Vivekananda, The Revolutionary – John Schlenck

Sunday, April 14, 2013

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Swami Vivekananda (Swamiji)
Swami Vivekananda (Swamiji)

John Schlenck is a long-time devotee — a disciple of Swami Pavitrananda.* He is a composer, and choir director for the Vedanta Society of New York (Westside Center), where he has lived for many years. While in Atlanta recently, John spoke to us on “Vivekananda, The Revolutionary.”

He also offered excerpts from his Cantata “The Bard and the Prophet,” an imaginary dialogue between Swamiji and the American poet Walt Whitman, as they journey toward freedom.

*Swami Pavitrananda arrived in New York in February 1951, and served as spiritual leader of the Vedanta Society of New York until he passed away in 1977. He was a disciple of Swami Brahmananda (Maharaj), a direct disciple of Sri Ramakrishna.

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