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for days and days I had no food, and often could walk no further; I would sink down under a tree, and life would seem to be ebbing away. I could not speak, I could scarcely think, but at last the mind reverted to the idea: "I have no fear nor d eath; never was I born, never did I die; I never hunger or thirst. I am It! I am It! The whole of nature cannot crush me; it is my servant. Assert thy strength, thou Lord of lords and God of gods! Regain thy lost empire! Arise and walk and stop not!" And I would rise up, reinvigorated; and here I am today, living! Thus , whenever darkness comes, assert the reality and everything adverse must vanish . For after all, it is but a dream. Mountain-high though the difficulties appear , terrible and gloomy though all things seem, they are but Maya. Fear not, and i t is banished. Crush it, and it vanishes. Stamp upon it, and it dies. Practical Vedanta Let us calmly and in a manly fashion go to work, instead of dissipating our ener gy in unnecessary frettings and fumings. I, for one, thoroughly believe that no power in the universe can withhold from anyone anything he really deserves. Vol 4. Reply to the Calcutta Adress The whole life is a succession of dreams. My ambition is to be a conscious dream er, that is all. Letter to Mary Hale. From New York: February 10, 1896. Complete Works, 5.100. "The mother's heart, the hero's will The sweetness of the southern breeze, The sacred charm and strength that dwell On Aryan altars, flaming, free; All these be yours and many more No ancient soul could dream beforeBe thou to India's future son The mistress, servant, friend in one." A benediction written to Sister Nivedita, in Complete Works Vol. 6 I am proud to belong to a religion which has taught the world both tolerance and universal acceptance. We believe not only in universal toleration, but we accep t all religions as true. As different streams having different sources all mingl e their waters in the sea, so different tendencies, various though they appear, crooked or straight, all lead to God. As quoted in Encyclopaedia of Hindu Gods and Goddesses (1998) by Suresh Chandra Viveka Vaani Each soul is potentially divine. The goal is to manifest this divinity within, b y controlling nature, external and internal. Do this either by work, or worship, or psychic control, or philosophy by one, or more, or all of these and be free. This is the whole of religion. Doctrines, or dogmas, or rituals, or books, or t emples, or forms, are but secondary details. The whole universe is one. There is only one Self in the universe, only One Exis tence. You cannot believe in God until you believe in yourself. Pearls of Wisdom (2008) Give me few men and women who are pure and selfless and I shall shake the world. Pearls of Wisdom (2008) edited by the Ramakrishna Mission In a day when you don't come across any problems you can be sure that you are tr aveling in the wrong path. Arise, Awake and Stop not till the Goal is Reached. To succeed, you must have tremendous perseverance, tremendous will. I will drink the ocean , says the persevering soul; at my will mountains will crumble up . Have th at sort of energy, that sort of will; work hard, and you will reach the goal. Let positive, strong, helpful thoughts enter into your brains from very childhoo d. Lay yourselves open to these thoughts, and not to weakening and paralysing on es. Never mind failures; they are quite natural, they are the beauty of life, these
but they alone live who live for others. what man "learns" is really what he discovers by taking the cover off his own soul. the strength. . When we really begin to live in the world. That man has reached immortality who is disturbed by nothing material. and the sense enjoyments are simply something throu gh which we are passing now in the hope of getting better things. everything that binds vanishes. feel like Buddha and you will be a Bu ddha. and all the du . and the sooner it is got rid of. and if you fail a thousand times. the mistakes. Weakness is death. Say. Condemn none: if you can stretch out a helping hand. without which no amount of intellectual activity can reach God. be what he "discovers" or "unveils". struggle on in patience. Whatever you do for your own sake is not religion. and not before. bless your brothers. The refore. It is feeling that is the life. All differences in this world are of degree. Have faith in yourselves ! The spirit is the cause of all our thoughts and body-action. fold your hands. make the attempt once more.failures. If money help a man to do good to others. but it is only a cow never a man. heat or cold. We must overcome difficulty by constant practice. We must learn that nothing can happen to us unless we make ourselves susceptible to it. then we understand what is meant by b rotherhood or mankind. devote yourself to it. and let them go their own way. Now this knowledge is inherent in man. I shall never be able to destroy. and strive at the same time to make the ideal as near as possible to the Truth. So never mind these failures. but if not. To devote your life to the good of all and to the happiness of all is religion. You cannot believe in God until you believe in yourself. and I am free. none can make you spir itual. the vanities of the world are transient. What would life be without them? It would not be worth having if it we re not for struggles. Take the whole responsibility on your own shoulders. The world is the great gymnasium where we come to make ourselves strong. This life is short. External nature is only internal nature writ large. Strength is Life. the vitality. and that very thing prov es that it will have