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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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'Playing football takes us nearer to heaven rather than reading Bhagavad Gita' but how and why?

That famous line above was uttered by none other than Swami Vivekananda. I admit that I haven't gone through the complete speech yet, but I am curious to know what he meant by that. Did he mean that ...
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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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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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What secret was Swami Vivekananda saying about in this phrase?

At The Parliament of Religions in Chicago 1893, Swami Vivekananda spoke about Paper on Hinduism. A part of it contains this: There is another suggestion. Taking all these for granted, how is it ...
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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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Did Vivekananda prophesy he would die before the age of 40? Why didn't he prolong his life through yoga?

I heard that Swami Vivekananda predicted he would not live beyond 40. Is this true? What were his exact words in this regard? Also, since he was a master practitioner of yoga, what reasons (if any) ...
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What does Swami Vivekananda want to convey through his tale “The dog's curly tail”

The dog's curly tale is a tale by Swami Vivekananda. It is as follows: There was a poor man who wanted some money; and somehow he had heard that if he could get hold of a ghost, he might command ...
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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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Did Swami Vivekananda regularly chant any Vedic or Tantric mantras?

Did Swami Vivekananda regularly chant any Vedic or Tantric mantras during his lifetime?
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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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How do Neo-Vedantists intepret Vedanta Sutras 1.3.38?

Neo-Vedantists as we know, believe people of all varnas are eligible to study the Vedas. Notable examples of such people include the great Swami Vivekananda. However, Vedanta declares that Shudras are ...
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Why did Swami Vivekananda remain unmarried?

Swami Vivekananda was a disciple of Ramakrishna Paramahamsa, who was married. Swamiji's take on marriage was also positive: What was Swami Vivekananda's take on marriage? He was also an avid ...
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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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According to Ramakrishna Paramahamsa and Swami Vivekananda, which is more important in attaining moksha- Bhakti or Jnana?

According to Ramakrishna Paramahamsa and Swami Vivekananda, which is more important in attaining moksha- Bhakti or Jnana? As far as I know Jnana is more important in Advaita and both were Advaitins. ...
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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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What was Swami Vivekananda's take on marriage?

What did Swami Vivekananda say about marriage?
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Swami Vivekananda Commentaries on Sita

Sri Rama was an Avatar of God Vishnu. Sita, his wife, was also an avatar of Goddess Lakshmi. Sita personifies the ideal wife in the epic, Valmiki Ramayana. She complemented Sri Rama in every aspect ...
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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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Has Swami Vivekananda discussed regarding the refutation of Yoga Darshana in Vedanta Sutras?

For many times I have this question in my mind. Me and my father (who believes in Yoga from yonghood) often debates on which is the ultimate way to be followed between the Upanishads and Raja Yoga. ...
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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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Do any of the biographies of Shri Ramakrishna Paramahamsa written by His direct disciples indicate He took fish or meat?

There have been numerous biographies on the 19th century mystic saint Shri Ramakrishna Paramahamsa. The biographies written by his direct disciples are stated below: Sri Ramakrishna, The Great Master ...
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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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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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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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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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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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Who or What was Swami Vivekananda in his previous births? Why was he silent about his past lives?

Who (or what) was Swami Vivekananda in his previous births? This answer to Why don't we remember our past lives? says: Swami Vivekananda said he remembered all his past lives. Patanjali says in ...
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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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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 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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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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Which yuga did Swami Vivekananda consider to be current yuga?

Swami Vivekananda said that Karma yoga is the best for this age. The Complete Works of Swami Vivekananda/Volume 5/Sayings and Utterances Jnâna, Bhakti, Yoga and Karma—these are the four paths ...
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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 was Swami Vivekananda's view on Vedanta?

What was Swami Vivekananda's view on Vedanta? What did He think of Advaita, Dvaita & Vishishtadvaita philosophies?
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What was the exact philosophy of Swāmi Vivekānanda?

From this answer we find the following quote of Swāmi Vivekānanda: ...You can swallow the stars by the handful if you want; such is your real nature... Further, from this answer we find the real ...
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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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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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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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Did Swami Vivekananda believe in astrology?

What were Swami Vivekananda's views on astrology? Did he believe in it? What were his reasons for believing in it or not believing in it?
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Was Swami Vivekananda an avatar of Shiva?

Answers to this Quora question say Swami Vivekananda was an incarnation of Shiva. Was Swami Vivekananda mentioned in Hindu scriptures as an avatar of Shiva?
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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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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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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 manifesting ...
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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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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?
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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 Swami Vivekananda speak about his enlightenment?

I want to know if Swamiji himself ever spoke about his enlightenment. Did he or anyone talk about his enlightenment? I heard that he was more into social service and freedom movement.
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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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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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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 ...