By Jyotirmaya Sharma
Sharma’s illuminating narrative is a wonderful reexamination of 1 of India’s so much arguable spiritual figures and a desirable research of the symbiosis of Indian background, faith, politics, and nationwide identity. It is a necessary tale for an individual drawn to the evolution of 1 of the world’s nice religions and its position in shaping modern India.
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Pp. 745, 459. 5 A Restatement of Religion dreaded acquiring them even for his own self. 11 To possess occult powers was troublesome. Once Hriday, Ramakrishna’s nephew, egged him on to pray to Kali for bestowing Ramakrishna some occult powers. In his childlike gullibility, Ramakrishna did exactly that. Here is his account of the consequences of the prayer: The Divine Mother at once showed me a vision. A middle-aged prostitute, about forty years old, appeared and sat with her back to me. She had large hips and wore a black-bordered sāri.
J. Brill, Leiden, 1976, pp. 53-97. 9 A Restatement of Religion significantly, the importance of ‘work’ for a sanyasi. Here, the sanyasi must not ‘remain quiet’ and must not look to his ‘personal comforts’. Vivekananda not only seeks to restate the ideal of renunciation, but also attempts to redefine the role of religion in relation to the world. Another significant element is Vivekananda’s unquestioned acceptance of the instance of Kali entering his body. As someone who rejected the prophetic and revelatory traditions within other religions and heralded his reading of Ramakrishna’s Hinduism as scientific, this ready acceptance of Kali’s entry into his body is surprising.
This caused him great discomfort and so he decided to use his powers to quell the storm. A ship going full sail before the wind sank as a consequence of the storm’s abrupt end. All the passengers on the ship died and the sin of causing their death fell upon him, resulting in loss of his occult powers. In another instance, God disguised as a holy man comes to a sage who has occult powers. God first encourages the sadhu to kill an elephant and then asks him to bring the elephant back to life. The sadhu manages to do both with the help of his siddhis.
A Restatement of Religion: Swami Vivekananda and the Making of Hindu Nationalism by Jyotirmaya Sharma