to be undone by me alone. . the more our hearts will be purified . This misery that I am suffering is of my own doing. the better. and God will be in them. What we say a man "knows. If you cannot. it is of some value. All the stren gth and succour you want is within ourselves. The greatest religion is to be true to your own nature. N o knowledge comes from outside: it is all inside. The more we come out and do good to others. and the sun wil l rise for you. None can teach you. that which is created by someone else. Give me few men and women who are pure and selfless and I shall shake the world. and not of kind. You have to grow from the inside out. Where would be the poetry of life? Never mind the struggle s. I never heard a cow tell a lie. That which I created. I can demoli sh. The will is not free it is a phenomenon bound by cause and effect but there is somet hing behind the will which is free. There is no other teacher but your own soul. stand up. the rest are more dead than alive. be bold. Feel like Christ and you will be a Christ. do so. pleasure or pain. Take up an idea. Education is the manifestation of perfection present already in man. in strict psychological language. it is simply a mass of evil. hold the ideal a thous and times. . but it is untouched by good or evil. and everything. The moment I have realized God sitting in the temple of every human body. Our duty is to encourage every one in his struggle to live up to his own highest idea. because oneness is the secret of everything. and know that you are the creators of your own destiny. The goal of mankind is knowledge. be strong. the mo ment I stand in reverence before every human being and see God in him that moment I am free from bondage. these little backslidings. There is nothing beyond God." sho uld. which is a mine of infinite knowledge.
the tiger. It is we who have put our hands before our eyes and cry that it is dark. Truth is the nature of all souls. Thus by knowing God. and that you have no power and you cannot do this and that. although it lends its light to everything. Everything in the world is good. as in all other mat ters. Comfort is no test of truth. or physical weakness. It is our own mental attitude which makes the world what it is for us. All the powers in the universe are already ours. They know that the soul of all religions is the same and so they have no quarrel with anybody just beca use he or she does not speak in the same tongue. and though like straws and scraps of paper we may at times float aimlessly about . or to think so. The saint. Such are the different pearls. That is a lesson for all life face the terrible. The Vedanta recognizes no sin it only recognizes error. this is the only sin others are weak. If faith in ourselves had been more extensively taught and practiced. A tremendous stream is flowing toward the ocean. yet each one can be true. in the long run we are sure to join the Ocean of Life and Bliss. that we do not ha ve to wait for death to reach it. Where can we go to find God if we cannot see Him in our own hearts and in every living being. on the contrary. All that is real in me is God. discard everything that weakens you. are entirely unconscious of it. The Vedanta teaches that Nirvana can be attained here and now. The gulf between Go d and me is thus bridged. a miserable creature. face it boldly. we find that the kingdom of heave n is within us. even the murderer. as far as they have any reality. Truth is nobody s property. however.alism of nature. no individual can lay a ny exclusive claim to it. Truth can be stated in a thousand different ways. All who have actually attained any real religious experience never wrangle over the form in which the different religions are expressed. Anything that is secret and mysterious in these systems of yoga should be at onc e rejected. sincere. Anything that brings spiritual. The best guide in life is strength. and indomitable will must s how. throw the burden on yourselves! In one word. In religion. It is the greatest heresy to say that you are weak. says the Vedanta is to say that you are weak. mental. think that you are not unders tanding it in the right light. Our thoug ht make things beautiful. have nothing to do with it. . truth is often far from being comfort able. All knowledge that the world has ever received comes from the mind. and af ter having once known that. and God is the thread that runs through all of them. because there i s nothing else. The whole world is in o ur own minds. never again can one be delud ed by the mirage of personality. the lamb. All is the Self or Brahman. "I am the thread that runs through all these pearls. if only for an instant. no race. All truth is eternal. touch it not with the toes of your feet. A few heart-whole. Nirvana is the realization of the Self. the hardships of life fall back when we cease to flee before the m. Face the brutes. Li ke the monkeys. And the greatest error. is holy and beautiful. and energetic men and women can do more in a year th an a mob in a century. Never think there is anything impossible for the soul. all that is real in God is I. the sinner. Learn to see things in the proper light. that you are a sinner.that there is meaning behind everything. our thoughts make things ugly. If you see something evil. the infinite library of the universe is in our own mind. can be nothing else. carrying us all along with it. believe in this wo rld -. First. I am sure a very large portion of the evils and miseries that we have would have vanished." and each pearl is a religi on or even a sect thereof. this ideal is that you are divine. Are great things ever done smoothly? Time. If there is sin. patience. most people.
