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Swami Vivekananda, born Narendranath Dutta, was prominent Hindu saint who introduced Indian philosophies of Vedanta and Yoga to the Western world. He is disciple of Swami Ramakrishna Paramahamsa.

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What is the Vedic view of the sattvik food?

Vivekananda claimed that food (such as the flesh of animals) obtained ' by taking the life of another ' is impure ' by its very nature '(Swami Vivekananda’s Quotes On Food). In the light of this view, ...
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Is it True that Vivekananda admitted in a letter to Ms. Christina Greenstidel to sacrificing a goat? [closed]

The letter at issue was written by Swami Vivekananda to Ms. Christina Greenstidel on Nov. 12, 1901, and it contained these words: 'Day before yesterday, however, came the Puja of Kali. We had an ...
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What does the Vedic term ' MAYA ' truly mean? [duplicate]

I've heard that by the Vedic doctrine of MAYA, everything that we see around is an illusion. Thus, by this doctrine, the sun, the moon, the billions of stars in the night sky as well as mountains, ...
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Relations between swami Vivekananda and Shankaracharyas

There are five Advaitha mathas in India, which were established by Adi Shankaracharya. Swami Vivekananda was famous during his times (12 January 1863 - 4 July 1902). Did Vivekananda meet any ...
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What is the Vedic definition of Moksha?

I've heard sannyasa, the 4th Vedic ashrama, is meant for the attainment of moksha. Thus, the sannyasin is expected to go to a solitary mountain cave or a dense-forest retreat where he must get lost in ...
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What is the Vedic definition of Sannyasa?

As I've heard,according to the Vedas, sannysa, the fourth Vedic ashrama, is to follow vanaprastha, the 3rd Vedic ashrama, and meant to attain moksha. Thus, the right definition of snnyasa seems to be ...
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What Vivekananda really saw in vision during his meditation in Kanyakumari and his prophecies about Hinduism?

Swami Vivekananda before his chicago visit made a visit to south india, while southern Indian trip itself is very interesting as he even wrote about it a lot, I want to focus on his Kanyakumari visit ...
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Which Vedic ashrama is compulsory for all Sanatanis?

We know of four Vedic ashramas: Brahmacharya, Grihastha, Vanaprastha & Sannyasa. Of these, only the 2nd one (Grihastha) seems to be meant for all varnas. The first, the third, and the fourth ones ...
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Are there any analogues of this tale about the eventual fates of a sannyasin and an evil woman told by Swami Vivekananda in scripture?

Swami Vivekananda tells the following story (Complete Works, V8, Discourses on Jnana Yoga VI, available here): Thought is all important, for "what we think we become". There was once a ...
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Authenticity of a quote by Vivekananda

I cam across the following quote Take Risks in Your Life ~ If you Win, you Can Lead! ~~ If you Lose, You Can Guide! and many websites are claiming that the quote is by Swami Vivekananda. Is it true ...
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what is the exact sleeping hours of swamiji? [closed]

How many hours Swami Vivekananda use to sleep? some say's that swami Swami Vivekananda use to sleep 10 hrs per day ,some are saying Swami Vivekananda use to sleep 5-6 hours per day Here im confused ...
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Can the existence of God be understood through yoga?

Are the metaphysical truths of Hinduism achievable through the different techniques of Yoga (like breath meditation) without any preconceived notions or are we to rationally believe in them first and ...
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Did Swami Vivekananda believe in intelligent life on other planets?

He spoke about all life throughout the universe being one, but did he specifically talk about intelligent life on other planets?
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Did Swami Vivekananda speak this statement? Please give the location where he says so

When More and more people start thinking for themselves, start placing reason over faith, science and logic over irrationality and blind belief and superstitions, that will be the day when Hinduism ...
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Why did Swami Vivekanada say so?

"Even fighting in self-defense is wrong, though it is higher than fighting in aggression. There is no “righteous” indignation because indignation comes from not recognizing sameness in all things....
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Who was the Yoga Guru of Swami Vivekananda?

I know that Swami Vivekananda's Mantra Guru was Sri Ramakrishna Paramahamsa. But this is about his Yoga Guru (if he had any). In Hinduism the importance Guru is paramount. Swami Vivekananda himself ...
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Did Vivekananda consider varṇasaṃkara (intermixture of castes) problematic or instead welcome it?

