Swami Vivekananda

by Michelle Fortes

God spoke once and he spoke Sanskrit.Swami Vivekananda 3:512

 Why do we feel nostalgic about our younger days…Why do human beings feel a reverence and nostalgia towards a glorious unknown past say like Vedic age or sangam age or abrahamic age…Is it a kind of fear of unknown future….Why men always harp on the idea of glorious past rather than conceiving a fabulous tomorrow.Was there any utopian past any where at anytime when there was no  disease,death,destruction,inequality,exploitation,oppression,worry,fear …any psychological or evolutionary or creationary explanation…

 The people of Northern India belong to the great Aryan race to which all of the people of Europe except the Basques in the Pyrenees and Finns,are supposed to belong. The Southern Indian people belong to the same race as the ancient Egyptians and the Semites.Swami Vivekananda (8:248)

The child widows or women who have been betrothed to  children who died before marriage,might be pitied if a marriage were the only real object in life, but, according to the Hindu way of thinking  marriage is rather a  duty than a privilege and  the denial of the right of child widows to marry is no particular hardship. Swami Vivekananda (8:250 The Complete works )

Then it was that Shri Bhagavan Ramakrishna incarnated himself in India,to demonstrate what the true religion of the Aryan race is;(6:207 complete works of Swami Vivekananda)

We catch a glimpse of different races-Dravidians,Tartars,and Aboriginals pouring in their  quota  of blood ,of speech, of manners and religions. And at last a great Nation emerges to our view -still keeping the type of the Aryan- stronger broader and more organised by the assimilation. We find the central assimilative core giving its type and character to the whole mass,Clinging on with great pride to its name of “Aryan”,and,though willing to give other races the benefits of it civilizations, it was by no means willing to admit them within the “Aryan” pale(  6:181) Complete works of Swami Vivekananda

We believe in Indian caste as one of the greatest social institutions that the Lord gave to man…..It has already worked wonders for the land of Bharata and is destined to lead Indian humanity to its goal.(4:307)Complete works of Swami Vivekananda

 When a culture has lost its means of self defence it turns to the ethnologist and the archaeologist.(Certeau 1986:123)

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