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This is a celebration of Swami Vivekananda at Stanford University. The slides offer song translations and the philosophy that Swami Vivekananda expounded.

This is a celebration of Swami Vivekananda at Stanford University. The slides offer song translations and the philosophy that Swami Vivekananda expounded.

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  • Family was affluent, philanthropic, and educated. Dad was lawyer, diverse study of English and Persian literature, Islamic and Biblical culture. Agnostic and independent. Mom was traditional Hindu womanhood. Strong sense of service, memorized slokas from the Mahabharata and Ramayana. Naren was playful, restless, and energetic. Loved pets and very good in school. Story of light before sleep. Serious academics, western logic, and Indian shortcomings. Bramo Samaj, progressive movement founded in Bengal, focusing on spiritual Hinduism. Have you seen God? Showed him! Poor, humble, studied all major religions, and Realized. Tough struggle with Naren, but Ramakrishna’s love won him over (story of their parting and then hearing the singing). Challenged his intellect, reason, logic. Studied western philosophy and science. Naren has deep, natural spiritual abilities and a natural leader in the monastery. Wandering throughout India after Master’s death. Traveled all thru north India – land of Vedas and Upanishads, and the culture from foreign cultures and how India absorbed them. Traveled to Himalayas to tap deep truths of Hindu scriptures. Went through South India met famous kings and dignitaries. Realized the downfall of India in the religious fanaticism and classism and the beauty of her acceptance of diversity. Mediated on rock at tip of India and thought deeply about his purpose in life. Go to America and bring the spiritual wisdom of India. In return, receive her technology and science to help India Parliament of religions where he was the first representative of India in the west. ------ In the beginning was the Word. The microcosm and macrocosm are built on the same plane. Just as the individual soul is encased in a living body, so in the Universal Soul, in the living prakriti in the objective universe. Kali is embracing Siva, this is not fancy. The covering of one (soul) by the other (nature) is analogous to the relation between idea and life and the word expressing it. They are one and the same, and it is only by a mental abstraction that one can distinguish them. Thought is impossible without words. Therefore, in the beginning was the Word. The dual aspect of the Universal Soul is eternal. So what we perceive or feel is the combination of the eternally formed and the eternally formless.

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  • The Path of Action Celebrating Swami Vivekandanda
  • Gayatri Mantra: The Hymn of the Universe
    • Aum
    • Bhoor Bhuvah Swaha
    • Tat Savitur Varenyam Bhargo Devasya Dheemahi
    • Dhiyo yo nah prachodayat
    • May the worlds bear
    • witness to my prayer
    • That adorable light on which the enlightened meditate
    • May That illumine my intellect
  • The Life of Swami Vivekananda Ajay Kshatriya
  • The life of Narendranath Datta Birth in Kolkata 12 Jan 1863 1879 Higher Learning Guru and Disciple 1881-1886 1890-1892 Wandering Monk Meditation at the tip of India 24 Dec 1882 1893 Parliament of World Religions
  • Unity of all Existence
  • What is Unity? As soon as I think that I am a little body, I want to preserve it, to protect it, to keep it nice, at the expense of other bodies; then you and I become separate.
  • All is the Self or Brahman. The saint, the sinner, the lamb, the tiger, even the murderer, as far as they have any reality, can be nothing else, because there is nothing else. What is Unity?
