Sisters and Brothers.
I am privileged, honoured and blessed to present my understanding on the message and teachings of Swami Vivekananda who was an Enlightened Monk, a great reformer, a preaching Nationalist, a great humanist and an illuminated soul. His master Sri Ramakrishna Paramhansa said in spiritual love with tears of joy and in a sobbing voice, “You are Nar Rupi Narayan-incarnation of Narayan (God). You are Gyan - Siddha (Enlightened) Puratan Sanyasi. You have come for reform, awakening, removing the miseries of people and for service to humanity”. Later Thakur denied him Nirivakal Samadhi -- Liberation- Union with God. He told him to serve humanity which is worship of God.
In Chicago, USA Swami Vivekananda said with the voice of a lion, “I am proud to belong to a religion- Hinduism, which has taught the world both Universal tolerance and acceptance. We accept all religions as True. The Hindu religion is the oldest surviving religion without a beginning and an end. It is perpetual and eternal (sanatana). It is based on divine revelation and realisation. It was the communication with cosmic entity (God) by the several enlightened rishis, saints and sages.
He addressed, “Hear, Ye children of Immortal bliss”. It is sin to call a man a sinner. It is a standing label on human nature. Come up, O Lions- shake off the delusion that you are sheep, you are soul, immortal, spirit free, blessed and eternal. Ye are not matter, ye are not bodies. Matter is your servant, not you the servant of matter.
God is everywhere – the Almighty and the all merciful. He is our father, mother and friend. He is the source of all strength. Love Him for love’s sake. Live in this world like a lotus leaf. Soul is divine. When the soul becomes perfect and enlightened it is freed from the bondage of body matter. Bondage can fall off through the mercy of God. Mercy comes on the pure. God reveals Himself to the pure heart. On attaining perfection, one lives a life of bliss infinite. The ultimate happiness is reached with universal consciousness.
Science is in finding unity. Its goal is to reach perfect unity. Chemistry’s goal is to discover one element out of which all others could be made. Physics discovers one energy of which all others are but manifestations. So, science has proved that physical individuality is a delusion. Advaita said that Unity is the necessary conclusion of the other counterpart of the soul. There is one universal soul. All other souls are delusive manifestation of that universal soul. Lord Krishna said in Gita that the entire Universe has been manifested from my form. All beings are dependent upon me, but I am not dependent on them.
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mayā tatam idaḿ sarvaḿ
na cāhaḿ teṣv avasthitaḥ
He is retaining this universe by a single fragment of Himself. Manifestation and not creation is the word of science.
Every religion is evolving a God out of material man. It is the same light coming through the glasses of different colours. The pictures of all bodies and all things are only rays of light streaming out of that one sacred light. Behold everywhere the pure spirit. We are children of the Almighty. We are sparks of the infinite divine force. Losing faith in one’s self means losing faith in God. Work for union with whole humanity and God. Perform selfless action for the welfare of all – His manifestation. Be free from attachment, fear and anger and fully absorbed in God. Be purified by knowledge and devotion. Meditation may help to attain union with Him. Have unwavering faith in God. Love parents. Have balanced and healthy food. Food contains all the energies that build the body and mind. Avoid indigestible meal, meat and alcohol. It is hard to control body and mind with these foods.
Every youth must develop his personality with the characteristics of individuality. Play the role efficiently with perfection. Be self-motivated. Do hard work with devotion. Have integrity and discipline. Have faith in self and love for all and the Supreme Lord. Have muscles of iron and nerves of steel. Be courageous and fearless. Face the brutes. Face the Maya. Face the Death. Cowards can never be victorious.
God is pleased where women are held in esteem. There is no chance for the welfare of the world unless the condition of women is improved. It is not possible for a bird to fly on one wing. Do work for the freedom and equality of women. Realise her importance for the functioning of home and society.
Women are coming forward with a combination of a mother’s heart and hero’s will.
Swami Vivekananda said, “I believe in God, I believe in Man. I believe in helping the miserable. I believe in going even to hell to save others. I may have to be born again because I have fallen in love with man.”
Love and service will make our every word sound like thunderbolt.
After his father’s death, he was in dire calamities of having no food for days together for the family and himself. He could not even get job though was a graduate. His master told him to go to Mother Kali and ask her. He could not ask for himself though he went thrice to the goddess. He asked, “Beloved Ma, give me wisdom, conscience, intelligence, love for all and Ma and service to humanity.” He was blessed by his Master for having the simple essentials of life.
Brothers and Sisters let us awake, arise and work hard with devotion righteously and selflessly for the welfare of humanity listening to the call given by Swami Vivekananda and Lord Krishna in Mahabharata. Let us serve the Living God who is in all and outside all.
Love is religion. Love is God. Service to humanity is worship of God.