All Yearning is Yearning for God

All Yearning is Yearning for God

by Bill Davis   [From a talk presented at the 27th annual Bengali Studies Conference at The State University of New York/College at Old Westbury, NY in 1994.] Everything I know and believe about spiritual life l owe to two Bengalis: Swami Vivekananda, who brought...

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In Praise of Bhakti

In Praise of Bhakti

Bhakti means one-pointed love for God. It prunes away everything that is not God and focuses on him alone. Bhaktas hold him in the forefront of their minds. Everything else fades into background shadows. Some people pray for long life, good health, riches, fame, power, enjoyment. Bhaktas don’t want any of that. They want God alone.

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From Karma To Karma-Yoga

From Karma To Karma-Yoga

It has been said that the Bhagavad-Gita is the summation of the teachings of the Upanishads and that the Gita itself is an Upanishad—“Gitopanishad.” Nearly all the teachings of the Upanishads are also given in the Gita. But the reverse cannot be said. Some teachings in the Gita are not given, or are only hinted at, in the Upanishads.

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Sanatsujatiya: A Little-Known Gem Of Jnana-Yoga

Sanatsujatiya: A Little-Known Gem Of Jnana-Yoga

The following is a condensed rendering of a translation by Swami Amritananda of an ancient Sanskrit text. It is specifically intended for Westerners, modifying the original so the meaning can be easily understood. Published by permission of Sri Ramakrishna Math, Mylapore, Chennai, India, publisher of the original translation.

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Raja-Yoga: The Hero’s Journey

Raja-Yoga: The Hero’s Journey

Raja Yoga, the Royal Road, could as well be called the Hero’s Journey, for who but a hero can take the mind firmly in one hand and with the other, wipe it crystal clear? That is the task Patanjali gives us in his Yoga Sutras, and he explains, step by step, how it can be done.

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American Homes that Welcomed Swami Vivekananda

American Homes that Welcomed Swami Vivekananda

Swami Vivekananda’s work in the United States would hardly have been possible without the hospitality of American families and individuals. Among the most important of these were Mr. and Mrs. George Hale of Chicago. It was opposite their house, in September 1893, that Swamiji, disheveled and exhausted, sat on the curb after spending the night in a boxcar.

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Considering Vedanta Community in 2013

Swami Vivekananda said, “I have to thank you of America for the great attempt you are making to break down the barriers of this little world of ours, and I hope that in the future the Lord will help you to accomplish your purpose.”[1] In this the 150th anniversary year celebration of Swamiji, the above quote from his talk, “Why We Disagree,” given at the Parliament of Religions on September 15, 1893, raises the pertinent question: How far have we come in realizing what Swamiji calls “our purpose” as Americans in breaking down the barriers in this little world of ours?

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Swami Vivekananda and Mahatma Gandhi: Truth Is One, Paths Are Diverse

One was a Hindu monk who looked like a prince, whereas the other—a British educated barrister turned politician—looked like “a half-naked fakir,” as Churchill described him deridingly. The monk in the princely garb was none other than Swami Vivekananda, who mesmerized Eastern and Western audiences not only by his magnificent looks and magnetic personality, but also by the forceful delivery of his universal message of Vedanta in the last decade of the nineteenth century.

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