150th The birth anniversary of Swami Vivekananda . Date of Birth 12th Jan, 1863.
The Swami’s mission was both national and international. A lover of mankind, be strove to promote peace and human brotherhood on the spiritual foundation of the Vedantic Oneness of existence.
A mystic of the highest order, Vivekananda had a direct and intuitive experience of Reality. He derived his ideas from that unfailing source of wisdom and often presented them in the soul stirring language of poetry.
The Ramakrishna Mission (Ceylon Branch), from the day of its inception in Sri Lanka in 1930, has been maintaining a cordial relationship with the people of all faiths and the successive Governments as well. Our sole motto is spiritual growth, which is stimulated by meditation inwardly, and by work done in a spirit of service outwardly to the needy without any distinction. Harmony of all faiths and creeds is our ideal.
The Ramakrishna Math & Ramakrishna Mission is dedicated to the twin ideals of - Realizing God Within- Serving God In Man.
In 1893, Swami Vivekananda Introduced universal spirit of Hinduism - soul that is everyday realizing its oneness with the Brahman, a heart, that is every moment expanding to reach oneness with the Universal. His famous speech that began with the words "Sisters and brothers of America."
Swami Vivekananda was a global leader with a global vision and a global mission. Former Director General of UNESCO in his speech in 1993 (during the centenary celebration by UNESCO of the participation of Swami Vivekananda in the World's Parliament of Religions held in Chicago in 1893,) said, "I am indeed struck by the similarity of the constitution of the Ramakrishna Mission which Vivekananda established as early as in 1897 with that of UNESCO drawn up in 1945.
Federation-ground of Universal religious ideas. Swami Vivekananda spoke the following of the SCOPE & IDEALS on the CONSECRATION of the Ramakrishna Math “Know for certain that so long as His name shall inspire His followers with His ideals of purity, holiness and loving spirit of charity to all men…. It should be a centre in which would be recognized and practiced a grand harmony of all creeds and faiths as seen in the life of Sri Ramakrishna, and only life-giving ideas of religion in its universal aspect would be preached”.
RamakrishnaParamahamsa belonged to no sector denomination or to put it in another way, he belonged to all sects and denominations both Indian and non-Indian. He was a true Universalist. Swami Vivekananda preached the message of universal brotherhood.
Swami Vivekananda was offered academic positions in two American universities - one for the chair of Eastern Philosophy at Harvard University and another similar position at Columbia University - which he declined since such duties would conflict with his commitment as a monk. The University of Chicago recently established a new visiting professorship in Indian studies.
Unity, The Goal of Religion – Swami Vivekananda
“This universe of ours, the universe of the senses, the rational, the intellectual, is bounded on both sides by the illimitable, the unknowable, the ever unknown. Herein is the search, herein are the inquiries, here are the facts; from this comes the light which is known to the world as religion. Essentially, however, religion belongs to the supersensuous and not to the sense plane. It is beyond all reasoning and is not on the plane of intellect. It is a vision, an inspiration, a plunge into the unknown and unknowable, making the unknowable more than known for it can never be “known”. This search has been in the human mind, as I believe, from the very beginning of humanity. There cannot have been human reasoning and intellect in any period of the world’s history without this struggle, this search beyond. In our little universe, this human mind, we see a thought arise. Whence it arises we do not know; and when it disappears, where it goes, we know not either. The macrocosm and the microcosm are, as it were, in the same groove, passing through the same stages, vibrating in the same key.”
- Swami Vivekananda
"All differences in this world are of degree, and not of kind, because oneness is the secret of everything."
Swami Vivekananda –
Vivekananda proved that man and his true nature is already divine. But that divinity is hidden. Therefore, the realization of that divinity is the purpose of life; that is the religion. To realize that religion, man should have to practice four yogas. Those are the yoga of knowledge or control of mind, or of selfless work, or of love of God. That is the realization of religion. Therefore, religion is the main essence of human life and it has the great motive power to life. Accordingly to him, religion is a value oriented concept too.
His formation of new ideal on universal religion, we can call as universal love or universal brother-hood. It is given an equal value for all of religions of the world, as it is exists with truth. His identification of truth is not only absolute truth but also scientific. And his religion can be practice by each and every body. To understand that it is not necessary deep literacy knowledge, but the practice, it is very much needed. Therefore, it can be applied for all nations, all societies and individuals. It is the harmony of the all religions, so that it is one of best solutions for the prevalent religious conflicts in the world.
The Concept of Religion according to Swami Vivekananda
R. A.N.FERNANDO, Lecturer in Philosophy, Department of Pali and Buddhist Studies,
University of Sri Jayawardenepura.
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