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Unity of the Self and the Absolute

A statue of Hindu deity Shiva in a temple in B...


Vivekananda emphasized the great Vedantic realization of "I am Brahman" or "I am God" as the hugest truth for all people.











To Vivekananda the most important teaching for humanity was Vedanta, the summit of Vedic philosophy, which teaches the unity of the Self and the Absolute. Vivekananda emphasized the great Vedantic realization of "I am Brahman" or "I am God" as the hugest truth for all people.


According to Vedanta, the essence of all science and religion is the knowledge of oneself in one's deeper nature as pure consciousness transcending all time' space and material embodiment. Vivekananda emphasized Jnana Yoga or the Yoga of knowledge, which is the same as Vedanta, the meditation path leading to Self-knowledge.

Bhakti Yoga, the Yoga of devotion, was also very important to him and he was proficient in chants to the different deities of Hinduism like Shiva and Devi. Raja Yoga, emphasizing the development of the will, was significant for him as well. He saw that the gaining control of the will and developing the power of self-determination was key to the growth of mind and character.

Karma Yoga or service was not neglected by him either. He emphasized the need to work continually, not only for our own inner growth but for the upliftment of all humanity. His whole life is an example of spiritual work and selfless service

Extract From Book- Arise Arjuna: Hinduism and the Modern World – By David Frawley (Pandit Vamadeva)

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