Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Vast Mass of Superstition

Any new thought, especially of a high kind, creates a disturbance, tries to make a new channel, as it were, in the brain matter, and that unhinges the system, throws men off their balance. 
They are used to certain surroundings, and have to overcome a huge mass of ancient superstitions, ancestral superstition, class superstition, city superstition, country superstition, and behind all, the vast mass of superstition that is innate in every human being.

Swami Vivekananda, Jnana-Yoga, US

Monday, March 19, 2018

Religion Without Devil

There are people in this country who, if I told them there was no such being as the devil, will think all religion is gone. Many people have said to me, how can there be religion without a devil? 

How can there be religion without someone to direct us? How can we live without being ruled by somebody? 

We like to be so treated, because we have become used to it. We are not happy until we feel we have been reprimanded by somebody every day. 
The same superstition! 

                - Swami Vivekananda, Jnana-Yoga, London

Friday, March 16, 2018

Vain Imaginations

The whole of this universe is one Unity, one Existence, physically, mentally, morally and spiritually.

We are looking upon this one Existence in different forms and creating all these images upon It. To the being who has limited himself to the condition of man, It appears as the world of man. To the being who is on a higher plane of existence, It may seem like heaven.

There is but one Soul in the universe, not two. It neither comes nor goes. It is neither born, nor dies, nor reincarnates. How can It die? Where can It go? 
All these heavens, all these earths, and all these places are vain imaginations of the mind. They do not exist, never existed in the past, and never will exist in the future.
        - Swami Vivekananda, Jnana-Yoga, US

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Back to Equilibrium

To go back to Brahman from which we have been projected is the great struggle of life. 
Whether people know it or not does not matter. 

In the universe, whatever we see of motion, or struggles in mineral or plants or animals is an effort to come back to the centre and be at rest. 
There was an equilibrium, and that has been destroyed; and all parts and atoms and molecules are struggling to find their lost equilibrium again. 

In this struggle they are combining and re-forming, giving rise to all the wonderful phenomena of nature. All struggles and competitions in animal life, plant life, and everywhere else, all social struggles and wars are but expressions of that eternal struggle to get back to that equilibrium.

            - Swami Vivekananda, Jnana-Yoga