Tuesday, September 30, 2008


It is the 1st day of Navarathri, the 9 night prayer to Sakti. The first 3 days to Durga Devi, the subsequent 3 days to Sri Lakshmi and the last 3 days to Sri Saraswathy.

I am observing fast today and hoping with HER blessing would be able to fulfill the vratam for 9 days….I am looking forward for the evening poojai.
Planning to cook pongal to impress Durga Maa today and will perform my japaam with Her beeja mantra,' Aaim hreem kleem Chamundayai Vichihe' and continue with my meditation….

“IT is good to love God for hope of reward, but it is better to love God for love’s sake; and the prayer goes: O Lord, I do not want wealth nor children nor learning. If it be Thy will, I shall go from birth to birth. But grant me this, that I may love thee without the hope of reward - ’love’ unselfishly for love’s sake.”
Swami Vivekananda

Sunday, September 28, 2008

On Karma

I have heard frequently…. “Do I deserve to go through this much of hardship in my life?? Did I ask for this kind of life??? Why only I suffer???
Even I have asked these questions, in my early days....but, now I fully understand and I thank GOD for this. For the benefit of my fellow friends, this
is what Sri Sarada Ma have said and I trust, reading and understanding this would help you………..

Karma or the result of past actions is divided into three categories – Prarabdha, Agami and Sanchita. Prarabdha is that which has already begun to fructify; Agami is that which is ready to fructify; and Sanchita is that which is stored up or held in reserve. It is illustrated by a familiar example from archery. Prarabdha is like an arrow that has left the bow; it must strike the target. Agami is like an arrow that is attached to the bow string; it must strike the target to be released, but can be withheld. And Sanchita is like the arrows in the quiver; it is held in reserve.

Devotee asked : The Mother whether Prarabdha Karma could be counteracted by the repetition of the Name of God.

Mother : One must experience the result of Prarabdha Karma. No one can escape it. But Japa or repetition of God’s holy Name minimizes its intensity. It is like the case of a man who is destined to lose his leg, but instead suffers only from the prick of a thorn in his foot.

Thursday, September 25, 2008

A New Begining

Betty wrote a blog
The blog was bitter
Betty surfed other blogs
To make the bitter blog
A better blog…………….

Yeap, this is exactly what I have been doing for the past 2 days.

The encouragement from my childhood friend is the only motivation that keeps the blog alive.

However I know, I need to make this blog better…… I want this blog to be able to enhance our lives, a place for sharing and learning.....

And I was both surprise and happy, to find many blogs in Malaysia (where have I been all this while???) and a good amount by Malaysian Indians…..Sorry guys and gals… My surfing was limited to only those in India, US and UK……

These blogs, that I have visited helped and inspired me and I have take down some notes to implement into my blog. I will be surfing for more blogs tonight and will be updating into my Favourite Blogs list soon….

Thank you and Nandri all out there…
God Gave Me Nothing I wanted
He Gave Me Everything I Needed
Swami Vivekananda

Wednesday, September 24, 2008


I make flower garland, poo charam, whenever time permits me. But now the flower garden has endless blooming, Thanks to Mother Earth. With these plentiful flowers, I felt the poo charam was not elegant enough….I wanted to make a flower garland, poo maalai…I was excited with this idea…..So on Monday night, I took strings, thread and flowers and went to Poojai room to start making the flower garland…. Although, I have never done a maalai before…I have seen the flower vendors, a thousand times making the maalai while I wait to buy my maalai…and I thought this was good enough for me to start making one of my one..After 20 mins, I realize, I was silly to base on my memory only and without guidance from the expert, I would never be able to make a poo maalai…

One of the vendors refused to teach me. It took me a lot of courage to ask him in the first place and I was a little hurt, when he turned me down …Since then, I have been asking around, among my friends and also searching the net, YouTube and leaving notes in blogs that deals with flower art crafts, but I have not got any positive reply yet….

Vinayagar, I know making the moodagam was a trial and YOU helped me through and now trying to make maalai… seems to be another milestone….. Pls grace me…

I am desperately trying to learn this before the Navarathri starts……Will it happen????

I wanted to very much adorn THEM with the maalai done by me, fresh everyday....


Monday, September 22, 2008

Me, my cough and my running nose.....

I have been down with cough and flu for almost 3 weeks now…. It was annoying to had to cough as frequent as twice every 1 minute and blow the nose in between the coughing and my stomach , throat and nose was the most pitiful, as they had to suffer the impact….

