#swamivivekananda “the grandest idea in the religion of the vedanta is that we may reach the same goal by different paths; and these paths i have generalised into four, viz. those of work, love, psychology and knowledge. but you must, at the same time, remember that these divisions are not very marked and quite exclusive of each other. each blends into the other. but according to the type which prevails, we name the divisions. it is not that you can find men who have no other faculty than that of work, nor that you can find men who are no more than devoted worshippers only, nor that there are men who have no more than mere knowledge. these divisions are made in accordance with the type or the tendency that may be seen to prevail in a man. we have found that, in the end, all these four paths converge and become one. all religions and all methods of work and worship lead us to one and the same goal.” #interactions • #lectures and #discourses • #vedanta , #bhakti and #culture • #philosophy • on #india • man and #freedom • #yoga • #cities and #places • #hymns • #foreign#press
reflections: swami vivekananda https://www.amazon.in/dp/9352762851/ref=cm_sw_r_other_apa_i_e1xcbby867feb
Here where the summer is short, the goldenrod hasn't even started blooming but the trees are turning color at their tips. the fall decorations have gone up, and in fine fashion, i set up incense and candles to purify them first, and now i am wondering... in witchcraft there is such a discourse of purification and cleansing that surrounds every action but it's not (always) to preserve the sanctity of a consecrated item, or even necessarily to separate an object's energies from our own. if we ourselves can be producers of negative energy as any human can and does, then we spend our days awash in an ever-churning mix of energies, of which we are but one source of chaos. what do we gain with ritual cleansing? this feels like a weird entanglement of enlightenment tropes of the problems of contamination and the christian concerns with sanctification. are we ever truly clean? should we be so worried about it? touching the energies of the past, of the previous people who handled an item, of the creators, the sellers, the mailman, is there not also something positive in this? if you're buying something that you know has negative vibes, why buy it in the first place? when i treat my belongings to incense, the feeling i get more than anything is that i just solidified their connection to me through a subtle binding of soot and scent and intention. (not that i'm advocating never cleaning!) but what purpose does ritual cleansing, beyond a self care element, ever serve?
“well, should we try telling these things to the ignorant mob? what would be the point? it’s enough if we are convinced of it ourselves. when children come up to us clapping their hands and shouting, ‘today is good saturnalia‘, do we say, ‘the saturnalia is not “good“?‘ of course not, we clap our hands right along with them. as for you, realize that your interlocutor is no more than a child — and clap hands with him. and if you can’t bring yourself to do that, then just keep quiet.”
“devemos tentar dizer estas coisas para a m***a ignorante? de que adiantaria? é suficiente termos convencido a nós mesmos. quando as crianças vêm até nós batendo palmas e gritando: "hoje é boa saturnalia", dizemos: "a saturnália não é boa"? claro que não, nós batemos palmas com elas. quanto a você, perceba que seu interlocutor não é mais do que uma criança — e bata palmas com ele. e se você não puder fazer isso, fique quieto.”
Allah the almighty declares, “if it weren’t for beloved prophet muhammed ﷺ, i would never have created the heavens. - fihi ma fihi ( it is what it is) discourses of jalaluddin rumi (rehmatullahi ta ala alayh)