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   Udbodhan Office, the premier publishing house for the spread of Ramakrishna-Vivekananda literature, initially brought out the life and works of Swami Vivekananda and others in article form in the magazine and later on published them as books.

    Swamiji's "Raja Yoga" in Bengali is the first book brought out by the Udbodhan Office in 1899. In early 1900, "Bhakti Yoga" and some months later, "Karma Yoga" were brought out. They were all translated from English. Karma Yoga in English was published in February 1896 from New York and Raja Yoga was published from London in July of the same year. Bhakti Yoga was brought out from Madras in 1896. Immediately after their publication in Bengali, they were published in English too, from Udbodhan. In 1910, "The Master as I saw Him" by Sisiter Nivedita, was brought out simultaneously from England and Udbodhan.

   By 1902 the following books of Swamiji had been published :-Bengali :Raja Yoga, Karma Yoga, Jnana Yoga, Bhakti Yoga, Chicago Addresses.English :Raja Yoga, Karma Yoga, Jnana Yoga, Bhakti Yoga, Chicago Addresses, Letters and Conversations.

   Afterwards, the serial "The East and the West" which had appeared in the Udbodhan was published in book form. The first volume of "Kathamrita" (Gospel of Sri Ramakrishna in original Bengari ) was first published in 1902 Swami Shuddhananda's contribution in publishing these books is unforgettable. From the outset he had started translating the works of Swamiji in addition to helping in publishing the Udbodhan magazine. He translated nearly the entire Complete Works of Swamiji single-handed. Although the translations were quite literal, his own language was sweet yet powerful. The works of Swamiji that is available in Bengali is the result of Swami Shuddhananda's untiring labour and brilliance.

   "Sri Ramakrishna Leela Prasanga" - the authoritative biography of Sri Ramakrishna in Bengali by Swami Saradananda,brought out by Udbodhan is a unique contribulion to the world of literature. In addition to this "Yuga Nayak Vivekananda", Sri Ma Sarada Devi", "Sri Ramakrishna Bhakta Malika" and other such books have contributed immensely to the world of Bengali literature. Many such valuable and important books on Ramakrislina- Vivekananda ideals are being brought out by Udhodhan regularly. A new edition of Sri Ramakrishna Kathamrita with an index of songs, stories, etc has heen published. "Vedanta Darshan", a very important treatise, in four volumes on Vedanta, "Visva Chetanay Sri Ramakrishna" and some other equally important hooks have been puhlished recently.

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   Udbodhan- the only Bengali mouthpiece of Ramakrishna Math and Mission, started by Swami Vivekananda in January 1899, stepped into its hundredth year in January 1998.

   Swami Vivekananda dreamt of Udbodhan to occupy a commendable position in contemporary Bengali literature and to induce the Bengali mind to positive and creative thoughts. His elementary essays - "Prachya O Paschatya" and "Paribrajak" were penned down in Bengali specifically for Udbodhan.Thus, Udbodhan appeared, not merely as another journal of a religious order. Following Swami Vivekananda's wish, various other subjects like philosophy, literature, history, sociology, science and technology, et all, even today, regularly find place in its pages. In its journey covering over a century, it has been the tireless endeavour of Udbodhan to live up to the mission of its founder.

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   Udbodhan Office, the premier publishing house for the spread of Ramakrishna-Vivekananda literature, initially brought out the life and works of Swami Vivekananda and others in article form in the magazine and later on published them as books.

   Swamiji's "Raja Yoga" in Bengali is the first book brought out by the Udbodhan Office in 1899. In early 1900, "Bhakti Yoga" and some months later, "Karma Yoga" were brought out. They were all translated from English. Karma Yoga in English was published in February 1896 from New York and Raja Yoga was published from London in July of the same year. Bhakti Yoga was brought out from Madras in 1896. Immediately after their publication in Bengali, they were published in English too, from Udbodhan. In 1910, "The Master as I saw Him" by Sisiter Nivedita, was brought out simultaneously from England and Udbodhan.

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Ramakrishna Math - (Udbodhan) Mayerbari Baghbzar, Kolkata

Address: 1, Udbodhan Lane,
                        Kolkata - 700 003, West Bengal
Phone: +91-33-2554-2248/2533-9292
E-mail: info@udbodhan.org