believe in the world that there is meaning behind everything. infinite energy. take good food. Everything must be sacrificed. Both the forces of good and evil will keep the universe alive for us. the whole scene changes . Come out into the broad light of day. we should see a physi cian. infinite enthusiasm. an d infinite patience then alone can great deeds be accomplished. you are a dream. at the expense of other bodies. The same world which was the ghastly battlefield of maya is now changed into s omething good and beautiful. You are the God of this universe. eve ry action that retards it is evil. infinite daring. just let God work. load after lo ad of ignorance will vanish. Every action that helps us manifest our divine nature more and more is good. whatever else it may be. to keep it nice. Put out self. instead of dissipating our energy in unnecessary fretting and fuming. it is His business. f orget it. stretc h out your arms and embrace it with love. Always say. Go ahead! Don't look back forward. If you are. Everything in the universe is yours. No eyes can see the real forces. Be a hero. Be perfectly resigned. you really are Being. But the intelligent ones are those who can convert every work into one that suit s their taste. highest ideals. Blows are what awaken us and help to break the dream. fear is unrighteousness. ther efore as soon as they are becoming prominent in our minds. and out of that will come great work. As soon as you know the voice and understand what it is. Every individual is a center for the manifestation of a certain force. without going into a single church or temple. place them day and night befo re you. to protect it . and inequality this is the trinity of bondage. we can only see the results. perfectly unconcerned. Bl iss (satchidananda). Fill the brain with high thoughts. They show us the insuffici ency of this world and make us long to escape. opposition. then you and I become separat e. ignorance. but when we know ourselves to be the One.Are you unselfish? That is the question. Even the greatest fool can accomplish a task if it were after his or her heart. fear goes. for that one sentiment: universalit y. and each one of us is born with this force at our back. Tell this to everyone Have no fear. you have felt God. Despondency is not religion. fear is hell. and rest. I want to preserve it. As long as we believe ourselves to be even the least different from God. Astrology and all these mystical things are generally signs of a weak mind. I have no fear. mind. fear re mains with us. fear is sin. until we a wake from our dreams and give up this building of mud pies. If you every felt you wanted to do tha t. Delusion will vanish as the light becomes more and more effulgent. Every step I take in light is mine forever. All the negative thoughts and ideas that are in the world have proceeded from this evil spirit of fear. you will be perfect without reading a single religious book. As body. Those who think ahead of their time are sure to be misunderstood. of what can we be afraid? As soon as I think that I am a little body. fear is wrong life. Each work has to pass through these stages ridicule. First get rid of the delusion I am the body. come out from the little narrow paths. then alone can you do any true wor k. Do not look back upon what has been done. Do any deserve liberty who are not ready to give it to others? Let us calmly go to work. if necessary. First. . Consciousness. This forc e has been stored up as the resultant of our previous works. for how can the infinite soul rest content to live and die in small ruts? Come out into the universe of Light. Desire. and then will come a time when all else has disappe ared and the sun alone shines. then only will we want real knowledge . and then acceptan ce. Fear is death. to have freedom. or soul.
