Swami Atmajnanananda

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Swami Atmajnanananda (also written Svāmī Ātmajñānānanda, born Stuart Elkman) is a swami (monk) of the Ramakrishna Order, which he joined in 1981. He has a Ph.D. in oriental studies from the University of Pennsylvania.[1] He is currently resident minister at the Vedanta Center of Greater Washington, DC, in Silver Spring, Maryland, USA. [2]

He authored Jiva Gosvamin's Tattvasandarbha: A Study on the Philosophical and Sectarian Development of the Gaudiya Vaisnava Movement, published by Motilal Banarsidass in 1986 under his pre-monastic name.[3]

Atmajnanananda was a significant critic of Jeffrey Kripal's book Kali's Child.[1][4]

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  1. ^ a b Swami Atmajnanananda (August 1997), Scandals, cover-ups, and other imagined occurrences in the life of Ramakrishna: An examination of Jeffrey Kripal's Kali's child. International Journal of Hindu Studies, volume 1, issue 2, pages 401–420. doi:10.1007/s11407-997-0007-8. Online version accessed on 2010-01-20.
  2. ^ Prabuddha Bharata, Vol. 114, No. 1 (January 2009), page 50.
  3. ^ ISBN 81-208-0187-3
  4. ^ Jeffrey J. Kripal (January 1998), Pale Plausibilities: A Preface for the Second Edition [of Kali's Child]. University of Chicago Press. Online version available at Kripal's Rice University website, accessed on 2010-01-25. "Swami Atmajnanananda, for example, has gone through the first edition with the proverbial "fine-toothed comb" and published his criticisms in a journal article (but only, I might add, after corresponding with me for almost a year)." [...] "A close reading of [Atmajnanananda] article and the present edition will reveal where I agree with Atmajnanananda and where I still disagree. I am deeply grateful to Swamiji for his intellectual honesty, for his religious integrity, and, most of all, for his humane civility."