Sunday, July 27, 2008

Swami Vivekananda's Vedanta

In one word, the ideal of Vedanta is to know man as he really is, and this is its message, that if you cannot worship your brother man, the manifested God, how can you worship a God who is unmanifested? (CW II.325-26)

If you are really pure, how do you see the impure? For what is within, is without. We cannot see impurity without having it inside ourselves. This is one of the practical sides of Vedanta, and I hope that we shall all try to carry it into our lives. (CW II.327)

Your godhead is the proof of God Himself. If you are not a prophet, there never has been anything true of God. If you are not God, there never was any God, and never will be. This, says Vedanta, is the ideal to follow. Every one of us will have to become a prophet, and you are that already. Only know it. Never think there is anything impossible for the soul. It is the greatest heresy to think so. If there is a sin, this is the only sin—to say that you are weak, or others are weak. (CW II.308)

The Vedanta says, there is nothing that is not God. ... The living God is within you, and yet you are building churches and temples and believing in all sorts of imaginary nonsense. The only God to worship is the soul in the human body. Of course all animals are temples too, but man is the highest, the Taj Mahal of temples. If I cannot worship in that, no other temple will be of any advantage. (CW II.321)

9 comments:

Krishna. N. C. said...

My Dear Srini,
Brilliant post :)) The Vedanta has so much to offer to our Ignorant souls that if we even imbibe a little bit of what it teaches our living would be blissful and Enlightened!
I have always adored Swami Vivekananda for bringing forth a very practical side of The Path for we to tread on...And he has no lofty words but a Humanitarian Approach to The Real Way...only we need to Know :)
May we realise that our search to God starts Within and that Love is the only answer to all our questions.
Beautiful and inspiring:) Thanks so much for sharing it Srini.
Sending you my Love and Prayers:)
God Bless you:)

Srini said...

Thanks for your comment dear Krishna.

God Bless you :)

Srini said...

"he has no lofty words but a Humanitarian Approach to The Real Way"

True! That's why, I like Swami Vivekananda very much.

Cyrus Rumi said...

Hi Srini! :)

Sublime words of wisdom.

May the gods shower their salaam upon you.

Namaste and honour to you.

Cyrus

Srini said...

Thank you Cyrus.

Salaam and Namaste :)

Nandu Nair said...

I like your post and was wondering if evolving in your context is similar to evolving according to the Maslows hierarchy of needs triangle !!!

Srini said...

Thanks for your comment Nandu.

Well, I don't really know much about Maslow's hierarchy of needs. Will check it and let you know. :)

Sankri said...

Greetings. Nice blog. Currently, I am reading CW of SV, Vol 5. Swami is simply a exploding mountain...If only we practice what Swami have preached....It will be a better place to live....

Srini said...

Hi Sankri, glad to have you here. :)

"Swami is simply a exploding mountain...If only we practice what Swami have preached....It will be a better place to live...

Very true!! Nice to know that you are reading CW. I have read those books many times, and needless to say, they've had a profound impact on my life and the way i look at the world.

I wish you all the very best.