Quotes Of Swami Vivekananda

on Saturday, September 25, 2010

* Seek only after one thing, and that, God!

* To obtain Bhakti, seek the company of holy men who have Bhakti, and read books like the Gita and the  Imitation of Christ; always think of the attributes of God.

* Brahmacharya should burn like the fire of God within the veins.

* Concentration is the essence of all knowledge, nothing can be done without it.

* All our struggle is for freedom. We seek neither misery nor happiness, but freedom, freedom alone.

* This is the one central idea in the Gita: work incessantly, but be not attached to it.

* No one can get anything unless he earns it. This is an eternal law.

* When the soul wants to depend upon nothing, not even upon life, that is the height of philosophy, the height of manhood.

* The strong, the well-knit, the young, the healthy, the daring alone are fit to be Yogis.

* This is the gist of all worship  to be pure and to do good to others.

* There is no other teacher but your own soul.

* The only test of good things is that they make us strong.

* Whatever you think, that you will be. If you think yourselves weak, weak you will be; if you think yourselves strong, strong you will be.

* Never forget that the Sannyasin takes two vows: one to realize the truth and one to help the world and that the most stringent of stringent requirements is that he should renounce any thought of heaven!

* Each individual has to work out his own salvation; there is no other way, and so also with nations.

* Let us never, never, forget our Ideal

-Swami Vivekananda.

11 September 1893 Parliament of World's Religions

on Saturday, September 11, 2010

The Parliament of Religions opened on 11 September 1893 at the Art Institute of Chicago. On this day Vivekananda gave his first brief address. He represented India and Hinduism.Though initially nervous, he bowed to Saraswati, the goddess of learning and began his speech with, "Sisters and brothers of America!".To these words he got a standing ovation from a crowd of seven thousand, which lasted for two minutes. When silence was restored he began his address. He greeted the youngest of the nations in the name of "the most ancient order of monks in the world, the Vedic order of sannyasins, a religion which has taught the world both tolerance and universal acceptance." And he quoted two illustrative passages in this relation, from the Bhagavad Gita—"As the different streams having their sources in different places all mingle their water in the sea, so, O Lord, the different paths which men take, through different tendencies, various though they appear, crooked or straight, all lead to Thee!" and "Whosoever comes to Me, through whatsoever form, I reach him; all men are struggling through paths that in the end lead to Me."Despite being a short speech, it voiced the spirit of the Parliament and its sense of universality.

Dr. Barrows, the president of the Parliament said, "India, the Mother of religions was represented by Swami Vivekananda, the Orange-monk who exercised the most wonderful influence over his auditors." He attracted widespread attention in the press, which dubbed him as the "Cyclonic monk from India".

The New York Critique wrote, "He is an orator by divine right, and his strong, intelligent face in its picturesque setting of yellow and orange was hardly less interesting than those earnest words, and the rich, rhythmical utterance he gave them." The New York Herald wrote, "Vivekananda is undoubtedly the greatest figure in the Parliament of Religions. After hearing him we feel how foolish it is to send missionaries to this learned nation."

The American newspapers reported Swami Vivekananda as "the greatest figure in the parliament of religions" and "the most popular and influential man in the parliament".

He spoke several more times at the Parliament on topics related to Hinduism and Buddhism. The parliament ended on 27 September 1893. All his speeches at the Parliament had one common theme—Universality—and stressed religious tolerance.

Thamizh new year is chitirai 1

on Thursday, September 09, 2010

Holy Mother Sri Sarada Devi's Words.

"Whatever you yearn for, that you will get."

"Everyone can break down something, but how many can build it up?"

"Forbearance is a great virtue; there is no other like it."

"The purpose of one's life is fulfilled only when one is able to give joy to another."

"As wind removes the cloud, so the name of God destroys the cloud of worldliness."

-Sri Sarada Devi.

Letter from Swami Vivekananda to Shashi Maharaj

on Wednesday, September 08, 2010

Now, let me give you some instructions. This letter is meant for you. Please go through these instructions once a day and act up to them. I have got Sarada's letter , he is doing good work , but now we want organization. To him, Brother Tarak, and others please give my special love and blessings. The reason why I give you these few instructions is that there is an organising power in you , the Lord has made this known to me , but it is not yet fully developed. Through His blessings it will soon be. That you never lose your centre of gravity is an evidence of this, but it must be both intensive and extensive.

