AMRUTASYA PUTRAHA — Compilation of Swami Vivekananda’s speeches: Concept and compilation Swami Srikantananda; Translation Amirapu Natarajan; Pub. by the Ramakrishna Math, Hyderabad-500029 Rs. 125.
THE SELECT passages from Swami Vivekananda’s speeches and writings brought together in this volume encapsulate the quintessence of his brilliant thought. Romain Rolland, the famous French philosopher and Nobel laureate, hailed his message to humanity as the universal gospel and said it encompasses the thoughts deeply embedded in the spiritual texts of Hinduism. The mission Vivekananda (1863-1902) embarked upon was to pull Vedantic tenets out of seclusion and carry them right into the social and family contexts. He wanted Indian thought to be presented in simple and plain English.
This book is a translation of ‘I Am a Voice Without a Form’ and the translator has done his job efficiently. Starting with excerpts from Vivekananda’s famous address to the World Parliament of Religions held in Chicago, the material is neatly arranged with interesting sub-headings and interspersed with impressive illustrations, effectively bringing home the message. His passion for the regeneration of India was palpable throughout. Adding value to the publication are the attractive pictures of the swami.