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It is impossible to find God outside of ourselves. Our own souls contribute all the divinity that is outside of us. We are the greatest temple. The objectification is only a faint imitation of what we see within ourselves.

Concentration of the powers of the mind is our only instrument to help us see God. If you know one soul (your own), you know all souls, past, present, and to come. The concentrated mind is a lamp that shows us every comer of the soul.

Truth cannot be partial; it is for the good of all. Finally, in perfect rest and peace meditate upon It, concentrate your mind upon It, make yourself one with It. Then no speech is needed; silence will carry the truth. Do not spend your energy in talking, but meditate in silence; and do not let the rush of the outside world disturb you. When your mind is in the highest state, you are unconscious of it. Accumulate power in silence, and become a dynamo of spirituality. (VII. 59-61)

-Valmiki is the author of the great epic the Ramayana.


Swamiji’s first night at Camp Taylor [Northern California], May 2, 1900. I close my eyes and see him standing there in the soft blackness with sparks from the blazing log fire flying through it and a day-old moon above. He was weary after a long lecture season, but relaxed and happy to be there. “We end life in the forest,” he said, “as we begin it, but with a world of experience between the two states.” Later after a short talk, when we were about to have the usual meditation, he said: “You may meditate on whatever you like, but I shall meditate on the heart of a lion. That gives strength.” The bliss and power and peace of the meditation that followed could never be described.

{Reminiscences of Swami Vivekananda: Ida Ansell)

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