Gospel of Sri Ramakrishna offered here for the first time in a comprehensive manner. This is an initiative of the revered founder of our institution, Swami Vijayawada; For many years before his physical disappearance he harbored the longing to see this great spiritual message spread in the Hispanic world, and he encouraged us with patience and wise advice to prepare the work, now concluded in its first stage under the supervision of our current Spiritual Director.
Any system that weakens the mind and makes us superstitious, discouraged and that makes us desire all sorts of senseless impossibilities, mysteries, and advice, is not to my liking because its effects are dangerous. Such systems never contribute any good; they create a morbid mind, weakening it and weakening it to such an extent that with the passage of time, it becomes almost impossible to accept the Truth or to live according to it. Force, therefore, is the most necessary requirement. Strength is the remedy for the disease of the world.
What you do externally through your struggle may be important, but what you do internally, that is, in relation to your character and personality, is even more relevant. That is why it is essential that you continue fighting even when you have achieved what you desired. An eventual failure is not a reason for the withdrawal. In this case, Narendra also went on a pilgrimage repeatedly, but his obligations to his young classmates brought him again and again, thus curtailing his desire to travel throughout India. Finally, in 1890, he left once more with the firm intention of not returning until reaching the highest Knowledge.
As a mendicant monk, with another name not to be recognized, living on alms and with barely enough, Narendra went, as a first destination, towards the Himalayas, with the intention of immersing himself in meditation. Despite Narendra’s initial intention to get away from the public light, his destiny in this life was not that of a contemplative meditator in a cave. Moreover, his pilgrimages were plagued by vicissitudes, illnesses, ups and downs and deep mystical experiences. As a mendicant monk, he traveled throughout India, teaching, and learning, knowing the essence of an immense and multiform land.
What did he want?
- To teach men that the purpose of human life is to expand, through personal effort, our limited mortal consciousness, until they become identified with the Divine Consciousness. To establish for this purpose temples of Self-Realization Fellowship throughout the world, destined for communion with God and to encourage men to erect individual temples to the Lord, both in their homes and in their own hearts.
- Reveal the complete harmony, the basic unity existing between the teachings of Christianity and those of yoga, as originally expressed by Jesus Christ and by Bhagavan Krishna respectively; and demonstrate that the truths contained in these teachings constitute the scientific foundations common to all true religion.
When he returned from his long pilgrimage, he was no longer Narendra, but Swami Vivekananda, the holy philosopher who made Hinduism known in the West.