Friday, January 4, 2008

#124 VIVEKANANDA AND PARAMAHAMSA'S FOOD

Swami Vivekananda stayed at Belgaum in 1892 for nine days, with one Shri G.S. Bhate. He said to Shri Bhate, as per the latter's reminiscences of Swamiji:

"... As regards food, when he was asked whether he was a vegetarian or a meat-eater, he said that as a man belonging not the ordinary order of Sannyasins but to the order of the Paramahamsas, he had no option in the matter. The Paramahamsa, by the rules of that order, was bound to eat whatever was offered, and in cases where nothing could be offered he had to go without food ..."


BLOGGER'S VIEW
As per Swamiji himself, a Paramahamsa was expected to accept whatever was offered. This is his justification for his eating meat in spite of being a monk.

Where is the Paramahamsa order? Did Vivekananda create it?

If a Paramahamsa was expected to accept what is offered by the householders, why live in a palatial bungalow and crave for turtles and shad fish?

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