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and jealousy upon the fact that God has sent, and will send, many
Saviors into the world. This is a good study, fitted to open the
heart and liberalize miad.'''' IVasAt'ngion Star, June 29, 1912.

** A valuable contribution to metaphysics." /Vr^/a<^ Oregonian.
June 23, Z912.

"The work is taken up somewhat in chronological order. . . .
The teachings of the thinkers who form the subject of the lectures are
faithfully reported. The author holds no special brief for any of
those remarkable men but endeavors to state precisely what their
ideas were. The style of the author is interesting as well as perfectly
hioxdy Buffalo News, April 21, 1912.

Swami Abhedananda emphasizes the similarities in the teaching
of these great men. His aim is " to show that the fundamental- teach,
ings of the founders of the great religions of the world have had the
same spiritual keynote and that the stories connected with their lires
and miraculous deeds are similar to those of Jesus Christ." J/. Paul
Pionter Press, August 4, i(,i2.

Press Notices. Continued,

He (author) attempts to explain their ideas accurately and pays
much attention to the legends of the east relative to the origin of the
great leaders in sacred affairs." Des Moines Capital^ June 5, 1912.

" It sets forth in picturesque language the principal events in the
lives of his heroes and gives a good concise idea of their teachings."
-The Indianapolis Star, May 26, 1912.

"Swami Abhedananda's discourses point to the essential harmony
of religions . . . and offer an unusual opportunity to study from
conemporaneous expressions the companion viewpoints of faith and
pure culture." A^^w York World, May 25, 1912.

The life and teachings of three great Sages, of whom the West-
ern world knows far too little, is treated in a wonderfully clear and
attractive manner. . . . Their illumined efforts in lifting up a new
ensign for the people of their respective countries are described by an
Oriental Scholar, who is perfectly fitted for the task, and has familiar-
ized himself with the available records of their almost superhuman
labors. Each of these great souls is made to live again in the respect-
ive chapters of this engrossing work, very interesting side lights are
thrown on alleged inaccuracies, many abscure points are made plain,
and the underlying principles they set out to teach are conveyed in
simple, but scholarly style." 7"^^ Column, June, 1912,

*' Swami's book will do infinitely more good at the present time
in the west than any book he could have written upon the different
schools of Vedanta." Vedanta Universal Messenger, Dec, 1912.

"It breathes the spirit of deep vision and profound learning and
one sees that the Swami is actuated by the spirit of his Master, Sri
Ramakrishna, that Synthesis of the Religious Consciousness. . . .
The quotations from learned authors, bearing relation to the historical
features of the AvatSras with which the book is replete, shows how
diligently the Swami has prepared himself for his arduous task. He
has left nothing unsaid. Awakened India, Nov., 1912.

"This collection of lectures by the well-known Vedantist con-
stitutes the first of a series of three volumes dealing with the same
subject. As the author indicates in his preface, the word " Saviour"
is used by him in the broad sense, and not as denoting "a Saviour
who saves from eternal damnation." The present volume deals with
the lives and teachings of Krishna, Zoroaster, and Lao-Tze, viewed
in the unifying light of the Vedanta. The many admirers of SwSmi
Abhedananda's works will welcome this addition to the list, whilst
those who have not yet had the pleasure of becoming acquainted
with the grandeur of the teachings of this religio-philosophy, through
the light of which "the Unity of the Godhead under variety of names
and forms" may be perceived, will assuredly read the book not only
with interest, but come from its perusal with the conviction that the
Swami possesses the happy gift of bringing to light in an interesting
and attractive manner the harmony existing between the leading
world-religions." Occult Review, July, 1912, London, England.

In the Press

Vols. II. and III.

Human Affection and
Divine Love


Flexible cloth. Price, 50 cents. Postage, 3 cents.

A suitable gift-book full of inspiring thoughts. It describes
the evolution of Love in its various stages animal, human,
and divine ; and shows that love is not an emotional sentiment
as commonly understood but an attribute of our Real Self.

