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Swami Vivekananda's Message

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Now know once and for all that I do not care for name or fame, or any humbug of that type. I want to preach my ideas for the good of the world. You have done a great work; but so far as it goes, it has only given me name and fame. My life is more precious than spending it in getting the admiration of the world. I have no time for such foolery. What work have you done in the way of advancing the ideas and organising in India? None, none, none !

An organisation that will teach the Hindus mutual help and appreciation is absolutely necessary. Five thousand people attended that meeting that was held in Calcutta, and hundreds did the same in other places, to express an appreciation of my work here--well and good! But if you asked them each to give an anna, would they do it? The whole national character is one of childish dependence. They are all ready to enjoy food if it is brought to their mouth, and even some want it pushed down. . . . You do not deserve to live if you cannot help yourselv…

I have atleast a Mother, if none else.

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August 23, 1918


Another day I had been to the Holy Mother's place when a Monk came and prostrated before her.
Monk: Mother, why does the mind become so restless every now and then? Why can't I constantly meditate on you? Many worthless thoughts disturb my mind. Useless things we can easily obtain if we simply want them. Shall I never realize the Lord? Mother, please tell me how can I attain peace. Nowadays I seldom have visions. What is the use of this life if I cannot realize him? It is better to die than to lead such a worthless life.

Mother: What are you talking of, my child? Do not even think of such things. Can one have the vision of God everyday? Sri Ramakrishna used to say, "Does an angler catch a big carp every day the moment he sits with his rod? Arranging everything about him, he sits with the rod and concentrates. Once in a while a big carp swallows the hook. Many a time he is dissapointed. Don't relax the practices for that reason. Do more japa [repetition of…

Many Paths...

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Swami Vivekananda's Message

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In future do not pay any heed to what people say either for or against you or me. Work on, be lions; and the Lord will bless you. I shall work incessantly until I die, and even after death I shall work for the good of the world. Truth is infinitely more weighty than untruth; so is goodness. If you possess these, they will make their way by sheer gravity.


Enough of books and theories. It is the life that is the highest and the only way to stir the hearts of people; it carries the personal magnetism. . . . The Lord is giving me a deeper and deeper insight every day. Work, work, work. . . . Truce to foolish talk; talk of the Lord. Life is too short to be spent in talking about frauds and cranks


You must always remember that every nation must save itself; so must every man; do not look to others for help. Through hard work here, I shall be able now and then to send you a little money for your work; but that is all. If you have to look forward to that, better stop work. Know also that this i…

The Month of 'Shrawan'

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SHRAVAN MELA
JULY 27 - AUGUST 24, 2010



The month of Shrawan is filled with devotional fervours for the devotees of Lord Shiva. The full moon day to full moon day festival - Guru poornima to Rakhi Poornima - is the most devoted worship filled with austerities and faith though not marked with festive colours as we have for Diwali or Durga Puja.






The worship is offered at all Jyotirlinga shrines throughout the month, more particularly on Mondays and the last day - Shravan Poornima day falling on August 24, 2010.




Jyotirlingam, ‘the linga of light’ is so called as the God is in the symbolic form of a stone tinctured with a cycle of light. The Jyotirlinga is an attempt by humans to give a form to the formless Brahman.


The twelve temples with Jyotrilinga in India are:


1. Somnath Temple at Saurashtra in Gujarat.
2. Mallikarjun Temple in Srisailam, or Shrishailam, in Andhra Pradesh.
3. Mahakal Temple, or Mahakalaswar, in Ujjain Madhya Pradesh.
4. Omkar Temple, or Amishvar, at Omkareshwar on the banks o…