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Wednesday, December 17, 2014

1707- Visible Gods!

Swamy Vivekananda's wanderings in the country for two years, when he personally experienced the poverty and deprivation of his countrymen, and the degree of their ignorance and exploitation of the lower classes in the country.
Swamy Vivekananda opined that when we can see God in the stone idols, why can't we see Him in living beings!
He then said that "To the hungry religion comes in the form of bread". At the end of his Parivrajaka, he said "The only God that exists, the only God in whom we believe God the miserable, my God the poor of all races". He believed that the only way to help the poor was through the spirit of Niskama karma of the Gita.
His vow was to "serve humanity." Vivekananda then referred to feeding the poor as "Narayana Seva", and preached for "Daridra Narayana Seva", meaning service to the poor as service to Narayana, the Vedic Supreme God (including his different avatars) in Hinduism, venerated as the Supreme Being in Vaishnavism.
Though the term 'Daridra Narayana' was coined by Vivekananda, it was popularized by Mahatma Gandhi.

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