Fearless philosopher Vivekananda [Must Read]
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Fearless philosopher VivekanandaAbout the same period as Swami Dayananda, a different type of person lived in Bengal and his life influenced many. He was Sri Ramakrishna Paramahamsa, a simple man, no scholar but a man of faith... He was in a direct line with Chaitanya and other Indian saints.
Opposed to all sectarianism, he emphasized that all roads lead to truth...
He expounded on the monism of the Advaita philosophy of Vedanta; something that was not only spiritual but rational and in harmony with scientific investigations of external nature. ``This universe has not been created by any extra-cosmic God, nor is it the work of any outside genius. It is self-creating, self-dissolving, self-manifesting, One Infinite Existence, the Brahmn.''
Passionately Vivekananda condemned the meaningless metaphysical discussions and arguments about ceremonials, and especially the touch-me-not-ism of upper castes. ``Our religion is in the kitchen. Our God is the cooking-pot, and our religion is: `Don't touch me, I am holy.'''
He kept away from politics and disapproved of the politicians of his day. But he laid stress on the necessity for liberty and equality for all. ``Liberty of thought and action is the only condition of life, of growth and well-being. Where it does not exist, the man, the race, the nation must go.'' ... He wanted to combine Western progress with India's spiritual background. ...
Vivekananda's constant refrain was abhaya -- be fearless, be strong. For him man was no miserable sinner but a part of divinity; why should he be afraid of anything? ``If there is a sin in the world it is weakness; avoid all weakness, weakness is sin, weakness is death.'' That had been the great lesson of the Upanishads. Abridged from Nehru's The Discovery Of India, the chapter on Vivekananda.http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/life-style/spirituality/faith-and-ritual/Fearless-philosopher-Vivekananda/articleshow/11627133.cms#write
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