Swami Vivekananda is one of my all time favorite spiritual leaders. I learned about him in an Eastern Religion class in college. I was so interested in what he had to say I bought his 9 volume collection of his Complete Works and teachings.
What I found so interesting was as enlightened and knowledgeable as he was, in his personal letters also published in these works, he showed the human side of himself, with his doubts and fears like all of us experience. It showed me that as long as we are in this physical body and world, that is just a plight we all share, which makes me feel better about myself. It is OK to be less than perfect. It is OK to doubt and be fearful from time to time. We just need to know where it comes from and work to rise above it, or to seek encouragement when we can’t. What more can we do? What more can we be?
Swami Vivekananda also came to me in a dream one night and told me things that were beyond my comprehension. I thought I would never forget what he told me because it was so very profound, so I didn’t write it down. When I awoke in the morning, I had remembered the dream talking to him, but had forgotten what he had told me. I have been seeking that information since, never specifically finding it. Perhaps it was something I should only know on a subconscious level. Hopefully I am using/understanding the information in my daily life.
Anyhow, what brought me to writing this blog entry was having viewed the following video about Vivekananda’s acquisition of his enlightenment. It is about 15 minutes long but if you leave the sound on it is very soothing and worth the time investment. If you are interested in reading the Complete Works of Swami Vivekananda you can read it online HERE.
or you can buy it on Amazon HERE.
Here is the video from YouTube: