The Vivekananda Kendra in India: Its ideological translations and a critique of its social service

  title={The Vivekananda Kendra in India: Its ideological translations and a critique of its social service},
  author={Samta P. Pandya},
  journal={Critical Research on Religion},
  pages={116 - 133}
  • S. Pandya
  • Published 9 July 2014
  • Sociology
  • Critical Research on Religion
This article is based on field work with the Vivekananda Kendra in Kanyakumari, India. The Vivekananda Kendra (“the Kendra”) is a Hindu spiritual organization founded in 1972, based on principles promoted by Swami Vivekananda. The organization’s members translate Vivekananda’s Vedanta and Yoga ideals into national reconstruction. The efforts of Eknath Ranade as the key transmitter of Vivekananda’s ideals, the way he effectively wove austerity, renunciation, and service to realize them, and the… 
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