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Jnana-Yoga - 4.20.



Then, there were the Charvakas, who preached horrible things, the most rank, undisguised materialism, such as in the nineteenth century they dare not openly preach.

These Charvakas were allowed to preach from temple to temple, and city to city, that religion was all nonsense, that it was priest - craft, that the Vedas were the words and writings of fools, rogues, and demons, and that there was neither God nor an eternal soul.

If there was a soul, why did it not come back after death drawn by the love of wife and child.

Their idea was that if there was a soul it must still love after death, and want good things to eat and nice dress.

Yet no one hurt these Charvakas.

Swami Vivekananda
To be continued ..

Jnana-Yoga : 4-19.


Buddha died at a ripe old age.

I remember a friend of mine, a great American scientist, who was fond of reading his life.

He did not like the death of Buddha, because he was not crucified.

What a false idea!

For a man to be great he must be murdered!

Such ideas never prevailed in India.

This great Buddha traveled all over India, denouncing her gods and even the God of the universe, and yet he lived to a good old age.

For eighty years he lived, and had converted half the country.

Swami Vivekananda
To be continued ..

Jnana-Yoga : 4-18.


CHAPTER-4. Maya and the Evolution of the Conception of God-18.

(Delivered in London, 20th October 1896)

The Vedanta was (and is) the boldest system of religion.

It stopped nowhere, and it had one advantage.

There was no body of priests who sought to suppress every man who tried to tell the truth.

There was always absolute religious freedom.

In India the bondage of superstition is a social one; here in the West society is very free.

Social matters in India are very strict, but religious opinion is free.

In England a man may dress any way he likes, or eat what he lilies — no one objects; but if he misses attending church, then Mrs. Grundy is down on him.

He has to conform first to what society says on religion, and then he may think of the truth.

In India, on the other hand, if a man dines with one who does not belong to his own caste, down comes society with all its terrible powers and crushes him then and there.

If he wants to dress a little differently from the way in wh…

Jnana-Yoga : 4-17.


CHAPTER-4. Maya and the Evolution of the Conception of God-17.

(Delivered in London, 20th October 1896)

Let us go back a little to those early ideas of God and see what became of them. We perceive at once that the idea of some Being who is eternally loving us — eternally unselfish and almighty, ruling this universe — could not satisfy. "Where is the just, merciful God?" asked the philosopher.

Does He not see millions and millions of His children perish, in the form of men and animals; for who can live one moment here without killing others? Can you draw a breath without destroying thousands of lives?

You live, because, millions die. Every moment of your life, every breath that you breathe, is death to thousands; every movement that you make is death to millions. Every morsel that you eat is death to millions. Why should they die? There is an old sophism that they are very low existences.

Supposing they are — which is questionable, for who knows wh…

Jnana-Yoga : 4-16.


CHAPTER-4. Maya and the Evolution of the Conception of God-16.

(Delivered in London, 20th October 1896)

What you call matter, or spirit, or mind, or anything else you may like to call them, the fact remains the same: we cannot say that they are, we cannot say that they are not. We cannot say they are one, we cannot say they are many. This eternal play of light and darkness — indiscriminate, indistinguishable, inseparable — is always there.

A fact, yet at the same time not a fact; awake and at the same time asleep. This is a statement of facts, and this is what is called Maya. We are born in this Maya, we live in it, we think in it, we dream in it. We are philosophers in it, we are spiritual men in it, nay, we are devils in this Maya, and we are gods in this Maya.

Stretch your ideas as far as you can make them higher and higher, call them infinite or by any other name you please, even these ideas are within this Maya. It cannot be otherwise, and the whole of human …