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Tuesday, April 26, 2011



“Unselfishness is more paying, only people have not the patience to practice it.” This utterance of Swami Vivekananda forces us to ruminate over concepts of selfishness, unselfishness, and; doubt the way we see the life going on around us. Almost every thinking human being, at some point in his life, goes through the crisis of doubt and confusion when he tries to adapt a value system, which, he tries to stick to throughout his life. Most of the time he has to lower the ideal or compromise with what his heart believed as desirable from his very childhood. We hear "Be good" taught all over the world. “There is hardly a child, born in any country in the world, who has not been told, "Do not steal," "Do not tell a lie,"” One may talk of unselfishness and maybe convinced intellectually of its utility or goodness but in practice finds oneself wanting. Selfishness is tempting when opportunity presents itself to use unethical means or shortcuts to achieve immediate success, but one feels miserable when one is a victim of the same.

Thursday, April 21, 2011


For nearly four hundred years or so before she finally managed to become an independent nation India developed a strange passivity and a pessimistic attitude towards life. India was content to accept passively and obediently, as it were, whatever was given to her by the invading races. The newness and the strangeness of the thing brought in by these alien cultures dazed the Indian mind. The Indian people as a whole for several generations before the beginning of the nineteenth century had been as men walking in a dream, without manhood, without power to react freely against oppressive conditions, without even common sense to understand it. The whole Indian race had to be reminded of their inherent greatness and inspired to regain their lost dignity. This herculean task was achieved by Swami Vivekananda in his rather brief public life of about nine years. As we approach the 150 birth anniversary of the great Patriot Prophet let us make a few resolutions :
1. We shall resist all the powers that are against us so that we can contribute something to the world's sum of culture and not merely make adaptations from it.
2. We shall henceforth be active and not passive.
3. The Indianising of India, the organizing of our national thought, the laying out of our line of march towards prosperity and greatness, all this will be done by us Indians and not by others on our behalf.
4. Henceforth, we make our own policies, take our own decisions and ordain ourselves intellectually free.
5. Henceforth, we shall be the creators of our own Destiny !

Wednesday, April 20, 2011


He is not a great teacher who can tell us the most, but he who leads us to ask questions. Swami Vivekananda was one such great teacher. Let us then prepare ourselves to ask questions, and as we return to his Complete Works after each period of such intellectual excursions, we will find them more and more luminous, till at last the whole personality stands revealed to us, because we would have learnt to feel as he felt, to love as he loved, to hope as he hoped, to dream as he dreamt and to believe as he believed.

Monday, April 18, 2011


True Character :
Swami Vivekananda once said : "The great impulses are only the great concentrations transformed." All that we are is the result of what we have thought. Just as the act is the expression of the man, so is the life the expression of the character. One step gained in mastery of the mind can find a thousand applications in practical and useful action.

Sunday, April 17, 2011


Some thoughts on Education :
In all learning one should impart knowledge, only in answer to enquiry from the learner. This is the ideal. If we could attain it perfectly, every child would grow up to be a genius. But how can there be any curiosity if it is not embedded within the world he lives in, the culture in which he grew up ? One should understand that the growth of knowledge in a child is a rather complex process. The curiosity in him is awakened at some unforeseen moment, at play, on the road, at home, in the family, in the society he lives in. In a true education the place of foreign culture should never be at the beginning. All true development should proceed from the known to the unknown, from the familiar to the unfamiliar, from the near to the far. If the American child can learn truthfulness from George Washington, the Indian had far better learn it from Yudhishtira. The inquiring spirit and ideas that emerge from a child are inextricably linked with his own society and culture, his own national ideals.


Lessons from History :
Swami Vivekananda once said that the travel of history is guided by two impulses that are always active in the human society – the spiritual or the religious impetus and the material thrust. He explains how these two impulses determine the courses of civilizations: “At one time the full flood of materialistic ideas prevails, and everything in this life – prosperity, the education which procures more pleasures, more food – will become glorious at first and then that will degrade and degenerate. Along with the prosperity will rise to white heat all the inborn jealousies and hatreds of the human race. Competitions and merciless cruelty will be the watchword of the day.… And the world would be destroyed had not spirituality come to the rescue and lent a helping hand to the sinking world. Then the world gets new hope and… wave of spirituality comes, which in time again declines.…The immediate effect of this is a reaction towards materialism, which opens the door to scores of exclusive claims, until the time comes when not only all the spiritual powers of the race, but all its material powers and privileges are centred in the hands of a very few…. Then society has to help itself, and materialism comes to the rescue.