Let not our readers suppose that the great Swami advised his countrymen and co-religionists or others who came under the magic of his influence to abandon all worldly activities and run away into the forest to practise all sorts of austerities in the pursuit, without distractions, of That content surpassing wealth The sage in meditation found.
All of us are aware of the truth taught in the Gita:— "Among thousands of men only one perchance strives for perfection, and even of those who strive for and obtain it only someone knows me in truth." And again:— "At the end of many births the wise man reaches me saying,—Vasudeva is the All; he is the Mahatma, very hard to find." While carrying on the worldly activities suited to our time and coming destiny, we ought not to abandon that marvellous system of spiritual life devised to produce such "true Mahatmas" as Sri Krishna refers to in his instruction to Arjuna and run after the foreign creeds, or the locally manufactured versions of them which are so much in favour with a section of our novi homines which pants and yearns after the seductions of Maya. We must not only maintain it intact, but even take it to other lands and peoples to make them sharers to the extent possible for them so that they too may be enabled to break through the illusory turmoil of Samsara and to attain to a saner comprehension of their relation to the material universe and to the rest of the human race, to practise less of that heartless policy of exploitation, that incessant jostling and heedless pushing of others which tends to the destruction or demoralisation of race after race in this beautiful planet of ours, and converts it into a veritable Pandemonium where the only idea of right that prevails is what has been appropriately described as "the strength of the strong and the cunning of the weak." Swami Vivekananda, alone among Modern Indian teachers, loyally recognised the glory of the accomplishments of India's spiritual genius and her place of pre-eminence as the spiritual teacher of the humanity of the future. He alone has taught Modern India the need and the beneficence of continuing to exercise the privilege of practising and fulfil her vocation of proclaiming and imparting to all, that fruitful and fundamental verity of the Veda known as the Wisdom of Bhrigu and Varuna,—
"आनन्दो ब्रह्मेति व्यजानात् ॥ आनन्दाद्ध्येव खल्विमानि भूतानि जायन्ते ।
आनन्देन जातानि जीवन्ति । आनन्दं प्रयन्त्यभिसंविशन्तीति ॥"
"He realised that Brahman is the Innermost Bliss of Love (Ananda),-that from the Innermost Bliss of Love only these created objects and beings are born, that through the Innermost Bliss of Love they live after being born, that finally they are withdrawn into, and become one with, the Innermost Bliss of Love."
The main theme of my life is to take the message of Sanatana Dharma to every home and pave the way for launching, in a big way, the man-making programme preached and envisaged by great seers like Swami Vivekananda. - Mananeeya Eknathji
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