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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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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 beats, 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?
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Is the birth time of Swami Vivekananda available?

Swami Vivekananda was born on 12 January 1863. Does the time of birth is mentioned anywhere?
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Did Chaitanya Mahaprabhu author a commentary on the Brahma Sutras in Prakashananda Math?

While going through this letter by Swami Vivekananda dated 17th August 1889, I stumbled across a line where Swamiji talks about an apparent rumour of Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu authoring a commentary on ...
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Did the great Vedic scholar Sayanacharya reincarnate as Max Muller who propagated Aryan Invasion Theory?

Swami Vivekananda has claimed that the great Vedic scholar Sayanacharya, who wrote a commentary on the Vedas, had reincarnated as the infamous Max Muller. Does this claim have any basis? From what ...
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What Sadhana or karmas did Swami Vivekananda do?

What Sadhana or karmas did Swami Vivekananda do? This answer said he chanted Pranava regularly. Did he do anything else?
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Was Swami Vivekananda a Kshatriya?

In his lecture here, he says: One word more: I read in the organ of the social reformers that I am called a Shudra and am challenged as to what right a Shudra has to become a Sannyasin. To ...
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Did Swami Vivekananda ever claim he was self-realized? [duplicate]

Did Swami Vivekananda ever claim he was self-realized? Please cite from his works or conversations.
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Did Swami Vivekananda believe the Vedas were composed or Apaurusheya?

Did Swami Vivekananda believe that the Vedas were composed or Apaurusheyatva? Please cite some of his conversations.
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What is Vyasa's exact stand on the tetrad of Divine Manifestation?

Swami Vivekananda asked Pramadadas Mitra in a letter on August 17, 1889: "Vyasa makes out in the Vedanta-Sutras that it is wrong to worship the tetrad of divine manifestation, Vâsudeva, Sankarshana,...
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Does Neo-Vedanta reject Dharma Shastras? If so, why?

Do Neo-Vedantins reject the authority of the Dharma Shastras? If so, why?
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Does the time spent in Samadhi and waking up from Samadhi depend on the person's will?

Vivekananda states the difference between sleeping and Samadi in the following lines from CHAPTER VII: DHYANA AND SAMADHI of Raja Yoga. In short, sleeping does not cause any change in knowledge but ...
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Is married person eligible to practice Raja Yoga?

In his book of Raja Yoga, Vivekananda says the following Lines in chapter II Râja-Yoga is divided into eight steps. The first is Yama — non-killing, truthfulness, non-stealing, continence, and ...
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Who is the commentator on Yogasutras Swami Vivekananda talking about?

While reading Raja Yoga by Swami Vivekananda, I found that he is talking about commentator. CHAPTER I CONCENTRATION: ITS SPIRITUAL USES: On the 27th Sutra: तस्य वाचकः प्रणवः ॥२७॥ 27. His ...
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How has been the religious exchange among India and the West after Vivekananda's Chicago speech?

Swami Vivekananda in his time had stated that spiritualism grew at a faster rate in India contrasting to the West, where materialism developed faster. In his later life he had in fact been ...
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Which Mahabharata verse does Swami Vivekananda refer to show earliest humans were Brahmins and they denigrated to lower varnas as time progressed?

In the Kumbakonam lecture of 1897, Swami Vivekananda said the following: We read in the Mahâbhârata that the whole world was in the beginning peopled with Brahmins, and that as they began to ...
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In the lectures by Swami Vivekananda on “Raja Yoga”, Why is there no mention of 'Ajna'?

In the following lecture snippet, the term 'Ajna' is missing; but I am not sure, why? Is there any specific reason, for which he did not mention it? To open that Suṣumnâ is the prime object of the ...
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Quote of Swami Vivekananda on selfishness

Unselfishness is God. One may live on a throne, in a golden palace, and be perfectly unselfish; and then he is in God. Another may live in a hut and wear rags, and have nothing in the world; yet, if ...
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Where did Vivekananda say “Anything against science is not religion?”

In this interview, K. S. Bhagawan quotes Swami Vivekananda as saying whenever there's a conflict between the two, science takes precedence over religion. Why should developing a spirit of inquiry ...
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Was Ramakrishna Paramhansa an avatar of Vishnu? [duplicate]

I have heard Swami Vivekananda quoting that Ramakrishna was verily an avatar. I was initially agnostic about it, but now I am totally convinced. If possible please add Shastric references for avatar ...
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How exactly did Swami Vivekananda die?

Wikipedia says: On 4 July 1902 (the day of his death) Vivekananda awoke early, went to the monastery at Belur Math and meditated for three hours. He taught Shukla-Yajur-Veda, Sanskrit grammar and ...
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What was said by swami Vivekananda about Hinduism in Chicago Speech?

He has given a great speech about Hinduism and makes feel proud of us on our culture and Hinduism. I have only always one thing in his that speech "All my dear Brothers and Sisters". I didn't hear ...
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Is there any explicit writing by Swami Vivekananda on his psychological theory of Varna?

Swami Vivekananda has written extensively about his ideas of caste in his Complete Works. But has he written anything explicitly on the psychological theory of Varna?
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How does Swami Vivekananda's psychological theory of Varna interpret Gita verses 4.13, 18.41-47?

Gita verses 4.13 and 18.41-47 have been traditionally interpreted in terms of birth into endogamous groups called castes. Swami Vivekananda has provided us with an alternative interpretation many ...
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How does Swami Vivekananda intepret the Brahma Sutras' criticism of the Yoga school?

Brahma Sutras criticises the Yoga school in Adhyaya 2, Pada 1, Sutras 1&2: Topic-1: Conflict with Smriti If it be argued (that from the acceptance of Brahman as the cause of the ...
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Did Vivekananda say “God does not create man in his image; man creates God in his image”?

This document says that: Swami vivekananda had said that "God does not create man in his image; man creates God in his image. If we were camels we would have conjured up a ...
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What is Vivekananda's / his disciples' / Ramakrishna Math's stance on homosexuality?

What were Swami Vivekananda's views on homosexuality? What did he preach on this topic? If he did not discuss this topic, what is the current view of his disciple-acharyas at the Ramakrishna Math? ...
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What was Swami Vivekananda's opinion on the Mimamsa School?

Swami Vivekananda is known to have been a follower of the Vedanta and Yoga schools. However, Swamiji also is said to have taught that all paths lead to the same God. So what was Swamiji's opinion of ...
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Do followers of Vivekananda now accept Darwin's Theory of Evolution?

From here: Rambrahma Babu: What is your opinion of the evolution theory of Darwin and the causes he has put forward for it? Swamiji: Taking for granted that Darwin is right, I cannot yet admit ...
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What was Swami Vivekananda's stance on animal sacrifices?

What was Swami Vivekananda's view on animal sacrifices? Did he support it or criticise it?