CONTENTS:- 1. Childhood and Early School-life. 2. Spiritual Apprenticeship. 3. Realisation. 4. The Vision of One India. 5. First Visit to the West. 6. Return and Consolidation. 7. In the West Again. 8. The Torch Ablaze. 9. The Long Leave. 10. Personal Habits. 11. His Mind. 12. Love of Humour. 13. As a Conversationist. 14. As an Orator. 15. His Yogic Powers. 16. As a Teacher. 17. As a Patriot. 18. As a Friend. 19. Vivekananda's Role in the National Renaissance. 20. Bona-Fides of Spiritualism. 21. Advaita as Expounded by Vivekananda. 22. Materialism and Spiritualism. 23. Realisation and Renunciation. 24. The Path of the Intellect (Jnana-Yoga). 25. The Path of Action (Karma-Yoga). 26. The Path of Devotion (Bhakti-Yoga). 27. The Path of Psychic Control (Raja-Yoga). 28. A Universal Religion. 29. A Towering Intellectual. 30. An Apostle of Strength. 31. On Religion and Religions. 32. On Science. 33. On Contemporaries. 34. On Organization and Method of Work. 35. On Miscellaneous Subjects. 36. Religion Channelized into Social Service. 37. Education. 38. Social Regeneration. 39. The Ramakrishna Mission and Math. 40. A Lover of Nature and Art. 41. His Poetry. 42. His Prose.
Swami Vivekananda’s own speeches and writings as well as accounts left by his disciples are many, but a comprehensive, objective and critical study by a non-devotee is not extant. This book is an endeavour to supply the need. Not only does it bring out his superb powers and achievements but it also discusses a few oddities like his defence of animal sacrifice and indifference to widow remarriage. In more than forty chapters the book covers the life, personality, ideas, social service and the hitherto unexplored aspects of the poetry and prose of this intellectual giant.