This month is the 155th birth date of Swami Vivekananda who first brought Yoga to the west in 1893. My biography of him (pictured above) was published on the occasion of his 150th birthday in 2012. Here are four quotes of wisdom from this remarkable human:
1. Animals must be respected and honored.
It is diabolical to say that all animals are created for men to be killed and used in any way man likes. It is the devil's gospel, not God's.
2. American women are the "most advanced" in the world.
Swami Vivekandanda was hosted for nearly three years by patrons in America. Here's what he said about this kindness: Many of the handsomest houses in this city are open to . All the time I am living as a guest of somebody or other. There is curiosity in this nation, such as you meet with nowehere else. They want to know everything and their women - thay are the most advanced in the world.
3. On Karma.
What we are now is the result of our past practice. Again, practice makes us what we shall be. So practice the other way; one sort of turn round has brought us this way, turn the other way and get out of it as soon as you can.
4. On reverence for the Buddha.
I wish I had one infinitesimal part of Buddha's heart. Buddha may or may not have believed in God; that does not matter to me. He reached the same state of perfection to which others come by love of God.
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