Swami Abhedananda (1866-1939)
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Swami Abhedananda, born Kaliprasad Chandra, in Calcutta India. He studied at the University of Calcutta and after graduating he studied with Guru Ramakrishna Paramahansa, the founder of Ramakrishna Vedanta Math. From 1887 through 1897, as a monk, Abhedananda traveled throughout India orating, writing, practicing yoga, and meeting with many people. Swami Vivekananda sent Abhedananda to New York after a meeting in London in 1896.
In 1897 Abhedananda took charge of the Vedanta Society in New York, where he preached and taught Vedanta Philosophy. Due to differences of method and interpretation, Abhedananda left the Vedanta Society of New York and opened the Vedanta Ashrama in Cornwall. Abhedananda operated the Ashrama there until 1919, when he moved to California. Over the following three years Abhedananda traveled to Canada, Mexico, Japan, Hong-Kong, Kashmir and Tibet.
Abhedananda returned to India in 1923 and established the Ramakrishna Vedanta Society in Calcutta, which was later called Ramakrishna Vedanta Math. Abhedananda established another Ramakrishna Vedanta Maths in Darjeeling in 1924. He began the Ramakrishna Vedanta Society magazine in 1927, which is still in publication today, and also served as editor from 1927 to 1938. Abhedananda died in Darjeeling in 1939.