Thursday, May 24, 2018

Personal Preserved in Impersonal

Often the doubt comes to us that if we arrive at the idea of the Impersonal God, the personal will be destroyed, 
if we arrive at the idea of the Impersonal man, 
the personal will be lost. 
But the Vedantic idea is not the destruction of the individual, but its real preservation. 

We cannot prove the individual by any other means but by referring to the universal, by proving that this individual is really the universal. If we think of the individual as separate from everything else in the universe, it cannot stand a minute. 
Such a thing never existed. 

        - Swami Vivekananda, 
          Practical Vedanta III, London

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Infinite Power

We are in reality that Infinite Being, and our personalities represent so many channels through which this Infinite Reality is manifesting Itself; and the whole mass of changes which we call evolution is brought about by the soul trying to manifest more and more of its infinite energy. 
We cannot stop anywhere on this side of the Infinite; our power, and blessedness, and wisdom, cannot but grow into the Infinite. 

Infinite power and existence and blessedness are ours, and we have not to acquire them; they are our own, and we have only to manifest them.

-  Swami Vivekananda, 
Practical Vedanta III, London

Sunday, May 20, 2018

Difference of Degree and not Kind

We must not look down with contempt on others. 
     All of us are going towards the same goal.
The difference between weakness and strength is one of  degree;
the difference between virtue and vice is one of degree;
the difference between heaven and hell is one of degree;
the difference between life and death is one of degree;
all differences in this world are of degree, and not of kind,
because oneness is the secret of everything.

                    - Swami Vivekananda,
                    Practical Vedanta I, London

Friday, May 18, 2018

Brahman Everywhere

… when the soul has realised that everything is full of the Lord, of Brahman, it will not care whether it goes to heaven, or hell, or anywhere else; whether it be born again on this earth or in heaven. 
These things have ceased to have any meaning to that soul, because every place is the same, every place is the temple of the Lord, every place has become holy and the presence of the Lord is all that it sees in heaven, or hell, or anywhere else. 

Neither good nor bad, neither life nor death -- only the one infinite Brahman exists. 

                           - Swami Vivekananda, 
                              Practical Vedanta II, London