- Hardcover: 328 pages
- Publisher: Harper India (1 January 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9350295644
- ISBN-13: 978-9350295649
- Package Dimensions: 20.4 x 13.8 x 3 cm
- Average Customer Review: 1 customer review
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,96,291 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Cosmic Love and Human Apathy Hardcover – 1 Jan 2013
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About the Author
Jyotirmaya Sharma is professor of political science at the University of Hyderabad, India between January and June 2012, he was a Fellow at the Swedish Collegium for Advanced Study. He is currently a Fellow of the Lichtenberg Kolleg at the Georg-August-Universität in Göttingen, Germany. His other recent publications include Hindutva: Exploring the Idea of Hindu Nationalism (Penguin or Viking) and Terrifying Vision: M.S. Golwalkar, the RSS and India (Penguin or Viking).
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In this book, the author has adopted a cunning approach to portray the Swami as a villain and a clever usurper of the spiritual legacy and heritage of Sri Ramakrishna Paramahamsa. He goes through great pain to "prove" that right since the time the Swami accepted the Paramahamsa as his master, he had a scheme of his own, which was radically different from that of his master. The author portrays the Paramahamsa as a truly noble and enlightened soul and the Swami as deeply parochial, provincial and misogynistic. In trying to prove his points he comes up with hilarious examples (some of which are outright baseless) of the Swami's conduct during his days with the Master. Never even for once does the author acknowledge that the Paramahamsa lived his entire life in a spiritual cocoon hardly bothering about the state of affairs in the society around him or the depths of misery and misfortune this great civilization had sunk into. Put simply, the encounter with the West had so severely shaken up the existing social and political institutions of this "nation" that they were neither able to come up with a befitting response nor could they stem the tide of this completely one-sided encounter. The Swami could have easily emulated his master and spent a long and peaceful life enjoying the divine pleasures of the spiritual realm and remained oblivious to the social and political issues which needed urgent attention. But he chose not to. Therein lies his greatness.
No Mr. Jyotirmaya Sharma, your assessment of the man does not do him justice. Undoubtedly he had a lot of grey areas but inspite of those he was one giant of a man. Indian history never knew anyone who came even remotely close (except perhaps the celebrated Buddhist monk Atisa Dipankara Srijnana) to this wonderful combination of a great heart and a gigantic intellect.
He never was and never will be an RSS or VHP ideologue.
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