“Come out in the universe of light, everything in the universe is yours. Stretch out your arms and embrace it with love. If you ever felt you wanted to do that, you have felt God.” Understanding human nature is the highest knowledge and only by knowing it we can know God. It is also the fact that the knowledge of God is the highest knowledge and only by knowing God we can understand human nature. Swamijijs teachings and words of wisdom about religion, culture, education and peace are the four pillars on which human society must firmly stand and is relevant even today after 150 years. The topic of 'Swami Vivekananda and His Relevance Today' assumes more and more importance in modern times because of the dynamics of globalization and 'free market' economy forced upon or undertaken by one country after the other. Such socioeconomic changes produce a transient or temporary phase of social confusion, unrest, and apprehension. It produces stressful life style. When science and technology, inventions and discoveries, and advances in knowledge fail to answer questions pertaining to declining moral and ethical values, widening gap between the rich and the poor, failing economies, and feeling of insecurity all around, one turns to something else for finding peace and balance of mind. Religion offers such a hope for most of us. Religion:
What do we actually mean by religion? We define religion as- The belief in and worship of a superhuman controlling power, esp. a personal God or Gods. But when quoted in Swamijis Language “Religion is the highest plane of human thoughts and life, and herein we find that the workings of these two forces have been most marked. The intensest love that humanity has ever known has come from religion, and the most diabolical hatred that humanity has known has also come from religion.” And what our generation experiences is just hatred all around emerging from religion itself. Well he further extends saying “In every religion there are three...
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