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Swami Nigamanand sacrifice to save the Ganga

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Swami Nigamanand

  After four months of fasting for saving River Ganga (गंगा), Swami Nigamananda Saraswati died at around 2 pm on 13 June 2011 at the Jolly Grant Himalayan Institute Hospital, Dehradun. Swami Nigamananda, 34, had been fasting for 115 days in Haridwar.
  The 34-year-old Swami, a member of Matri Sadan, was protesting against the illegal mining that is polluting the river Ganges. He had started his fasting on February 19 this year. On April 27, his health started deteriorating and forced the authorities to admit him at the district hospital. The Swami went into coma and had to be admitted in a very critical condition to the Jolly Grant Hospital in Dehradun on April 27, 2011.
Swami Nigamananda battle against illegal Mining

  Swami Nigamananda Saraswati was a member of Matri Sadan who has been struggling to save Ganga from …

Conversations With Swami Vivekananda

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Q: Swami, if all things are one, what is the difference between a cabbage and a man?

Swami Vivekananda: Stick a knife into your leg, and you will see the line of demarcation.

Q: Then, Swami, what you claim is that all is good?

Swami Vivekananda: By no means. My claim is that all is not ” only God is! That makes all the difference.

WOMAN STUDENT: Well, Swami, what would become of the world if everyone renounced?

SWAMI VIVEKANANDA: Madam, why do you come to me with that lie on your lips? You have never considered anything in this world but your own pleasure!

SWAMI VIVEKANANDA: I am the disciple of a man who could not write his own name, and I am not worthy to undo his shoes. How often have I wished I could take my intellect and throw it into the Ganges!

STUDENT: But, Swami, that is the part of you I like best.

SWAMI VIVEKANANDA: That is because you are a fool, Madam ” like I am.

SWAMI VIVEKANANDA: I have to come back once more. The Master said I am to come back once more with him.

MRS. ALLAN…

Swami Vivekananda on the true spirit of a Sannyasin

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"I saw many great men in Hrishikesh. One case that I remember was that of a man who seemed to be mad. He was coming nude down the street, with boys pursuing and throwing stones at him. The whole man was bubbling over with laughter while blood was streaming down his face and neck. I took him and bathed the wound, putting ashes on it to stop the bleeding. And all the time with peals of laughter he told me of the fun the boys and he had been having, throwing the stones. 'So the Father plays', he said.

"Many of these men hide, in order to guard themselves against intrusion. People are a trouble to them. One had human bones strewn about his cave and gave it out that he lived on corpses. Another threw stones. And so on. . . .

"Sometimes the thing comes upon them in a flash. There was a boy, for instance, who used to come to read the Upanishads with Abhedananda. One day he turned and said, 'Sir, is all this really true?'

"'Oh yes!' sa…

Sri Sarda Devi- The Motherhood Of God

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Mother Speaks...
"I tell you one thing—if you want peace, do not find fault with others. Rather see your own faults. Learn to make the world your own. No one is a stranger, my child; the whole world is your own."
"God is one's very own. It is the eternal relationship. He is everyone's own. One realizes him in proportion to the intensity of one's feelings for him."
"If you practice spiritual discipline for some time in a solitary place, you will find that your mind has become strong, and then you can live in any place or society without being in the least affected by it. When the plant is tender, it should be hedged around. But when it has grown big, not even cows and goats can injure it. Spiritual practices in a solitary place are essential."
"Whatever you yearn for, that you will get."
"Everyone can break down something, but how many can build it up?"
"I am the mother of the wicked, and I am the mother of the virtuous. Ne…

Spiritual Progress

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Devotee:"Revered sir, one man quickly succeeds in spiritual life, and another doesn't succeed at all. How do you explain that?"

Sri Ramakrishna: "The truth is that a man succeeds to a great extent because of tendencies inherited from his previous births. People think he has attained the goal all of a sudden. A man drank a glass of wine in the morning. It made him completely drunk. He began to behave improperly. People were amazed to see that he could be so drunk after one glass. But another man said, 'Why, he has been drinking all night.'

"Hanuman burnt down the golden city of Lanka. People were amazed that a mere monkey could burn the whole, city. But then they said, 'The truth is that the city was burnt by the sighs of Sita and the wrath of Rama.'

"Look at Lala Babu. He had so much wealth. Could he have renounced it all so suddenly without the good tendencies of his previous births? And Rani Bhavani. So much knowledge and devo…