" Beautifully expressed sentences, on the idealism of love, reflected
from India." Portland Oregonian^ June 23, 1912.

"Never under any circumstances is divine love an evil thing, but
is everlasting in its beneficent blessings. In this little book the author
contrasts the enduring beauty of the divine love with that of human
affections which if misdirected in its selfishness results in murder,
robbery and other crimes. His book is divided into two parts and the
latter includes numerous quotations to prove his argument."/?/*
Moisnes Capital^ June 5, 1912.

" It is written simply and the mysticism in it is somewhat akin to
the mysticism of Maeterlinck, Emerson and of Thomas A Kempis
different as they all are." J/. Paul Pioneer Press, Aug. 4, 1912.

*' A tiny book but containing a volume of profound thought wis-
dom and beauty. It was Drummond who wrote that the greatest
thing in the world was " Love," and since then love has somehow had
a greater significance and more exalted place in the world than it ever
occupied before. But even Drummond did not put it on the high
plane or give it such exquisite meaning as this writer has. He casts
away the material and shows that the love that exalts, the love that
worketh only good reaches through the material to the divinedOre*
gon Journal, April 28, 1912.

Press Notices. Continued.

" Human affection has ever been manifested in attachment to some
object, and the enlightened passages in this practical little volume
8how the same tendency on the animal plane by means of a very fine
comparison. The nature and expression of Divine Love is also very
skillfully analysed, and a nice distinction drawn, between it and the
human quality. The author feelingly portrays an ideal behind both,
which might well be adopted by the individual, and typified in his
relation to others in daily life, with invaluable results to all. The
words of the Swami on "that Divine Love that knows no fear," but
realizes everything comes from God are uttered in a decisive style that
will appeal to an army of souls, who to-day feel the truth of such a
principle. Those will be greatly helped by the plain and highly intell-
igent explanation of a great truth, in which the vividness of Oriental
expression is reproduced in Western terms by a master of both
languages. This especially applies to the closing chapter where aptly
chosen illustrations so dear to the oriental mind elucidate the two
characteristics of ecstatic love, the three states of consciousness and
their correspondence to the five sheaths of the soul, beyond which is
the True Self, the Absolute. An elevating manual quite in keeping
with the Author's previous best work." TA* Column, June, igta.

" It is thoroughly sound and happily written book, a fine intro-
duction to Bhakti Marga. It is profitable reading to every person
while to the more philosophically inclined it affords valuable instruct-
ion." TA* Brahmavadin, Madras India, Dec, 1912.

" Carefully does the Swami draw the distinction, showing how
human love attains its climax in directing itself to God.^'' Awakened
India, Nov., 1912.

"This is a book presenting somewhat of the old.Indian phil-
osophy, which is noble and pure. It is in no sense a departure from
Western thought, as one might be led to suppose. It is well written
and free from metaphysical speculations." ^r<7tf*4/y Eagle, June 14,

Unity and Harmony

A New Lecture by


Price, 15 cents. Postage, 2 cents.

Divine Heritage of Man. ^


I2mo, 215 pages. Portrait of author, frontispiece.
Cloth, $1.25. Postage, 8 cents.

Contents. I. Existence of God. II. Attributes of God.
III. Has God any Form? IV. Fatherhood and Motherhood
of God. V. Relation of Soul to God. VI. What is an Incar-
nation of God ? VII. Son of God. VIII. Divine Principle
in Man.

" The SwSmi Abhed^nanda's writings are also companionable and read-
able. . . . The Philosophy of India, being the bringing together of the
best thoughts and reasonings of the best men for the thousands of preced-
ing years, had under consideration the self-same problems that are to-day
vexing^ the souls of our philosophers. The SwSmi's book is therefore not
so radical r departure from accepted thought as might at first be imagined.
... It is not meat for babes, but rather will it give new lines of thought
to the brightest intellects." Transcript, Boston, Aug. 1903.

