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But mark you,if you give up that spirituality, leaving it aside to go after the materializing civilization of the west,the result will be that in three generation you will be an extinct race; because the back-done of the nation will be broken, the foundation upon which the national edifice has been built will be undermined, and the result will be annihilation all round.

Europe,the center of the manifestation of material energy, will crumble into dust within fifty years,if she is not mindful to change her position,to shift her ground and make spirituality the basis of her. And what will save Europe is the religion of the Upanishads.

Our aristocratic ancestors went on trading the common masses of our country under foot, till they became helpless,till under this torment the poor, poor people nearly forgot that they were human beings. They have been compelled to be merely hewers of wood and drawers of water for centuries, so much so,that they are made to believe that they are born as slaves, born as hewers of wood and drawers of water.

The truths of the Upanishads are before you. Take them up, live up to them, and the salvation of India will be at hand.

Do you feel? Do you feel that millions and millions of the descendants of gods and of sages have become next-door neighbors to brutes? Do you feel that millions are starving today,and millions have been starving for ages? Do you feel that ignorance has come over the land as a dark cloud? Does it make you restless? Does it make you sleepless? Has it gone into your blood,coursing through your veins,becoming consonant with your heartbeats? Has it made you almost mad? Are you seized with that one idea of the misery of ruin, and have you forgotten all about your name, your fame, your wives, your children, your property, even your own bodies? Have you done that? That is the first step to become a patriot,the very first step.
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We must have a hold on the spiritual and secular educations of the nations. Do you understand that... The education that you are getting now has some good points, but it has a tremendous disadvantage which is so great that the good things are all weighed down. In the first place it is not a man-making education. It is merely and entirely a negative educations. A negative education or any training that is based on negation, is worse than death.

India I loved before I came away, now the very dust of India has become holy to me, the very air is now tome holy, it is now the holy land, the place of pilgrimage, the Tirtha.

If you want to become equal with the Englishman of the American, you will have to teach as well as to learn, and you have plenty yet to teach to the world for centuries to come. This has to be done.

The degenerations of India came not because the laws and customs of the ancients were bad, but because they were not allowed to be carried to their legitimate conclusions.

When you have men who are ready to sacrifice their everything for their country, sincere to the backbone - when men arise, India will become great in every respect. It is the men that make the country!

I consider that the great national sin is the neglect of the masses, and that is one of the causes of our downfall. No amount of politics would be of any avail until the masses in India are once more well educated, well fed, and well cared for.

Keep the motto before you: "Elevation of the masses without injuring their religion."

Education, education, education alone! Travelling through many cities of Europe and observing in them the comforts and educations of even the poor people,there was brought to my mind the state of our own poor people' and I used to shed tears.What made the difference ? Education was the answer I got. Through education comes faith in one's own self, and through faith in one's own self the inherent Brahman is waking up in them. While the Brahman in us is gradually becoming dormant.

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Ye are the Children of God, the sharers of immortal bliss, holy and perfect beings. Ye divinities on earth-sinners ? It is a sine to call a man so; it is a standing libel on human nature. Come up, O lions, and shake off the delusion that you are sheep; you are souls immortal, spirits free, blest and eternal; ye are not matter, ye are not bodies; matter is your servant, not you the servant of matter.

He is an atheist who does not believe in himself. The old religions said that he was an atheist who did not believe in God. The new religion says that he is an atheist who does not believe in himself.

Faith, faith, faith in ourselves, faith in god-this is the secret of greatness. If you have faith in the three hundred and thirty millions of your mythological gods, and in all the gods which foreigners have introduced into your midst, and still have no faith in yourselves and stand upon that faith and be strong,

To succeed, you must have tremendous perseverance, tremendous will. " I will drink the ocean" says the persevering soul; "at my will mountains will crumble up." Have that sort of energy, that sort of will; work hard, and you will reach the goal.

This is the great fact: strength is life, weakness is death. Strength is felicity, life eternal, immortal; weakness is constant strain and misery weakness is death.

The world requires a few hundred bold men and women. Practice that boldness which dares know the Truth, which dares show the Truth in life, which does not quake before death, nay, welcomes death, makes a man know that he is the Spirit, that in the whole universe, nothing can kill him. Then you will be free.
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Thus we find that the minds of these ancient Aryan thinkers had begun a new theme. They found out that in the external world no search would give an answer to their question. They might seek in the external world for ages, but there would be no answer to their questions. So they fell back upon this other method; and according to this, they were taught that these desires of the senses, desires for ceremonials and externalities have caused a veil to come between themselves and the truth, and that this cannot be removed by any ceremonial. They had to fall back on their own minds, and analyse the mind to find the truth in themselves.