I also had the privilege of keeping my neighbors (in the bus, that we commute) entertained with my off chord cough and
my wonderful husband during the night and also my colleagues in my cubicle during the office hours..

After one week, went to the clinic and obtained medicine, but this proved to be unfruitful…. Then my childhood friend suggested that I take cow milk with turmeric, sugar and pepper, I did
not pay much attention to this initially, but when the clinic medicine failed, started to take the milk mixture…Saw some difference but still did not cure…Later, came my sister, with her blend mix…She asked me to blend 1 pcs of lemon grass, 1 pcs of turmeric leave, 2 pcs of celery and 1 pcs of green apple…Was surprised that it was a little bitter…but took twice, once in the morning and again in the night… still my cough did not stop…

And I am in the third week, still coughing but not as bad as the first week….. Hoping to recover fully from this cough by end of this week… Either one or all the remedies above from my loved ones must have helped to reduce the cough…. And of course the prayers to the Almighty……

During this time:

1. My loved ones really care for me. Well that is why they are in my ‘loved list’ first place….. My childhood friend sends me e-mail reminding me to take the milk mixture and my sister calls me everyday checking on me and hubby gets me water, my medicine and etc without being told….

2. My colleagues were extra nice to me, by giving me all kinds of cough sweets, candies and lozenges from all over the world without me asking…..

3. I normally drink only about 2 liter of water everyday, but due to the cough, I forced myself to take more water and yes, I have managed to drink about 4.5 liter of water for the past 2 weeks now…..and am planning to stick to this.

4. To quote what my friend have wrote to me ‘Health should always be our first priority instead of last…….

Friday, September 19, 2008

My First Home

Greetings to all,
Attached is my home at 482, Jalan Nuri Indah 9, Taman Thivy Jaya, 70300, Seremban,
Negeri Sembilan.

I have been staying here for the past 7 years and shifted to my new home last year October. I have many memorable memories in this house.............

It is also so convenient, as it is near to schools both primary and secondary and kindergarten. There are also sundry shops, hypermarket and wet market. I love to visit the ‘pasar malam’ (night market) twice a week. It is nearby to the golf resort in Seremban 3 and also PLUS HIGHWAY.It is situated in a friendly neighbourhood and there are no issues of traffic jam.
There is also a Amman temple nearby for the Hindus and a mosque for the Muslims

However,we are unable to manage 2 homes, therefore have decided to sell this house.
There have been many queries to rent the house (due to the strategic location), practically everyday.......,however we are not in the position to manage 2 homes...........

There are 4 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms and all are fully tiled. The kitchen have been extended to the maximum with kitchen cabinets, with a hanging kitchen cabinet. All the windows and doors are fixed with metal grill and curtain railings. The hall has been also extended. There is a small land at the side of the front portion of the house. Here is where, my training on gardening started.....This house is at 22x80 and we are selling this house for RM125,000. We are willing to negotiable, if you are really interested.

Please call me at 017-6950024 to make an appointment to see the house...

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Planting 2nd edition

Yesterday was a public holiday and guess what I did……..GARDENING……..…
I had quite a number of sprouted garlic, 2 potato and 1 ginger… This is the first time, I am planting these vegetables and I am not sure if they’ll succeed in growing in the Malaysian weather.

I am curious and also excited to see the outcome….. I also had some black eye beans and tomato which have grown to about 7 cm, so I have transferred them to the main area from the pot….

This is going to be exciting!!!!!!!!!!

Ginger - Only 1 survived, planted this nearby the turmeric

Mr Potato - One has green leaves and the other just started and planted inside, so you can't see it yet...

Ok, I have told you earlier, that I am a big fan of tomato, so the initial 2 plants that have started to fruit, is not sufficient to fulfill my demand, so I have added another 7 into the family. I guess the 7th tomato is missing from the picture....

I was reading about black pea being planted in big scale in southern part of US and here I was,all this while, thinking that was mainly consumed and planted by the Indians...Shows how good I am in Geography...

I have also sowed some seed of fenugreek, red spinach and eggplant, the long purple version...

Let's wait and see the progress...
Bye for now...

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Swami Vivekananda's Chicago Speech

115 years ago, on this date, Swami Vivekananda was in Chicago to make his first speech at the World’s Parliament of Religious. Swami
Vivekananda made his speech on 3 different dates, the first was on the 11th Sept, followed by on the 15th and the last address was on the 27th Sept.
I am presenting here, all the 3 speech that was delivered by Swami Vivekananda…..

