Friday, April 29, 2016

"A good, happy World"?!

"A good world", "a happy world", and "social progress", are all terms equally intelligible with "hot ice" or "dark light". 
If it were good, it would not be the world. 

The soul foolishly thinks of manifesting the Infinite in finite matter, Intelligence through gross particles; 
but at last it finds out its error and tries to escape. 

This going-back is the beginning of religion, and its method, destruction of self, that is, love. Not love for wife or child or anybody else, but love for everything else except this little self.

                    - Swami Vivekananda

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

This Universe is Zero

Say "Soham, Soham" whatever comes. 

Tell yourself this even in eating, walking, suffering; 
tell the mind this incessantly -- that what we see never existed, that there is only "I". 
Flash -- the dream will break! 

Think day and night, this universe is zero, only God is. 
Have intense desire to get free.

                - Swami Vivekananda 

Sunday, April 24, 2016

All is Brahman

God exists, not birth nor death, not pain nor misery, nor murder, nor change, nor good nor evil; all is Brahman.
- Swami Vivekananda

Saturday, April 23, 2016

Relative Knowledge

Relative knowledge is good, because it leads to absolute knowledge; but neither the knowledge of the senses, nor of the mind, nor even of the Vedas is true, since they are all within the realm of relative knowledge. 
First get rid of the delusion, "I am the body", then only can we want real knowledge. Man's knowledge is only a higher degree of brute knowledge.
- Swami Vivekananda

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Not free and Free

Materialism says, the voice of freedom is a delusion. Idealism says, the voice that tells of bondage is delusion. 
Vedanta says, you are free and not free at the same time -- never free on the earthly plane, but ever free on the spiritual.
          - Swami Vivekananda

Monday, April 18, 2016

Firebrand Analogy

All lives belong to us as leaves to a book; but we are unchanged, the Witness, the Soul, upon whom the impression is made, as when the impression of a circle is made upon the eyes when a firebrand is rapidly whirled round and round. 
                          - Swami Vivekananda

Thursday, April 7, 2016

One Soul in All

From the highest to the lowest and most wicked man, 
in the greatest of human beings and the lowest of crawling worms under our feet, is the soul, pure and perfect, infinite and ever-blessed. 
In the worm that soul is manifesting only an infinitesimal part of its power and purity, and in the greatest man it is manifesting most of it. 
The difference consists in the degree of manifestation, but not in the essence. 

Through all beings exists the same pure and perfect soul.

                 - Swami Vivekananda

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Vedanta-Philosophy of Beyond

In one sense Brahman is known to every human being; 
he knows, "I am"; but man does not know himself as he is. 

We all know we are, but not how we are. 
All lower explanations are partial truths; but the flower, 
the essence of the Vedas, is that the Self in each of us is Brahman. ...

...  The highest Vedanta is the philosophy of the Beyond.

                    - Swami Vivekananda

Sunday, April 3, 2016

Cage of flesh and bones!

The Self within is always shining forth resplendent. 
Turning away from that people say "I", "I", "I", with their attention held up by this material body, this queer cage of flesh and bones. 
This is the root of all weakness. 
From that habit only, the relative outlook on life has emerged in this world. 
The absolute Truth lies beyond that duality.

Disciple: Well, is then all this relative experience not true?

Swamiji: As long as the idea of "I" remains, it is true. 
And the instant the realisation of "I" as the Atman comes, this world of relative existence becomes false.

               - Swami Vivekananda