' His method of dealing with these fundamental questions is peculiarly
free both from dogmatic assertion and from pure metaphysical specula-
tion." //^r-C>c-ra, Chicago, Aug. 1903.

" He bases his arguments, not on theological hypotheses, but on scientific
facts." Cleveland Plain Dealer, Aug. 1903.

" It is written in a plain and logical style, and cannot fail to interest all
who are anxious for information concerning the philosophy of which the
author is such an able exponent." Times Pittsburg, June, 1903.

" A glance over a few of its pages would be sufficient to convince the
reader that he is in the presence of an intellect of high order, more
thoroughly conversant with the philosophies and sciences of the Occi-
dental world than most Europeans or Americans. . . . The "Divine
Heritage of Man " gives a rare insight into the religious views of educated
Hindoos and in its argumentation furnishes an intellectual treat,"
Chronicle, San Francisco, Aug. 1903.

" Fully cognizant of modern scientific discoveries, the author treats
his subject broadly." Bookseller, Newsdealer, and Publisher, New
York, Aug. 1903.

' The student of religions will find much of value in the discourses,
since they are full of historical information concerning the origin and
growth of certain ideas and beliefs dominant in Christianity." Republic
can, Denver, July, 1903.

" There is no disposition on the part of the author to assail any of th
Christian principles, but he simply presents his subject with calmness^
not attempting to reconcile religion and science, for to him they ax
one." Washington Post, June, 1903.

Self-Knowledge (Atma-Jnana).


Cfeth, $1.25. Postage, 8 cents. Portrait of author,

I. Spirit and Matter. IV . Search after the Self.

II. Knowledge of the Self. V. Realization of the Self.

III. Prana and the Self. VI. Immortality and the Self.

*' So practically and exhaustively is each phase of the subject
treated that it may well serve as a text-book for anyone striving
for self-development and a deeper understanding of human nature."
Toro7ito Saturday Night, Dec. 1905.

"It will also be welcomed by students of the Vedic Scriptures,
since each chapter is based upon some one of the ancient Vedas
known as the Upanishads, and many passages are quoted."
Chicago Inter-Ocean, Jan. 1906.

*' The book, from the gifted pen of the head of the Vedanta
Society of New York, presents in a clear manner, calculated to
arrest the attention of those not yet familiar with Vedic literature,
the principles of self-knowledge as taught by the leaders of that
philosophy. . . . The many passages quoted prove the profound
wisdom and practical teaching contained in the early Hindu Scrip-
tures." Waslmigton Everting Star, Dec. 1905.

*' A new book which will be welcome to students of Truth,
whether it be found in the Eastern religions, in modern thought
or elsewhere," Unity ^ Nov, 1905.

"The book is very well written." San Francisco Chronicle^
Dec. 1905.

" In forcefulness and clearness of style it is in every way equal
to the other works by the Swami Abhedananda, who has always
shown himself in his writings a remarkable master of the English
language." Mexican Herald, Dec. 1905.

*' The volume is forcefully written, as are all of this author*s
-works, and cannot fail to be of great interest to all who have entered
this field of thought. A fine portrait of the Swami forms the
frontispiece." Toledo Blade, Nov. 1905.

India and Her People

{Lectures delivered before the Brooklyn Institute

of Arts and Sciences during the season

of igo5-igo6)




Cloth, $1.50 Postage, 10 Cents

I. Philosophy of India To-day.
II. Religions ci India.

III. Social Status of India: Their System of Caste.

IV. Political Institutions of India.
V. Education in India.

VI. The Influence of India on Western Civilization and the
Influence of Western Civilization on India.

" T^is book has more than usual interest as coming from one who
knows the Occident and both knows and loves the Orient. ... It
is decidedly interesting. . . . The book has two admirable qualities:
breadth in scope and suggestiveness in material." Bulletin of the
American Geographical Society^ Sept, 1906.