The outside world failed and they turned back upon the inside world, and then it became the real philosophy of the Vedanta; from here the Vedanta philosophy begins. It is the foundation - stone of Vedanta philosophy. As we go on, we find that all its inquiries are inside.

From the very outset they seemed to declare -- look not for the truth in any religion; it is here in the human soul,the miracle of all miracles -- in the human soul, the emporium of all knowledge, the mine of all existence -- seek here. What is not here cannot be there. And they found out step by step that that which is external is but a dull reflection at best of that which is inside. We shall see how they took, as it were, this old idea of God,the Governor of the universe, who is external to the universe,and first put Him inside the universe. He is not a God outside, but He is inside; and they took Him from there into their own hearts. Here He is,in the heart of man,the Soul of our souls, the Reality in us.
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Even in very ancient times the commentators on the Vedanta philosophy formed themselves into the three celebrated Hindu sects of dualists, qualified non - dualists,and non - dualists. The ancient commentaries are perhaps lost; but they have been revived in modern times by the post - buddhistic commentators, Shankara, Ramanuja, and Madhva. Shankara revived the non - dualistic form; Ramanuja, the qualified non - dualistic form of the ancient commentator Bodhayana; and Madhva, the dualistic form.

In India the sects differ mainly in their philsophy; the difference in rituals is slight, the basis of their philosophy and religion being the same. from their interpretations have arisen three systems of philosophy and sects. One is dualistic, or Dvaita; a second is the qualified non - dualistic, or Vishishtadvaita; and a third is the non - dualistic,or Advaita. Of these the dualistic and the qualified non - dualistic include the largest number of the Indian people. The non - dualists are comparatively few in number. Now I will try to lay before you the ideas that are contained in all these three sects; but before going on,I will make one remark -- that these different Vedanta systems have one common psychology,and that is,the psychology of the Sankhya system. The Sankhya psychology is very much like the psychologies of the Nyaya and Vaisheshika systems, differing only in minor particulars.

All the Vedantists agree on three points. They believe in God, in the Vedas as revealed, and in cycles. We have already considered the Vedas. The belief about cycles is as follows:All matter throughout the universe is the outcome of one primal matter called Akasha; and all force, whether gravitation, attraction or repulsion, or life, is the outcome of one primal force called Prana. Prana acting on Akasha is creating or projecting* the universe. At the beginning of a cycle, Akasha is motionless, unmanifested. Then Prana begins to act, more and more, creating grosser and grosser forms out of Akasha -- plants, animals, men, stars, and so on.
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Meditation is the "one things. Meditate! The greatest thing is meditation.It is the nearest approach to spiritual life - the mind meditating.It is the one moment in our daily life that we are not at all material-the soul thinking of itself, free from all matter - this marvelous touch of the soul.

Those who give themselves up to the Lord do more for the world than all the so-called workers.One man who has purified himself thoroughly, accomplishes more than a regiment of preachers. Out of purity and silence comes the word of power.

What we need today is to know that there is a God and that we can see and feel him here and now.

There is a vast difference between saying "food, food" and eating it, between saying " water, water" and drinking it. So by merely repeating the worlds " God, God," we cannot hope to attain realisalion. We must strive and practice.

Through the terrors of evil, say - my God, my love! Through the pangs of death, say-my God, my love! Through all the evils under the sun, say - my God, my love ! Thou art here,I see thee, Thou art with me, I feel thee, I am thine, take me. I am not of the world's but Thine; leave not then me. Do not go for glass beads leaving the mine of diamonds! This life is a great chance. What, seekest thou the pleasures of the world ? He is the fountain of all bliss. Seek for the Highest, aim at that Highest, and you shall reach the Highest.

We must be bright and cheerful,long face do not make religion. Religion should be the most joyful thing in the world, because it is the best.

Worship everything as God - every form is his temple.All else is delusion. Always look within, never without.Such is the God that Vedanta preaches, and such is his worship.
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Each soul is potentially divine. The goal is 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 temple, or forms, are but secondary details.

If there is a God, we must see Him; If there is a soul, we must perceive it; otherwise it is better not to believe. It is better to be an outspoken atheist than a hypocrite

Practice is absolutely necessary. You may sit down and listen to me by the hour every day, but if you do not practice, you will not get one step further. It all depends on practice. We never understand these things until we experience them. We will have to see and feel them for ourselves. Simply listening to explanations and theories will not do.

Take up one idea. Make that one idea your life; think of it; dream of it; live on that idea. Let the brains, muscles, nerves, every part of your body be full of that idea, and just leave every other idea alone. This is the way to success, and this is the way great spiritual giants are produced.

