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AlochanaamR^itaMVivekananda to an Agnostic
Swami Vivekananda responding to a famous American agnostic
Robert Ingersoll who said to him, "religion is of no use. Why bother
our heads about other worlds?":
"...You think it is enough to live and eat and drink and have a little
scientific knowledge, but you have no right to say that will suit all
tastes... Such a conception is nothing to me. If I had only to learn how an apple falls
to the ground, or how an electric current shakes my nerves, I would
commit suicide. I want to understand the heart of things, the
very kernel itself. Your study is the manifestation of life, mine is
the life itself".
"My philosophy says you must know that and drive out from your mind all
thoughts of heaven and hell and all other superstitions, even though
they exist in the same sense that this world exists. I must know the
heart of this life, its very essence, what it is, not only how it works
and what are its manifestations. I
want to know the why of everything, I leave the how to children."
- Swami Vivekananda (The Gift Unopened by Eleanor Stark,
Bhajans, kirtanas sung by Sri Satya Sai Baba (realaudio)
Recorded live during 1965-70.
These and more are available in a CD series titled "Golden Voice of the God".
www.saican.com to purchase them.
of Meditation - Mind Control: A recording of an actual Meditation Session
conducted by J. Jagadeesan, President, Satya Sai Central Council, Malaysia.
at Satya Sai Nilayam.
Food for thought
When you said "Yes" to Me, you gave up the right to be like everyone else. That
is why you draw experiences to yourself that will cleanse yourself of that which
does not fit who you are. Over and over, again and again, until I make you see
that the past no longer works. I challenge you and tempt you every day with your
past, so that you may see that the past is the ultimate delusion. When you said
"yes" to Me you gave Me your body, your thoughts and your actions. When they
don't suit the new you, the uncomfortableness is unbearable. It will be so EVERY
time and when you realize this fully, then and only then will you completely
give up desire. For this is the only way man will learn. Very seldom does he
learn by quiet reminders. Man's desires and pitfalls are placed there so that I
may do My work. When you give up totally, then the temptations will fade. I will
never give up on you. Every slip will become harder and harder to bear and less
easy to remedy. You will tire of your foolishness because I love you and though
not completely aware of it, you did say "Yes".