world are due to this kind of us being pinned down but we are quite unaware of this. SwamiVivekananda forewarns man that if he is not ready to give up his selfishness and be ready to share hislife with others, disaster is in the offing
that, this Nature will rob off his material and mental wealth.He will eventually lead an evacuated life.
Sharing is life.
If we are selfish, to that degree we won’t share our life with others. To that degree, we
will ignore the pain and sufferings of others. We may shut against the flow of life and simply suffer.
Can’t we share a loaf of bread with others? We may profess socialism and communism but live in
reclusiveness, within our pupa stage. We train our children to be selfish from their early childhood.Man can solve many of his problems if he wills to share his life. A man who lies bleeding on the road is ahelpless creature. Most of the passersby have their excuses for not lending a helping hand on groundsof legal tangles but they forget about one thing. If that bleeding man is your friend or somebody relatedto you, would you not rush into the scene forgetting all the legal tangles? What has made such adifference? Here, you had a selfless feeling or a feeling akin to you. You had no selfish motive at thisinstance. You saw your own mirror image in the man and hence rushed to help him. Such a way of seeing our own mirror image in the streaming world is only possible with a degree of selflessness. Thisis the truth. If we begin to see our mirror image in the world around us, we will begin to love help thewhole mankind going beyond all differences. This can really solve many issues that have beenpurchasing peace at the moment.He had a clear vision about the concept of religion. During the lecture that he delivered in the UniversalChurch, Pasadena, California on January 29, 1900, he spake thus:-
“Are all the religions of the world really contradictory? I do not mean the external forms in which great
thoughts are clad. I do not mean the different buildings, languages, rituals, books etc. employed invarious religions, but I mean the internal soul of every religion. Every religion has a soul behind it, and that soul may differ from the soul of another religion; but are they contradictory? Do they contradict or supplement each other?- that is the question. I took up the question when I was quite a boy, and havebeen studying it all my life. I believe that they are not contradictory; they are supplementary. Eachreligion, as it were, takes up one part of the great universal truth, and spends its whole force inembodying and typifying that part of the great truth. That is the idea. System after system arises, eachone embodying a great idea, and ideals must be added to ideals. And this is the march of humanity.Man never progresses from error to truth, but from truth to truth, from lesser truth to higher truth. Take four photographs of this church from different corners: how different they would look, and yet they would all represent this church. In the same way, we are all looking at truth from different standpoints,which vary according to our birth, education, surroundings, and so on. We are viewing truth, getting asmuch of it as these circumstances will permit, colouring the truth with our own heart, understanding it with our own intellect, and grasping it with our own mind. We can only know as much of truth as it related to us, as much of it as we are able to receive. This makes the difference between man and man,and occasions sometimes even contradictory ideas; yet we all belong to the same universal truth. My idea, therefore, is that all these religions are different forces in the economy of God, working for the