Tuesday 23 April 2013
1st February in Swami Vivekananda Life
1 February :
1 February 1895 : Swami Vivekananda writes to Dear Adhyapakji,
You must be immersed in your work now; however, taking advantage of your kindness to me, I want to bother you a little.
What was the original Greek idea of the soul, both philosophical and popular? What books can I consult (Translations, of course) to get it?So with the Egyptians and Babylonians and Jews?
Will you kindly name me the books?.. HE KEPT LEARNING, READING, UNDERSTANDING ALL THE TIME.
He also writes to Mary Hale : "Youth and beauty vanish, life and wealth vanish, name and fame vanish, even the mountains crumble into dust. Friendship and love vanish. Truth alone abides." God of Truth, be Thou alone my guide!...."Go thou thy ways, Sannyasin! Some will say, 'Who is this mad man?' Others, 'Who is this Chandâla?' Others will know thee to be a sage. Be glad at the prattle of the worldlings." But when they attack, know that, ''The elephant passing through the market-place is always beset by curs, but he cares not. He goes straight on his own way. So it is always, when a great soul appears there will be numbers to bark after him."
1 Feb 1896 : Lectures in NY: Morn - "Patanjali's Yoga Aphorisms"
Eve - "Raja Yoga in brief"
1 Feb 1897 : At Paramkudi in TN - In the talk, He gave this warning: "The whole of Western civilization will crumble to pieces in the next fifty years if there is no spiritual foundation."
At Manmadurai, He spoke about the kitchen-pot religion