The Master as I Saw Him

The Master as I Saw Him

The Master as I Saw Him
Title page of the 1910 edition
Title page of 1910 edition
Author Sister Nivedita
Original title The Master as I Saw Him
Language England, India
Subject Biography
Publication date
Pages 560 pp

The Master as I Saw Him: Being pages of the life of the Swami Vivekananda is a 1910 book written by Sister Nivedita.[1] The book covers Nivedita's experiences with Swami Vivekananda, who she met in London during November 1885. The book was simultaneously published from England and India,[2] and The Master as I Saw Him is now considered to be a classic text.[3][4]

In his book Indian Traffic, Parama Roy noted that the book differed from other biographies of Vivekananda in that it "[touched] upon the agonistic, conflictual nature of the guru-disciple relationship" and showed "reticence about his corporeality".[5] Rajagopal Chattopadhyaya criticized the text in his book Swami Vivekananda in India: A Corrective Biography, remarking that Nivedita "[lacked] the first hand knowledge of India that SV acquired during his wandering years".[6]


  1. ^ Boehmer, Elleke (2002). Empire, the National, and the Postcolonial, 1890-1920: Resistance in Interaction. Oxford University Press. pp. 38, 42, 53, 65–67, 76, 79, 92, 96.  
  2. ^ "The master as I saw him : being pages from the life of the Swami Vivekanada (1910)". Retrieved April 11, 2012. 
  3. ^ Singh, Puran (2013). The Spirit of Oriental Poetry. Routledge. p. 50.  
  4. ^ Shyam Chaurasia, Radhey (2011). History of Modern India, 1707 A. D. to 2000 A. D. Atlantic Publishers & Distributors. p. 321.  
  5. ^ Roy, Parama (1998). Indian Traffic: Identities in Question in Colonial and Postcolonial India. University of California Press. pp. 92, 123, 200.  
  6. ^ Chattopadhyaya, Rajagopal (1999). Swami Vivekananda in India: A Corrective Biography. Motilal Banarsidass. pp. 299–303.  

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