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|Collection of Thoughts from Hindu Mystics - Part III (standard:non fiction, 2989 words) [3/4] show all parts|
|Author: Juggernaut||Added: Nov 27 2010||Views/Reads: 1133/1391||Part vote: 0.00 (0 votes)|
|Collection of thoughts from Swami Vivekananda|
Collection of Thoughts from Hindu Mystics – Part III Subba Rao Swami Vivekananda on Universal Religion Universal religion must be able to show how to realize the philosophy that teaches us that this world is one, that there is but one existence in the universe. For a mystic, such a religion shall provide science of mental analysis; for emotional people, share their laugh and devotion in the name of the lord. If the energetic worker comes, work with him with all energy without expecting rewards. And this combination will be the ideal of the nearest approach to a Universal Religion. Such a universal religion is attained by what we in India call Yoga-union. To the worker, it is the union between men and the whole of humanity also called Karma-Yoga. To the mystic, between his lower and higher self also called Raja-Yoga. To the lover, union between himself and the God, also called Bhakti-Yoga, and to the philosopher, it is the union of all existence also called Jnana or Gyana-Yoga. Karma-yoga is the attainment of God through work. Many of us squander away the great portion of our energies because we do not know the secret of work. Karma-yogi explains this secret and teaches how to work for work's sake, unattached, without caring who is helped, and what for. The karma-yogi works because it is his nature, because he feels that good for him to do so and he has no object beyond that. Karma-yogi knows that he is giving and does not ask for anything in return and therefore he avoids the misery. Examples of Karma-yogis are Mahatma Gandhi, Martin Luther king Jr., Mother Teresa, Nelson Mandela and others. The whole subject of studying Raja-Yoga is to bring the mind under control. Raja-yoga is the psychological way to union. The only method of acquiring knowledge (from man to highest yogi), all have to use the same method, and the method is called concentration. The more the power of concentration, the more knowledge is acquired. The process of concentration is the only key to the treasure house of knowledge. Bhakta-Yoga is for the man of emotional nature, the lover. He wants to love God, he relies upon, and uses all sorts of forms, rituals, flowers, incense and all such things in expressing his love towards God. The world's greatest spiritual giants have all been produced only by these religious sects which have been in possession of very rich mythology and rituals. All sects that attempted to worship God without any form or ceremony or ritual were crushed without any mercy during the past history. Therefore do not belittle these rituals and mythologies. Let people practice the ritualistic devotion towards God. God to Bhakti-Yogis is something tangible, the only thing that is real, they feel, hear and see him and love him. Bhakti yoga teaches how to love without any ulterior motives. Loving God and loving the good because it is good to do so, not for going to heaven, acquire wealth or anything else. Jnana (Gyana) -Yogi is the philosopher, the thinker who wants to go beyond the visible. To say God is the Father or the Mother, the creator of the Universe, its protector and guide is to him is quite inadequate to express him. To Jnana yogi, God is life of his life, the soul of his soul. God is his own self. Jnana yogi teaches that he is essentially divine. It shows to mankind the real unity of being and each one of us is the Lord God himself manifested on the earth. Vedanta only can be the universal religion that it is already the existing universal religion in the world, because it teaches principles not persons. No religion built upon a person can be taken up as a universal religion. Vedantic religion does not require any personal authority such as Christ, Buddha or Mohammed to attest its validity and universal applicability. Hindus can worship in churches, mosques or any other places of worship since they believe in universality of every religion despite believers of other faiths who may not consider Hinduism as a universal religion. Click here to read the rest of this story (263 more lines)
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