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Why did Swami Vivekananda say that Dvaita, Vishistadvaita and Advaita are all correct?

Because Swami Vivekananda considered them as three steps in Spiritual progress. First step is Dvaita (dualism), second step VisistAdvaita (qualified non-dualism) and third step is Advaita (non-dualism)...
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Did Swami Vivekananda eat fish and meat before he turned a sannyasi? Did he continue eating fish and meat after?

Before turning into a Sannyasin, there is a greater possibility that Swamiji might have taken the fish at least as it is a chief diet in Bengal. After becoming a Sannyasin; when Swamiji was in ...
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Did Vivekananda say "God does not create man in his image; man creates God in his image"?

The most relevant quote I find similar to that: The Complete Works of Swami Vivekananda/Volume 3/Lectures and Discourses/One Existence Appearing as Many: God Himself is your image. "God created ...
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What secret was Swami Vivekananda saying about in this phrase?

If you read more on the same page, you will come across this: The human soul is eternal and immortal, perfect and infinite, and death means only a change of centre from one body to another. The ...
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What is Vivekananda's / his disciples' / Ramakrishna Math's stance on homosexuality?

The following is an excerpt from the monthly journal Prabuddha Bharata published by the Ramakrishna Order. This indicates they don't view the homosexual person in bad light. And it's much more ...
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Does the time spent in Samadhi and waking up from Samadhi depend on the person's will?

I am partially answering the question. I am answering only question number 2 viz: Can another person wake up a person who is in Samadhi state? Yes, it is possible. In biographies of Sri ...
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Does Neo-Vedanta reject Dharma Shastras? If so, why?

Not sure what Neo-Vedanta is, but I am answering with the views of Swami Vivekananda on the subject. Source: The Complete Works of Swami Vivekananda/Volume 3/Lectures from Colombo to Almora/The Sages ...
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Did Vivekananda prophesy he would die before the age of 40? Why didn't he prolong his life through yoga?

Yes it is quite well-known that he did. You can find it being mentioned in this PDF (Swami Vivekananda - A Biography by Swami Nikhilananda), on pp 190. At the end of an hour his hands trembled a ...
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Vivekananda said Brahmins ate beef, is this correct?

I believe Swamiji must have been referring to the few verses in Dharma Sutras that do mention consumption of bovine meat. The Apastambh Grihya Sutra mentions that cattle may be slaughtered when a ...
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Did Swami Vivekananda believe the Vedas were composed or Apaurusheya?

In speaking of the sages of India, my mind goes back to those periods of which history has no record, and tradition tries in vain to bring the secrets out of the gloom of the past. The sages of ...
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Did Swami Vivekananda believe in astrology?

It looks like Swami Vivekanda didn't give much importance to Jyotishya or blindly followed it, though he might have slightly believed in it. Rather he gave emphasis on realization of God. This is ...
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How exactly did Swami Vivekananda die?

There is a detailed chronology of the last day of Swami Vivekananda in the Bengali Best Seller 'Achena Ajana Vivekananda' by Sankar. 9:00 pm: The Swami was lying face up.He turned on his left side. ...
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According to Ramakrishna Paramahamsa and Swami Vivekananda, which is more important in attaining moksha- Bhakti or Jnana?

They're equally important. I'm here quoting some relevant quotes of Swami Vivekananda from The Complete Works of Swami Vivekananda/Volume 3/Bhakti-Yoga/Definition of Bhakti: There is not really so ...
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Do any of the biographies of Shri Ramakrishna Paramahamsa written by His direct disciples indicate He took fish or meat?

Gospel Of Sri Ramakrishna is English translation of Sri Sri Ramakrishna Kathamrita by Mahendranath Gupta. The book describes conversations of Sri Ramakrishna with his disciples, devotees, and visitors,...
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What does Swami Vivekananda want to convey through his tale "The dog's curly tail"

'The dog's curly tail' was the story that Swamiji narrated while he was talking on Karma yoga and specifically on the topic 'We help ourselves, not the world'. Here (Karma Yoga->The Ideal of Karma ...
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Swami Vivekananda Commentaries on Sita

Devi Sita (सिता) is also known as Vaidehi, Janaki, Maithili (वैदेही , जानकी ,मैथिलि) is the central female character of the Hindu epic Ramayana.She was the daughter of "king Janaka". Devi Sita is ...
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Is married person eligible to practice Raja Yoga?

See the following Hatha Yoga Pradipika verse: Brahmacharyaratasyaiva nityam hitamitasinah Mandaladdrsyate siddhih kundalyabhyasayoghinah|| Only one who delights in the life of celibate (...
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Which yuga did Swami Vivekananda consider to be current yuga?

Vivekananda considered it to be the Kali Yuga. But Vivekananda also points out that 'yugas' are only spoken of in the Smritis, they are not spoken of in any of the Srutis. So, what 'yuga' you consider ...
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Do any of the biographies of Shri Ramakrishna Paramahamsa written by His direct disciples indicate He took fish or meat?

I don't have the book in English so have no other option than attach the image in Bengali. This is what you wanted. This is from "Astom porichad" of 1st part of kathamrita. In Bengali pdf, it is in ...
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Why did Swami Vivekananda remain unmarried?

Swamiji was not interested in marriage from early age. When asks in interview he says he see Divine Mother in every woman. He says it in Volume 3, Reports in American Newspapers, Hindus at the Fair, ...
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What was Swami Vivekananda's view on Vedanta?

According to Swami Vivekananda, the first step is Dvaita, second is Vishishtâdvaita and the final is Advaita. The Complete Works/Volume 1/Lectures And Discourses/The Vedanta Philosophy: The Vedanta ...
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What is the meaning of the term ''Mayavadi''? Is the term mentioned in any of the scriptures?

The earliest reference I can find is from the 8th century in Bhaskara's Bhasya on the Brahma Sutra. First see the remark made by Surendranath Dasgupta in the third volume of his History of Indian ...
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Is the birth time of Swami Vivekananda available?

Yes, It's around 6:33 AM According to Vivekananda A Biography By Swami Nikhilananda: Early Years Swami Vivekananda, the great soul loved and revered in East and West alike as the rejuvenator of ...
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Did Vivekananda consider varṇasaṃkara (intermixture of castes) problematic or instead welcome it?

The term Varnasankara is only valid in the context of a birth based caste system. It does not have any meaning in a Guna based caste system. In various scriptures the concept of Varnsankara or Antyaja ...
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Why did Swami Vivekanada say so?

Fighting in self defense is not wrong. What Swami Vivekananda said had said in a context. He is talking about the highest ideal in spirituality. When a saint achieves such a high state of realization ...
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How do Neo-Vedantists intepret Vedanta Sutras 1.3.38?

There is no direct reference to that verse in Complete Works and that's because Swami Vivekananda did not agree that Shudras are forbidden to study the Vedas. Complete Works / Volume 6 / Epistles - ...
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