Vivekananda – Complete Works
I read part or half of these when I was a teenager.
Now reading them again after 24 years again I find very powerful thoughts and truth that I learnt from other sources. I had forgotten the details that these volumes go into. The truth in this book aligns with anything else that I have read, thus re-affirming what I understood and experienced.
Worth remembering what he said:
a) Goal of religion via any method, work, worship, devotion, activity, intellectual analysis, philosophy etc it to meld the ego with infinite.
b) Vivekananda writes that if one meditates for 1 year or less, then some experiences within oneself would prove that you have touched the boundary of a vast scientific field. So, probably 99% people have not even tried 30 minutes meditation for 365 days. Not cool.
c) Prophets were just first at the frontier of evolutionary super reaction of Samadhi, every man can achieve the same.
d) Goal of the science of Yoga is to systematically make progress, and bring into control every involuntary activity, like breathing, digestion, blood purification, heart beat, exiting outside the body, and numerous processes occurring within the body.
e) Read books but not too much. Yoganada said the same, read a little, meditate more, think of God all the time. Because what you are after is *total* knowledge and total experience. That can only be gained by entering inside into a dimensionless link.
f) Biological basis of genius is kundalini. If one is unpure / unchaste then practice of Raja- Yoga is highly dangerous. Sudden awakening of kundalini will certainly result in insanity / madness, because the brain would not have enough Ojas to operate at a higher octave. Hence all prophets emphasised morality prior to any other activity.
What could be better than lighting a candle that never extinguishes.