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SWAMI VIVEKANANDA - VISION OR ILLUSION

Should we teach such incredible things to our new generation in the name of Religion and Spirituality?

Sri Ramakrishna Paramhansa, the teacher of Swami Vivekananda, was born on 18 February 1836 and passed away on 16 August 1886, and his body was cremated - given to fire. The body is a God-given physical instrument given to the individual soul in the beginning of the life, and as said in our scriptures (Bhasmantam shareeram, Jatasya hi dhruvo mrityur, etc.) – the death is inevitable. A man who takes birth surely dies one day. Sri Ramakrishna was also one of the individual souls, so he also passed away – as per God’s administration of justice. His body was cremated means transformed in to ash and it was no more existent. No one could see it now. The soul (aatmaa) is a conscious entity, so no one can see that also.

But Swami Vivekananda has said (or claimed) that he could see Sri Ramakrishna Paramhansa – even after his death and cremation of his body!

Please read the following evidences:

(1) Within a week of the Master's [Sri Ramakrishna’s] passing away, Narendra [Swami Vivekananda] one night was strolling in the garden with a brother disciple, when he saw in front of him a luminous figure. There was no mistaking: it was Sri Ramakrishna himself. Narendra remained silent, regarding the phenomenon as an illusion. But his brother disciple exclaimed in wonder, 'See, Naren! See!' There was no room for further doubt. Narendra was convinced that it was Sri Ramakrishna who had appeared in a luminous body. As he called to the other brother disciples to behold the Master, the figure disappeared. (Ref: Vivekananda’s biography written by Swami Nikhilananda)

(2) One night [during the last part of Dec 1889] when Naren was lying in bed thinking of Pavhari Baba, Sri Ramakrishna appeared to him and stood silently near the door, looking intently into his eyes. The vision was repeated for twenty-one days. (Ref: ibid.)

(3) The above mentioned so-called incident was explained by Swami Vivekananda himself when he was asked at Belur Math in 1902. It is given in the seventh volume of his Complete Works, Mayavati Edition 1964, and chapter: Conversations and Dialogues, Page: 242-3). Same is given below:

Disciple: Have you ever had a vision of Shri Ramakrishna after his passing away?

Swamiji: After his [Sri Ramakrishna’s] leaving the body, I associated for some time with Pavhari Baba of Ghazipur. There was a garden not far distant from his Ashram where I lived. … I had heard that Pavhari Baba knew the science of Hatha-Yoga. So I thought I would learn the practices of Hatha-Yoga from him, and through them strengthen the body. …On the eve of the day on which I was to take initiation, I was lying on a cot thinking; and just then I saw the form of Sri Ramakrishna standing on my right side, looking steadfastly at me, as if very much grieved. I had dedicated myself to him, and at the thought that I was taking another Guru I was much ashamed and kept looking at him. Thus perhaps two or three hours passed, but no words escaped from my mouth. Then he disappeared all on a sudden. My mind became upset seeing Shri Ramakrishna that night, so I postponed the idea of initiation from Pavhari Baba for the day. After a day or two again the idea of initiation from Pavhari Baba arose in the mind — and again in the night there was the appearance of Shri Ramakrishna as on the previous occasion. Thus when for several nights in succession I had the vision of Shri Ramakrishna, I gave up the idea of initiation altogether, thinking that as every time I resolved on it, I was getting such a vision, then no good but harm would come from it.

After some time he [Swami Vivekananda] addressed the disciple, saying, "Those who have seen Shri Ramakrishna are really blessed. Their family and birth have become purified by it. All of you will also get his vision. ..”

Summary: I personally don’t believe in such so-called visions. I understand that it is impossible to see a dead and cremated person afterward like this. Such irrational things should not be propagated in the name of religion, spirituality or mysticism. Such hallucination should not be encouraged if we really aim to build a healthy society.

= Bhavesh Merja

Bhavesh ji for the last 100

Bhavesh ji for the last 100 years Indians have looked upon Vivekanandji as real spiritual leader who has shown the Indians their true history and have stricken a connect between our ancient spiritual knowledge and modern India.
In the writings of Vivekanadaji he speaks about truth,dharma,meditation and his guru who he claimed was god realized etc. His address to the Congress of world religions for the first time brought out the purity and quality of Indian spirituality.Indians rever him as true spiritual guru.
I have come across some statements that allege that he ate meat(cow meat) in foriegn land, also that he did not knew the real truth as he had not studied vedas. Sir in your article above, Vivekanadaji said he saw his master in flesh and blood after he had died(you have rightly concluded that this in not possible being against the law of om).
Sir it seems that we have been eulogizing a false guru . Though some of his teachings and ideas make be good and appreciable but if we compare it with the teachings of the vedas they are found wanting in quality and truth. His actions of meat eating and idol worship are deplorable.
There is a need to shed light on his shortcomings . People who have the resouces and material to bring the truth out should make an effort.