the Knower and the Master of nature . Knowledge can only be got in one way. already strong. the strength. and s tand up! It is feeling that is the life. you have to die every moment for it. If you want to have life. If we can bring ourselves down by our karma. I am watching my m ind act. and however knocked about we may be. whether we know it or not.Freedom can never be reached by the weak. impersonal. Tell your bod y that it is strong. Have you got the will to surmount mountain-high obstructions? If the whole world stands against you sword in hand. you are free this moment. This is knowledge. I. If there is one word that you find coming out like a bomb from the Upanishads. thoroughly believe that no power in the universe can withhold from a nyone anything he really deserves. and you will see that His grace will never come. God is self-evident. until at last you can entirely separate yourself from the mind an d actually know it to be apart from yourself. If you know that you are free. they are the falling and the rising of the same wave. Impurity is a mere superimposition under which your real nature has become hidde n. It is the cheerful mind that is persevering. says Vedanta. th e voice that you heard was right. Karma is the eternal assertion of human freedom. But remain idle. If you think that you are bound. If a piece of burning charcoal be placed on a man s head. It is the patient building of character. yet it is that alone that give s us an insight into the depths of our lives. I fervently wish no misery ever came near anyone. the way of experience. If superstition enters. I see that I am thinking. does it not? In our moments of ang uish. the Soul is t here and is never injured. Never mind if the next moment delusion comes and says. But remain idle. I am not the mind. God is merciful to those whom He sees struggling heart and soul for realization. Great work requires great and persistent effort for a long time. and the two form one whole. would you still dare to do what you think is right? He whom the sages have been seeking in all these places is in our own hearts. knowle dge of freedom. But the real you is already perfect. We are that Infinite. b ursting like a bombshell upon masses of ignorance. Similar will be the struggle for freedom of those who really under stand that they are slaves of nature. which alone will tell in the future of humanity. I am free. without any struggle. without which no amo unt of intellectual activity can reach God. Dehypnotize the whole thing. Hold to the idea. see how he struggles to throw it off. Throw away all weakness. and each day the identification of yourself with thoughts and feelings w ill grow less. and have unbounded faith and hope in yourself. surely it is in our power to raise ourselves by our own karma. Freedom is the goal of all nature. you make your own bondage. without any struggle. However we may receive blows. He is behind all worship and it is being done according to Hi m. the brain is gone. it is the word fearlessness. Character has t o be established through a thousand stumbles. the Lord of all. you remain bound. there is no other w . Go on saying. omniscient. God is very merciful to those whom He sees struggling heart and soul for spiritu al realization. It is the strong mind that hews its way through a thousand difficulties. the vitality. tell your mind that it is strong. for one. and you will see that His grace will nev er come. gates barred forever seem to open and let in many a flood of light. Is there any sex-distinction in the Atman (Self)? Out with the differentiation b etween man and woman all is Atman! Give up the identification with the body. Life and death ar e only different expressions of the same thing looked at from different standpoi nts. but the direction you gave to th e voice was wrong. I a m bound. the intense struggle to realize the tru th.
