The Life of Swami Vivekananda (2 Vols.)
By His Eastern and Western Disciples, 1330 pages, Hardcover, 2 Vol.
The world knows Swami Vivekananda as a giant intellect, a great scholar and orator, a patriotic Hindu and a powerful preacher of Vedanta. But that is knowing only one phase of this many-sided genius. Even to those who knew him personally, the Swami was too complex a character to be readily understood. He was a man of original thoughts and numerous moods, each a world in itself, and when any single one of them came upon him he was so intense that for the time being he would identify himself solely with that particular state of mind above all others. Thus it happened that many persons saw him from widely varying angles and spoke of him chiefly in the sense in which they personally understood him. This accounts for the many differing presentations of the Swami. Efforts have been made in this work to present the Swami in all his moods and varied illumination so as to reveal the man as he was.