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Wednesday, January 12, 2011

The Condensed India...Swami Vivekananda

 The Condensed India...Swami Vivekananda 
Swami Vivekananda is perhaps best known for his inspiring speech beginning with "Sisters and Brothers of America",through which he introduced Hinduism at the Parliament of the World's Religions at Chicago in 1893.

From his childhood, he showed inclination towards spirituality and God realization. While searching for a man who could directly demonstrate the reality of God.

In his own motherland Vivekananda is regarded as the patriot saint of modern India and an inspirer of her dormant national consciousness.

He preached the ideal of a strength-giving and man-making religion.Service to man as the visible manifestation of the Godhead was the special form of worship he advocated for .
Many political leaders of India have publicly acknowledged their indebtedness to Swami Vivekananda.

In America Vivekananda's mission was the interpretation of India's spiritual culture, especially in its Vedantic setting.
He also tried to enrich the religious consciousness of the Americans through the rational and humanistic teachings of the Vedanta philosophy.

In America he became India's spiritual ambassador and pleaded eloquently for better understanding between India and the New World in order to create a healthy synthesis of East and West, of religion and science.

The Swami's mission was both national and international. A lover of mankind, he strove to promote peace and human brotherhood on the spiritual foundation of the Vedantic Oneness of existence.

A mystic of the highest order, Vivekananda had a direct and intuitive experience of Reality. He derived his ideas from that unfailing source of wisdom and often presented them in the soul stirring language of poetry. 

The midst of acute physical suffering-he left for posterity his four classics: Jnana-Yoga, Bhakti-Yoga, Karma-Yoga, and Raja-Yoga, all of which are outstanding treatises on Hindu philosophy.

In addition, he delivered innumerable lectures, wrote inspired letters in his own hand to his many friends and disciples, composed numerous poems, and acted as spiritual guide to the many seekers, who came to him for instruction.

He also organized the Ramakrishna Order of monks, which is the most outstanding religious organization of modern India. It is devoted to the propagation of the Hindu spiritual culture not only in the Swami's native land, but also in America and in other parts of the world. 

Swami Vivekananda once spoke of himself as a "condensed India." His life and teachings are of inestimable value to the West for an understanding of the mind of Asia.

Swami Vivekananda Quotes:-

Love Is The Law Of Life: All love is expansion, all selfishness is contraction. Love is therefore the only law of life. He who loves lives, he who is selfish is dying. Therefore, love for love's sake, because it is law of life, just as you breathe to live.

Life is Beautiful: First, believe in this world - that there is meaning behind everything. Everything in the world is good, is holy and beautiful. If you see something evil, think that you do not understand it in the right light. Throw the burden on yourselves! 

Set Yourself Free: The moment I have realised God sitting in the temple of every human body, the moment I stand in reverence before every human being and see God in him - that moment I am free from bondage, everything that binds vanishes, and I am free.

Don't Play The Blame Game: Condemn none: if you can stretch out a helping hand, do so. If you cannot, fold your hands, bless your brothers, and let them go their own way.

Help Others: If money helps a man to do good to others, it is of some value; but if not, it is simply a mass of evil, and the sooner it is got rid of, the better.

Uphold Your Ideals: Our duty is to encourage every one in his struggle to live up to his own highest idea, and strive at the same time to make the ideal as near as possible to the Truth.

Nothing Is Impossible: Never think there is anything impossible for the soul. It is the greatest heresy to think so. If there is sin, this is the only sin - to say that you are weak, or others are weak.

 Learn Everyday: The goal of mankind is knowledge... now this knowledge is inherent in man. No knowledge comes from outside: it is all inside. What we say a man 'knows', should, in strict psychological language, be what he 'discovers' or 'unveils'; what man 'learns' is really what he discovers by taking the cover off his own soul, which is a mine of infinite knowledge.

Be Truthful: Everything can be sacrificed for truth, but truth cannot be sacrificed for anything.

Think Different: All differences in this world are of degree, and not of kind, because oneness is the secret of everything.

 It's The Way You Feel: Feel like Christ and you will be a Christ; feel like Buddha and you will be a Buddha. It is feeling that is the life, the strength, the vitality, without which no amount of intellectual activity can reach God.

Date of birth       12 January 1863(1863-01-12)
Place of birth      Calcutta, India
Birth name          Narendranath Dutta
Date of death     4 July 1902(1902-07-04) (aged 39)
Place of death     Belur Math near Kolkata
Guru/teacher     Sri Ramakrishna Paramahamsa
Quotation     Come up, O lions, and shake off the delusion that you are sheep; you are souls immortal, spirits free, blest and eternal; ye are not matter, ye are not bodies; matter is your servant, not you the servant of matter.

Compiled By Indranil Ray 
Msc[IT],MCA,Jyotish Bharti[Gold Medalist],Jyotish Shastri
Bandemataram Awardee,Maharshe Vedavyas Awardee
Swami Vivekananda - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Swami NIKHILANANDA,Ramakrishna-Vivekananda Center,New York
Biography - Swami Vivekananda, by: R.Pettinger

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