Wednesday, 17 April 2013

18th January in Swami Vivekananda Life

18 January
 
18 Jan 1896 : Lectures in NY: Morn - "Patanjali's Yoga Aphorisms (Independence) ": Swamiji says : Good and bad deeds are not the direct causes in the transformations of nature, but they act as breakers of obstacles to the evolutions of nature: as a farmer breaks the obstacles to the course of water, which then runs down by its own nature.
 
The water for irrigation of fields is already in the canal, only shut in by gates. The farmer opens these gates, and the water flows in by itself, by the law of gravitation. So all progress and power are already in every man; perfection is man's nature, only it is barred in and prevented from taking its proper course.
 
Eve - "Pratyahara and Dharana" : He who has succeeded in attaching or detaching his mind to or from the centres at will has succeeded in Pratyahara, which means, "gathering towards," checking the outgoing powers of the mind, freeing it from the thraldom of the senses. When we can do this, we shall really possess character; then alone we shall have taken a long step towards freedom; before that we are mere machines.
 
18 Jan 1897 : Swamiji in Lanka

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