Friday, August 17, 2007
THE NECESSITY OF RELIGION - Swami Vivekananda
What is needed is a fellow-feeling between the different types of religion, seeing that they all stand or fall together, a fellow-feeling which springs from mutual esteem and mutual respect, and not the condescending, patronising, niggardly expression of goodwill, unfortunately in vogue at the present time with many. And above all, this is needed between types of religious expression coming from the study of mental phenomena -- unfortunately, even now laying exclusive claim to the name of religion -- and those expressions of religion whose heads, as it were, are penetrating more into the secrets of heaven though their feet are clinging to the earth, I mean, the so-called materialistic sciences.
To bring about this harmony, both will have to make concessions, sometimes very large, nay more, sometimes painful, but each will find itself the better for the sacrifice and more advanced in truth. And in the end, the knowledge which is confined within the domain of time and space will meet and become one with that which is beyond them both, where the mind and senses cannot reach -- the Absolute, the Infinite, the One without a second.
The Complete Works of Swami Vivekananda Volume 2 [ Page : 68 ] (Delivered in London) The End.