Thoughts of Vivekananda
His Words and Ideas Unchain Ignorance
He looked into things worldly as well as spiritual from an empirical standpoint, which exposed their deeper and essential meanings before his eyes and intellect. His extensive travels throughout India and later to America, Europe and the Middle East, and his unbound love for humankind always added an illimitable dimension to whatever he saw and thought.
Since his initial days in the West he constantly met people who had no idea about India, both as a country and Her ancient spiritual legacy. The Swami had to devise a completely new style and approach in making the essence of Indian religion and philosophies understandable to those foreign people. Today history knows the extent of his success in this regard. This has made his words so lively, inspiring, and full of irresistible power to change the course of our thinking. His words here have the power to answer many deeper questions of life which normally remain unanswered to many.
THE REAL ME
Let not his character be judged by seeing me. It was so great that if I or any other of his disciples spent hundreds of lives, we could not do justice to a millionth part of what he really was.
Some of us do understand that his life and teachings are to our gain, but their the matter ends. It is beyond our power even to make an attempt to put those precepts into practice in our own lives, far less to consign our whole body and soul to the huge waives of harmony of Jnana and Bhakti that Shri Ramakrishna has raised.
I am the disciple of a man who could not write his own name, and I am not worthy to undo his shoes. How often have I wished I could take my intellect and through it into the Ganges!
My devotion is the dog's devotion. I have been wrong so often and he (Shri Ramakrishna) has always been right, and now I trust his judgement blindly.
Let none regret that they were difficult to convince! I fought my Master for six years with the result that I know every inch of the way! Every inch of the way!
One of the greatest lessons I have learnt in my life is to pay as much attention to the means of work as to its end. He was a great man from whom I learnt it, and his whole life was a practical demonstration of this great principle.
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