FIFTEEN years ago in publishing the first collected edition of Swami Vivekananda’s works we ventured to announce that a companion volume containing the speeches and writings of the Members of the Ramakrishna Brotherhood would be issued at no distant date. That long-cherished ambition is ^fulfilled to day in the publication of this comprehensive volume fittingly entitled, “The Mission of our Master.”
The papers herein collected are taken from the extensive writings and speeches of the many Eastern and Western disciples of Swami Ramakrishna Paramahamsa, the great Spiritual Teacher of recent times, whose light has richly illumined a vast concourse of men and women in both hemispheres. Swami Vivekananda, Swami Ramakrishnananda, Swami Abhedananda, Swami Saradananda, Sister Nivedita, these and other disciples either directly of the Paramahamsa or of his most important disciple Swami Vivekananda, are too well known by their lives and teachings to need any introduction to Indian readers.
Our object in presenting this collection to the public is to mirror the mind of the Great Sage as reflected in the writings of numerous persons endowed with great devotion and spirituality.
We have made a formal attempt to classify the matter under convenient heads, but of course many of the contributions are capable of being put under more than one head indicated by us. .
There are many who seem to think that Swami Vivekananda and his band of co-workers confined themselves to mere philosophical discourses. There could be no greater mistake than that. For Service is the first aim of the Brotherhood whose record of benevolence and (charity in connection with innumerable organizations for medical and famine relief forms a bright and glowing chapter in the literature of the Mission. An attempt is made in the last section of this book to give a summary of the practical work of the Mission apart • from propagandist activities.
Part I — General
HISTORICAL EVOLUTION OF INDIA
Part II.—Comparative Religion
THE GREAT WORLD-TEACHERS
GOD AND FREEDOM IN THE VEDANTA
Part III —Social
By Swami Vivekananda CASTE
By Swami Vivekananda WOMAN’S PLACE IN HINDU RELIGION '
THE'PRACTICAL WORK OF THE MISSION.
THE MISSION’S WORK IN FOREIGN LANDS
Part IV. Personal
SWAMI VIVEKANANDA AND HIS WORK
THE MASTER AS I SAW HIM
Part-V The Mission and Social Work
THE ADVAITA ASHRAMA
THE 'PRACTICAL WORK OF THE MISSION
THE MISSION'S WORK IN FOREIGN LANDS
An Exhaustive and Comprehensive Collection Of HIS SPEECHES AND WRITINGS.
This publication is the first of its kind. It is the most exhaustive and comprehensive collection of the work of Swami Vivekananda hitherto published. It contains, among others, his eloquent character sketch of ** My Master his celebrated lecture at the great Parliament of Religions at Chicago; all the important and valuable speeches delivered in England, America aud India on Qnaua Yoga, Bhakti Yoga. Karma Yoga, Vedanta, and Hinduism; selections from the inspiring speeches he gave, in reply to addresses of welcome that were presented to him at different towns and Cities in India, during his historic journey from Colombo to Al-mora, on his return from America.
(Detailed contents — My Master; Hinduism and Religion; Reply to the Addressee of Congratulations from Madras and Calcutta ; The Ideal of Universal Religion; God in Everything; Immortality ; Is the Soul Immortal; The Freedom of the Soul; Maya and Illusion; Maya and the Conception of God; Maya and Freedom; The Real and the Apparent Man; The Absolute and Manifestation; Unity in Diversity; The Cosmos; The Macrocosm; Realization; Karma Yoga; Metaphysics in India; Re-incarnation; Bhakti or Devotion; Vedanta; The Vedanta inlndian Life; The Mission of the Vedanta; The Sages of India; Christ, The Messenger ; The Relation of Buddhism to Hinduism; The True Method of Social Reform; The Reform of Caste; Education on National Lines; The Conquest of the World by Indian Thought; Poems, etc.)