27 March 2014

Swami Vivekananda's Quotes On Shravana Or Proper Hearing

'Shravana' not only means hearing from the Guru,
but also repetition to our own selves.
—Swami Vivekananda 
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The topic of our this article is Swami Vivekananda's quotes on shravana (Devanagari: श्रवण, Bengali: শ্রবণ). Here shravana means "porper hearing" and not "shravana (month)" or "shravana (nakshatra/star).

Swami Vivekananda told—
  • 'Shravana' not only means hearing from the Guru, but also repetition to our own selves. 'आवृत्तिरसकृदुपदेशात्-- scriptural truth should be often repeated for such has been repeatedly enjoined'-- in this Sutra of Vedanta, Vyasa lays stress on repetition.[Source]
  • The state that comes then is the real nature of the ego. The "I" that remains then is omnipresent, all-pervading, the Self of all. Just as the Ghatâkâsha, when the jar is broken, becomes the Mahâkâsha, for with the destruction of the jar the enclosed space is not destroyed. The puny "I" which you were thinking of as confined in the body, becomes spread out and is thus realised in the form of the all pervading "I" or the Self. Hence what matters it to the real "I" or the Self, whether the mind remains or is destroyed? What I say you will realise in course of time. " कालेनात्मनि विन्दति—It is realised within oneself in due time." As you go on with Shravana and Manana (proper hearing and proper thinking), you will fully understand it in due time and then you will go beyond mind. Then there will be no room for any such question.[Source]

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