Jun 04 2012

Reading Swami Vivekananda

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“Take this book: as a book it does not exist outside; what exists outside is unknown and unknowable. The unknowable furnishes the suggestion that gives a blow to the mind, and the mind gives out the reaction in the form of a book, just as when a stone is thrown into the water, the water is thrown against it in the form of waves. The real universe is the occasion of the reaction of the mind. A book form or an elephant form or a man form is not outside; all that we know is our mental reaction from the outer suggestion.

“Take an oyster for example. You know how pearls are made. A parasite gets inside the shell and causes irritation, and the oyster throws a sort of enamelling around it, and this makes the pearl. The universe of experience is our own enamel, so to say, and the real universe is the parasite serving as the nucleus. The ordinary man will never understand it, because when he tries to do so, he throws out an enamel and sees only his own enamel.” – Swami Vivekananda

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