Response to the Welcome speech
11th September, 1893

Sisters and Brothers of America,
It fills my heart with joy unspeakable to rise in response to the warm and cordial welcome which you have given us. I thank you in the name of the most ancient order of monks in the world; I thank you in the name of the mother of religions; I thank you in the name of millions and millions of Hindu people of all classes and sects.
My thanks, also, to some of the speakers on this platform who, referring to the delegates from Orient, have told you that these men from far-off nations may well claim the honor of bearing to different lands the idea of toleration. I am proud to belong to a religion which has taught the world both tolerance and universal acceptance. We believe not only in universal toleration, but we accept all religions as true. I am proud to belong to a nation which has sheltered the persecuted and the refugees of all religions and nations of the earth. I am proud to tell you that we have gathered in our bosom the purest remnant of the Israelites, who came to Southern India and took refuge with us in the very year in which their holy temple was shattered to pieces by Roman tyranny. I am proud to belong to the religion which has sheltered and is still fostering the remnant of the grand Zoroastrian nation. I will quote to you, brethren, a few lines from a hymn which I remember to have repeated from my earliest boyhood, which is every day repeated by millions of human beings: "As the different streams having their sources in different places all mingle their water in the sea, sources in different tendencies, various though they appear, crooked or straight, all lead to Thee."
The present convention, which is one of the most august assemblies ever held, is in itself a vindication, a declaration to the world of wonderful doctrine preached in the Gita: "Whosoever comes to Me, through whatsoever form, I reach him; all men are struggling through paths which in the end lead to me." Sectarianism, bigotry, and its horrible descendant, fanaticism, have long possessed this beautiful earth. They have filled the earth with violence, drenched it often and often with human blood, destroyed civilization and sent whole nations to despair. Had it not been for these horrible demons, human society would be far more advanced than it is now. But their time is come; and I fervently hope that the bell that tolled this morning in honor of this convention may be the death-knell of all fanaticism, of all persecutions with the sword or with the pen, and of all uncharitable feelings between persons wending their way to the same goal.

15th September, 1893

I will tell you a little story. You have heard the eloquent speaker who has just finished say, "Let us cease from abusing each other", and he was very sorry that there should be always so much variance.
But I think I should tell you a story which would illustrate the cause of this variance. A frog lived in a well. It had lived there for a long time. It was born there and brought up there, and yet was a little, small frog. Of course the evolutionists were not there then to tell us whether the frog lost its eyes or not, but, for our story's sake, we must take it for granted that it had its eyes, and that it every day cleansed the water of all the worms and bacilli that lived in it eith an energy that would do credit to our modern bacteriologists. In this way it went on and became a little sleek and fat. Well, one day another frog that lived in the sea came and fell into the well. "Where are you from?" "I am from the sea." "The sea! How big is that? Is it as big as my well?" and he took a leap from one side of the well to the other. "My friend", said the frog of the sea, "how do you compare the sea with your little well?" Then the frog took another leap and asked, "Is your sea so big?" "What nonsense you speak, to compare the sea with your well" "Well, then," said the frog of the well, "nothing can be bigger than my well; there can be nothing bigger than this; this fellow is a liar, so turn him out."
That has been the difficulty all the while.
I am a Hindu. I am sitting in my own little well and thinking that the whole world is my little well. The Christian sits in his little well and thinks the whole world is his well. The Mohammedan sits in his little well and thinks that is the whole world. I have to thank you of America for the great attempt you are making to break down the barriers of this little world of ours, and hope that, in future, the Lord will help you to accomplish your purpose.

