Tag: Swami Vivekananda

Jump back ...

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You must be able to sympathise fully with each particular, then at once to jump back to the highest monism. After having perfected yourself, you limit yourself voluntarily. Take the whole power into each action. Be able to become a dualist for the time being and forget Advaita, yet be able to take it up again at will.

— His Holiness Swami Vivekananda



THE PRACTICE OF RELIGION : Part III

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THE PRACTICE OF RELIGION : Part III
(Delivered by Swami Vivekananda at Alameda, California, on April 18, 1900)



Break the identification . . .

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Only by the wave falling back into the sea can it become unlimited, never as a wave can it be so. Then after it has become the sea, it can become the wave again and as big a one as it pleases. Break the identification of yourself with the current and know that you are free.

— His Holiness Swami Vivekananda



Worship God ...

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There are endless series of manifestations, like "merry-go-round", in which the souls ride, so to speak. The series are eternal; individual souls get out, but the events repeat themselves eternally; and that is how one's past and future can be read, because all is really present. When the soul is in a certain chain, it has to go through the experiences of that chain. From one series souls go to other series; from some series they escape for ever by realising that they are Brahman. By getting hold of one prominent event in a chain and holding on to it, the whole chain can be dragged in and read. This power is easily acquired, but it is of no real value; and to practise it takes just so much from our spiritual forces. Go not after these things, worship God.

— — His Holiness Swami Vivekananda



Foundation of Spirituality

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Guru-Bhakti is the foundation of all spiritual development.

— His Holiness Swami Vivekananda



Live thousands of years ...

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Individuals who are to get freedom in this life have to live thousands of years in one lifetime. They have to be ahead of their times, but the masses can only crawl. Thus we have Christs and Buddhas. . . .

— His Holiness Swami Vivekananda



True philosophy ...

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True philosophy is the systematising of certain perceptions. Intellect ends where religion begins. Inspiration is much higher than reason, but it must not contradict it. Reason is the rough tool to do the hard work; inspiration is the bright light which shows us all truth. The will to do a thing is not necessarily inspiration. . .

— — His Holiness Swami Vivekananda



We may call it ...

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Your own will is all that answers prayer, only it appears under the guise of different religious conceptions to each mind. We may call it Buddha, Jesus, Krishna, Jehovah, Allah, Agni, but it is only the Self, the "I". . .

— His Holiness Swami Vivekananda



Stand on your own Self ...

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Stand on your own Self. The dead body resents nothing; let us make our bodies dead and cease to identify ourselves with them.

— His Holiness Swami Vivekananda



Learn concentration ...

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The old idea was: "Develop one idea at the expense of all the rest". The modern way is "harmonious development". A third way is to "develop the mind and control it", then put it where you will; the result will come quickly. This is developing yourself in the truest way. Learn concentration and use it in any direction. Thus you lose nothing. He who gets the whole must have the parts too. Dualism is included in Advaitism (monism).

— His Holiness Swami Vivekananda