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Swami Vivekananda is one of my idols. I love him very much.

Before telling you about what he said on religion. I like to give you two advice. One from his father and another one is from Vivekananda.

From his Father

Never show surprise at anything

From Vivekananda

Do not believe in a thing because you have read about it in a book. Do not believe in a thing because another man has said it true. Do not believe in words because they are hallowed by tradition. Find out the truth for yourself. Reason it out. That is realization.

I’m openly say I’m not believe in the “person” God. If someone said that god is a person. Then I’m an atheist. For me, God is some sort of hidden force and love. It may confuse you. I feel this article, give you some new perspective on religion and god.

At the beginning of this century it was almost
feared that religion was at an end. Under the tremendous sledge-hammer blows
of scientific research, old superstitions were crumbling away like masses of
porcelain. Those to upon religion meant only a bundle of creeds and
meaningless ceremonials were in despair; they were at their wit’s end.

He was saying that science beats religion at the beginning of this century. He mentions 20th century. Because, peoples involved in scientific research and reveals many things. So, Religion slowly dies. ScienceĀ  rejects what is visible and calculable. It resonates peoples.

Many thought the
case hopeless and the cause of religion lost once and for ever. But the tide has
turned and to the rescue has come — what? The study of comparative religions.
By the study of different religions we find that in essence they are one. When I
was a boy, this scepticism reached me, and it seemed for a time as if I must
give up all hope of religion. But fortunately for me I studied the Christian
religion, the Mohammedan, the Buddhistic, and others, and what was my
surprise to find that the same foundation principles taught by my religion were
also taught by all religions.

Even Vivekananda ready to give up all hope of religion. But, Before that he start studying different religions and comparing each other. What he was found is every religion shares the same foundational principles. He realizes that all religion is same in someway.

In the first place, all religions admit that, apart from the body which perishes, there is
a certain part or something which does not change like the body, a part that is
immutable, eternal, that never dies; but some of the later religions teach that
although there is a part of us that never dies, it had a beginning. But anything
that has a beginning must necessarily have an end. We — the essential part of
us — never had a beginning, and will never have an end. And above us all,
above this eternal nature, there is another eternal Being, without end — God.

Every religions admits there is a part of the body that never dies. If something had a beginning it have an end, right. Body have a beginning( birth ) and the end is death. But, he says that something exist in our body that never had a beginning. And there is also an another being which is eternal is called God.

So, we can see there is two being which is never had a beginning or an end. One is exist in our body (Soul) and another one is exist above us all (God).

Along with this idea of the soul we find another group of ideas in regard to its
perfection. The soul in itself is perfect. The Old Testament of the Hebrews
admits man perfect at the beginning. Man made himself impure by his own actions. But he is to regain his old nature, his pure nature. Some speak of these
things in allegories, fables, and symbols. But when we begin to analyse these
statements, we find that they all teach that the human soul is in its very nature
perfect, and that man is to regain that original purity. How? By knowing God.

Soul is pure. So, Man also pure at the beginning. But through his actions, he becomes impure. Its only his fault. And the only way to regain his original purity is by knowing God.
And he talk about the idea of reincarnation,

This idea of reincarnation runs parallel with
the other doctrine of the eternity of the human soul. Nothing which ends at one
point can be without a beginning and nothing that begins at one point can be
without an end. We cannot believe in such a monstrous impossibility as the
beginning of the human soul. The doctrine of reincarnation asserts the freedom
of the soul. Suppose there was an absolute beginning. Then the whole burden
of this impurity in man falls upon God. The all-merciful Father responsible for
the sins of the world! If sin comes in this way, why should one suffer more
than another? Why such partiality, if it comes from an all-merciful God? Why
are millions trampled underfoot? Why do people starve who never did anything
to cause it? Who is responsible? If they had no hand in it, surely, God would be
responsible. Therefore the better explanation is that one is responsible for the
miseries one suffers. If I set the wheel in motion, I am responsible for the
result

In short, You are the manufacturer of your own life. If you experiencing happiness, it because of you. If you experiencing miseries, it also because of you. You just reincarnate because to experience those things. Its interesting, right.

The end of all religion is the realizing of God in the soul. That is the one universal religion. If there is one universal truth in all religions. I place it here — in realizing God. Ideals and methods may differ, but that is the central point.

He clearly said, that central point of all religions is realizing the God in your soul, that’s it. Only the ideals and methods are different.
So, he concluded,

A man may believe in all
the churches in the world, he may carry in his head all the sacred books ever
written, he may baptise himself in all the rivers of the earth, still, if he has no
perception of God, I would class him with the rankest atheist. And a man may
have never entered a church or a mosque, nor performed any ceremony, but if
he feels God within himself and is thereby lifted above the vanities of the
world, that man is a holy man, a saint, call him what you will.

He shares his one experience,

Many years ago, I visited a great sage of our own country, a very holy man. We
talked of our revealed book, the Vedas, of your Bible, of the Koran, and of
revealed books in general. At the close of our talk, this good man asked me to
go to the table and take up a book; it was a book which, among other things,
contained a forecast of the rainfall during the year. The sage said, “Read that.”
And I read out the quantity of rain that was to fall. He said, “Now take the book
and squeeze it.” I did so and he said, “Why, my boy, not a drop of water comes
out. Until the water comes out, it is all book, book. So until your religion
makes you realise God, it is useless. He who only studies books for religion
reminds one of the fable of the ass which carried a heavy load of sugar on its
back, but did not know the sweetness of it.

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