These prophets were not unique; they were men as you or I. They were great Yogis.They had gained this superconsciousness, and you and I can get the same. They were not peculiar people. The very fact that one man ever reached that state proves that it is possible for every man to do so. Not only is it possible,but every man must, eventually, get to that state, and that is religion.

The embodiment of freedom,the master of nature, is what we call God.You cannot deny Him. No, because you cannot move or live without the idea of freedom.
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It is not a very logical argument, as we all know; there is something childish about it, yet it is the only little bit of anything we can know about God from the external world, that this world required a builder. But this is no explanation of the universe. The materials of this world were before Him, and this God wanted all these materials,and the worst objection is that He must be limited by the materials. The builder could not have made a house without the materials of which it is composed. Therefore he was limited by the materials; he could only do what the materials enabled him to. Therefore the God that the Design Theory gives is at best only an architect, and a limited architect of the universe.

He is bound and restricted by the materials; He is not independent at all. That much they had found out already, and many other minds would have rested at that. In other countries the same thing happened; the human mind could not rest there; the thinking, grasping minds wanted to go further, but those that were backward got hold of them and did not allow them to grow. But fortunately these Hindu sages were not the people to be knocked on the head; they wanted to get a solution, and now we find that they were leaving the external for the internal.

The first thing that struck them was, that it is not with the eyes and the senses that we perceive that external world,and know anything about religion; the first idea, therefore, was to find the deficiency,and that deficiency was both physical and moral,as we shall see. You do not know,says one of these sages, the cause of this universe; there has arisen a tremendous difference between you and me -- why? Because you have been talking sense things and are satisfied with sense - objects and with the mere ceremonials of religion, while I have known the Purusha beyond.
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Along with this progress of spiritual ideas that I am trying to trace for you, I can only hint to you a little about the other factor in the growth, for that has nothing to do with our subject, therefore I need not enlarge upon it -- the growth of rituals. As those spiritual ideas progressed in arithmetical progression, so the ritualistic ideas progressed in geometrical progression. The old superstitions had by this time developed into a tremendous mass of rituals, which grew and grew till it almost killed the Hindu life. And it is still there, it has got hold of and permeated every portion of our life and made us born slaves.

Yet, at the same time, we find a fight against this advance of ritual from the very earliest days. The one objection raised there is this, that love for ceremonials,dressing at certain times,eating in a certain way, and shows and mummeries of religion like these are only external religion,because you are satisfied with the senses and do not want to go beyond them. This is a tremendous difficulty with us,with every human being. At best when we want to hear of spiritual things our standard is the senses; or a man hears things about philosophy, and God, and transcendental things, and after hearing about them for days,he asks: After all,how much money will they bring,how much sense - enjoyment will they bring? For his enjoyment is only in the senses, quite naturally.

But that satisfaction in the senses, says our sage, is one of the causes which have spread the veil between truth and ourselves. Devotion to ceremonials, satisfaction in the senses, and forming various theories, have drawn a veil between ourselves and truth. This is another great landmark, and we shall have to trace this ideal to the end,and see how it developed later on into that wonderful theory of Maya of the Vedanta, how this veil will be the real explanation of the Vedanta, how the truth was there all the time, it was only this veil that had covered it.
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The debt which the world owes to our Motherland is immense. Talking country with country,there is not one race of his earth to which the world owes so much as to the patient Hindu, the mild Hindu.

To many, Indian thought,Indian manners,Indian customs,Indian philosophy,Indian literature,are repulsive at the first sight; but let them persevere,let them read, let them become familiar with the great principles underlying these ideas,and it is ninety-nine to one that the charm will come over them, and fascination will be the result.

But the Older I grow, the better I seem to think of these time honored institution of India. There was a time when I used to think that many of them were useless and worthless; but the older I grow, the more I seem to feel a diffidence in cursing anyone of them,for each of them is the embodiment of the experience of centuries.

Believe me, there is much talking in other lands, but the practical man of religion, who has carried it into his life is here and here alone.

I have said that we have yet something to teach to the world. This is the very reasons, the raison d'etre,that this nation has lived on,in spite of hundreds of year of persecution,in spite of nearly a thousand years of foreign rule and foreign oppression.This nation still lives; the raison d'etre is , it still holds to God, to the treasure-house of religion and spirituality.

In this land are,still religion and spirituality,the fountains which will have to overflow and flood the world to bring in new life and new vitality to the Western and other nations,which are now almost borne down, half-killed,and degraded by political ambitions and social scheming.
Lecturer, entrepreneur and Fortune 500 business consultant, Vish Writer is the author of the Amazon No 1 bestseller, "The Joy of Becoming God". Visit him at Spiritual SimplicityThe Real Secret