Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Swami Vivekananda's thoughts

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Blog EntrySwami Vivekananda's thoughtsAug 12, '08 9:13 AM
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This is the secret of spiritual life: to think that I am the Atman and not the body, and that the whole of this universe with all its relations, with all its good and all its evil,is but as a series of paintings,scenes on a canvas,of which I am the witness.
The less the thought of the body, the better it is for us. For it is the body that drags us down. It is attachment, identification, which makes us miserable.
Bless people when the revile you. Think how much good they are doing by helping to stamp out the false ego.Hold fast to the Atman.
The greatest help to spiritual life is meditation. In meditation we divest ourselves of all material conditions and feel our divine nature.We do not depend upon any external help in meditation.
Brave, bold people, these are what we want. What we want is vigor in the blood, strength in the nerves, iron muscles and nerves of steel,not softening namby-pamby ideas. Avoid all these.Avoid all mystery. There is no mystery in religion.
Be brave! Be strong! Be fearless. Once you have taken up the spiritual life, fight as long as there is any life in you. Even though you know you are going to be killed,fight till you are killed. Dont die of fright.Die fighting.Dont go down till you are knocked down.
Religion is not a thing of imagination but of direct perception.My teaching is my own interpretation of our ancient books in the light which my Master shed upon them. I claim no supernatural authority. Whatever in my teaching may appeal to the highest intelligence and be accepted by thinking people, the adoption of that will be my reward.

 ~ Swami Vivekananda

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