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Swami Vivekananda meant that a strong body can help you have the frame of mind needed to understand things like the Upanishads and Bhagavad Gita, and thus ultimately attain Jnana. Here's the quote in its original context: First of all, our young men must be strong. Religion will come afterwards. Be strong, my young friends; that is my advice to you. You ...


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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 man after His own image." That is wrong. Man creates God after his own image. That is right. Throughout the universe we are creating gods after our own image. We ...


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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 present is determined by our past actions, and the future by the present. The soul will go on evolving up or reverting back from birth to birth and death to death. ...


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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 America, some orthodox Hindus accused him of taking forbidden diet. Here is an excerpt: To the accusation from some orthodox Hindus that the Swami was eating ...


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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) (final state of experience). He also said all three complement each other but do not oppose. Swami Vivekananda says the following in Vedanta Philosophy - ...


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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 little and he breathed once very deeply. There was a silence for a minute or two, and again he breathed in the same manner. His eyes became fixed in the ...


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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 important for a spiritual aspirant to have an asexual orientation. EDITORIAL Beyond Bodies ...   ... The restraint of the senses becomes ...


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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 Ramakrishna Paramhamsa, I have read that on few occasions, by chanting sacred formulas (Bija/Mula Mantras) into his ears, he was successfully brought back to normalcy ...


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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 evident from his quotes. Swami Vievekanda quotes, (Man the maker of History, Volume 8, Complete works.) All these ideas such as astrology, although there ...


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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 guest arrives, or at the occasion of marriage or as an offering to the ancestors in the Shraadh ceremony. 9 These are the occasions for killing a cow: (the ...


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Yes, he did. what they were specifically, is not said in the books. Vivekananda become proficient in Sanskrit grammar at a young age and spent time. He was able to speak and do Sanskrit argumentation with Sanskrit scholars. He believed and said that all Indians should learn Sanskrit. It is said that he would sometimes spend many hours in Japa and meditation....


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That quote from Vivekananda has a deeper meaning than the plain text. The entire quote has already been posted. The key to fully understanding the quote lies in the statement First of all, our young men must be strong. Religion will come afterwards. The key point is 'Religion will come afterwards'. Vivekananda felt that the people of India of his time ...


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Swamiji was not at all against marriage. But He disliked marriage to take place just from mutual attraction and love, instead considered it as something sacred and inviolate as is evident here (search page 180) from a letter to a Western lady: In my opinion, a race must first cultivate a great respect for motherhood, through the sanctification and ...


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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 much difference between knowledge (Jnana) and love (Bhakti) as people sometimes imagine. We shall see, as we go on, that in the end they converge and meet ...


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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 India have been almost innumerable, for what has the Hindu nation been doing for thousands of years except producing sages? I will take, therefore, the ...


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The Sringeri Peethadhipati has a very broadminded approach towards other philosophies and religions. Though he is no doubt an advaitin, he does not reject other doctrines as heretical. Nor does he advocate that everyone should convert to advaita. Here are some of his thoughts - http://svbf.org/thought-of-the-day Conversions from one religion to another ...


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'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 Yoga) are the words of Swamiji which would give better understanding of his 'curly tail' example: We cannot add happiness to this world; similarly, we cannot ...


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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 described as the daughter of the earth goddess Bhumi and wife of "Shree Rama". Yes , Swami Vivekananda has talked about Sita in his lectures. These are few quotes ...


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Lord Shiva is never born from A garbh of a pregnant women. This never happened since the beginning of Universe. Lord Shiva just appears and disappears. It is wrong to say human beings which are born are Shiva Avatar. People claiming to be an Avatar of Shiva are misleading people. Sources: Shiv Mahapuran


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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, recorded by Mahendranāth Gupta, who wrote the book under the pseudonym of "M." I will provide an answer from this book translated into English by Swami ...


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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 page no. 92. Please have a look on kathamrita. Translation of the highlighted part: [Sri Ramakrishna says to Balarama] In my present state of my mind I can ...


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See the following Hatha Yoga Pradipika verse: Brahmacharyaratasyaiva nityam hitamitasinah Mandaladdrsyate siddhih kundalyabhyasayoghinah|| Only one who delights in the life of celibate (brahmacharin), and always conforms to a moderate and salutary diet, and who practices Yoga in the form of stimulating Kundalini approaches Siddhi within ...


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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 it to be, whether or not there are yugas, what the exact date is, is not important. It is important to understand what Vivekananda is talking about in the ...


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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, Complete works. "Why should I marry," was his abrupt response to a comment on all he had renounced in becoming a monk, "when I see in every woman only ...


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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 philosophy, as it is generally called at the present day, really comprises all the various sects that now exist in India. Thus there have been various ...


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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 of India. In the first place, we have to understand a little about our scriptures. Two ideals of truth are in our scriptures; the one is, what we call ...


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According to Sripad Ramanujacharya, Vyasa is actually defending the worship of tetrad of divine manifestation in the Brahma Sutras rather than criticising it. This is what Sripad Ramanujacharya in His "Sri-Bhashya" says while commenting on the Adhyaya 2, Pada 2 , Verses 42-43 of the Brahma Sutras: ...If Sankarshana, Pradyumna, and Aniruddha are of the ...


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