Arjuna in Bhagavad-gītā thought varṇasaṃkara would wreak havoc on the society: adharmābhibhavāt kṛṣṇa praduṣyanti kulastriyaḥ strīṣu duṣṭāsu vārṣṇeya jāyate varṇasaṃkaraḥ saṃkaro narakāyaiva ...
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Was Vivekananda a proponent of birth-based caste-system or the guṇa-based? [closed]

What type of caste-system did Swami Vivekananda advocate? Birth-based or guṇa-based? And on what basis? If he believed one's varṇa is determined by their guṇa: Did he reject smṛtis such as Manu ...
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According to Advaita, if everything is unreal or “in me” then why make an effort to help others?

Sanakaracharya inspite of being an enlightened being went about refuting other paths to enlightenment. Swami Vivekananda, Ramakrishna set up organisations like Ramakrishna mission, etc. to spread the ...
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Is Swami Vivekananda a Jivan Mukta according to the following?

Is it true that Swami Vivekananda was a Jivan Mukta? I am asking the answer from anyone of the three sources: words of Vivekananda, words of his guru RamaKrishna paramahamsa and (prophecy by) ...
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Do all followers of Ramakrishna Order take Puranic stories allegorically?

This answer says: All these Puranic stories are taken from the book 'Hindu Gods and Goddesses' by Swami Harshananda. Swami Harshananda of the Ramakrishna Order is an Advaitist and does not take the ...
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Is it suggested to read the “Complete Works of Swami Vivekananda”? [closed]

Or should we read/refer/practice/ to the originally written literature and do not go beyond that with anything. Background(in case): Complete beginner, I just started reading Bhagvad Geeta(2 days ...
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Are there any Unitarian Universalist-like sects in Hinduism?

Wikipedia defines it as: Unitarian Universalism (UU) is a liberal religion characterized by a "free and responsible search for truth and meaning". Unitarian Universalists assert no creed, but ...
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Swami Vivekananda wearing turban?

In many pictures of Swami Vivekananda, it is seen that he is wearing a saffron turban.As per wiki article on Swami ji, it is said he was a Hindu monk. My question is, was it a Hindu monk culture to ...
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Who is Jalangiman Chetti and what powers did he possess?

Swami Vivekananda in one of his talks mentions a person, Jalangiman Chetti, claiming he acquired some special powers from constant repetition of certain mantras. Who is this person and what powers ...
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Why are Hindu deities not actively worshipped in Ramakrishna Mission centers? [closed]

Ramakrishna Mission is a organization founded by Swami Vivekananda. In their centers they only have,what they call "Holy Trio"( Ramakrishna-Sarda-Vivekananda) but not any Hindu deities. Sure, they DO ...
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Is there any scriptural ( Vedic or Puranic ) reference for all matter coming from Akasha and Prana?

In Raja Yoga, page number 26, Swami Vivekananda says this: At the beginning of creation there is only this Akaca; at the end of the cycle, the solids, the liquids, and the gases all melt into ...
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Did Swami Vivekananda ever write a book called Gnana deepam?

So, I found these suspicious pictures in twitter. Christian preachers and missionaries are badly needed for India. Let them come here in hundreds and thousands. Teach us about the Holy life and ...
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Did Vivekananda's beliefs on Smritis and Puranas change over time?

In this lecture, Vivekananda relays the orthodox understanding of the Puranas: ... although we have the Vedas for our scriptures, we have Smritis and Purânas — subsequent writings — to illustrate ...
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What are some breathing techniques or pranayama mentioned by Vivekananda

I was going through the book, "Raj Yoga" by vivekanada, and I found a breathing technique, where he mentions that the practitioner should inhale for 4 counts, hold the breath for 8, and exhale for 4 ...
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Does Swami Vivekananda belong to Shankara parampara?

Recently I listened to Swami Sarvapriyananda saying his "last name" is Puri, what about Swami Vivekananda? Does he belong to Adi Shankara parampara? And what about other modern swamis like Sivananda ...
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lower self to higher self

To gain self realization we are going through lower self (earning money, career etc.) to higher self. Swami Vivekananda said “Unselfishness is the denial of the lower or apparent self” and it comes ...
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Who were the people that thought Śaṅkarācārya was the author of Bhagavad-gītā?

