Thursday, November 25, 2010
An excerpt from the Complete works of Swami Vivekananda
I accidentally happened to come across the works of Swami Vivekananda while searching for something on the net. Coincidentally the matter that i read was relevant to what i posted earlier on telepathy (Part 2). I am quoting here a few sentences from the works of Swami Vivekananda - "Supposing we knew the answer, would the Absolute remain the Absolute? It would have become relative. What is meant by knowledge in our common-sense idea? It is only something that has become limited by our mind, that we know, and when it is beyond our mind, it is not knowledge. Now if the Absolute becomes limited by the mind, It is no more Absolute; It has become finite. Everything limited by the mind becomes finite. Therefore to know the Absolute is again a contradiction in terms. That is why this question has never been answered, because if it were answered, there would no more be an Absolute. A God known is no more God; He has become finite like one of us. He cannot be known He is always the Unknowable One." Then he goes on to explain how God is not unknowable in the conventional sense. The complete works of Swami Vivekananda is a treasure house for anyone who wants to know about the science and intellect in the Indian spirituality and religion.