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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 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: On the other hand, Swami Vivekananda advocated both schools. So how does he interpret the Vyasa's criticism 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?
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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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 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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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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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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From where or whom did Swami Vivekananda take sanyasa?

Did he take up sanyasa under sankara mutt (dashanami sampradaya) or from some other source ? If he took it from Ramakrishna then when did Sri Ramakrishna took sanyasa and what was his sanyasa name ?
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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What was Swami Vivekananda's take on marriage?

What did Swami Vivekananda say about marriage?
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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 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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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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