1. All the Shastras hold that the threefold misery that there is in this world is not natural, hence it is removable.

2. In the Buddha Incarnation the Lord says that the root of the Adhibhautika misery or, misery arising from other terrestrial beings, is the formation of classes (Jati); in other words, every form of class-distinction, whether based on birth, or acquirements, or wealth is at the bottom of this misery. In the Atman there is no distinction of sex, or Varna or Ashrama, or anything of the kind, and as mud cannot be washed away by mud, it is likewise impossible to bring about oneness by means of separative ideas.

3. In the Krishna Incarnation He says that the root of all sorts of misery is Avidya (Nescience) and that selfless work purifies the mind. But

Even sages are bewildered to decide what is work and what is no-work" (Gita).

4. Only that kind of work which develops our spirituality is work. Whatever fosters materiality is no-work.

5. Therefore work and no-work must be regulated by a person's aptitude, his country, and his age.

6. Works such as sacrifices were suited to the olden times but are not for the modern times.

7. From the date that the Ramakrishna Incarnation was born, has sprung the Satya-Yuga (Golden Age) . . . .

8. In this Incarnation atheistic ideas ... will be destroyed by the sword of Jnana (knowledge), and the whole world will be unified by means of Bhakti (devotion) and Prema (Divine Love). Moreover, in this Incarnation, Rajas, or the desire for name and fame etc., is altogether absent. In other words, blessed is he who acts up to His teachings; whether he accepts Him or not, does not matter.

9. The founders of different sects, in the ancient or modern times, have not been in the wrong. They have done well, but they must do better. Well , better , best.

10. Therefore we must take all up where they are, that is, we must lead them on to higher and higher ideals, without upsetting their own chosen attitude. As to social conditions, those that prevail now are good, but they shall be better , best.

11. There is no chance for the welfare of the world unless the condition of women is improved. It is not possible for a bird to fly on only one wing.

12. Hence, in the Ramakrishna Incarnation the acceptance of a woman as the Guru, hence His practicing in the woman's garb and frame of mind, hence too His preaching the motherhood of women as representations of the Divine Mother.

13. Hence it is that my first endeavour is to start a Math for women. This Math shall be the origin of Gargis and Maitreyis, and women of even higher attainments than these. . . .

14. No great work can be achieved by humbug. It is through love, a passion for truth, and tremendous energy, that all undertakings are accomplished.

Therefore, manifest your manhood.

15. There is no need for quarrel or dispute with anybody. Give your message and leave others to their own thoughts.

Truth alone triumphs, not falsehood.

Why then fight?

-Swami Vivekananda.
(wrote to Swami Ramakrishnananda[Shashi Maharaj] in 1885)

Sri Krishna Janmasthami

on Friday, September 03, 2010

Krishna Janmashtami is observed on the Ashtami tithi, the eighth day of the dark half or Krishna Paksha of the month of Shraavana. Sri Krishna is considered as the eighth avatar (incarnation) of Lord Vishnu's.


Sri Ramakrishna Paramahamsa used to ecstatically enjoy himself in the worship of the Goddess in the temple built by Rani Rasamani. One night thieves broke into the temple and carried away all the jewels on the idol of Krishna in the temple. With a view to carrying on his regular priestly duties, he went to Rani Rasamani’s nephew, Mathuranath, and told him, "Sir, thieves have stollen all the jewels on the idol." Mathuranath was angry and proceeded with Ramakrishna to the temple. Losing his temper and balance of mind, he burst out anger, "Oh Krishna! Are you not ashamed of yourself? If you are not able to protect your jewels on your own idol, how are you going to protect the whole world? Were you paralysed when the thieves were carrying away the Jewels? Or were you asleep? This is a disgrace to you Divinity."

Hearing these words, Sri Ramakrishna said, "Mathuranath! Shut your mouth! For the sake of your petty jewels and trinkets, is this the way you should berate God? When the Goddess of wealth, Lakshmi, is the consort of the Lord, why do you get so agitated over the loss of a few trivial ornaments? The Lord can have no such petty feelings. You are feeling so much for the action of a few thieves who loved some jewels and came to the Lord to get them. It is because of your love for jewels that you are getting distressed so much. But the Lord has no desires. He is ready to give himself away. God is prepared to offer himself. Such a one, will He be worried about this petty loss? Hence, change your vision. Do not comment on God." At these words Mathuranath felt ashamed of himself.

Then Ramakrishna sat near the idol of Sri Krishna and prayed, "Krishna! As long as one is caught up in the coils of the world, he will speak like an intoxicated man. Only when he gets immersed in God will he oblivious to himself. Therefore, do not let ourself get intoxicated. Confer on me the boon of self forgetfulness." This is what is meant by the saying, "The knower of Brahman becomes Brahman himself." When one experiences the Divine, he sees the Divine in everything". 

