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The gods have given,the sun has given,the earth has given,the three Sarasvatîs, of onemind, have given Antsas poison-destroying (remedy)! That water, O ants, which thegods poured for you into the dry land, with this (water), sent forthby the gods, do ye destroy this poison! Thou art the daughter of the Asuras, thou art the sister of theDevas. Sprung from heaven and earth, thou didst render the poison devoid of strength.-Atharva Veda
Hymn to the Ants
June, 2013 Vivekananda Kendra-
Newsletter Vol:5 No:4
Service to humanity is the highest form of worship – Swami Vivekananda
The theory of evolution, which is thefoundation of almost all the Indianschools of thought, has now madeits way into the physical science of Europe. It has been held by thereligions of all other countries exceptIndia that the universe in its entiretyis composed of parts distinctlyseparate from each other. God,nature, man—each stands by itself,isolated from one another; likewise,beasts, birds, insects, trees, theearth, stones, metals, etc., are alldistinct from one another; Godcreated them separate from thebeginning.Knowledge is to find unity in themidst of diversity—to establish unityamong things which appear to us tobe different from one another. Thatparticular relation by which manfinds this sameness is called Law.This is what is known as NaturalLaw.I have said before that our education, intelligence, and thoughtare all spiritual, all find expression inreligion.In the West, their manifestation is inthe external—in the physical andsocial planes.Thinkers in ancient India graduallycame to understand that that idea of separateness was erroneous, thatthere was a connection among allthose distinct objects—there was aunity which pervaded the wholeuniverse—trees, shrubs, animals,men, Devas, even God Himself; the Advaitin reaching the climax in thisline of thought declared all to be butthe manifestations of the One. Inreality, the metaphysical and thephysical universe are one, and thename of this One is Brahman; andthe perception of separateness isan error—they called it Mâyâ, Avidyâ or nescience. This is the endof knowledge.
If this matter is notcomprehended at the present dayby anyone … how is one to beregarded as an educated scholar (Pandit)?
[An excerpt from SwamiVivekananda’s lecture ‘Progressof Civilization]