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PROLOGUE

The Objective and the Contents
      This site seeks to introduce an important publication on Swami Vivekananda to the online community worldwide. It presents an Overview of the Contents of the book, a Synopsis of each Part and Section, excerpts from Views and Reviews about the book, a Pictorial Album (consisting of photographs of Swami Vivekananda found in the book), a Word About the Author, etc. Also appended is a note on the UN Millennium World Peace Summit of Religious and Spiritual Leaders, the Message prepared by the Author for the Summit, and a note on an important subject-matter of the day: 'World Peace How?'.

The Context
      This is the revised and enlarged edition of the book, brought out in the context of the Millennium World Peace Summit of the Religious and Spiritual Leaders held at the United Nations General Assembly Hall, from 28th to 31st August, 2000, at New York, U.S.A. The book was released on the 28th August, 2000, in the evening at a reception held in honor of all the World Peace Summit Delegates at the UN. The Author, from Madras, South India, participated in the Summit as a member of the Modi Foundation Team.

Need of the Hour
      The main concern of the world today is peace and harmony. The path that the world has until now traversed in pursuit of technological mastery has imperiled peace. If peace and harmony are to rise and rein in the hearts and minds of people all the world over, they should have an opportunity to be exposed to the revealing insights of spirituality which Swami Vivekananda has bequeathed to humanity. Hence an earnest and vigorous propagation of his spiritual teachings is the most important means of serving that divine mission. The more the life and teachings of the great Swamiji are made known, the more will the spiritual perspective of humanity be widened, thereby paving the way for enduring world peace everyone is hankering for.

A Harbinger of Peace
      Swami Vivekananda is a bridge between the East and the West. He is in fact a dynamic spiritual force to shape the future of humanity. His teachings have set in motion a spiritual force, which can eventually bring into Western civilization much needed qualitative change. Indeed, Vivekananda is a harbinger of peace unto the woebegone humanity.

Emergence of a New World
      "The mystics have seen that not till we master the know-how of transforming our human impulses and reactions can we hope to redeem the pitiful state of the world. This pitiful state of our world is but a projection of a dreadful inner disharmony. The new world must come from within and not from without so the best way is not to be too much preoccupied with the lamentable things that are happening outside, but to grow within so that one may be ready for the new world whatever form it may take."

Grateful Acknowledgement
      The Author takes this opportunity to record his heartfelt thanks to his beloved friend and host, Sri Gopal Baliga, a young and promising software architect hailing from Bangalore, South India, (who is presently employed in an American firm in New Jersey, U.S.A.), for first mooting the idea of this site and working for it tirelessly and executing it with meticulous care and ardent devotion. May the divine blessings be on him for his labour of love in the cause of Swami Vivekananda