Swami Vivekananda Jayanti 2020- Top 10 Books Written By Swami Vivekananda
By: Pinki Thu, 09 Jan 2020 11:35 AM
Swami Vivekananda, the holy and divine spirit needs no introduction. The global village knows him as a Hindu saint, a yoga guru, a philosopher, a teacher, a writer, and an extraordinary speaker.
No one can forget Swamiji’s first ever speech at the Parliament of World Religions in 1893 at Chicago, he started with a salutation saying “the sisters and brothers of America” and the hall filled with sounds of clapping. I think by addressing the people of the world as there brothers and sisters, he introduced and initiated the divine thought of ‘The Global Village’, where everyone is related to each other. The article is a collection of some of the masterpieces created by Swami Vivekananda. After reading these books, you not only explore the life, work and struggle of Swamiji but you will find yourself motivated to work hard, find yourself at peace, find ways to get physically and spiritually fit and thus get connected to the God.
* Jnana Yoga
The book is a collection of lectures by Swami Vivekananda. Jnana is a Sanskrit word which means Knowledge. Jnana Yoga shows the path to wisdom and describes the philosophy of Hinduism and Vedanta, the knowledge of Vedas and Upanishads.
* Bhakti Yoga
The book brings to you the spiritual link to the god. Bhakti means devotion. Swamiji says that the most direct, shortest and simplest way to experience the divine is through Bhakti Yoga.
* Karma Yoga
The book is based on various concepts of Karma Yoga described in holy Bhagwat Gita. In practice of Vedanta, it is said that we have the duty to work and our right to work as hard as we can but we don’t have a right to the results of our actions.
* Raja Yoga
The book is a wide ranged subjective content where Swamiji interprets Patanjali’s yoga sutras. The book basically designed for the audience of the west. Swamiji and his teachings highly influenced the people of west bout their understanding of Yoga.
* My Master
The book is a reflection of two lectures of Swamiji delivered in England and New York in tribute to his master Saint Shri Ramakrishna Paramhansa. Swamiji says “if there was even a single word of truth, a single word to spirituality in his lectures, he owed it to his master-Ramakrishna and only the mistakes were his own.
* Swami Vivekananda on Himself
The book can be considered as an autobiography of Swami Vivekananda. However, it is not written in a format of autobiography but is a compilation of various lectures of Swamiji delivered during his world travel and numerous letters he wrote.
* Teachings of Swami Vivekananda
A comprehensive collection of lectures and sayings by Swamiji in the genre of philosophy, religion, and spirituality. Swamiji stressed on different forms of religion and its importance and impact on education, character building, and global social issues.
* Meditations and its Methods
The book brings together the complete works of Swamiji and his thoughts on meditation and its methods. It has two sections discusses about different methods of meditations vis. 1.) Meditation according to Yoga and 2.) Mediation according to Vedanta.
* The Master as I Saw Him
The classic text is drafted by Sister Nivedita about Swami Vivekananda himself and her experiences with Swamiji. The book is basically a biography of Swami Vivekananda in the words of his close disciple.
A wonderful and comprehensive biography of Swami Vivekananda by Swami Nikhilananda that covers his important teachings and contains his rare photographs.