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  • Welcome. This website is dedicated to enriching and expanding upon the content of the book, American Veda, which is now available in paperback (and for e-readers).  When first published, the book was named one of the top ten books on […]

    Welcome To American Veda

    Welcome. This website is dedicated to enriching and expanding upon the content of the book, American Veda, which is now available in paperback (and for e-readers).  When first published, the book was named one of the top ten books on […]

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  • "All the scriptures tell us one thing: “Know thyself.” - Satchidananda

    Swami Satchidananda

    "All the scriptures tell us one thing: “Know thyself.” - Satchidananda

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  • Growing up in the 1950s, I was familiar with three kinds of Jesus. There was the one-and-only begotten son of God, Savior of all Mankind, who was known to the Irish and Italian Catholics in the neighborhood. And, among the Jews, there were two versions: the laudable ethical teacher—a nice Jewish boy, essentially, who met with a terrible fate—and the Jesus that never existed, a creature of mythology, like Apollo or Zeus.  Then came the Sixties and I was exposed to gurus and Indian philosophy.

    How Hinduism Gave Us a New Kind of Jesus

    Growing up in the 1950s, I was familiar with three kinds of Jesus. There was the one-and-only begotten son of God, Savior of all Mankind, who was known to the Irish and Italian Catholics in the neighborhood. And, among the Jews, there were two versions: the laudable ethical teacher—a nice Jewish boy, essentially, who met with a terrible fate—and the Jesus that never existed, a creature of mythology, like Apollo or Zeus. Then came the Sixties and I was exposed to gurus and Indian philosophy.

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  • What India Has Given Us and Why it Matters In February, 1968, the Beatles went to India for an extended stay with their new guru, Maharishi Mahesh Yogi. It may have been the most momentous spiritual retreat since Jesus spent […]

    1. Namaste America!

    What India Has Given Us and Why it Matters In February, 1968, the Beatles went to India for an extended stay with their new guru, Maharishi Mahesh Yogi. It may have been the most momentous spiritual retreat since Jesus spent […]

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  • “Hindoo” Texts Enchant Emerson, Thoreau, and Whitman   For centuries European explorers, traders, imperialists, and missionaries had gone to India in search of everything from spices and fabrics to cheap labor and souls. Then, some who went to serve the […]

    2. The Voice of an Old Intelligence

    “Hindoo” Texts Enchant Emerson, Thoreau, and Whitman   For centuries European explorers, traders, imperialists, and missionaries had gone to India in search of everything from spices and fabrics to cheap labor and souls. Then, some who went to serve the […]

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  • Eddy, Blavatsky, and the New Thoughters Metabolize Vedanta   Anyone who goes to a Unity Church or a Religious Science center on a Sunday morning is getting a taste of Vedic philosophy, even if the minister delivering the sermon uses […]

    3. New Thought In Old Wine Skins

    Eddy, Blavatsky, and the New Thoughters Metabolize Vedanta   Anyone who goes to a Unity Church or a Religious Science center on a Sunday morning is getting a taste of Vedic philosophy, even if the minister delivering the sermon uses […]

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    4. The Handsome Monk In The Orange Robe

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  • Swamis Tutor Smart Guys, and They Tutor Us In the mid-20th century, swamis of the Vedanta Society were mentors to some of the most important thinkers of the era. As the opening of chapter 5 says of those eager students, […]

    5. The Public Intellectuals

    Swamis Tutor Smart Guys, and They Tutor Us In the mid-20th century, swamis of the Vedanta Society were mentors to some of the most important thinkers of the era. As the opening of chapter 5 says of those eager students, […]

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  • Paramahansa Yogananda Becomes the Voice of India From American Veda: Among the people I interviewed about thekey spiritual ir infl uences, a high percentage named a book, and by far the book most often mentioned was Yogananda’s unique memoir. A […]

    6. The Yogi of The Autobiography

    Paramahansa Yogananda Becomes the Voice of India From American Veda: Among the people I interviewed about thekey spiritual ir infl uences, a high percentage named a book, and by far the book most often mentioned was Yogananda’s unique memoir. A […]

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