27th September, 1893

The World's Parliament of Religions has become an accomplished fact, and the merciful Father has helped those who labored to bring it into existence, and crowned with success their most unselfish labour.
My thanks to those noble souls whose large hearts and love of truth first dreamed this unfearful dream and then realised it. My thanks to the shower of liberal sentiments that has overflowed this platform. My thanks to this enlightened audience for their uniform kindness to me and for their appreciation of every thought that tends to smooth the friction of religions. A few jarring notes were heard from time to time in this harmony. My special thanks to them, for they have, by their striking contrast, made general harmony the sweeter.
Much has been said of the common ground of religious unity. I am not going just now to venture my own theory. But if anyone here hopes that this unity will come by the triumph of anyone of the religions and the destruction of others, to him I say, "Brother, yours is an impossible hope." Do I wish that the Christian would become Hindu? God forbid. Do I wish that the Hindu or Buddhist would become Christian? God forbid.
The seed is put in the ground, and earth and air and water are placed around it. Does the seed become the earth, or the air, or the water? No. It becomes a plant, it develops after the law of its own growth, assimilates the air, the earth, and the water, converts them into plant substance, and grows into a plant.
Similar is the case with religion. The Christian is not to become a Hindu or a Buddhist, not a Hindu or a Buddhist to become a Christian. But each must assimilate the spirit of the others and yet preserve his individuality and grow according to his own law of growth.
If the Parliament of Religions has shown anything to the world it is this: It has proved to the world that holiness, purity and charity are not the exclusive possessions of any church in the world, and that every system has produced men and women of the most exalted character. In the face of this evidence, if anybody dreams of the exclusive survival of his own religion and the destruction of the others, I pity him from the bottom of my heart, and point out to him that upon the banner of every religion will soon be written, in spite of resistance: "Help and not Fight", "Assimilation and not Destruction," "Harmony and Peace and not Dissension."

Tuesday, September 9, 2008


The cucumber have been growing well and I have plucked 4 of them todate... They do taste special...

After this 4 there seems to be no more cucumbers.... will have to wait...I guess...

Monday, September 8, 2008

Would SHIVA understand what I told HIM??

Nivedithaa, my eldest daughter, who is 6 years old, said she wanted to ask me a question. This was just after her morning prayer, one of the weekends. I was then busy preparing breakfast in the kitchen and I admit, I was only half listening to her….but somehow, told her to go ahead and ask her question.’Would SHIVA understand what I told HIM???’ was her question…I had to stop what I was doing….She managed to get my full attention now…..What did you tell him maa? Was my counter question to her. ‘I can’t tell you, it is a secret, but would HE understand, because I told him in English???she asked me again with a very serious expression in her face, by then Yoga Bhayiravi, my youngest daughter joined us to listen to our conversation…. I hugged Nivedithaa and told her that definitely SHIVA understood what she had told HIM, even if it was in English. I could see that Nivedithaa was happy and satisfied with my assurance and repeated to her sister, that GOD understands English, and both the sisters went to play and left me alone in the kitchen……

I remember reading this article that was written by Swami Adiswarananda, Prayer is the outpouring of the soul. It is making a direct appeal to God. It is the last refuge of a spiritual seeker when all other means of attaining God have failed. Prayer does not have any definite language. It can be verbal, semi-verbal, or silent. Sincere prayer is always answered. This is the assurance of the prophets, saints, and scriptures of different traditions.
For receiving an answer to prayer a seeker is required to be wholehearted, true in thought, word, and deed, and intensely restless for an answer. He must throw himself completely at the mercy of God. The cry of a sincere soul is never ignored by God, since all souls are His created beings. Spiritual illumination, which alone puts an end to all sufferings of life, is not the result of human effort. Spiritual illumination is the gift of God that comes as divine grace. Only sincere prayer makes divine intervention possible.

I still do not know what Nivedithaa had prayed for, but her question, have actually helped me to realize………I have to admit, I am going through a little unsmooth journey now….and Nivedithaa, have helped me to realize that my prayers will not go unheard……

Didn’t Sri Ramakrishna said ‘One must be restless for God. If a son clamors persistently for his share of the property, his parents consult with each other and give it to him even though he is a minor. God will certainly listen to your prayers if you feel restless for Him. He has begotten us, surely we can claim our inheritance from Him. He is our own Father, our own Mother. We can force our demand on Him. We can say to Him, “Reveal Thyself to me!”

Sri Ramakrishna taught the devotees how to call on the Divine Mother. “I used to pray to Her in this way: ‘O Mother! O Blissful One! Reveal Thyself to me. Thou must!’ Again, I would say to Her: ‘O Lord of the lowly! O Lord of the universe! Surely I am not outside Thy universe. I am bereft of knowledge. I am without discipline. I have no devotion. I know nothing. Thou must be gracious and reveal Thyself to me.’”

Thursday, September 4, 2008


On this auspicious day, praise to Lord Ganesha.

Aum Gam Ganapataye Namah, Aum Gam Ganapataye Namah, Aum Gam Ganapataye Namah ,Aum Gam Ganapataye Namah,Aum Gam Ganapataye Namah

I trust all had a peaceful Vinayagar Chaturthi yesterday. I and my family started the day with abishegam, ponggal and payasam were presented as prasad and chanted the Ganesha mantra, after this, we rushed to work with hope that Lord Ganesha would have enjoyed the morning prayers....

