Tuesday, May 27, 2008

#188, I LONG FOR MY RAGS, MY SHAVEN HEAD, MY SLEEP UNDER THE TREES

Swami Vivekananda wrote to Mrs. Ole Bull from New York, on Jan. 25, 1896:

"... I long, oh! I long for my rags, my shaven head, my sleep under the trees, and my food from begging! India is the only place where, with all its faults, the soul finds its freedom, its God. All this Western pomp is only vanity, only bondage of the soul. Never more in my life I realised more forcibly the vanity of the world. May the Lord break the bondage of all — may all come out of Maya — is the constant prayer of VIVEKANANDA. ..."


BLOGGER'S VIEWS
*Did Swamiji go back to his rags? Shaven head? Sleep under the trees?
*Was his food from 1900 to 1902 in India obtained by begging?
*If his renunciation was real, why did he need expensive furniture at Belur Math?
*If his longing to rags was real, there was no need to sign documents with Ms. Christina Greenstidel.
*If his longing to rags was real, there was no need for him to send #480 to Ms. Christina Greenstidel, praying her to come to India or spend as she like.
*If his longing to begged food was real, there was no need for him to crave for 'Battlecreek food'! For this see post #.. at this blog.
*If his longing for begged food was real, he would have readily agreed to spare the Madras Reception surplus to the Chennai Ramakrishna Math. For this see post #.. at this blog.
*If his longing for begged food was real, there was no need to eat turtles and shad fish to heart's content and invite foreigners to taste them. There was no need for him to distinguish between this color turtle and that color turtle.
*If his longing for a true monk's life was real, he would not have again visited USA and embarked on strenous lecture tour to earn dollars and search for doctors to treat his dyspepsia. There would have been no dyspepsia, if he lived only on begged food.
*He wanted all to be relieved of their bondage. He himself was not relieved of his bondage.
*Instead of clamoring to go back to his rags, why Swamiji did not think of taking up an occupation which earned him food without begging and yet left some spare time for helping the society? He was averse to working. He wanted others to work.

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