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Disciple: Pray, Swamiji, how can Jnâna and Bhakti be
reconciled? We see the followers of the path of devotion (Bhaktas)
close their ears at the name of Shankara, and again, the followers
of the path of knowledge (Jnanis) call the Bhaktas fanatics, seeing
them weep in torrents, or sing and dance in ecstasy, in the name of
Swamiji: The thing is, all this conflict is in the
preliminary (preparatory) stages of Jnana and Bhakti. Have you not
heard Shri Ramakrishna's story about Shiva's demons and Râma's
Disciple: Yes, sir, I have.
Swamiji: But there is no difference between the supreme
Bhakti and the supreme Jnana. The supreme Bhakti is to realise God
as the form of Prema (love) itself. If you see the loving form of
God manifest everywhere and in everything, how can you hate or
injure others? That realisation of love can never come so long as
there is the least desire in the heart, or what Shri Ramakrishna
used to say, attachment for Kâma-Kânchana (sense-pleasure and
wealth). In the perfect realisation of love, even the consciousness
of one's own body does not exist. Also, the supreme Jnana is to
realise the oneness everywhere, to see one's own self as the Self in
everything. That too cannot come so long as there is the least
consciousness of the ego (Aham).
Disciple: Then what you call love is the same as supreme
Swamiji: Exactly so. Realisation of love comes to none
unless one becomes a perfect Jnani. Does not the Vedanta say that
Brahman is Sat-Chit-Ânanda — the absolute Existence-Knowledge-Bliss?
Disciple: Yes, sir.
Swamiji: The phrase Sat-Chit-Ananda means — Sat, i.e.
existence, Chit, i.e. consciousness or knowledge, and Ananda, i.e.
bliss which is the same as love. There is no controversy between the
Bhakta and the Jnani regarding the Sat aspect of Brahman. Only, the
Jnanis lay greater stress on His aspect of Chit or knowledge, while
the Bhaktas keep the aspect of Ananda or love more in view. But no
sooner is the essence of Chit realised than the essence of Ananda is
also realised. Because what is Chit is verily the same as Ananda.
Todays-Special 10-June in Swami Vivekananda Life
Lecture: "Hindu Idea of the soul"
10 June 1896 : Lecture: "Hindu Idea of the soul"
To Mohammed Sarfaraz Husain of Naini Tal
10th June, 1898.
MY DEAR FRIEND,
I appreciate your letter very much and am extremely happy to learn that
the Lord is silently preparing wonderful things for our motherland.
Whether we call it Vedantism or any ism, the truth is that Advaitism is
the last word of religion and thought and the only position from which
one can look upon all religions and sects with love. I believe it is the
religion of the future enlightened humanity. The Hindus may get the
credit of arriving at it earlier than other races, they being an older
race than either the Hebrew or the Arab; yet practical Advaitism, which
looks upon and behaves to all mankind as one's own soul, was never
developed among the Hindus universally.
On the other hand, my experience is that if ever any religion
approached to this equality in an appreciable manner, it is Islam and
Therefore I am firmly persuaded that without the help of practical
Islam, theories of Vedantism, however fine and wonderful they may be,
are entirely valueless to the vast mass of mankind. We want to lead
mankind to the place where there is neither the Vedas, nor the Bible,
nor the Koran; yet this has to be done by harmonising the Vedas, the
Bible and the Koran. Mankind ought to be taught that religions are but
the varied expressions of THE RELIGION, which is Oneness, so that each
may choose that path that suits him best.
For our own motherland a junction of the two great systems, Hinduism
and Islam — Vedanta brain and Islam body — is the only hope.
I see in my mind's eye the future perfect India rising out of this
chaos and strife, glorious and invincible, with Vedanta brain and Islam
Ever praying that the Lord may make of you a great instrument for the
help of mankind, and especially of our poor, poor motherland.