Frases de Swami Vivekananda
Fecha de nacimiento: 12. Enero 1863
Fecha de muerte: 4. Julio 1902
Swami Vivekananda fue un pensador, místico y líder religioso indio, discípulo de Ramakrishna.
Fue el primero y más famoso de los líderes espirituales indios del siglo XIX.
Propagó por Occidente la escuela hinduísta de aduaita de la doctrina vedanta y en 1897 fundó la organización Ramakrishna Mission y dos años después la orden monástica Ramakrishna Math. Viajó a Chicago en 1893 para participar en el Parlamento Mundial de Religiones, en el que fue orador. Tras el Congreso se dedicó a difundir su mensaje por varias ciudades de Estados Unidos y escribió diversos libros sobre el mensaje de la escuela vedanta. Introdujo simultáneamente el yoga y el vedanta en Estados Unidos e Inglaterra con sus conferencias, seminarios y discursos privados de doctrina vedanta.
Vivekananda fue el primer religioso hinduista en viajar a Occidente.[cita requerida]
Frases Swami Vivekananda
„A fool may buy all the books in the world, and they will be in his library; but he will be able to read only those that he deserves to.“
— Swami Vivekananda, Complete Works of Swami Vivekananda, 9 Vols.
„Shiva is that master, and this world is His garden, and there are two sorts of gardeners here; the one who is lazy, hypocritical, and does nothing, only talking about Shiva's beautiful eyes and nose and other features; and the other, who is taking care of Shiva's children, all those that are poor and weak, all animals, and all His creation.“
— Swami Vivekananda
Context: A rich man had a garden and two gardeners. One of these gardeners was very lazy and did not work; but when the owner came to the garden, the lazy man would get up and fold his arms and say, "How beautiful is the face of my master", and dance before him. The other gardener would not talk much, but would work hard, and produce all sorts of fruits and vegetables which he would carry on his head to his master who lived a long way off. Of these two gardeners, which would be the more beloved of his master? Shiva is that master, and this world is His garden, and there are two sorts of gardeners here; the one who is lazy, hypocritical, and does nothing, only talking about Shiva's beautiful eyes and nose and other features; and the other, who is taking care of Shiva's children, all those that are poor and weak, all animals, and all His creation. Which of these would be the more beloved of Shiva? Certainly he that serves His children. He who wants to serve the father must serve the children first. He who wants to serve Shiva must serve His children — must serve all creatures in this world first. It is said in the Shâstra that those who serve the servants of God are His greatest servants. So you will bear this in mind.
— Swami Vivekananda
Context: Buddha is the only prophet who said, I do not care to know your various theories about God. What is the use of discussing all the subtle doctrines about the soul? Do good and be good.