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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Swami Jyotirmayananda        Swami Jyotirmayananda (b. 1945), hailing from   South Kanara, Karnataka (South India) had his   school and college studies at the Ramakrishna   Mission Students Home at Mangalore, where he   was exposed to the teachings of Sri Ramakrishna   and Vivekananda at a tender age. The idea of   service to the country and knowledge of Self took   strong roots in his mind even then. His thirst for   knowledge of the Self took him, during the period of   his service in a firm in Madras, to the feet of   Swami   Vireswaranandaji Maharaj, the tenth
President of the Ramakrishna Order, who gave him mantra deeksha in 1966.
       In 1973 he was selected by Sri Eknath Ranade, the moving spirit behind the Vivekananda Rock Memorial at Kanyakumari, the Land's End of India, as one of the life-worker-trainees of the first batch of the Vivekananda Kendra. After a stint of service at their Calcutta and Madras office, in 1976 he got relieved from the Kendra – a non-monastic Order, to take to monastic life independently.

       After sannyas he lived an itinerant life for two years in South India, mostly in parts of Karnataka, Kerala and Tamil Nadu, at the conclusion of which he was instrumental in preparing a brochure on Swami Vivekananda. This in fact was the genesis of the present book.

       This monumental volume on the life and mission of Swami Vivekananda, is the result of five years’ patient, careful, devoted work, day and night. It is the culmination of life-long association with the institutions started and run under Sri Ramakrishna-Vivekananda inspiration. Study at the Ramakrishna Mission Students Home, mantra deeksha from the Head of the Ramakrishna Order, service through Vivekananda Kendra – these have ripened his soul for this great work.
             – M. C. Subrahmanyam, Editor, Indian Review, Madras.

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       In 1993, in the context of the centenary of Swami Vivekananda’s visit to America, the Author participated in the ‘Global Vision 2000’ programm at Washington, and the ‘Parliament of Religions’ at Chicago. The first International Edition of his book on Swami Vivekananda was introduced in both the programs. During his stay of about six months in different parts of the East coast of U. S. A., he visited quite a few important cities including New York, Baltimore and Boston.

       From August 28-31, 2000, he attended the Millennium World Peace Summit of Religious and Spiritual Leaders held at the United Nations General Assembly Hall, New York. (The Message he prepared for the Summit is appended to this site). The revised and enlarged edition of his book, brought out in the context of the Summit, was released at a reception held in honor of all the World Peace Summit Delegates at the UN.

       After a sojourn in the USA, Swami Jyotirmayananda returned to India in the second week of February, 2001. He can be contacted at swamijyoti@hotmail.com. He resides at 'Mataji Kripa', Anandashram, P.O Anandashram, Kanhangad, Kerala - 671531, India. ( To know details about Anandashram – its founder, activities and publications etc. please visit their web site: www.anandashram.org. Their email ID is: anandashram@vsnl.com or mataji@vsnl.net )