  • Prabhuji More Avagun Indian Students Dance Group
    • O Lord, Look not upon my evil qualities
    • Thy name O Lord is Same Sightedness
    • See in us both the same Brahman (Higher Self)
    • One piece of iron is in the image in the temple
    • And another is the knife in the hands of a butcher
    • But the philosopher’s stone knows not these distinctions,
    • Both alike turn to gold
    • One drop of water is in the sacred Yamuna
    • Another is found in the ditch by the roadside
    • But when they finally meet and flow as one stream into the Ganges
    • Both alike become holy
    • Prabhuji more avagun chit na dharo
    • Samdarsi hai naam tihaaro, chaaho to paar karo
    • Ik loha pooja mein raakhat, ik ghar vyadhik paro
    • Sau duvidha paaras nahi jaanat, kanchan karat kharo
    • Ik nadiya ik naar kahaavat, main lohi neer bhayo
    • Jab mili dono ek baran bhai, sur sari naam paro
    Thy Name is Same Sightedness
  • Prabhuji more avagun chit na dharo O Lord, look not upon my evil qualities
  • Prabhuji more avagun chit na dharo O Lord, look not upon my evil qualities
  • Sama darsi hai naam tiharo Thy name O Lord is Same Sightedness
  • Sama darsi hai naam tiharo Thy name O Lord is Same Sightedness
  • Chaaho to paar karo If you want you can emancipate me
  • Chaaho to paar karo If you want you can emancipate me
  • Prabhuji more avagun chit na dharo O Lord, look not upon my evil qualities
  • Prabhuji more avagun chit na dharo O Lord, look not upon my evil qualities
  • Ek loha pooja mein rakhat One piece of iron in the deity in the temple
  • Ek ghar badhik paro And another is the knife in the hands of a butcher
  • Ek loha pooja mein rakhat One piece of iron in the deity in the temple
  • Ek ghar badhik paro And another is the knife in the hands of a butcher
  • Sau doovidha paras nahin jaanat It matters not to the philosopher's stone
  • Sau doovidha paras nahin jaanat It matters not to the philosopher's stone
  • Kanchan kharat karo Which turns both to gold
  • Prabhuji more avagun chit na dharo O Lord, look not upon my evil qualities
  • Prabhuji more avagun chit na dharo O Lord, look not upon my evil qualities
  • Ek nadiya ek naar kahaavat One drop of water in the sacred Yamuna
  • Mailo hi neer bharo Another drop in the ditch by the roadside
  • Ek nadiya ek naar kahaavat One drop of water in the sacred Yamuna
  • Mailo hi neer bharo Another drop in the ditch by the roadside
  • Jab mili dono ek baran bhaye But when they fall into the Ganga
  • Jab mili dono ek baran bhaye But when they fall into the Ganga
  • Sur sari naav taro Both alike become holy
  • Prabhuji more avagun chit na dharo O Lord, look not upon my evil qualities
  • Prabhuji more avagun chit na dharo O Lord, look not upon my evil qualities
  • Tan maya mey jo brahma kahaavat When a materially trapped being utters the name of Brahman
  • Tan maya mey jo brahma kahaavat When a materially trapped being utters the name of Brahman
  • Kayan ko nirdhar kijiye Make the body a carrier of water
  • Kayan ko nirdhar kijiye
  • Kaipan jat taro
  • Prabhuji more avagun chit na dharo O Lord, look not upon my evil qualities
  • Prabhuji more avagun chit na dharo O Lord, look not upon my evil qualities
  • Realize this Unity
      • “ Each soul is potentially divine. The goal is to manifest this divinity within, by controlling nature, external and internal. Do this either by work , or worship, or psychic control, or philosophy - by one, or more, or all of these - and be free. This is the whole of religion. Doctrines, or dogmas, or rituals, or books, or temples, or forms, are but secondary details."
      • - Swami Vivekananada
  • The Path of Action (Karma Yoga) You only control your action and not the results. So be not motivated by results; nor be attached to inaction. Bhagvad Gita, 2:47
  • The Path of Action (Karma Yoga) Joyful Being
  • Swami Vivekananda’s thoughts on Social Reform Lauren Bausch
  • Vyadha Gita The Butcher’s Song
  • Introducing Interfaith Dialogue
  • Introducing Interfaith Dialogue
    • “God is the thread that runs through all these pearls, and each pearl is a religion or even a sect thereof.”
  • Introducing Interfaith Dialogue
    • “The idea that one man is born superior to another has no meaning in Vedanta (Hindu philosophy). Never judge the customs of other people by your own standards.”
  • Introducing Interfaith Dialogue
    • “Who has given you the right to say that truth exists nowhere else but in the Vedas (the ancient books of the Hindus)?”
  • Introducing Interfaith Dialogue
    • “Why should I tolerate? Toleration means that you are wrong and I am just allowing you”
  • Selfless Action in the Bahá'í Faith James Threatt Stanford Bahá'í Association
  • Breaking Out of The Lesser Self: Selfless Dedication to Others Morghan Velez Young World Peace Buddhists
  • How we view ourselves is reflected in how we see the world and how we treat others
    • Selfishness is often the flip side of a lack of self-identity.
    • Buddhism views altruism as an expression of one’s awakening to one’s true self and explains that it stems from compassion, appreciation and a sense of interconnection rather than insecurity.
    • The notion of the “four virtues of the Buddha” describes and encourages a holistic view of self, a view that transcends selfishness.
    World Peace Buddhists
  • The Four Virtues: true self, eternity, happiness and purity
    • The original concept of these four virtues predates Buddhism. A tma n–“the breath of life.”
    • Espoused by the Brahmans, supreme purpose of atman was to acquire wealth and honor. So, by making offerings to the deities, people sought worldly gains.
    • In his early teachings, Shakyamuni refuted the Brahmanic view of self and in his later teachings revealed a different perspective on the matter.
    • In his later teachings, Mahayana or “Greater Vehicle” teachings, especially in the Lotus and Nirvana sutras, Shakyamuni expounds an entirely new view of self.
