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Why Swami Vivekananda wished India's future had strong Muslim bodies and Vedantic souls

[Book excerpt] To Sister Nivedita, he mentioned his admiration for the Mughal policy of taking Hindu brides.

In his addresses in India, Vivekananda made no mention of his Vedanta lectures. His focus was completely different. His emphasis was on the deprived and the underprivileged people of the country, in serving whom one would serve god. Spirituality was not for the weak or possible on an empty stomach. He sought, therefore, to create mass consciousness through education, regenerate the people by creating a national character, and believed social reform measures would follow in due course since they could not be forced on a people not ready for them.

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