I was pondering on what to present to Lord Ganehsa in the evening.... Moodagam, His favourite, but the last time I did this, it was fit to hit the wall, despite of the detail step by step guide from my friend....So I was skeptical to try again, especially during Vinayagar Chaturthi......

At home after work, since I can't think of anything else............, I started to work on the Moodagam after asking for His blessings.........

Thank you Lord Ganesha, the Moodagam turned out well, however I need to practice to mould the Moodagam into the correct shape......

Thank you Lord Ganesha, for all the blessing that You have bestowed on me and my family and my friends.

Thank you Lord Ganesha, for the guidance.....

For more details and further explanation on the Mantras for Lord Ganesha, pls refer to http://www.himalayanacademy.com/resources/books/lg/lg_ch-10.html

Tuesday, September 2, 2008


Kali Prasad Chandra was born on Tuesday, 2 October 1866, in North Kolkata. His father, Rasiklal Chandra was a English teacher in the Oriental Seminary. Kali was a bright student and a voracious reader. During this period, along with his regular courses, he studied classical Sanskrit literature.He learned prosody and could compose verses in Sanskrit.
On one occasion when his teacher tried to convince him that his decision to become a philosopher is not better than being a painter as kali had excellent drawing skills, Kali replied, ‘No, sir. A painter studies the surface of things but a philosopher goes below the surface and studies the causes of things. So I want to be a philosopher.’

In June 1884 Kali went to Dakshineshwar and met Sri Ramakrishna. In his autobiography, he describes their first meeting: ‘I became restless to find a guru who could teach me yoga. I confided my desire to my classmate Yajneshwar Bhattacharya, who was very fond of me. Yajneshwar told me: “I know a wonderful yogi. His name is Sri Ramakrishna Paramhansa, and he lives in Rani Rasmani’s temple garden in Dakshineshwar…” My joy knew no bounds when I heard this from Yajneshwar, and I at once resolved to meet Sri Ramakrishna, though I had no idea where Dakshineshwar was.’

Kali began to practise spiritual disciplines under the Master’s guidance.

It is an ancient Indian custom for monks to live on alms. One day Master asked his disciples to go out and beg for food. This act helps eradicate the ego and teaches one to depend solely on God. Narendra, Niranjan, Kali and Hutko Gopal first went to Holy Mother and asked for alms, chanting the hymn on the goddess Annapurna.

At Baranagar monastery he spent his time in meditation, studying the scriptures, and composing some Sanskrit hymns on Sri Ramakrishna and Holy Mother. He composed a Sanskrit hymn on Holy Mother, “Prakritim paramam abhyam varadam”

One day Narendra proposed to the brotherhood that they all take the vows of sannyasa according to scriptural injunction. All agreed. When Kali told them that he had a copy of the viraja-homa mantras, which he had gotten from a monk in Gaya, his brothers were excited, knowing that this was the master’s divine grace. In the third week of January 1887, they took final monastic vows by performing the traditional viraja homa in front of the Mater’s picture. Narendra gave Kali the name, ‘Swami Abhedananda.”

Swami Abhedananda travelled extensively in India, visited many pilgrimage places and performed sadhana.

In June 1896 Swami Vivekananda sent Saradananda from London to America to keep the Vedanta movement there alive; in July he sent a cable to Swami Ramakrishnananda to send Kali to London. Towards the end of September 1896 Swami Abhedananda reached London.

Om 27 October 1896 he gave his maiden speech before the learned audience of the Christo-Theosophical Society at Bloomsbury Square in London. Vivekananda was highly pleased and said, “Even if I perish on this plane, my message will be sounded through these dear lips and the world will hear it.”

For one year Swami Abhedananda continued to give classes and lectures in different churches and religious and philosophical societies in London and it's suburbs.

Then on 31 July 1897 Swami Abhedananda left for New York and arrived there on 9 August. He was the guest of Miss Mary Phillips, secretary of the Vedanta Society of New York which Vivekananda had founded in 1894. Swami Abhedananda did not confine himself to New York City; he travelled and gave talks in various places along the East Coast- Philadelphia, Washington, Virginia and New Paltz in New York State. One day Swami Abhedananda went to meet Thomas Edison, the famous scientist and inventor. They talked about Vedanta and India, and Mr. Edison showed the swami his laboratory. The swami worked very hard; he slept very little, as he spent most of the night writing his books, the sale of which eventually made the Society self supporting. On 19 May 1898 Swami had a meeting with President McKinley. The President received Swami Abhedananda cordially and inquired about the Vedanta movement in the United States and also British rule in India. After the summer recess, Swami Abhedananda arranged a memorial meeting for Swami Vivekananda, who had passed away at Belur Math on 4 July 1902.

