Thursday, May 22, 2008

#181, Finger twistings and kling phat and svaahas!

Swami Vivekananda wrote to Swami Ramakrishnananda, from Belur Math on Feb. 25, 1898:

"... We are all so glad that you have girded yourself to teach more of spirituality to the Madras people than those finger twistings and kling phat (Cryptic Mantras or sound formulae.) you are so fond of. ..."

" ... We have got some good furniture now, and a big jump from the old Chat`aai (mat) in the old Math to nice tables and chairs and three Khaat`s (cots), mind you. We have curtailed the Pujaa (worship) work a good deal, and the amount of pruning your klings and phats and svaahaas have undergone would make you faint. The puja occupied only the day, and they slept soundly all night. ..."

*What a great great respect Swamiji had for mantras!
*Promotion from mats to cots, nice tables and chairs
*Sleep more important than worship!
*Compare Ramakrishnanda's phats and svaahaas with Swamiji's goat sacrifices and fireworks

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