Prophet of a New Hindu Age: The Life and Times of Acharya Pranavananda, 1st Edition (Paperback) book cover

Prophet of a New Hindu Age

The Life and Times of Acharya Pranavananda, 1st Edition

By Ninian Smart, Swami Purnananda


180 pages

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This is the fascinating biography, first published in 1985, of the remarkable Bengali religious leader Swami Pranavananda who lived in the turbulent years of the early twentieth century. The story of his life has to some extent been eclipsed by the struggle for Indian independence, but his extraordinary personal qualities, his determined asceticism, his high ideals of social service and commitment to Hindu solidarity all serve to set him apart from his contemporaries and entitle him to be better known by political and religious historians of the period.

Table of Contents

1. The Childhood of a Yogi 2. Early Struggles and Schooldays 3. Spiritual Emancipation 4. Early Life at the Ashram 5. The Creation of the Sangha 6. The Holy Places 7. Hindu Unity and the Dharma State 8. The Dimensions of the Acharya’s Faith 9. Last Days and Retrospect

About the Authors

Roderick Ninian Smart was a Scottish writer and university educator. He was a pioneer in the field of secular religious studies. In 1967 he established the first department of religious studies in the United Kingdom at the new University of Lancaster where he was also Pro-Vice-Chancellor, having already chaired one of the largest and most prestigious departments of theology in Britain at the University of Birmingham.

About the Series

Routledge Library Editions: British in India

This set of previously-out-of-print titles reissues a selection of classic works on India. These range from works on the Indian princes, the palaces of the Raj, the plight of the untouchables, Congress, and British attitudes and politics. Taken together, these books form an essential reference source.

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HISTORY / General