On 24 May 1904 Swami Abhedananda went to Saint Louis, Missouri, to attend the World’s Fair, where he arranged for an exhibition at the Webster Groves Society on “Indian Women.”

Students of Vedanta society decided to establish a retreat site for students of Vedanta. Accordingly a plot of 370 acres was bought in the Berkshire Connecticut. The Berkshire Retreat was duly inaugurated by Swami Abhedananda in March 1907, and he remarked, “The Ashrama looks like Fairyland.”

On 1 July 1908 he inaugurated the Vedanta Society at 22 Conduit Street. Towards the end of 1908, one of his disciples, Sister Avavamia, founded a Vedanta Society in Sydney, Australia. In 1909 Swami Abhedananda founded a Vedanta Society in Paris. On 7 may 1909, Frank Dvorak, the celebrated Czechoslovakian artist, came to the Vedanta Centre to see Abhedananda. At Abhedananda’s request, Dvorak later painted oil portraits of Sri Ramakrishna and Holy Mother, which are still preserved in the Ramakrishna Vedanta math in Kolkata. Another of Swami Abhedananda’s important contribution was an Indo-American Club, which the swami formed in New York in 1909 so that Indian students could get together and come in close contact with American friends.

From 1912 to 1919 Swami Abhedananda lived mostly in the Berkshire Retreat, and occasionally went out for lecture tour.

Swami Abhedananda was not only highly intellectual, a great orator and prolific writer, but he was also a hard-working, practical person. He taught his students to harmonize action and contemplation in their lives. In early part of 1919, swami, with Brahamananda’s approval, decided to return to India. On 10 November 1921, he reached Kolkata and then went to Belur Math. On 10 January 1922 Swami Abhedananda went to Jamshedpur and gave three lectures at the Tata Institute: “Universal Religion”, Progressive Hinduism” and “Message of Vedanta” On 13 February Swami Abhedananda went with Swami Shivananda to Dhaka and Mymensingh in Bangladesh, where he gave several lectures.

He established the Ramakrishna Vedanta Society in Kolkata of which he was President, in 1924 he opened a branch of this society at Darjeeling under the name of Ramakrishna Vedanta Ashrama.

Swami Abhedananda passed away on Friday, 8 September 1939.

One day he said to a disciple, “My body belongs to the Master.” Towards the end he indicated that his body should be cremated at the Cossipore cremation ground after his death.

Sayings of Swami Abhedanandaji
“Tapasya or austerity enhances willpower. Have self-confidence. Have faith in yourself. Think; I am a child of Immortal Bliss. The infinite power is playing within me. If you have this conviction, you will conquer the world.”

“The East and the West will unite - such is God’s will. The signs of the times greatly encourage me, and my visit and prolonged stay in this country have clearly convinced me that it is possible to make the world our home, and to love all as brothers and sisters. God’s spirit is working everywhere. Blessed is he who sees the work, and realize the Divine spirit.”

“The 20 th century needs a religion with no scheme for salvation, no need for heaven or hell, no fear of eternal punishment. The 20 th century needs a religion free from sacerdotal institutions and free from all books, scriptures, and personalities. The 20 th century needs a religion with a concept of God, not personal, not impersonal but beyond both, a God whose supreme aspect will harmonize with the ultimate Reality of the universe. The 20 th century religion must accept the ultimate conclusions of all the philosophies of the world.”

“The ideal of Vedanta is to solve the problem of life, to point out the aim of human existence, to make our ways of living better and more harmonious with the universal Will that is working in nature, to make us realize that the will which is now working through our bodies, is, in reality, a part and parcel of that universal Will…It's ideal is to show us how we can live in this world without being overcome by sorrows and misery, without being afflicted by sufferings and misfortunes that are sure to fall on every human being in some way or other; how to conquer death in this life, how we can embrace death without being frightened in the least. And above all, the chief object of Vedanta is to make us live the life of unselfishness, purity, and attain to perfection in this life…The mission of Vedanta is to establish that oneness and to bring harmony, peace, toleration amongst different religions, sects, creeds, and denominations that exist in this world.”