Sunday, January 31, 2016

Swami Vivekananda Tithi Puja 31-01-2016

Divine Descent

Sri Ramakrishna about Swami Vivekananda's descent to our sphere of existence:

One day I found that my mind was soaring high in Samadhi along a luminous path. It soon transcended the stellar universe and entered the subtler region of ideas. As it ascended higher and higher I found on both sides of the way ideal forms of gods and goddesses.
The mind then reached the outer limits of that region, where a luminous barrier separated the sphere of relative existence from that of the Absolute.
Crossing that barrier, the mind entered the transcendental realm where no corporeal being was visible. Even the gods dared not peep into that sublime realm, but had to be content to keep their seats far below.
The next moment I found seven venerable sages seated there in
Samadhi. It occurred to me that these sages must have surpassed not only men, but even the gods, in knowledge and holiness, in renunciation and love. Lost in admiration I was reflecting on their greatness, when I saw a portion of that undifferentiated luminous region condense into the form of a divine child. The child came to one of the sages, tenderly clasped his neck with his lovely little arms, and addressing him in a sweet voice attempted to drag his mind down from the state of Samadhi.
The magic touch roused the sage from his superconscious state, and he fixed his unmoving, half-open gaze upon that wonderful child. His beaming countenance showed that the child must have been the treasure of his heart. In great joy the strange child said to him, "I am going down. You too must go with me."
The sage remained mute, but his tender look expressed his assent. As he kept gazing on the child, he was again immersed in Samadhi.
I was surprised to find that a fragment of the sage's body and mind was descending on earth in the form of an effulgent light. No sooner had I seen Naren than I recognized him to be that sage.
[Subsequent inquiry elicited from Shri Ramakrishna the admission that the divine child was none other than himself].
- From 'Life of Swami Vivekananda by His Eastern and Western Disciples'

Let the Revolution begin!

Swami Vivekananda - a personality as deep as ocean and as broad as open sky - is understood by different people in different aspects depending upon their mental-makeup.

Some see him as Inspirational Leader, others as Nationalist, Patriot, Spirit of India, Philosopher, 
Saint-Prophet, Rationalist, Social-Reformer, Devotee, Jnani, Yogi, Unselfish Worker for Humanity, Poet, Divine Singer, Musician, Champion of Poor, Champion of Masses and Women, Orator by Divine-Right, Great Thinker, Harbinger of Interfaith-Peace, Embodiment of best of East and West etc.

The views mentioned above, valid as they are, can't exhaust Swami Vivekananda's personality; they are but our perspectives of an infinite phenomenon!

The tremendous spiritual power manifested by Swami Vivekananda has worked wonders on humanity for past 125 years and is expected to last over future millennia. In this page we undertake to highlight the Spiritual Giant in Swami Vivekananda.

May the reader feel spiritual upliftment in his/her life, is our prayer at holy feet of Swami Vivekananda.