Pravrajika Vrajaprana is a writer on Vedanta, the history and growth
Vedanta Societies and a nun at the
Vedanta Society of
Southern California's Sarada Convent. She is also a well
known speaker and scholar on
Hinduism and has given talks at several
universities and interfaith gatherings. Her works on Vedanta
include, Vedanta: A Simple Introduction (1999), editor of Living
Wisdom (1994). She is the co-author, with Swami Tyagananda, of
Interpreting Ramakrishna: Kali's Child Revisited (2010).
Pravrajika Vrajaprana was born in California in 1952. She graduated
from the University of California, Santa Cruz, where she also worked
briefly as Associate Professor of Literature. She came in contact
Swami Prabhavananda at the
Vedanta Society of Santa Barbara in
1967, while involved with anti-Vietnam war activism. In 1977 she
joined the Sarada Convent of the
Vedanta Society at Santa Barbara.
She took the first vows of brahmacharya in 1983 and had final vows of
sannyasa in 1988.
Vrajaprana was a co-speaker with the
14th Dalai Lama
14th Dalai Lama at the Interfaith
Conference in San Francisco (2006). She was a panelist in the
discussion on Interpreting
Ramakrishna at DANAM, held at the annual
AAR meeting 2010.
1 Selected works
2 See also
4 External links
My Faithful Goodwin. Calcutta: Advaita Ashrama, 1994.
ISBN 81-85301-25-5. [Biography of J.J. Goodwin, disciple of Swami
Seeing God Everywhere (editor). Hollywood:
Vedanta Press, 1996.
Vedanta in the West, (editor). Hollywood: Vedanta
Press, 1994. “A Meaningful Life,” 58-62.
A Portrait of Sister Christine. Calcutta:
Institute of Culture, 1996. ISBN 81-85843-80-5.
Vedanta: A Simple Introduction. Hollywood:
Vedanta Press, 1999.
Review of Kali’s Child: The Mystical and the Erotic in the Life of
Ramakrishna. In Hindu-Christian Studies Bulletin, 10, (1997).
"Contemporary Spirituality and the Thinning of the Sacred: A Hindu
Perspective." Cross Currents (Spring/Summer 2000) 248-256.
"Regaining the Lost Kingdom: Purity and Meditation in the Hindu
Spiritual Tradition." In Purity of Heart and Contemplation: A Monastic
Dialogue Between Christian and Asian Traditions, ed. Bruno Barnhart
and Joseph Wong. New York: Continuum, December, 2001,
"The Convert—Stranger in Our Midst: Crossing Borders in Two Worlds."
In The Stranger’s Religion: Fascination and Fear, ed. Anna
Lännström. Notre Dame, IN: University of Notre Dame Press, 2004,
"Looking In and Letting Go: Viveka and Vairâgya in the Vedanta
Tradition." In Asceticism, Identity and Pedagogy in Dharma Traditions,
ed. Graham M. Schweig, Jeffery D. Long, Ramdas Lamb, Adarsh Deepak.
Hampton, VA: Deepak Heritage Books. 2006, pp. 33–48.
"The Guru and His Queer Disciple: The Guru-Disciple Relationship as
the Locus of Christopher Isherwood’s Advaita Vedanta." Postscripts:
The Journal of Sacred Texts & Contemporary Worlds (November 2010)
Interpreting Ramakrishna: Kali's Child Revisited, co-authored with
Swami Tyagananda. Delhi: Motilal Banarsidass, 2010.
"Interfaith Incognito or What a Hindu Nun Learned from Christian
Evangelicals" in My Neighbor's Faith: Stories of Interreligious
Encounter, Growth, and Transformation, ed. Rabbi Or Rose and Jennifer
Peace. New York: Orbis Books, 2012, pp. 20–24.
^ Eugene V. Gallagher, W. Michael Ashcraft (2006). Introduction to New
and Alternative Religions in America. Greenwood Publishing Group.
^ Beckerlegge, Gwilym (2004). "The Early Spread of
An Example of "Imported Localism"". Numen. Brill Publishers. 51 (3):
301. doi:10.1163/1568527041945526. JSTOR 3270585.
^ a b Bardach, Ann Louise (April 2010). "Shangri-La". LA Yoga
Magazine. 9 (3). Retrieved 16 March 2011.
^ a b Philip Goldberg (2010). American Veda. Crown Publishing.
^ Bucknell, Katherine (2010). The Sixties: Diaries:1960-1969.
HarperCollins. pp. xl.
^ The Religion in the United States: Pluralism and Public Presence
2012 Archived 2012-07-11 at the Wayback Machine.
^ Philip Goldberg (2010). American Veda. Crown Publishing.
^ a b Anna Lännström (2004). Stranger's Religion. University of
Notre Dame Press. p. xvii.
^ Kim Vo (April 16, 2006). "Dalai Lama promotes harmony of religions".
Mercury News. Retrieved 2011-03-12.
^ "Panel discussion on Interpreting Ramakrishna" (PDF). Dharma Academy
of North America (DANAM). Retrieved 2011-02-01.
^ Pedersen, Kusumita P. (March 2011), "Book Reviews :
Hinduism Today: 57, retrieved 3 March
Interfaith Incognito: What a Hindu Nun Learned From an Evangelical