Presence of 'America' in religious circles of India

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The paper shows how 'America' gradually became present in the Religious Circles of India after the arrival of Swami Vivekananda in America in 1893. Swami Vivekananda is the first individual who not only succeeded in introducing Hinduism, Vedanta in particular, to America and the West, but also in introducing what he considered to be the best aspects of American scientific and material culture to India. The bridge which Swami Vivekanand a built and opened between America and India continues to be travelled by the saints, mystics, and religious leaders of India and the philanthropists, spiritual seekers and scholars of religion of America and the West even today. This modern re-synthesis of the material and the scientific with the Vedanta has been beneficial to both countries and cultures.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)114-122
Number of pages9
JournalComparative American Studies
Issue number1-2
StatePublished - Jun 2014


  • Modern vedanta
  • Synthesis of material and spiritual
  • Vivekananda and American women
  • Vivekananda in America

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cultural Studies
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Arts and Humanities(all)


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