From Colombo to Almora; Being a Record of Swami Vivekananda's Return to India After His Mission to the West. Includes Reports of His Lectures and Replies to Addresses

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9780217938174: From Colombo to Almora; Being a Record of Swami Vivekananda's Return to India After His Mission to the West. Includes Reports of His Lectures and Replies to Addresses

This historic book may have numerous typos, missing text or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1904. Not illustrated. Excerpt: ... and the power, of that infinite love which the Gopis had, that love for love's sake. That is the goal. When you have got that you have got everything. To come down to the lower stratum, Krishna--the preacher of preacher of the Gita. Aye, there is an attempt in India ttt Gita. now which i9 like putting the cart before the horse. Many Of our people think that Krishna as the lover of the Gopis is rather something uncanny, and the Europeans do not like it much. Dr. So-and-so does not like it. Certainly then, the Gopis have to go. In the Mahabharata there is no mention of the Gopis except in one or two places. In the prayer of Draupadi there is mention of a Brindavan life, and in the speech of S'isupala there is again mention of this Brindavan. From that ideal lover we come down to the lower stratum of Krishna, the preacher of Gita. Even there no better commentary has been written or can be written. The essence of the S'rutis, or of the Upanishads, is hard to be understood, seeing that there are so many commentators, each one trying to interpret in his own way. Then the Lord Himself comes, He who is the inspirer of the S'rutis, to show us the meaning of these as the preacher of Gita, and to-day India wants nothing better, the world wants nothing better than that method of interpretation. It is a wonder that subsequent interpreters of the Scriptures, even commenting upon the Gita, could not catch the meaning, could not catch the drift. For what do you find in the Gita, and what even in modern commentators? One non-dualistic commentator takes up an Upanishad, there are so many dualistic passages, and he twists and tortures them into some meaning, and wants to bring them all into his own meaning. If a dualistic commentator comes there are so many non-dualistic texts whi...

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