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Nalini Bhushan and Jay L. Garfield

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780199769261

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199769261.001.0001

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Vivekananda, Jñāna Yoga (1915)

Vivekananda, Jñāna Yoga (1915)

(p.269) 2 Vivekananda, Jñāna Yoga (1915)
Indian Philosophy in English

Nalini Bhushan

Jay L. Garfield

Oxford University Press

This chapter presents an excerpt from Swami Vivekananda's 1915 essay, “Jñāna Yoga,” in which he explores the concept of Māyā in Vedānta philosophy and demonstrates both its relevance to ordinary experience and how to interpret this doctrine in the context of modernity. Vivekananda, born Narendranatha Dutta, became the principal disciple of the Advaita Vedānta scholar/saint Sri Ramakrishna, founded the Ramakrishna mission, and was one of the principal exponents of Advaita Vedānta in the late nineteenth century. Vivekananda came to international prominence following his stirring addresses to the World Parliament of Religions in Chicago in 1893. In his essay, he tackles the nature of man, Māyā as a reflection of illusion, the role of Māyā in the evolution of the conception of God, how Māyā relates to freedom, and how the Infinite—the Absolute—has become the finite.

Keywords:   Māyā, Swami Vivekananda, Vedānta philosophy, modernity, Advaita, nature of man, God, freedom, Infinite, Absolute

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