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1 Message of Swami Vivekananda
Gokulmuthu Narayanaswamy

2 Swami Vivekananda’s Message
“Arise! Awake! Stop not till the goal is reached.” Arise before awake? What is the goal?

3 Swami Vivekananda’s Message
“The goal is to manifest the divinity within.” (CW I-257) What is to manifest? What is divinity?

4 What is Divinity? Means “Light” What light? Will Consciousness Arise

5 Will I am the wielder of the freewill.
I am not a part or property or product of the body. I am responsible for my actions. “You only get what you deserve.” (CW II-367)

6 Two Birds “The whole of the Vedanta Philosophy is in this story: Two birds of golden plumage sat on the same tree. The one above, serene, majestic, immersed in his own glory; the one below restless and eating the fruits of the tree, now sweet, now bitter. Once he ate an exceptionally bitter fruit, then he paused and looked up at the majestic bird above; …

7 Two Birds “but he soon forgot about the other bird and went on eating the fruits of the tree as before. Again he ate a bitter fruit, and this time he hopped up a few boughs nearer to the bird at the top. This happened many times until at last the lower bird came to the place of the upper bird and lost himself. …

8 Two Birds “He found all at once that there had never been two birds, but that he was all the time that upper bird, serene, majestic, and immersed in his own glory.” (CW VII-80)

9 Consciousness I am pure Consciousness.
I am the Self, which can never be an object of perception or thought. I am free from properties. I am changeless infinity.

10 I am Changeless “The pages of nature are turned before us like the pages of a book, and we think that we ourselves are turning, while in reality we remain ever the same.” (CW IX-501)

11 Two Birds I am the bird on the top. I am the witness to everything.
I am not affected by the ups and downs of life. I am the actor playing the role.

12 Consciousness I as a conscious being, I am greater than any object or situation in life. I am of an order of reality higher than the world. Images in a movie cannot affect the screen.

13 Recap – Two Divine Natures
I am alone responsible for my situations in life. I am what I am, because of my own past actions. I have full control and responsibility to my future. I am infinitely greater than any object or situation in my life. There is no situation in life that is greater than me. Life is like a road that I walk on. I am above and life is below my feet. Never be overwhelmed by life.

14 Manifest Divinity Freedom from fear and anxiety.
Freedom from selfishness. Emotional independence. “Strength is life, weakness is death.” (CW II-3)

15 Powerful Words “Ay, let every man and woman and child, without respect of caste or birth, weakness or strength, hear and learn that behind the strong and the weak, behind the high and the low, behind every one, there is that Infinite Soul, assuring the infinite possibility and the infinite capacity of all to become great and good. Let us proclaim to every soul: uttishthata jaagrata praapya varaan nibodhata – Arise, awake, and stop not till the goal is reached. Arise, awake! Awake from this hypnotism of weakness. None is really weak; the soul is infinite, omnipotent, and omniscient. Stand up, assert yourself, proclaim the God within you, do not deny Him! … Teach yourselves, teach every one his real nature, call upon the sleeping soul and see how it awakes. Power will come, glory will come, goodness will come, purity will come, and everything that is excellent will come when this sleeping soul is roused to self-conscious activity.” (CW III-193)

16 Be and Make “First, let us be Gods, and then help others to be Gods. ‘Be and make.’ Let this be our motto. … Manifest the divinity within you, and everything will be harmoniously arranged around it.” (CW IV-351)

17 Purpose in Life Have a purpose in life
“If a man with an ideal makes a thousand mistakes, I am sure that the man without an ideal makes fifty thousand. Therefore, it is better to have an ideal.” (CW II-152)

18 Self-confidence “We can see that all the difference between man and man is owing to the existence or non-existence of faith in himself. Faith in ourselves will do everything. I have experienced it in my own life, and am still doing so; and as I grow older that faith is becoming stronger and stronger. He is an atheist who does not believe in himself. The old religions said that he was an atheist who did not believe in God. The new religion says that he is the atheist who does not believe in himself.” (CW II-301)

19 Be Detached “We must learn that nothing can happen to us, unless we make ourselves susceptible to it. … No disease can come to me until the body is ready; it does not depend alone on the germs, but upon a certain predisposition which is already in the body. … From this very analysis will come a note of hope, and the note of hope is: ‘I have no control of the external world, but that which is in me and nearer unto me, my own world, is in my control. If the two together are required to make a failure, if the two together are necessary to give me a blow, I will not contribute the one which is in my keeping; and how then can the blow come? If I get real control of myself, the blow will never come.’ ” (CW II-7)

20 Shiva Jnaane Jiva Seva “So work, says the Vedanta, putting God in everything, and knowing Him to be in everything. Work incessantly, holding life as something deified, as God Himself, and knowing that this is all we have to do, this is all we should ask for. God is in everything, where else shall we go to find Him? He is already in every work, in every thought, in every feeling. Thus knowing, we must work.” (CW II-150)

21 India and Religion “India’s gift to the world is the light spiritual.” (CW III-109) “Each of you was born with a splendid heritage, which is the whole of the infinite past life of your glorious nation. ... The mission ... of every child, whether boy or girl, who is born in this blessed land (is) "for the protection of the treasury of religion". And every other problem in life must be subordinated to that one principal theme.” (CW III-152)

22 The World Needs It “For a complete civilisation the world is waiting, waiting for the treasures to come out of India, waiting for the marvellous spiritual inheritance of the race, which, through decades of degradation and misery, the nation has still clutched to her breast. The world is waiting for that treasure; little do you know how much of hunger and of thirst there is outside of India for these wonderful treasures of our forefathers. We talk here, we quarrel with each other, we laugh at and we ridicule everything sacred, till it has become almost a national vice to ridicule everything holy. Little do we understand the heart-pangs of millions waiting outside the walls, stretching forth their hands for a little sip of that nectar which our forefathers have preserved in this land of India.” (CW III-317)

23 Back to the Upanishads “Give up these weakening mysticisms and be strong. Go back to your Upanishads — the shining, the strengthening, the bright philosophy — and part from all these mysterious things, all these weakening things. Take up this philosophy; the greatest truths are the simplest things in the world, simple as your own existence. The truths of the Upanishads are before you. Take them up, live up to them, and the salvation of India will be at hand.” (CW III-225) “There is no religion of fear in the Upanishads; it is one of Love and one of Knowledge. (CW III-231)

24 Vedanta For All “It is there for every one in every occupation of life. These conceptions of the Vedanta must come out, must remain not only in the forest, not only in the cave, but they must come out to work at the bar and the bench, in the pulpit, and in the cottage of the poor man, with the fishermen that are catching fish, and with the students that are studying. They call to every man, woman, and child whatever be their occupation, wherever they may be. ... If the fisherman thinks that he is the Spirit, he will be a better fisherman; if the student thinks he is the Spirit, he will be a better student. If the lawyer thinks that he is the Spirit, he will be a better lawyer, and so on.” (CW III-245)

25 Revive Religion “Religion for a long time has come to be static in India. What we want is to make it dynamic. I want it to be brought into the life of everybody. Religion, as it always has been in the past, must enter the palaces of kings as well as the homes of the poorest peasants in the land. Religion, the common inheritance, the universal birthright of the race, must be brought free to the door of everybody. Religion in India must be made as free and as easy of access as is God's air.” (CW III-383) “Open the gates of knowledge to one and all, and give the downtrodden masses once more their just and legitimate rights and privileges.” (CW III-461)

26 Thank You

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