"This volume, written in an attractive style and dealing with the
life, philosophy and religion of India, should prove a useful addition to
the literature of a fascinating and as yet largely unknown subject. It
is designed for i>opular reading, the metaphysical portions being so
handled that the reader runs little risk of getting beyond his depth."
Literary Digest, Feb. 16, 1907.

" The Swami possesses the exceptional advantage of being able to
look upon his own country almost from the standpoint of an outsider
and to handle his subject free from both foreign and native prejudice."
New York lVor/cl,Aug. 4, 1906.

" It is a valuable contribution to Western knowledge of India, con-
taining precisely what the American wants to know about that region,'
IVashington Evening Star, Aug. 4, 1906.

* It is impossible to quarrel with his book. He (Swami) writes too
interestingly and he is a man with a mission." The Sunday Oregoninn,
Aug. 26, 1906.


"The views set forth in this work by Swami Abhedananda ... are
interesting', as being those of a native of India who has devoted much
time and attention to the study of those questions which affect the
government and general administration of the country. The author
has selected a wide range of subjects for treatment, embracing the
social, political, educational, and religious conditions as they now exist,
and, speaking generally, has invariably exercised sound tact and judg-
ment in discussing the many different questions embraced under those
headings." Journal of the Royal Colonial Institute^ April, IQ07,
London, England.

'* An excellent contribution to the very scanty literature on India.
... All chapters are instructive to any one aspiring to a knowledge
of this vast country. ... It is a book which every non-Indian visit-
ing India or making a temporary or permanent stay therein, and also
every son of the soil, should have by his side." The Arya^ February^
1907, Madras, India,


(New and Enlarged Edition,}

I. Reincarnation.

II. Heredity aiid Reincarnation.

III. Evolution and Reincarnation.

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

Paper, 50 cents. Cloth, 75 cents. Postage, 5 and 7 cents.

"In these discourses the Swami A bhedananda considers the questions
of evolution and the resurrection in their bearing upon the ancient
teaching of rebirth, the truth, logic and justice of which are rapidly
permeating the best thought of the Western world. For the preserva-
tion of this doctrine mankind is indebted to the literary storehouses of
India, the racial and geographical source of much of the vital knowledge
of Occidental peoples. Reincarnation is shown in the present volume
to be a universal solvent of life's mysteries. It answers those questions
of children that have staggered the wisest minds who seek to reconcile
the law of evolution and the existence of an intelligent and just Creator,
with the proposition that man has but a single lifetime in which to de-
velop spiritual self-consciousness. It is commended to every thinker."
'Mind, February, IQOO.

" It is a work which will appeal to the novice for its simplicity and
definite quality, and to the student for its wealth of knowledge aod
suggestion." Vedanta Monthly Bulletin^ Sept.y 1907.

"The book should prove a valuable acquisition." The Eveni>ig
Sun, J^. v., December 21, 1907.

"This is the work of a man of fine education and of fine intellect.
. . . (Reincarnation) as expounded by Swami Abhedananda is very
plausible, quite scientific, and far from uncomforting. The exposition
contained in this little book is well worth reading by all students of
metaphysics. There is not the slightest danger of its converting or
perverting any one to a new and strange religion. Reincarnation is
not religion, it is science. Science was never known to hurt anybody
but scientists." Brooklyn Eagle, December 13, 1907,


Philosophy of Work.

I. Philosophy of Work,
II. Secret of Work.
III. Duty or Motive in Work,

paper, 50 cents. Cloth, 75 cents. Postage, 2 and 6 cents.

*' In this volume the Vedanta Society presents three lectures by the
leader of the Hindu religious movement that is making much head-
way among philosophic minds throughout the United States. The
book is an excellent antidote to the gospel of selfism now popular
in many quarters, and a copy should be in the hands especially of
every ambitious seeker after the loaves and fishes of material desire.
It shows the folly of slavery to sense and the means of escaf>e from
the thraldom of egoism, while elucidating the Hindu concept of
many things that are ' race problems' because of individual igno*
ranee of spiritual principles. These discourses merit a wide ciroUaF
Uon among unprejudiced minds." Mind, February, 1903.