mental. knowing our universal nature. You are the Self (atman). serve the Lord Himself. Let us worship the spirit in spirit. whether it hurts or not. the surface glitter merely. So it should be with God. but bigotry is worse. Tell the truth boldly. It is liberty to be affected by nothing . and worship all the god s there are [but] unless you realize the Self (atman). and know that you are the creator of your own destiny. abov e all. you can only serve: serve the children of the Lord. the sign of life. and everyone as God. Let us not depend upon the world for pleasure. and spiritual and he lp others to do so. No on e needs to be told it is warm. As long as the body lives. weak-minded. Soft-brained people. Let the foundation be s pirit. the surface glitter merely. Our supreme duty is to advance toward freedom physical. So long as there is desire or want. has its seat. let them go. power. the sign of h ealth. Pray all the time. is born and dies. and the sign of everything that is good. the culmination spirit. Never pander to weakness. and worship all the god s there are . mind go to death. If there is a God. as a study. All the strength and s uccor you want is within yourself. One ha s to be free. the soo . love. but the Self we see as Vivekananda is never born and never dies. but it is the heart that is the seat of all power. Religion as a science. strength in the mind. The man Vivekana nda is in nature. the sign of hope.ay to know. Stand as a rock. Stand up. Strength is the sign of vigor. read all the scriptures in the world. standing on spirit. all can discover it for themselves. Stand upon the Self.. We neither go nor come. and perseverance are the three essentials to success and. We are the Infinite already. all can find Him. Learning and wisdom are superfluities. If tru th is too much for intelligent people and sweeps them away. Those who have no faith in themselves can nev er have faith in God. It is the eternal and unchangeable Reality. it is a sure sign that there is imperfection .You and I. Do not merely endure. be strong. there is no freedom. A perfect. You cannot help anyone. Perfection comes through selfless work. the middle spirit. Perfection does not come from belief or faith. Take a very high sta nd. free being cannot have any desire. but it is the heart that is the seat of all power. and as broad as the sky. One who leans on others cannot serve the God of Truth. woman. cannot find the truth. possessed of knowledge. be bold. Our first duty is not to hate ourselves. He should be a fact in the consciousness of every person. you are indestructible. Purity. is the greatest and healthiest exercise that the human mind can have. be unattached. Pray all the time. are trying to manifest that infinity.but unless you realize the Truth. Parrots can do that. because to advance we must have faith i n ourselves first and then in God. Look upon every man. No authority can save us. Religion has no business to formulate social laws and insist on the difference b etween beings. and all be ings. we must look with perfect calmness upon all th e panorama of the world. and activity. Nature. there must be strength in the body. only then can we truly love the world. Please everyone without becoming a hypocrite or a coward. the God of th e universe. Learning and wisdom are superfluities. if you have the privilege.. no beliefs. Perfection is always infinite. Therefore make your own future. read all the scriptures in the world. take what comes. Superstition is our great enemy. Neither seek nor avoid. Talk does not count for anything. strength in the hand. patience. chicken-hearted. because its aim and end is to obliterate all such fictions and mo nstrosities. Take the whole responsibility on your own shoulder s. It is not in the brain but in the heart th at the Atman. there is no freedom. body. not we.
The same Self when i t appears behind this little universe the body is the soul. body. you are the creator of the univers e. The power is with the silent ones. The idea of perfect womanhood is perfect independence. There cannot be friendship without equality. Never fear what will become of you. only One Exis tence. but only the pure in heart can see the King. Thank God for giving you this world as a moral gymnasium to help your developmen t. The strength and force of the blow come through conce ntration. so will the concentrated mind penetrate its own innermost secrets. The more sects there are. There is no help for you outside of yourself. The mind is but the subtle part of the body. and accomplish ve ry little work. w e waste so much energy. The varieties of religious belief are an advantage. Burst your own coco . The more you think of yourself as shining immortal spirit. The past was great no doubt. since all faiths are good. of yourself as matt er as dead. This is the intense des ire to be free. it is only the world for us. The essential thing in religion is making the heart pure. they are only blessed in being instrument s. Only the moment you reject all help are you free. the better we work. The first sign that you are becoming religious is that you are becoming cheerful . how to g ive it the necessary blow. While we think of the world. Like the silkworm you have built a cocoon around yourself . but I sincerely believe that the future will be mor e glorious still. They never say me and mine . The powers of the mind are like the rays of the sun when they are concentrated t hey illumine. s o far as they encourage us to lead a religious life. The less passion there is. t he more opportunities there are for making a successful appeal to the divine ins tinct in all of us. migrating from one to an other according to the samskaras or impressions. depend on no one. The calmer we are. but never imagine you can help the world. how much more you think of yourself as shinin g immortal being. The powers of the mind should be concentrated and the mind turned back upon itse lf. as the darkest places reveal their secrets before the penetrating rays of th e sun. There is only one Self in the universe.ner the better. shatter our nerves. The whole universe is one. the more eager you wi ll be to be absolutely free of matter. and we shall have God. who only live and love and then withdraw thei r personality. The Self when it appears behind the universe is called God. insentient matter. You must retain great strength in y our mind and words. The important thing is: how much less you think of the body. the better for us and the more the amount of work we can do. The essence of Vedanta is that there is but one Being and that every soul is tha t Being in full. and senses. Therefore it must be indestructible. but let us come to it with the feeling that the world is God. Have faith in yourselves ! The human soul has sojourned in lower and higher forms. disturb our minds. It is unity indivisible. dull. but it is only in the highest f orm as a human being that it attains to freedom. not a part of that Being. The mistake is that we cling to the body when it is the spirit that is really im mortal. The power of purity it is a definite power. When we let loose our feelings. The greatest religion is to be true to your own nature. the Kingdom of Heaven is within us. The world is ready to give up its secrets if we only know how to knock. The Soul is not composed of any materials. The whole secret of existence is to have no fear.
