What Swami Vivekananda said a few decades ago is so awesome and so all pervasive that one can only gape in admiration. Hindu mythology says a few people finish all their Janmas – from amoeba to a highly evolved human being. Then God decides that they still need to do a small innings in the world so that they can teach all that they know to Mankind. One such person was Adi Shankaracharya. One is surely Swami Vivekananda.
“We have to first learn the distinction between essentials and non essentials in everything. The essentials are eternal, the non-essentials have value only for a certain period of time. ….therefore let us go ahead and do even far greater things….that is what I have to tell you.”
Read this. Then read it again and again.
The essentials are eternal. Principles are permanent – they cannot be flexible. They are carved in stone. Even a persons ‘need’ for good food, clean air, pure water, ….are eternal. For a pious person an ‘essential’ could be praying.
The non essentials are surely temporary – I pad 5 today, I pad 10 after a couple of years. Knowing that this is a temporary ‘need’ and therefore a non essential helps.
Take relationships – some relationships are permanent, many are temporary. I can connect to cousins and school friends. However I have not attended a single college re-union. Sure I am in touch with a few friends from college – but a college re-union never excites.
Amazing Swami Vivekananda, your greatest contribution to the world is your thoughts are so so deep that it looks young and fresh, a 100 years later. Awesome.
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