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, “their firepower, like the arsenal of a revolutionary vanguard, would radically transform the way large numbers of people understand and practice religion.”
Gerald Heard Official Gerald Heard website
Aldous Huxley Comprehensive Huxley site
Christopher Isherwood The Isherwood Foundation
Heard, Huxley and Isherwood, all expatriate Brits, studied in Los Angeles with Swami Prabhavananda:
Joseph Campbell studied in New York with Swami Nikhilananda Official Campbell Foundation website
Huston Smith studied in St. Louis with Swami Satprakashananda Official Huston Smith site
It should also be noted that the great novelist J.D. Salinger also spent a great deal of time with Swami Nikhilananda at the Ramakrishna-Vivekananda Center on New York’s upper east side. More about him in chapter 15.
More to come. Please send articles, links, audios, videos etc. about these five intellectual giants.