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Swami Vivekananda

wish we could hear from Swami itself … awesome…


Classic Sepoy

Chicago, Sept 11, 1893images

Sisters and Brothers of America,

It fills my heart with joy unspeakable to rise in response to the warm and cordial welcome which you have given us. I thank you in the name of the most ancient order of monks in the world; I thank you in the name of the mother of religions, and I thank you in the name of millions and millions of Hindu people of all classes and sects.

My thanks, also, to some of the speakers on this platform who, referring to the delegates from the Orient, have told you that these men from far-off nations may well claim the honour of bearing to different lands the idea of toleration. I am proud to belong to a religion which has taught the world both tolerance and universal acceptance. We believe not only in universal toleration, but we accept all religions as…

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LOved it – reblogged

stand up, Arjuna!

Brahman refers to divinity, non-specific to Brahma the first of the Hind trinity but the divine as a more general concept.

Charya is a virtuous path or way of life.

Together, they literally mean the path to the divine. As we’ve seen, Sanskrit words rarely have one meaning and these big Yama concepts are often mis-translated or at the least oversimplified. Brahmacharya is most often translated as either moderation or celibacy. Moreso, a brahmachari is one who sees divinity in all, who strives for excellence and virtue in all pursuits and who takes care not to waste their prana in trivial pursuits. This is where moderation comes from. “The brahmachari uses the force he generates wisely. Brahmacharya is the battery that sparks the torch of wisdom.” -BKS Iyengar

When brahmacharya is established, virya (vigor) is acquired. Yoga Sutra II.38

How do we bring this into our practice? As always, it…

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