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Question 33


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Give a note on Hinduism as per Swami Vivekananda


  • Hinduism is the most ancient culture that exists all around the world. Hinduism is not a religion but a path towards realization of the truth. Actually Hinduism is the only dharma that introduced the concept of ‘Vasudaiva kutumbakam’ (world is a family) . When Hinduism was trapped in the clandestine clutches of various blind faiths, Swami Vivekananda revived the Hinduism in the new way. Swami Vivekananda criticized all type of social evils such as- untouchability, caste system, sati etc. and urged everybody to uproot all those inhuman acts.
  • As per Swami Vivekananda- Hinduism is the mother of all religions. No religion on earth preaches the dignity of humanity in such a lofty strain as Hinduism. He identifies Hinduism as a universal religion. Hindus have received the religion through revelation and Vedas. Hindu believes that he is an immortal one- that which sword cannot pierce, fire cannot burn, and air cannot dry. Hence, Hindu considers the death as just a change of the garment.
  • While addressing the world religion parliament at Chicago, Swami Vivekananda said that- I am a Hindu and proud to belong to a religion which has taught the world both tolerance and universal acceptance.
  • As per his words, Hinduism passes from a lower truth to a higher truth not from error to truth and claims the transformation from man (Nara) to the god (Narayana) .
  • Swami Vivekananda clearly states that man is the greatest of all beings. We can see that the great sage Adi Shankaracharya mentions the similar idea in Vivekachoodamani, that is- jantoonam Nara janmam durlabham (among the beings, human life is most precious) .
  • The three essentials of Hinduism are belief in God, Vedas, the doctrine of Karma, and the transmigration as well.
  • From all above these we can realize that how much the mighty intellect Swami Vivekananda was influenced by the great Hinduism.
Hinduism in the Words of Swami Vivekananda

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