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Adventures in Religious Life by [Swami Yatiswarananda]

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This book has its origin in the instructions and blessings I received from my revered teacher, Swami Brahmananda — the spiritual son of Bhagavan Sri Ramakrishna. Wishing to see me grow along intellectual and literary lines side by side with the spiritual, the Swami greatly encouraged me in my study of religious and allied literature. Once he said: “Form your habit of study to such an extent that you will feel unhappy if any day you fail to pursue your studies.” Then he explained what he meant: “The mind may not always be able to remain on the spiritual plane. In that case it may be kept occupied with higher religious thoughts, and will not be allowed to fall into a lower plane.” The words of the master gave me great incentive to my studies of which I sometimes kept elaborate notes.
During the early years of my monastic life, for fear of developing a false ego, I was very reluctant to discuss religious matters with the members of the public or to write articles for our magazines, although I was directly connected with the publication of our Madras magazine, the Vedanta Kesari, from its very inception. One day the Swami asked me, “Why don’t you talk on religious topics with the devotees?” In return I asked, “What am I to talk about?” Replied the Swami: “Why, what you are learning from us, what you are acquiring through your studies, what you are gaining through your attempts to lead the religious life—just speak of that.” This advice gave me the direction to make my treatment of religious subjects as practical as possible.
On another day he asked me: “Why don’t you write an article every week?” I enquired: “What shall I write? I do not have any ideas.” The Swami replied: “Learn to think deeply. Then the ideas will rush so much that it will be a problem for you to regulate the current.” What the Guru had predicted proved to be literally true. Through his grace I have never fallen short of ideas in the course of my speaking or writing.
Later on, at the command of the Swami, I served for three years as the editor of the Prabuddha Bharata, our magazine now published from Calcutta, and also some years after, as the editor of the Vedanta Kesari, along with my duties as the President of Sri Ramakrishna Math, Madras. I thus got the opportunity of writing many articles.
But the suggestion of preparing an article every week could only be literally carried out during the years of my service as the leader of the Vedanta Centre, Philadelphia, Pa., U.S.A., between 1942 and 1949. I used to prepare elaborate notes for my Sunday talks many of which were preserved in disc-records and later on transcribed. This was also repeated years after at Bangalore since October, 1951.
The chapters of the present volume are originally lectures delivered in Philadelphia and Bangalore, all of which were published in the Vedanta and the West, the Prabuddha Bharata, the Vedanta Kesari and the Vedanta for East and West.* I am most thankful to the authorities of these magazines for their generous permission to publish these articles in book form.
I also heartily thank the many authors and publishers of several .books, too numerous to mention, who have helped me in the preparation of the lectures, and from which I have quoted many apt passages. In spite of my best efforts I have not been able to trace the sources of some of the passages quoted by me. I must mention here that I have taken the liberty of abridging and adapting some of these for the sake of convenience. In translating some of the Sanskrit and other passages I have followed the free and interpretative method, thereby avoiding too many explanations and probably making the reading as painless as possible.
In the preparation of the book I have received the hearty co-operation of many of my friends, students and co-workers whose number is too large for individual mention. I therefore take this opportunity of offering them all my most grateful thanks collectively.
This book is humbly dedicated to the

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  • Publisher: Sri Ramakrishna Math, Chennai. (2 December 2013)
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  • Language: English
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