Single Lectures.

Christian Science and Vedanta.

Cosmic Evolution and its Purpose.

Divine Communion.

Does the Soul Exist after Death?

The Motherhood of God.

The Philosophy of Good and Evil.

The Relation of Soul to God.

Religion of the Hindus.

Scientific Basis of Religion.

Simple Living.

Spiritualism and Vedanta.

The Way to the Blessed Life.

Who is the Saviour of Souls ?

Why a Hindu Accepts Christ and Rejects Churchianity.

Why a Hindu is a Vegetarian.

Woman's Place in Hindu Religion.

The Word and the Cross in Ancient India.

15 cents each. Postage, 2 cents each.
Single Lectures Parts I & H. Bound in cloth, each $1.25.
Postage, 8 cents.

The Sayings of Sri Ramakrishna.



234 pages. Flexible cloth, gilt top, $1.00. Postage, 6c.

R&makrishna was a great Hindu saint of the nineteenth century
who has already had an influence on the religious thought of
America and England through the teachings of his disciples,
Swami Vivek&nanda, SwSmi AbhedSnanda, and others. His Say-
ings are full of broad, practical, non-sectarian instructions concern-
ing the spiritual life which cannot but give help and inspiration
to the followers of all creeds. The present volume contains a
larger number of Sayings than has yet appeared in any one English
collection. For the first time also they have been classified into
chapters and arranged in logical sequence under marginal head-
ings, such as "All creeds paths to God," " Power of Mind and
Thought," "Meditation," "Perseverance." As an exposition of
the universal truths of Religion and their application to the daily
life this book takes its place among the great scriptures of the

Spiritual Unfoldment.


I. Self-control.

n. Concentration and Meditation.

III. Grod-consciousness.

Paper, 50 cents. Cloth, 75 cents. Postage, 2 and 6 cents.

' This attractive little volume comprises three lectures on the
Vedanta Philosophy. The discourses will be found vitally helpful even
by those who know little and care less about the spiritual and ethical
teachings of which the Swami is an able and popular exponent. As
the Vedanta itself is largely a doctrine of universals and ultimates, j(o
also is this book of common utility and significance among all races of
believers. Its precepts are susceptible of application by any rational
thinker, regardless of religious predilection and inherited prejudices.
The principles set forth by this teacher are an excellent corrective of
spiritual bias or narrowness, and as such the present work is to be com-
mended. It has already awakened an interest in Oriental literature that
augurs well for the cause of human brotherhood, and it merits a wide
circulatioa among all who cherish advanced ideals." i)//</, A^ils

What is Vedanta?

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The Gospel of Ramakrishna.

Authorized Edition.

swAmi abhedananda.

448 pages; with two pictures, maginal notes, and index.

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Full leather binding, flexible cover, circuit edge with red

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"The sayings of a mystic who has much influence in India
and who has been made known to the Western world by various
missionary ' Swamis ' will be found in < The Gospel ol Rama-
krishna.* They have been translated into excellent English."
The Sun, New York.

" * The Gospel of Ramakrishna * contains the religious
teachings of this modern Hindu saint whose life contained so
many good deeds that his followers thought him little short of
divine." The Boston Globe^ Boston, Mass.

" During his lifetime his career and personality attracted
much attention from English and German scholars of the nine-
teenth century." The Chicago Inter-Ocean, Chicago, III.

"The book is filled with beautiful thoughts and beauti-
ful teachings, which, if followed, would lead to a perfect life.
One cannot marvel that the sayings of Ramakrishna made a
deep impress on modern Hindu thought. He was at least a
great and wise scholar, and gave goodly advice to his followers.**
The San Francisco Examiner, San Francisco, Cat.

" It is a remarkable book and it should be a rare privilege
to read it." The Oregonian, Portland, Oregon,




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