work your way through it boldly. The only saint is that soul that nev er weakens.on and come out as the beautiful butterfly.. not to lay the blame upon anyone outside. We believe that every being is divine. To believe blindly is to degenerate the human soul. this is the greatest school in the un iverse. We must be bright and cheerful. This is no world. and only by knowing God can we understand human nature. will see the light. we are being enjoyed. It is God Himself. of unselfishness. All the time. we find that. These attitudes will make the mind peaceful. We reap what we sow. we ought to be happy. when people are happy. Long faces do not make religion. ever free. and those who are always afraid of loss. and to the wicked we must be indifferent. lay the blame on yoursel f. Those wh o work at a thing with their whole heart receive help from God. get only d isgrace. This life is a hard fact. is God. Those who grumble at the little thing that has fallen to their lot to do will gr umble at everything. ever blessed. We have to go back to philosophy to treat things as they are. None else has the blame. only have faith enough. Religion should be the most joyful thing in the world. This I have seen in life those who are overcautious about themselves fall into dan gers at every step. We came to work.. desired for. Understanding human nature is the highest knowledge. You will find that is always true. This is the first lesson to learn: be determined not to curse anything outside. but stand up. faces everything. those who are afraid of losing honor and respect. You are th e soul. these are indeed the things that will tell you the real character of a great person. There is one thing to be remembered: that the assertion I am God cannot be made with regard to the sense-world. the difference between soul and soul is owing to the d ifference in density of these layers of clouds. free and eternal. and ever ything will be a failure. There is only one sin. this is truth. ancient or modern. Society has to pay homage to Truth or die. This is the great lesson that we are here to learn through myriads of births and heavens and hells that there is nothing to be asked for. Be an atheist if you want. We are ever free if we would only believe it. We are the makers of our own fate. We are suffering f rom our own karma. And this comes in to every detail of our life. We came to enjoy. Watch people do their most common actions. There is to be found in every religion the manifestation of the struggle toward freedom. as the free soul. b ut do not believe in anything unquestioningly. they will lead a miserable life. Get hold of yourself. and this is untruth. we must be merciful toward those that are in mi sery. It is not the fault of God. What we do is our own fault. and higher duties will fall to the ir share. and only by knowing it can we know God. It is the groundwork of all morality. though it may be adam antine. This earth is higher than all the heavens.. and our heart will stand up and say. noth ing else. which means get ting rid of the idea that human beings are the same as this little body. putting thei r shoulders to the wheel. Every soul is a sun covered over with clouds of ignorance. We came to rule. no matter. beyond one s spiritual Self (atman). In delusion we call it world. That is weakness. . we are being worked. But those who do their duties as they go. Then alone you wil l see Truth. It is also a fact that the knowledge of God is the highest knowledg e. because it is the best. and determines to die game. Why should God be blamed? We must approach religion with reverence and with love. the soul is stronger. Truth does not pay homage to any society. Always grumbling. always lose. Those who work at a thing heart and soul not only achieve success in it but thro ugh their absorption in that they also realize the supreme truth Brahman. We must have friendship for all. Have faith enough and you wil l be free in a minute. we are being ruled.
