As one of the original disciples of Ramakrishna, Sw. Abhedananda's life is closely associated with the birth and growth of the early Vedanta movement in America from 1897 to 1921. Almost forgotten today, he drew thousands to his lectures,all attracted by a powerful spiritual presence and towering intellect. Later swamis in America used his writings on a wide variety of spiritual topics as an inspiration and guide for their own lectures.
The ten volumes include a huge amount of material on many spiritual subjects including karma, reincarnation, spiritualism, and of course, the yogas.
Swami Abhedananda an apostel of Sri Ramakrishna Born October 2 1866- Spent his early life among the brotherhood in Baranagar monastery near Calcutta in severe austerity- traveled barefooted all over India from 1888- 1895- Acquainted with many distinguished savants, including Prof. Max Muller and Prof. Deussen Landed in New York and took charge of the Vedanta Society in 1897- Became acquainted with Prof. William James, Rev. R. Newton, Prof. Herschel C. Parker, Dr. Logen, Rev. Bishop Potter, Prof. Shaler, Travelled extensively all through the United States, Canada, Alaska and Mexico- Made frequent trips to Europe, Delivering lectures in different parts of the Continent-Crossed the Atlantic Seventeen times Was appreciated very much for his profundity of scholarship, intellectual brilliance, oratorical talents, charming personality and nobility of character- Made a short visit to India in 1906- Returned to America-Came back to India finally in 1921- On his way home joined the Educational Conference, Honolulu-Visited Japan, China, the Philippines, Singapore, Kuala Lumpur and Rangoon Started on a long tour and went as far as Tibet in 1922- established centres at Calcutta and Darjeeling- Left his mortal frame on September 8, 1939.