While Naren was by the bedside of the master, a couple of days before His Mahasamadhi, a thought arose if the master was really an incarnation of God and wished for its confirmation from the master Himself. The master replied, "O my Naren, are you still not convinced? He who was Rama and Krishna is now Ramakrishna in this body-but not from the standpoint of your Vedanta"

Swami Premananda‏ alias BabuRam

July 31, 1918

Mother: Listen, my child. However spiritual a man may be, he must pay the tax for the use of the body to the last farthing. But the difference between a great soul and an ordinary man is this: the latter weeps while leaving this body, whereas the former laughs. Death seems to him a mere play.

Ah, my dear Baburam [Swami Premananda] came to Sri Ramakrishna while he was a mere boy. Sri Ramakrishna used to make great fun with the boys. Naren [Swami Vivekananda] and Baburam would roll on the ground with sidesplitting laughter. While living in the Cossipore garen, I was once climbing the steps, carrying a pitcher with five pounds of milk. I felt giddy, and the milk spilled on the ground. My heels were dislocated. Naren and Baburam ran there and took care of me. There was a great inflammation of the feet. Sri Ramakrishna heard of the accident and said to Baburam, "Well, Baburam, it is a nice mess I am in now. Who will cook my food? Who will feed me now?" He was then ill with cancer in the throat and lived only on farina pudding. I used to make it and feed him in his room in the upper story of the house. I had, then, a ring in my nose. Sri Ramakrishna touched his nose and made a sign of the ring by describing a circle with his finger, in order to indicate me. He then said, "Baburam, can you put her (making the sign) in a basket and carry her on your shoulder to this room?" Naren and Baburam were convulsed with sidesplitting laughter. Thus he used to cut jokes with them. After three days the swelling subsided. Then they helped me to go upstairs with his meals.
Baburam used to tell his mother, "How little you love me! Do you love me as Sri Ramakrishna does? "How foolish!" she would reply, "I am your mother, and I do not love you? What do you mean?" Such was the depth of Sri Ramakrishna's love. While four years old, Baburam would say, "I will not marry, or else I will die." When Sri Ramakrishna was suffering from cancer in the throat and could not swallow his food, he said one day, "I shall eat later on in my subtle body through a million mouths." Baburam, replying, said, "I do not care for your million mouths or your subtle body. What I want is that you should eat through this mouth and that I shall see this gross body."

Sri Ramakrishna never accepted anyone with numerous children. "A man begetting twenty-five children! What a shame! Is he a man? No self-control! He is a veritable beast!"

- Taken from "Conversations from the Diary of a Disciple, Sarajubala Devi"

Bhagwan Sri Ramakrishna and Young Narendra

Once, in his room at Dakshineswar, Sri Ramakrishna was speaking about the sadhana prescribed for the Vaishnavas. Many devotees were present, including the young Narendra (Swami Vivekananda).

Sri Ramakrishna said that a Vaishnava is expected to cultivate the following qualities:

(i) compassion for living beings, (ii) taste for God's name, and (iii) service to devotees of God.

While uttering these words, he entered into samadhi. After coming down from that state he started speaking in an exalted mood: Compassion for living beings!

"Who are you to be compassionate to anybody? An insignificant creature you are! Who are you to show compassion? No; no. It is not compassion to jivas but service to them as Shiva" (shiva jnane jiva seva).

Gradually, he came down to the normal plane. Soon after hearing these words Narendra declared that he had received a new light through the words of the Master. God willing, he would translate these words of the Master into action.

Holy Mother Sri Sarada Devi

One day I asked the Mother about liberation and devotion. In reply she said, "Liberation may be granted at any moment. But God is reluctant to bestow devotion." And she left the place immediately. She said these words in such a way that it appeared that to grant liberation was in her hand.

I asked her one day, "Mother, sometimes when I see certain persons on the road, I feel that they are well-known to me. Later, on enquiry, I learn that they are either devotees of the Master or of you. Why do they appear so familiar even when seen suddenly for the first time?" The Mother replied, "The Master used to say, 'Suppose there is a clump of weed; if one pulls at a weed, the whole clump is affected. The weeds are related to one another like the branches of a plant."

Another day I asked her, "Mother, all other Incarnations survived their spiritual consorts (Sakti), but why this time did the Master pass away leaving you behind?" The Mother said, "Do you know, my son, that the Master looked upon all in this world as Mother? He left me behind this time for demonstrating that Motherhood to the world."


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