T here is less misery there than on earth. Woman has suffered for eons. That love will make every word tell like a thunderbol t. I am proud to be long to the religion which has sheltered and is still fostering the remnant of t he grand Zoroastrian nation. than men can ever do for the m. Work on with the intrepidity of a lion but at the same time with the tenderness of a flower. I am proud to tell you that we have gathered in our bosom the purest remnant of the Israelites who came to Southern India and took refuge with us in very year in wh ich their holy temple was shattered to pieces by Roman tyranny. My thanks also to some of the speakers on this platform who. no coun try. and get rheumatism. Whenever we attain a higher vision. We are so lazy. Work and worship are necessary to take away the veil. we shall remain where we were but we shall unde rstand the whole thing. to lift off the bondage an d illusion. I am proud to belong to a nation which has sheltered the persecuted and the refugees of all religions and all nations of the earth. various though they appear. only we shall un derstand the whole thing. no place. selfless. have told you that these men from far-off nations may w ell claim the honor of bearing to different lands the idea of toleration. the lower vision disappears of itself. drink nectar. which is every day repeated by millions of hu man beings: 'As the different streams having their sources in different places a ll mingle their water in the sea. we shall remain where we were. Worship of society and popular opinion is idolatry. What do you gain in heaven? You become gods. we do not want to do anything ourselves .000] It fills my heart with joy unspeakable to rise in response to the warm and cordi al welcome which you have given us. how it is work every moment and rest every moment. Women will work out their destinies much better. crooked or straight. I am proud to belong to a religion which has taught the world both tolerance and universal acceptance.' . When we have become free. but also less truth. All the mischief to women has come because men undertook to shape the destiny of women. [At this moment came the three minute standing ovation from the audience of 7. Why are people so afraid? The answer is that they have made themselves helpless and dependent on others. and that has given her infinite patience and infini te perseverance. we need not go mad and throw up society and rush off t o die in the forest or the cave. The world is in need of those whose life is o ne burning love. We want a Personal God. then we can understand the marvelous mystery of t he universe: how it is intense activity and at the same time intense peace. What the world wants is character. all lead to Thee. I will quote to you brethren a few lines from a hymn which I remember to have re peated from my earliest childhood. We believe not only in universal toleration but we accept all religions as true. we need not go mad and throw up society and rush off t o die in the forest or the cave. O Lord. no time. The soul has no sex. I thank you in name of the most ancient orde r of monks in the world. I thank you in the name of the mother of religions. referring to the de legates from the Orient. When we have become free. Who makes us ignorant? We ourselves. a Savior or a Prophet to do everything for us. too. We want to know in order to make ourselves free. Address the 1893 World Parliament of Religions Sisters and Brothers of America.none has the praise. The same phenomena will remain but with a new meaning. so. When we come to nonattachment. and I thank you in the name of millions and millions of Hindu people of all classes and sects. That is our life: one universal cry for freedom. We put our hands over our eyes and weep tha t it is dark. the different paths which men take through different tendencies.
and it's horrible descendant. is in itself a vindication. drenched it often and often with human blood. have long posse ssed this beautiful Earth. and of all uncharitable feelings b etween persons wending their way to the same goal. I reach him . Had it not been for these horrible demons. fanaticism. of all persecutions with the sword or with the pen. a declaration to the world of the wonderful doctrine p reached in the Gita: 'Whosoever comes to me. though whatsoever form. bigotry. But their time is come. . human society would be far more advanced than it is now. They have filled the earth with violence.The present convention. destroyed civilization.' Sectarianism. and I fervently hope that the bell that tolled this morn ing in honor of this convention may be the death-knell of all fanaticism. and sent whole nation s to despair. all men are struggling through paths which in the end lead to me. which is one of the most august assemblies ever held.
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