Book Review: ‘Vivekananda: The Philosopher of Freedom’ by Govind Krishnan V

The reality of Swami Vivekananda's Hindu Philosophy.


Book Title: Vivekananda: The Philosopher of Freedom
Author: Govind Krishnan V
Publisher: Aleph Book Company
Number of Pages: 504
ISBN: 978-9390652921
Date Published: May 05, 2023
Price: INR 779

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Book Review

Swami Vivekananda, born Narendranath Datta on January 12, 1863, in Calcutta, India, was a prominent spiritual leader, philosopher, and social reformer of his time. He played a crucial role in the revival of Hinduism in India and introduced the philosophies of Vedanta and Yoga to the Western world. Vivekananda’s life was marked by his unwavering dedication to the pursuit of truth, his profound intellect, and his compassion for humanity.

Vivekananda was not a traditional Hindu monk as the Sangh Parivar makes him out to be. He was a modern ascetic with a scientific and materialist outlook who unequivocally stated a strong disposition toward casteism. More people reading Vivekananda’s writings is the best response to Sangh’s misuse. It may be unexpected that Vivekananda is not widely read. After all, there has been a genuine flood of Vivekananda publications in recent years. Vivekananda is more present than ever.

At this juncture, author Govind Krishnan V brought the book “Vivekananda: The Philosopher of Freedom“. Aleph Books published the book, and the readers’ community already started appreciating publishing. A sure author, if united with a definite publisher, the work put into the world would significantly impact humanity. This echoes totally for this book.

The book is categorized into three parts, and each part is an ocean of information in itself. The first part talks about Vivekananda’s background and his entry into the religious context through his words. Parts 2 and 3 describe his idea on Hinduism, Western society, and his portrayal by the Sangh Parivar.

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Being a journalist, Govind Krishnan’s writing skills are as sharp as Vivekananda’s teachings. To understand the real philosophy of Swami Vivekananda, reading this book not only enhances the knowledge but also clears out the foggy thoughts that have been propagated for some years.

Vivekananda’s attire and spirit of Hinduism are often mistaken; thus, this book unveils the reality of his thought process. Reading this book by those who respect Swami Vivekananda is the most effective tribute we can give him!