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— iVushiHgion Eveni ng Star., Aug. 4, 1906.

" It is impossible to quarrel with his bonk. He (Swami) v>frites too
interestingly and he is a man with a mission." — The Srimiay Oregonian,
Aug. 26, 1906.

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"The views set forth in this work by Swam! Abhedananda . . , are
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I. Reincarnation.
II. Heredity and Reincarnation.

III. Evolution and Reincarnation.

IV. Which is Scientific, Resurrection or Reincarnation?
V. Theory of Transmigration.

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" The methods of practical realization of the divine within the
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