In his lecture Thoughts on the Gita, Swami Vivekananda says the following. I'm interested in the part that's in bold. THOUGHTS ON THE GITA The book known as the Gita forms a part of the ...
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For normal people, is a guru needed or recommended to get Raja Yoga?

Consider the following excerpt from the preface of Raja-Yoga by Swami Vivekananda In the first part some simple and specific directions are given for the student who want to practise, but all ...
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Why did Swami Vivekananda say that Dvaita, Vishistadvaita and Advaita are all correct?

Swami Vivekananda said that Advaita, Vishistadvaita and Dvaita--all these doctrines are correct. What did He mean by saying this?
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Do the official Advaita Shankaracharya Peethams reject the teachings of Vivekananda as heretical?

Do the official Advaita Shankaracharya Peethams reject the teachings of Vivekananda as heretical?
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Did Vivekananda do prayaschitta to atone for his sin of eating meat as a sannyasi?

It is well known that Vivekananda ate meat as part of his normal Bengali diet as a sannyasi: To the accusation from some orthodox Hindus that the Swami was eating forbidden food at the table of ...
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Did Swami Vivekananda idealize Ekalavya for modern students?

Ekalavya learnt many things by just considering Drona as his teacher. But he is on the side of Adharma. Many websites are claiming that Swami Vivekananda told the following lines Ekalavya, an ...
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Did Swami Vivekananda talk about errors or inconsitencies or prakshiptas in Hindu scriptures?

I came to know that Swami Vivekananda told that there are some inconsistencies or prakshiptas(later insertions) or errors in Hindu scriptures but he did not rectify them intentionally. Is it true? ...
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What is the story of Sathya Sai meeting Swami Vivekananda in his next life?

What is the story of Sathya Sai meeting Swami Vivekananda in his next life? When did Bhagavan Sathya Sai predict Vivekananda's rebirth? When did they meet for first time?
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Can someone explain this Mudra being done by Ramakrishna Paramhansa in Samadhi?

"Ramakrishna in bhava samadhi at the house of Keshab Chandra Sen. He is seen supported by his nephew Hriday and surrounded by brahmo devotees." Can any scholar here, identify this hand Mudra done ...
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Is 'Kali the Mother' a full repesentation of Swamiji's views on the Mother Goddess?

Swami Vivekananda's famous and beautiful poem 'Kali the Mother' depicts a very fierce form of the Divine Mother Kali, Whom Swamiji portrays as 'Terror'. The same is true for the bengali poem 'nachuk ...
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Did Swami Vivekananda meet Sri Bamakhepa?

According to a biography of Sri Sri Bamakhepa written by Bipul Kumar Gangopadhyay (Mahapith Tarapith, Vol 2), Swami Vivekananda met Sri Sri Bamakhepa at Tarapith. Can anybody provide any such ...
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Which incident connects Paramahansa Yogananda with Swami Vivekananda?

Swami Vivekananda I came to know had foretold that Paramhansa Swami Yogananda would come to USA for preaching hinduism. Can anybody provide the source and details of this?
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How do the followers of Vivekananda reconcile the contradictions in all religions when they believe all religions are equal or true?

According to this answer, the followers of Swami Vivekananda believe that all religions are true, or that they are all equal. All religions are true (VI.117). If this is so, then how do they ...
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Do the followers of Vivekananda believe that all religions are equal?

Do the followers of Vivekananda believe that all religions are equal? According to an answer here, followers of Vivekananda do believe all religions are equal.
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Scriptural basis for the spirit of the term 'Daridra-Narayana' coined by Swami Vivekananda

To inspire His countrymen to serve the poor masses of India, Swami Vivekananda coined a beautiful term 'Daridra-Narayana'. Can anyone provide a scriptural shloka or instruction that contains the ...
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In which talk/scripture Swami Vivekananda tells to keep telling yourself that you are Brahman?

I can’t really remember. But I read somewhere where he says to keep telling yourself “Aham Brahmasmi”....and other mahavakyas until it becomes the living reality
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Did Swami Vivekananda worship a personal deity?

I have read that Ramakrishna Paramahamsa would often teach devotion to less advanced disciples but would only teach Advaita to Vivekananda. Did Vivekananda worship any personal deity?