The meaning of religion according to swami vivekananda

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Here the ideas and views of Swamiji on religion are presented through his own quotaions; in his own words.

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The meaning of religion according to swami vivekananda

  1. 1. SWAMI VIVEKANANDA Shreya Thusoo IDD (B.Tech-M.Tech), Student Dept. of Civil Engineering, IIT(BHU), Varanasi
  2. 2. Definition of Religion o o
  3. 3. “The term “Dharama” is related to “Dhr” meaning keeping together. It is due to dharma that people live together. So, whatever keeps people together is dharama. Dharama means the good of all. Whatever benefits all is dharama. Dharama is prescribed to protect from harm every living object. Every action which does not bring harm to any one is itself dharama. He who always desires the good of all and is whole-heartedly engaged in doing good to one and all, O Jājilē! Is one who knows what dharam is. “ Mahabharata states-
  4. 4. Why do humans need religion? Human mind always oscillates between two conflicting tendencies which are evil and good Religion helps us decide the path to peace, prosperity and tranquillity – THE NOBLE PATH
  5. 5. “I am a good Hindu, because I am a good Christian and a good Muslim.” -Mahatma Gandhi “All religions are essentially the same in their goal of developing a good human heart so that we may become better human beings.” -Dalai Lama “So many religions are so many different paths.” -Sri Ramakrishna
  6. 6. LOVE RIGHTEOUS CONDUCT KINDNESS BENEVOLENCE SHARING AND CARING ATTITUDE TRUTHFULNESS
  7. 7. Interpretations of Religion Religion GOD Religious mortalities ( Texts, Spiritual Leaders and Religious Practices)
  8. 8. India’s first global citizen Most influential interpreter of the Hindu tradition to both India and the West . In His works amalgamation of ideas from east and west can be seen.
  9. 9. Physics or chemistry has no internal mandate to vouch for its truth, which religion has. *
  10. 10. o “Man must realise God, feel God, see God, talk of God. That is religion” o
  11. 11. * By studying the lives of all great messengers, we find that each was destined to play only a part. Harmony consists in the sum total, and not in one note.
  12. 12. o o Swami Vivekananda was always ready to receive and share religious wisdom from traditions other than His own.
  13. 13. * “God-ward passion and man-ward love.”
  14. 14. * Swamiji wanted to propagate a religion that would be equally acceptable to all minds; which must be equally philosophic, equally emotional, equally mystic, and equally conducive to his action.
  15. 15. • Easy, simple, popular, and at the same time meeting the requirements of the highest minds. • Have concrete moral forms. • Relate to scientific and practical psychology. • Should be equally philosophic, equally emotional, equally mystic.
  16. 16. * A person with all the elements of philosophy, mysticism, emotion, and of work equally present in full in him.
  17. 17. “In trying to practise religion, eighty per cent of people turn cheats, and about fifteen per cent go mad; only the remaining five per cent attain the immediate knowledge of the
  18. 18. [1] The Chambers Dictionary, Chambers. [2] Religion; Merriam-Webster Dictionary. [3] The Gita and The Quran by Pandit Sunderlal,Pilgrims Publishing [4] Teachings of Swami Vivekananda, Advita Ashrama Publication Department [5] Human Values by A.N. Tripathi, 3rd edition, New Age International Publishers [6] Universal Message of The Bhagavad Gita; Vol 1 by Swami Ranganathananda [7] Universal Message of The Bhagavad Gita; Vol 2 by Swami Ranganathananda [8] Universal Message of The Bhagavad Gita; Vol 3 by Swami Ranganathananda [9] The Compelete Works of Swami Vivekanada: (a)-13th edition, (b)-9th edition [10] Meditation and its Methods- swami Vivekananda, Advita Ashrama Publication Department
  19. 19. THANK YOU

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