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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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How can one stop becoming their own enemy?

As swami Vivekananda mentions if one doesn’t know how to control their mind then they themselves become their worst enemy. So how can one undo being their worst enemy , what are some practical methods ...
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In case of ignorance Or athiesm if one criticize ved will he incur great sin and go to hell?

I want to know if one is childish and disrespect ved without knowing much about it in ignorance. Will he face serious consequence. Also if one with context say a material thing is greater than ved ...
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What is the meaning of the term ''Mayavadi''? Is the term mentioned in any of the scriptures?

Many ISKCON websites call Adi Shankaracharya, Swami Vivekananda, Buddha and Ramakrishna Paramahamsa ''mayavadis'' and that Chaitanya Mahaprabhu called mayavadis ''greatest of all offenders''. However, ...
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Barbarism , what's the great difference in slaughtering lakhs of animals in factories vs yajurvedic pashubandha?

In communicating Ramakrishna and Hinduism to the west, Vivekananda was cornered into possibly saying animal sacrifice is barbaric? Hunters, Mansaharis, Muslims, Christians, Buddhists and Hindus all ...
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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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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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Elites saying "Buddhism is a child of Hinduism."

Experts and Elite Personalities of Sanatana Dharma knows that Buddhism is born from Hinduism but do not agree with some teachings of Hinduism. Swami Vivekananda is an elite personality states this ...
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Are Sikh gurus the incarnations of Janaka?

I found the following interesting line while reading The Gospel of Sri Ramakrishna by Swami Nikhilananda Sri Ramakrishna accepted the divinity of Buddha and used to point out the similarity of his ...
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What is Sphere of Lighting or Electric Sphere according to Swami Vivekananda?

In Complete works of Swami Vivekananda, Volume 1, Lectures and Discourses, in Steps of Hindu Philosophical Thought, he says When through good deeds all its sins and misdeeds have been washed away, ...
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What does Hinduism say about intelligent life on other planets?

Swami Vivekanada once wrote in a poem: Lo! The sun, the moon, The moving planets and the shining stars, Spheres of abode by myriads in the skies... This is only a vague hint. Is there anything more ...
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Source of predictions made by Swami Vivekananda

In this video, a monk of Ramakrishna Order says Swami Vivekananda has made four successful predictions. That Europe will descend into chaos hinting at World Wars. Proletariat revolution from China ...
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Scriptures defining 'Kayavyuha' in Yoga that can nullify karmas quicly

There is a siddhi in yoga called Kaya-Vyuha. I read recently about it. Yogi, after attaining this siddhi can present at multiple places with different bodies. The purpose of such manifestations is to ...
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Is it true that Vivekananda never insulted anyone by taking name?

There is an incident in which Vivekananda warned an abuser who abused Hinduism The Swami had an unpleasant experience with two of his fellow-passengers on his way to India. They were Christian ...
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Jato Mat Tato Pat, but what about reincarnation?

Namaskar, Bhagawan Shree Ramakrishna Paramahamsa is known to have said Jato Mat Tato Pat, means As my religions so many paths. The Ramakrishna mission considers Jesus as a manifestation of divine and ...
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How could I’ll be initiated with a mantra Japa when living in Belgium and not knowing any guru personally. I’m a fervent seeker of Sw Sarvapriyananda [closed]

To well pursued my quest towards self realisation I need to be initiated to a mantra Diksha and have not be able to found a guru in my home town
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What were the views of different saints on ramakrishna paramhamsa and vivekananda

Did any traditional saint considered ramakrishna paramhamsa and swami vivekananda as self realized beings?
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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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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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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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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 there any proof or reference about the age or time at what Swami Vivekananda's predicted himself not living more than forty years?

This question and the answer talks about Vivekananda's prophecy of him not living more than forty years. But I could not find at what age or which year he actually predicted. Also, it's mentioned by ...
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Can someone explain this definition of Kundalini by Vivekananda?

Here below is what Vivekananda tells about Kundalini in his book "Raja Yoga". He says: when we observe things, we memorise and store sensations about these things, and from this store we get ...
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Are the text and/or speeches of Swami Vivekananda in English written by himself?

I know Swami Vivekananda gave a speech in Chicago 1893, I assume it was in English or was it translated to American audience. I am reading the complete works of Swami Vivekananda from Holybooks.com. ...
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Why Hindu community treats Vivekananda as an authentic personality if he says (some) wrong things while preaching?

I know that Vivekananda is confused during early days. But, I am honestly feeling that he is not fully realised later or by the time of Chicago speech also. This opinion, of me, may be due to my ...
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Acquire Prana to reach spiritual perfection - Swami Vivekananda

Rāja Yoga – Swāmi Vivekānanda – CHAPTER III : PRĀṆA Reading this chapter, it seems to me that to reach spiritual perfection a Yogi must acquire as more Prana as he can in the less amount of time. This ...
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Who is Right: Vivekananda or Lord Krishna?

Vivekananda claimed that God the Almighty exists inside every human being, and so he advised to treat everyone as God. But, Lord Krishna said: All living beings dwell in Me, but I do not dwell 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 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 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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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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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 eat fish and meat before he turned a sannyasi? Did he continue eating fish and meat after?

Did Swami Vivekananda eat fish and meat before he turned a sannyasi? Did he continue eating fish and meat after? What were his views on consumption of vegetarian or non-vegetarian food? PS. Please ...
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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 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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In what context did Vivekananda say "Stand up, be bold, and take the blame on your own shoulders. Do not go about throwing mud at others..."

In what context did Swami Vivekananda say this?
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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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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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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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What was the reason for Swami Vivekananda's Death?

I have always heard that because he was a pure celibate, and have never allowed his body to waste the best chemical on planet (sperm). According to Hinduism at least this reason does not make any ...
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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 ...