Friday, 24 October 2014

Swami Loved India


Swamiji loved India because She was the cradle of civilization, the birthplace of the realization of the Ultimate Truth and it was from here that the light of omniscience, omnipresence, and omnipotency of Truth radiated to other parts of the world.

Swamiji loved India because She was Dharmabhumi. It was here that Truth lent itself to be translated into human thoughts, words and interactions establishing the interconnectedness, interrelatedness and interdependence of the whole Universe.

Swamiji loved India because She was Karmabhumi, where karma or work has been so intensively analysed leading to the discovery that work could indeed be a means to manifest the Divinity within man.

Swamiji loved India because She was Yanjabhumi. It was here that the immense potential of the spiritual energy hidden in the Nishkama Karma was discovered and brought out for the common good of the people.

Swamiji loved India because here was a Tapobhumi where the rishis formulated the superfine technique of stopping the wastage of spiritual energy through controlling the senses from their outgoing habit and directing it towards realization of the Truth.

Thus, Loving India for SWAMIJI was to imbibe her philosophy which was as deep as the ocean, as high as the Himalayas and as vast as the Indian plans. Karma - Bhakti - Jnana Yogas illustrate the wide scope and opportunities available to man to experiment with his own life. This understanding made Swamiji carefully scrutinize and practise the four yogas and update them, so as to explain them in modern times, to the modern man, in modern language and idioms. That is what made Swami Vivekananda's teachings so very unique, practical and universal.




We all want to be free from miseries. As we all know, we are suffering from various kinds of misery - physical, mental and spiritual. All these miseries, summed up, can be expressed in one word - ignorance - ignorance of our own Self. We do not know what our real nature is or how we are related to our surroundings, sentient and insentient. The trouble is in our ignorance, and the removal of this ignorance is the ultimate goal of human beings. We have to work out our own salvation and free ourselves from this eternal ignorance we are suffering from and help others to the same.
From very birth, people who have the capacity to think have been trying to find out the way of removing all miseries and to reach the state of freedom from miseries which will be the ultimate objective of life. Efforts are going on, and sometimes we stop to think and look back to see whether we have made any progress. Progress is never scheduled according to time. It can be measured only by the amount of peace and happiness that we have attained. So, our introspection will make us often gloomy on account of the slowness of the progress. In spite of the tremendous advance made by science and human knowledge in various fields, much ground remains to be covered in the spiritual field. We have to go a long, long way.
One thing is to be remembered; everyone must be aware of his own contribution to be made towards the collective progress of mankind in this field. Nothing can be attained in isolation. We have to free ourselves from the ignorance that makes us feel that we are isolated individuals, that we have nothing to do with the external world. That is the initial mistake that we have made. I am as much concerned as everyone else in the welfare of others. Everybody is a part of myself and therefore, if anybody is kept in darkness or left alone, suffering from misery and ignorance, it is I who am suffering. That is why we have to serve others.
..... Swami Bhuteshanandaji

Thursday, 23 October 2014

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