Sunday, 6 March 2016

Glorious Indian way..

Swami Vivekananda in his first speech in the
Parliament of Religions on 11 Sep 1893 said the greatness of Indian Culture. He said,
I thank you in the name of the mother of religions; and I thank you in the name of millions and millions of Hindu people of all classes and sects. …I am proud to belong to a religion which has taught the world both tolerance and universal acceptance. We believe not only in universal toleration, but we accept all religions as true. I am proud to belong to a nation which has sheltered the persecuted and the refugees of all religions and all nations of the earth…I will quote to you, brethren, a few lines from a hymn: "As the different streams having their sources in different places all mingle their water in the sea, so, O Lord, the different paths which men take through different tendencies, various though they appear, crooked or straight, all lead to Thee." …The present convention, which is one of the most august assemblies ever held, is in itself a vindication, a declaration to the world of the wonderful doctrine preached in the Gita: "Whosoever comes to Me, through whatsoever form, I reach him; all men are struggling through paths which in the end lead to me." (CWSV, vol. I, pp. 3-4)