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PRACTICAL VEDANTAM-1.1

23/02/2018
PRACTICAL VEDANTAM-1.1
PART I.1
(Delivered in London, 10th November 1896)

1.
I have been asked to say something about the practical position of the Vedanta philosophy.

As I have told you, theory is very good indeed, but how are we to carry it into practice?

If it be absolutely impracticable, no theory is of any value whatever, except as intellectual gymnastics.

The Vedanta, therefore, as a religion must be intensely practical.

We must be able to carry it out in every part of our lives.

And not only this, the fictitious differentiation between religion and the life of the world must vanish, for the Vedanta teaches oneness — one life throughout.

The ideals of religion must cover the whole field of life, they must enter into all our thoughts, and more and more into practice.

I will enter gradually on the practical side as we proceed.

But this series of lectures is intended to be a basis, and so we must first apply ourselves to theories and understand how they are worked out, …

JNANA YOGAM - 6.11.

13/02/2018
CHAPTER- VI
6 -THE ABSOLUTE AND MANIFESTATION-10
(Delivered in London, 1896)

It was the great Buddha, who never cared for the dualist gods, and who has been called an atheist and materialist, who yet was ready to give up his body for a poor goat.

That Man set in motion the highest moral ideas any nation can have. Whenever there is a moral code, it is ray of light from that Man.

We cannot force the great hearts of the world into narrow limits, and keep them there, especially at this time in the history of humanity when there is a degree of intellectual development such as was never dreamed of even a hundred years ago, when a wave of scientific knowledge has arisen which nobody, even fifty years ago, would have dreamed of.

By trying to force people into narrow limits you degrade them into animals and unthinking masses. You kill their moral life.

What is now wanted is a combination of the greatest heart with the highest intellectuality, of infinite love with infinite knowledg…

JNANA YOGAM - 6.10.

03/02/2018
CHAPTER- VI
6 -THE ABSOLUTE AND MANIFESTATION-10
(Delivered in London, 1896)

Another peculiarity of the Advaita system is that from its very start it is non-destructive. This is another glory, the boldness to preach, "Do not disturb the faith of any, even of those who through ignorance have attached themselves to lower forms of worship." That is what it says, do not disturb, but help everyone to get higher and higher; include all humanity. This philosophy preaches a God who is a sum total. If you seek a universal religion which can apply to everyone, that religion must not be composed of only the parts, but it must always be their sum total and include all degrees of religious development.

This idea is not clearly found in any other religious system. They are all parts equally struggling to attain to the whole. The existence of the part is only for this. So, from the very first, Advaita had no antagonism with the various sects existing in India. There are dualist…