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More inspiration .... from Swami Vivekananda

Swami Vivekananda said, “We are the servants of that God who by the ignorant is called MAN…. Nothing else is necessary but these – love, sincerity and patience. What is life but growth, i.e. expansion, i.e. love? Therefore all love is life, it is the only law of life; all selfishness is death and this is true here or hereafter. It is life to do good, it is death not to do good to others. Ninety per cent of human brutes you see are dead, are ghosts–for none lives, my boys, but he who loves. Feel, my children, feel; feel for the poor, the ignorant, the downtrodden; feel till the heart stops and the brain reels and you think you will go mad. Then pour the soul out at the feet of the Lord and then will come power, help and indomitable energy. Struggle, struggle, was my motto for the last ten years. Struggle, still say I. When it was all dark, I used to say, struggle; when light is breaking in, I still say, struggle. Be not afraid, my children. Look not up in that attitude of fear towards that infinite starry vault as if it would crush you. Wait! In a few hours more, the whole of it will be under your feet. Wait, money does not pay, nor name; fame does not pay, nor learning. It is love that pays; it is character that cleaves its way through adamantine walls of difficulties. 

We all are different waves in the same Infinite Ocean of Consciousness! Divinity of all beings and Oneness of Existence are the two pillars of Vedanta philosophy and practice. Swami Vivekananda embedded these in the services of Ramakrishna Mission which are conducted in the spirit of the above worship of the Divine in human beings (Shiva Jnane – Jiva Seva) irrespective of their faith, nationality, race, gender etc. 

“Ours not to reason why, ours but to do and die.” Be of good cheer and believe that we are selected by the Lord to do great things and we will do them. Hold yourself in readiness, i.e. be pure and holy and love for love’s sake. Love the poor, the miserable, the down-trodden and the Lord will bless you.

What we want is to see the man who is harmoniously developed…  great in heart, great in mind, great in deed…. We want the man whose heart feels intensely the miseries and sorrows of the world…. And we want the man who not only can feel but can find the meaning of things, who delves deeply into the heart of nature and understanding. We want the man who will not even stop there, but who wants to work out the feeling and meaning by actual deeds. Such a combination of head, heart and hand is what we want. There are many teachers in this world, but you will find that most of them are one-sided. One sees the glorious midday sun of intellect and sees nothing else. Another hears the beautiful music of love and can hear nothing else. Another is immersed in activity and has neither time to feel nor time to think. Why not have the giant who is equally active, equally knowing and equally loving? Is it impossible? Certainly not. This is the man of the future, of whom there are only a few at present. The number of such will increase until the whole world is humanised.

May I be born again and again and suffer thousands of miseries so that I may worship the only God that exists, the only God I believe in, the sum total of all souls–and above all, my God the wicked, my God the miserable, my God the poor of all races, of all species, is the special object of my worship.