Sunday, June 3, 2018

My Ideal of a Perfect Man and Religion

Would to God that all men were so constituted that in their minds all these elements of philosophy, mysticism, emotion, and of work were equally present in full! 
That is the ideal, my ideal of a perfect man. 

Everyone who has only one or two of these elements of character, I consider "one-sided"; and this world is almost full of such "one-sided" men, with knowledge of that one road only in which they move; and anything else is dangerous and horrible to them. 

To become harmoniously balanced in all these four directions is my ideal of religion. 

                  - Swami Vivekananda, 
                  Talk in Pasadena, California

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