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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 ...
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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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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: On the other hand, Swami Vivekananda advocated both schools. So how does he interpret the Vyasa's criticism of 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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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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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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Vivekananda said Brahmins ate beef, is this correct?

In one of the lecture by Swami Vivekananda, he told: The Complete Works of Swami Vivekananda/Volume 3/Lectures from Colombo to Almora/Reply to the Address of Welcome at Madura ...There was a time ...
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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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What did Swami Vivekananda mean when he said "God spoke in Sanskrit"?

I read this quote by Swami Vivekananda: God spoke once. He spoke in Sanskrit, and that is the divine language. What did he mean by this?
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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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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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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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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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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 ...