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NEW A reboot of Christopher Isherwood & Vedanta 

Since the original printing in American Vedantist, this article has been further researched and rewritten through Isherwood's life as a Vedanta monk and his post-monastery collaborations with Swami Prabhavananda. Here are the first five arguably Ready for Prime Time chapters:

1. Backstory
2. Swami Prabhavananda
3. The Monastery, Part 1 
4. The Monastery, Part 2 
5. The Monastery, Part 3 - The Bhagavad Gita

Photo Christopher Isherwood (left)& Swami Prabhavananda (right) in the Green House Living Room: Copyright Vedanta Society of Southern California All rights reserved, 

Latest Issue of American Vedantist
#76 Spring 2020
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Enlightenment Town: Finding Spiritual Awakening in a Most Improbable PlaceNEW An excerpt from Enlightenment Town: Finding Spiritual Awakening in a Most Improbable Place by Jeffery Paine

The protagonist of Enlightenment Town is Crestone Colorado, a remote Rocky Mountain hamlet that hosts numerous religious centers, a disproportionately large number per capita, that co-exist harmoniously, even reinforcing one another. 

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LINK: Reminiscences of Swami Prabuddhananda 
from the Vedanta Society of Northern California

Volume 1
Volume 2
List of Contributors


NEW MATERIAL 2019 Remembering Sri Sarada Devi's Disciple: Swami Aseshananda as We Knew Him

Now available to read online with newly added reminiscences.

"Esther Warkov has rendered a signal service to the Ramakrishna Vedanta community, not only in America but worldwide, by assembling more than 60 remembrances of one of the great swamis of the second generation of our movement – those who knew Sri Sarada Devi and the direct disciples of Sri Ramakrishna. We in America are indeed fortunate that so many of these monks were sent here to give spiritual guidance. They have been a living link to the founders of the movement. "

John Schlenck, American Vedantist, Spring 2010
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To add a reminiscence contact Esther Warkov ( )

Ramakrishna-Vedanta in Southern California:
From Swami Vivekananda to the Present [2018]

by Gopal Stavig

My Master, Swami Brahmananda
Reminiscences by Swami Prabhavananda
Culled from Lectures Transcribed by Swami Krishnananda
Edited by Gopal Stavig

Swami Vivekananda and Liberation Theology 
by Gopal Stavig, Bulletin of the Ramakrishna Mission Institute of Culture (Nov-Dec. 2009), pp. 509-15, 556-59

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(Painting of Hollywood Temple by Swami Tadatmananda.) 

From American Vedantist
The History and Impact of the Swami Prabhavananda – Christopher Isherwood Bhagavad Gita Translation

Christopher Isherwood & Vedanta
an article from American Vedantist  (Updated sections top of page)



The Making of a Devotee by Swami Vidyatmananda (John Yale) is a frank and  fascinating personal memoir which is a also a treasure trove of first-hand accounts of many of the literati and luminaries who populated the emerging Vedanta Society of Southern California.   
The Easter Prayer of an American HinJew: More Sugar, Please 
an article originally published in American Vedantist January 2018

J.D. Salinger & Vedanta 
an article from
American Vedantist 

Kali's Child Revisited or 
Didn't Anyone Check the Documentation?

This 173 page article by Swami Tyagananda and Pravrajika Vrajaprana of the Ramakrishna Order is a precursor to a more extensive book, Interpreting Ramakrishna: Kâlî's Child Revisited, coming this fall, that examines the accuracy of J. Kripal's assertions laid out in his book Kali's Child.  Swami Tyagananda is the head of the Vedanta Society of Boston and the Hindu Chaplain at MIT. Pravrajika Vrajaprana is a member of the Santa Barbara Vedanta Convent. 

Review: Interpreting Ramakrishna: Kali’s Child Revisited  (by Swami Tyagananda & Pravrajika Vrajaprana)
A Review by William Page,
an article from American Vedantist 

For the Historic Record  by Jon Monday
Research of Swami Vivekananda's visit to the West, published by American Vedantist Vol. 3, No. 3, Fall 1997

Three Articles by Gopal Stavig

It is well-known that there are many similarities between the Babylonian and Hebrew creation and flood stories found in the Old Testament. What has been overlooked in over a century of Bible research is that the Indian creation and flood narratives are as close to those of the Babylonian as are the Hebrews (see “Historical Contacts Between Ancient India and Babylon”*); and the Indian creation and flood stories are as similar to the Hebrews as are the Babylonian (see “India and the Biblical Old Testament”**). Since the historical records are incomplete, it is difficult to prove which of these three ancient civilizations had these stories first. - Gopal Stavig, 2015

*Historical Contacts between Ancient India and Babylon 
by Gopal Stavig, Journal of Indian History (Platinum Jubilee Volume) (2001), pp. 1-16

**India and the Biblical Old Testament
by Gopal Stavig, Annals of the Bhandarkar Oriental Research Institute 80 (1999), pp. 77-94

Historical Contacts Between India and Egypt Before 300 A.D. 
By Gopal Stavig, Journal of Indian History (1989-92), pp. 1-22

Pray, Let Us Play A Non-fiction Amuse Bouche
an article from American Vedantist
The Limits of Mental Models  by Jon Monday
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The Gospel of Chomsky  by Jon Monday
Originally Published in Vedanta for East & West, UK 
February 2005
I Saw Swamiji on TV Last Night  by Jon Monday
an article from American Vedantist March 1998
A Personal Lesson about Time by Jon Monday
Originally Published in Vedanta for East & West, UK 
February 1994

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