January 24, 2010

Swami Vivekananda: Vol 1.1.1

I started reading the book of Swami Vivekananda, The Complete Works of Vivekanada in order to get answers to many of the questions that remain for my knowledge of the Inner and Outer World. Most of the quotes are my interpretation and may differ from others.

Hinduism, in general, is a rock that could anchor the world onto it. Lines such as this quote the text a bit more conceptional: What the world had needed was a faith that had no fear of truth.  A modern self-unification gave birth to the modern Hinduism. From the words of "Go ye out into all the world, and preach the Gospel to every creature!" it could be understood that Hinduism is not a religion of humans only but all the creatures, things and every materials are part of Hinduism.
As Swami Vivekananda has said: "If one religion true, then all the others also must be true. Thus the Hindu faith is yours as much as mine" for us to understand that we accept any other religion giving examples of other religions into us.

It is said that in the busy city of Chicago, the population is ripe even though they have gone away from the European culture. They still feel that their ripening will be fully accomplished when they form a unity between all the others. When Vivekananda rose to speak for them, the mind was young with it's own energy. Behind him was all religion, the Vedas, Upanishads, rivers and the rest of the world. It is said that he did not speak or neither did his thoughts, but his country spoke, the East spoke through him. The words of him gave them the secret of greatness and strength, and he said that it was "only a travelling, a coming up, of different men, and women, through various conditions and circumstances to the same goal"

His quote such as this "All these are threaded upon Me, as pearls upon a string. Wherever thou seest extraordinary holiness and extraordinary power, raising and purifying humanity, know thou that I am there" say that it was all together, from the beginning, as they are all linked to the same God. Wherever you see that power is showing and virtue as it purifies humans, know that I (God) is there. Vivekananda also said that men is raising from truth to truth not from error to truth, meaning that we know the truth that God is there and we have come out of that error not to accept him. But now, it is out time to know more about it, to know more of the truth, just as if we have to know why it is the truth or why not.

He explained Mukti, that we have to relalize the God and understand him to become eternally out of the bounds. As it is said, it is only Him that can stand up in the "universe of death." He is the only soul and we are all linked to it, as it links a joint between the East and the West. By the Vedas "no books are meant. They mean the accumulated treasury of spiritual laws discovered by different persons in different times. In a country linked by all different religions, he says that all are welcomed by Hinduism as it gives science, philosophy and studies such that of modern science being said back in the Upanishads. Everyone has the right, as said to achieve their God in certain ways and that is what they are doing. It is in India that Humanity can find their existance, what is beyond death and where you can be saved, of whom you shall be saved. There cannot be any symbol, and no sound can pronounce, as the Swami said that in India, you shall find everything, from formelss to form, from seen to unseen, from many to One, from low to high and any other direction. He also proclaims that not all his words are true.

He also included Ramkrishna's words: "God is both with form and without form. And He is that which includes both form and formlessness." He also says that art, science and religion are three different ways of expressing the single truth. He had found his conciousness in the words taught by his Guru, Ramkrishna Paramhamsa.

Concepts

  • Advaita: part of the Vedanta school, meaning "end of goal" which has two major parts Dvaita and Vishishtadvaita about the identification of Self (Atman) and Whole (Brahman). 
  • The three-folds for Swami Vivekananda were the Sh√Ęstras, the Guru and the Mother-land (India). 
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