    • The “Greater Self.”
    World Peace Buddhists
  • Inner Reformation
    • Mahayana Buddhism advocates the inner reform to discard one’s lesser self and develop the greater self rooted in compassion.
    • Buddhas are those who are awakened to the greater self of compassion: they see that their lives are connected to others and the world around them.
    • Buddhas have genuine appreciation for others and are driven by their desire to contribute to the world around them.
    World Peace Buddhists
  • Manifesting Our Innate Buddhahood
    • Revealing true self means to chant Nam-myoho-renge-kyo, transform our perspectives, and expand our abilities to contribute to others’ happiness.
    • Manifesting our innate Buddhahood means shedding the lesser self of egotism.
    • By establishing our true self of Buddhahood, we come to understand, perhaps not intellectually but with our innermost heart, the eternity of life, and remain unswayed by our ever-changing circumstances while confidently challenging ourselves.
    • With a secure sense of self, we can even positively influence our environment.
    • Developing confidence in the Buddha nature as our true self.
    World Peace Buddhists
  • True Selflessness
    • Only through dedication to the happiness of others can we break through our lesser self
    • Our bodhisattva practice is the cause for the Buddha’s four virtues to manifest in our lives
    • Their understanding of self is so encompassing that our own existence and the world around us becomes indistinguishable. A limited understanding of self, however, leads to egotism, bringing suffering and misery to both oneself and others.
    World Peace Buddhists
  • The Hymn of Self-Awareness
  • Nahee Shurjo, Nahee Jyoti, Nahee Shashanka Shundara Bhaashey Brahmey Chaaya Shamo, Chobi Bissho Charaa Charo Ashfuto Mono Akaashey, Jagato Sangshaaro Bhaashey Oothey Bhaashey, Dobey Punoh Aham Shatey Nirantaro Dheerey Dheerey Chaaya Dolo, Mahalaye Probeshilo Bohey Dhaara “Aamee,” “Aamee,” Eyee Dhaara Onushkhon Sheyee Dharaao Boddho Holo, Shunno Shunney Milaaeelo Obang Mono Shogo Charam, Bojhey Praano Bojhey Jaaro Lo! The sun is not, Nor light, Nor the comely moon , In the great void of space, Floats shadow-like the image Universe. In the void of mind involute , There floats the fleeting Universe, Rises and floats , Sinks again, ceaseless, in the current "I" Slowly, slowly, the shadow-multitude , Entered the primal womb, And flowed , ceaseless, The only current, the "I am", "I am". It is stopped, ev'n that current flows no more , Void merged into void Beyond speech and mind , Whose heart understands, he verily does
  • Selfless Action Salman Latif Islamic Society of Stanford University
  • Detached "Good Works" Douglas MacKinnon Devotee of Christ
  • The Song of the Karma Yogi Triparna Bhattacharya
  • Aaji pronamey tomare cholibo, natho songsaro kaje Tumi amar noyone noyon rekho, ontoro majhe Hridoyo debota royecho prane, mono jeno taha niyoto jane, Paaper chinta more jeno dohi duhsoho laje  Sobo kolorobe sara dinoman, suni onadi songeetogan Sobaro songe jeno obiroto tomaro songo raje Nimeshe nimeshe noyone bochone, sokol korme, sokol monone Sokol hridoy tontre jeno mongol baje   O Higher Self, today I surrender the lower Self to you as I proceed to act May you place your eyes in mine Just as you reside in my heart O God of my heart May my mind always know your presence May every thought of sin Burn in the flame of shame In the ceaseless din of the world, I hear the sacred music all the time Be you with me When I be with others In every blink of the eye, In every action and thought In every part of my heart May the sacred music play.  
  • Judaism: Mitzvahs and the Art of Giving Ariel Dowling Stanford Hillel
  • Judaism: Mitzvahs and the Art of Giving
    • Tzedakah
  • Judaism: Mitzvahs and the Art of Giving
    • Maimonides
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  • The Legacy of Swami Vivekananda Swami Vedananda Vedanta Society of San Francisco
  • Vote of Thanks Priyanka Sharma & Somik Raha The Hindu Students Council
  • Closing Prayer
    • Sarve Bhavantu
    • Sukhinaha
    • Sarve Santu
    • Niraamaya
    • Sarve Bhadrani
    • Pashyantu
    • Maa Kaschit
    • Dukhabhaag bhavet
    • AUM SHANTI SHANTI
    • SHANTIHI
    May ALL be happy May ALL be free from Disease May ALL see things auspicious Many NONE be subjected to misery Peace, Peace, Peace Be unto us all