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.
„The unselfish man says, "I will be last, I do not care to go to heaven, I will even go to hell if by doing so I can help my brothers." This unselfishness is the test of religion. He who has more of this unselfishness is more spiritual and nearer to Shiva. Whether he is learned or ignorant, he is nearer to Shiva than anybody else, whether he knows it or not.“
— Swami Vivekananda
Context: Let me tell you again that you must be pure and help any one who comes to you, as much as lies in your power. And this is good Karma. By the power of this, the heart becomes pure (Chitta-shuddhi), and then Shiva who is residing in every one will become manifest. He is always in the heart of every one. If there is dirt and dust on a mirror, we cannot see our image. So ignorance and wickedness are the dirt and dust that are on the mirror of our hearts. Selfishness is the chief sin, thinking of ourselves first. He who thinks, "I will eat first, I will have more money than others, and I will possess everything", he who thinks, "I will get to heaven before others I will get Mukti before others" is the selfish man. The unselfish man says, "I will be last, I do not care to go to heaven, I will even go to hell if by doing so I can help my brothers." This unselfishness is the test of religion. He who has more of this unselfishness is more spiritual and nearer to Shiva. Whether he is learned or ignorant, he is nearer to Shiva than anybody else, whether he knows it or not. And if a man is selfish, even though he has visited all the temples, seen all the places of pilgrimage, and painted himself like a leopard, he is still further off from Shiva.
— Swami Vivekananda
Context: Faith, faith, faith in ourselves, faith, faith in God, this is the secret of greatness. If you have faith in all the three hundred and thirty millions of your mythological Gods, and in all the Gods which foreigners have now and again introduced into your midst, and still have no faith in yourselves, there is no salvation for you.