VEDANTA AS A FACTOR IN CIVILIZATION -2. "Students duty to study, and not politics; Teachers duty to teach, and not politics, Today, few teachers and students take stupid lessons from some foolish political parties and leaders, such as Communists, Congress, and stupid bunch;" Listen What Swami Vivekananda says -
Respected family members of this great holy Nation.
VERY IMPORTANT FOR THE PRESENT DAY STUDENTS : -
Sub : VEDANTA AS A FACTOR IN CIVILISATION -2.
(Extract from an address delivered at Airlie Lodge, Ridge way Gardens, England)
Ref : Students duty to study, and not politics; Teachers duty to teach, and not politics, Today, few teachers and students take stupid lessons from some foolish political parties and leaders, such as Communists, Congress, and stupid bunch; Listen What Swami Vivekananda says -
It is remarkable also that the possession of India by a foreign power has always been a turning-point in the history of that power, bringing to it wealth, prosperity, dominion, and spiritual ideas.
While the Western man tries to measure how much it is possible for him to possess and to enjoy, the Eastern seems to take the opposite course, and to measure how little of material possessions he can do with.
In the Vedas we trace the endeavor of that ancient people to find God.
In their search for Him they came upon different strata; beginning with ancestor worship, they passed on to the worship of Agni, the fire-god, of Indra, the god of thunder, and of Varuna, the God of gods.
We find the growth of this idea of God, from many gods to one God, in all religions; its real meaning is that He is the chief of the tribal gods, who creates the world, rules it, and sees into every heart; the stages of growth lead up from a multiplicity of gods to monotheism.
This anthropomorphic conception, however, did not satisfy the Hindus, it was too human for them who were seeking the Divine.
Therefore they finally gave up searching for God in the outer world of sense and matter, and turned their attention to the inner world.
Is there an inner world? And what is it? It is Atma. It is the Self, it is the only thing an individual can be sure of.
If he knows himself, he can know the universe, and not otherwise. The same question was asked in the beginning of time, even in the Rig-Veda, in another
"Who or what existed from the beginning?"
That question was gradually solved by the Vedanta philosophy.
The Atma existed.
That is to say, what we call the Absolute, the Universal Soul, the Self, is the force by which from the beginning all things have been and are and will be manifested.
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