Heard and others have been read enthusiastically. Sharing this interest, t he author, of Protestant background, in 1948 left tiie business world to devote himseii seriously to the Ramakrishna Order at its Southern California branch. Vedanta emphasizes the essential unity of all religions. This age-old truth was reiterated by the 19th-century Indian saint named Sri Ramakrishna. Vivekananda, his chief disciple, brought Ramakrishna's message to the West late in the century, and since then the Vedanta movement has developedswiftly, with branches all over the world. Since the outlook and practices of the Order so deeply reflect its Indian origin, the author, as a member of that Order, felt it important to see Ramakrishna's India at first hand. He made a pilgrimage there, during which he lived in various monasteries ofthe Order, sharing the daily life of the Vedanta swamis. He met the Order' s present leaders, visited scenes connected with the life of the founder, and entered the great temples of Hinduism and other holy places as a worshipper. On the first level A Yankee and the Swamis is a travel story, told with candour, reverence and humour. But it is more. 'I dare hope', says the author, 'that I have made a souvenir which will add something to the contemporary knowledge of an important work and trend. Suppose someone present in the area of the Mediterranean in A.D. 100 had noted down impressions concerning the disciples of Christ—what they were like, their memories of the old times, the concerns that moved them. Such information would be of inestimable value. My position is that these are comparable times, and that I have met and written of equally significant men. My hope is that I have gathered and saved a iew evidences whicn will add to the record of these early dawnings of the more unified age to come'." (from the dj). Contents : 1. Belur Math on the Ganges. 2. The Gods and Goddesses of Dakshineswar. 3. The Well-Mannered Sadhu at Home. 4. 'A Band of Strolling Players'. 5. The 'Madras Mail', Southbound. 6. In India's Deep South. 7. God's Mountain and His Secret Cave. 8. The North and the Himalayas. 9. Bengal Bethlehem. 10. 'May He Illumine Us'. Penned name, else very good in lightly browned, unclipped dustjacket. 35.00


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