Thursday, 31 March 2016

Role of Vedanta

Swami Vivekananda says : preach the Advaita to every one, so that religion may withstand the shock of modern science.
Preaching Vedanta would save the world from the onslaught of materialism, westernization and thereby modernization. He observes :
And even there something of this idea will have to go from India. It has already got there. It will have to grow and increase and save their civilisations too. For in the West the old order of things is vanishing, giving way to a new order of things, which is the worship of gold, the worship of Mammon. Thus this old crude system of religion was better than the modern system, namely — competition and gold. No nation, however strong, can stand on such foundations, and the history of the world tells us that all that had such foundations are dead and gone. In the first place we have to stop the incoming of such a wave in India. Therefore preach the Advaita to every one, so that religion may withstand the shock of modern science. Not only so, you will have to help others; your thought will help out Europe and America. (CWSV, vol. III, p. 433.)