Swami Prabhananda, Assistant Secretary of the Ramakrishna Math and Mission, Belur Math, was invited by the Ramakrishna Mission Institute of Culture to deliver the Kshiti Prosanna Mukherjee Endowment lecture at the Institute on 8 December and 10 December,1984. The Swami chose for his subject ‘Swami Vivekananda’s Vision of Rural Development’.
Swami Vivekananda conceived of the idea of rural development, its need and importance, in all its aspects. But his ideas are scattered throughout his writings, speeches, and letters. The author, Swami Prabhananda, has made every effort to fathom the depth of the ideas of Swami Vivekananda and to construct a Vivekananda model of rural development. He confidently believes that his model, if followed with sincerity of purpose, will prove thoroughly fruitful and will point up the inadequacies of many of the efforts now in practice. The case study presented in the appendix may help the reader appreciate the distinctive features of the model.