Saturday 20 April 2013

22th January in Swami Vivekananda Life

22th January :

22 Jan 1896 : Swami Vivekananda in NY - Lectures: Morn - "The free soul"
Eve - " The way to blessedness"
22 Jan 1898 : Stayed in Calcutta at Balaram Bose's house. Solar eclipse. Spoke of Shraddha. - "We want Shraddhâ, we want faith in our own selves. Strength is life, weakness is death. 'We are the Âtman, deathless and free; pure, pure by nature. Can we ever commit any sin? Impossible!' — such a faith is needed. Such a faith makes men of us, makes gods of us. It is by losing this idea of Shraddha that the country has gone to ruin." ...The idea of true Shraddha must be brought back once more to us, the faith in our own selves must be reawakened, and, then only, all the problems which face our country will gradually be solved by ourselves. ...Never are the wants of a beggar fulfilled. Suppose the government give you all you need, where are the men who are able to keep up the things demanded? So make men first. Men we want, and how can men be made unless Shraddha is there?

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