J.D. Salinger and Swami Vivekananda

VivekanandaToday, I was reading the news about L.A. Lauder’s 1 billion dollar gift to the New York Metropolitan Museum of Art in the form of an art collection. Buried in the news article was a tidbit of information that another museum in New York was receiving an interesting gift. The Morgan Library & Museum will receive the J. D. Salinger letters written to Swami Nikhilananda and Swami Adiswarananda of the Ramakrishna-Vivekananda Center of New York on April 12, 2013.

Then I checked the website for the Ramakrishna-Vivekananda Center of New York. I discovered that some of these letters are available on line. You can read four of these letters at


Swami Vivekananda was an inspiring figure. I remember reading his lectures in the library of Oklahoma State University with pure attention back in the 80’s. At that time I was already studying the teachings of Shrii Shrii Anandamurti and practicing his meditation. Swami Vivekananda’s interpretation of Vedanta philosophy enhanced my understanding of spiritual philosophy. His clarity of thought was truly inspiring.

Swami Vivekananda died when he was only 39. Humanity will always remember him.

The best web resource to learn about Swami Vivekananda is


You can also read the Wikipedia article.


About Suresh Emre

I have worked as a physicist at the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory and the Superconducting Super Collider Laboratory. I am a volunteer for the Renaissance Universal movement. My main goal is to inspire the reader to engage in Self-discovery and expansion of consciousness.
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