Thursday, 2 May 2013

8th March in Swami Vivekananda Life

8 March :
 
8 Mar 1896 : Lecture: "God and the soul (Soul, God and religion)" , at Unity Hall, Hartford, CT - .. the first message it brings us is: Peace be unto you and to all religions. It is not a message of antagonism, but of one united religion. ...By the study of different religions we find that in essence they are one. ... religion is a constitutional necessity of the human mind...The soul in itself is perfect... one is responsible for the miseries one suffers. If I set the wheel in motion, I am responsible for the result. And if I can bring misery, I can also stop it. It necessarily follows that we are free. There is no such thing as fate. There is nothing to compel us. What we have done, that we can undo. If the room is dark, do you go about beating your chest and crying, "It is dark, dark, dark!" No, the only way to get the light is to strike a light, and then the darkness goes. The only way to realise the light above you is to strike the spiritual light within you, and the darkness of sin and impurity will flee away. Think of your higher self, not of your lower.

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