About the Book: Cosmic Love and Human Apathy: Swami Vivekanands Restatement Of
The truth is rarely simple. The common consensus is that Swami Vivekananda, as
Sri Ramakrishnas chosen disciple, spread his masters message across the world.
The fact though is that after Ramakrishnas death in 1886, Vivekananda not only
shifted the devotional emphasis of the new monastic order from Kali to Shiva, he
also embraced a world far removed from Ramakrishnas-a world that was rational,
scientific, masculine, orthodox and nationalistic.
Integral to the tale of Cosmic Love and Human Apathy is the issue of Hindu
identity. The essays in this volume examine Vivekanandas formulation of