Friday, April 30, 2010

A paragraph from Complete works of Swami Vivekananda

A paragraph from Complete works of Swami Vivekananda

Discussion between Vamsi and Natarajan Amirapu.

Ram asks:

Dear Nataraj anna,

I didn't understand the meaning of this paragraph. Please explain the meaning of this paragraph.

"Their minds have been turned to external nature and nature's God. Look within yourself and find the truth that you had [forgotten]. Is it possible for mind to come out of this dream without the help of the gods? Once you start the action, there is no help unless the merciful Father takes us out. That would not be freedom, even at the hands of the merciful God. Slavery is slavery. The chain of gold is quite as bad as the chain of iron. Is there a way out?"

Natarajan Amirapu answers:

Dear Ram,

Chain is a chain, everywhere. There is a theory that man will not be able to find salvation unless God gives his assent out of his mercy. Swamiji says that cannot be true according to Karma Yoga. We get what we work for. Nobody has any power to stop us from getting what we deserve.

Historically, the religious teachers started teaching that everything depended on the will of God and man is not capable of exercising his own will. This teaching took was given so much of importance that our people and our nation on the whole became inactive and inert. This can be broken only by giving a correct interpretation of the teaching. That is why Swamiji taught that man is God himself but in a delusion and he can break the cage and make himself free irrespective of any other external influence even that of some God sitting high in the sky.

And then, all that divinity is within yourself and man has to free oneself by one's own effort. "Uddharet Aatmanaatmaanam" Gita.

Naturally the paragraph shows the disgust of Swamiji at the inertness that has come over the land.

Read more. As time passes you will understand everything properly.

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