Thursday, 18 April 2013

19th January in Swami Vivekananda Life

19 January :
 
19 Jan 1896 : Lecture in NY at 3:30 pm: "The Cosmos - The Macrocosm" : Everything in nature begins, as it were, from certain seeds, certain rudiments, certain fine forms, and becomes grosser and grosser, and develops, going on that way for a certain time, and then again goes back to that fine form, and subsides....If we know one grain of sand, we understand the secret of the whole universe. Applying this course of reasoning to phenomena, we find, in the first place, that everything is almost similar at the beginning and the end. ...Thousands of years ago, it was demonstrated by Kapila, the great father of all philosophy, that destruction means going back to the cause....the effect is never different from the cause....this whole universe cannot be produced out of nothing. Nothing comes without a cause, and the cause is the effect in another form....every evolution is preceded by an involution...In one word, we are born of Him, we live in Him, and unto Him we return. Source : http://en.wikisource.org/wiki/The_Complete_Works_of_Swami_Vivekananda/Volume_2/Jnana-Yoga/The_Cosmos:_The_Macrocosm

Newspaper Report 'The New York Herald' : "The doctrine of the Swami" : Every man must develop according to his own nature. As every science has its methods so has every religion. Methods of attaining the end of our religion are called Yoga, and the different forms of Yoga that we teach are adapted to the different natures and temperaments of men. We classify them in the following way, under four heads:

(1) Karma Yoga — The manner in which a man realizes his own divinity through works and duty. 
(2) Bhakti Yoga — The realization of a divinity through devotion to and love of a personal God.  
(3) Rajah Yoga — The realization of divinity through control of mind. 
(4) Gnana Yoga — The realization of man's own divinity through knowledge.
 
These are all different roads leading to the same center — God. Indeed, the varieties of religious belief are an advantage, since all faiths are good, so far as they encourage man to religious life. The more sects there are the more opportunities there are for making successful appeals to the divine instinct in all men.


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