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The Song of God - Bhagavad-Gita
Translated by Swami Prabhavananda & Christopher Isherwood
with an Introduction by Aldous Huxley

"This latest edition does not alter the work of Swami Prabhavananda and Christopher Isherwood at all; but by providing the original verse numbers of the source text, it makes this translation of even greater value for students and scholars than it already was."

- Jeffery Long, Professor of Religion, Philosophy, and Asian Studies,  Author of Hinduism in America

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


Ramakrishna-Vedanta in Southern California:
From Swami Vivekananda to the Present [2017]
by Gopal Stavig
The fascinating history of a pioneering Vedanta Society in the heart of Hollywood California.

Updated 7/2024 Swami Vivekananda in a Social-Historical Perspective  

Updated 3/2024 Sri Ramakrishna and Western Thought

Updated 3/2024 Swami Vivekananda on Religious, Ethical, and Psychological Practices

Updated 6/2024 Swami Vivekananda and Others on Religious Philosophy


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  
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UPDATED 6/2024  
Christopher Isherwood & Vedanta:
I Witness 

An excerpt of an appendix, For Your Consideration: Jean Valjean, is being previewed in serial form on Ka Jingshai, The Light,  an ezine of the Ramakrishna Mission, Shillong. 

Preview Introduction here: Why Me? 
Available on Kindle.

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

The History of the Sarada Convent in Santa Barbara 
Swami Vivekananda's Unique Gift to Western Women
and to the World 

by Pravrajika Vrajaprana



From America Magazine, a Jesuit publication: "The unexpected connection between J. D. Salinger, Swami Vivekananda and the poetry editor of America magazine" [John Moffitt, formerly Swami Atmaghananda, a poet who either translated or edited the songs in Swami Nikhilananda's translation of The Gospel of Sri Ramakrishna]

The unexpected connection between J. D. Salinger, Swawmi Vivekananda and the poetry ...

More Research 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

3 Articles

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

(Painting above of Hollywood Temple by Swami Tadatmananda.)

How I Came to Vedanta, Devotee Stories

A Brief Sketch of Swami Shraddhananda

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

Volume 1
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List of Contributors

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

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.   

ALSO Available on Kindle.

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: Kali''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. 

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


Pray, Let Us Play  
A Non-fiction Amuse Bouche
an article from American Vedantist
The Limits of Mental Models  by Jon Monday
Originally Published in Vedanta Kesari April 2003
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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