Vedanta & Hinduism Category

Vedanta...formerly Hinduism...but some Hinduism too...the Religious One...
I don't care about cultures, but a better world...so - If Hinduism is not a Religion, I call it Vedanta...
Vedanta seems too narrow to encompass all 6 Darshanas, and Hinduism too confusing...

Hindus - practitioners of religious duty (Dharma)
not to be confused with Indians & Indian heritage

3 Characteristics of Love | Vivekananda

As long as there is in us any idea of deriving this or that favour from God in return for our respect and allegiance to Him,there can be no true love growing in our hearts. The second characteristic of love is that love knows no fear and True love never comes until the object of our love becomes to us our highest Ideal.

Highest Knowledge and Love are One | Vivekananda

The Upanishads distinguish between a higher knowledge and a lower knowledge; and to the Bhakta there is really no difference between this higher knowledge and his higher love (Para-Bhakti). Of these the Lower (knowledge) consists of all conditioned disciplines, the Higher (knowledge) is that by which that unchangeable is known.

Self-Surrender to Divine Will Explained | Vivekananda

If you know that you are positively other than your body, you have then none to fight with or struggle against; you are dead to all ideas of selfishness.So the Bhakta declares that we have to hold ourselves as if we are altogether dead to all the things of the world; and that is indeed self-surrender. Let things come as they may.

How LOVE Manifests Itself | Vivekananda

Those who talk of Him alone, the Bhakta finds to be friendly to him; while those who talk of anything else appear to him to be unfriendly. A still higher stage of love is reached when life itself is maintained for the sake of the one Ideal of Love, when life itself is considered beautiful and worth living only on account of that Love.

Bhakti Yoga - the Natural Path | Vivekananda

“The intense pleasure in meditating on God took away the binding effects of her good deeds. Then her intense misery of soul in not attaining unto Him washed off all her sinful propensities; and then she became free.”the various passions, and feelings, and emotions in the human heart are not wrong in themselves; only they have to be carefully controlled and given a higher and...

Love, the Reality behind | Vivekananda

This is the renunciation of the Bhakta: this mighty attraction in the direction of God makes all other attraction vanish for him; this mighty infinite love of God which enters his heart leaves no place for any other love to live there. How can it be otherwise? Bhakti fills his heart with the divine waters of the ocean of love,which is God Himself.

Religion is Renunciation | Vivekananda

Religion is Renunciation: Step by step: How to leave to go the lower enjoyments of senses and not stop at the intellectual enjoyments, but reach the most finer joy – Love and Devotion to God, the Para-Bhakti Yoga state…All preparations to it is the purification of the soul.

The Guidelines for a Yogi | Vivekananda

We must always remember that external practices have value only as help to develop internal purity. The forms have value only so far as they are expressions of the life within. If they have ceased to express life, crush them out without mercy.The man who will mercilessly cheat widows and orphans, and do the vilest deeds for money is worse than any brute, even if...

Many opinions are many ways| Vivekananda

The thing to be considered is what we know as Ishta-Nishthā. One who aspires to be a Bhakta must know that “so many opinions are so many ways.” He must know that all the various sects of the various religions are the various manifestations of the glory of the same Lord.Not only this, the Bhakta must take care not to hate, or even to criticise,...

WORSHIP OF SUBSTITUTES AND IMAGES

The point to be considered is the worship of Pratikas or of things more or less satisfactory as substitutes for God, and the worship of Pratimās or images. —“Joining the mind with devotion to that which is not Brahman, taking it to be Brahman,” says Bhagavān Rāmānuja.Now, worshipping Ishwara and Him alone is Bhakti; the worship of anything else, Deva or Pitri, or any other...