Vivekananda - 2
Subject: Vivekananda - 2
From: email@example.com (Manish Tandon)
Date: Tue, 1 Nov 1994 16:50:50 GMT
Organization: Cadence Design Systems, Inc.
In article <firstname.lastname@example.org>, srinivas@Glue.umd.edu (Nagulapalli Srinivas) writes:
|>Is not "Jana" Seva "Janardhana Seva"?? You analyse.
since you asked for it, here is the analysis (Based solely upon scriptures,
call it fanatic or cultish if you like).
A lot of people talk about "Service to man is service to God."
Right, but what is the service to man is the real question.
Lord Krishna says in the B.G., "fools lament over the dead body because the
self that dwells in the body in not slain, when the body is slain", "jiva
bhuta sanatana - the living entity is eternal", etc.
So, can the service to the body equate to the service to the Jana, what to
talk about service to Janardana??
Atleast not according to the Bhagavada Gita (or even other Vedic scriptures).
People like Vivekananda, who talk endlessly about the sufferings to the
body in this material world without leading the people to the scriptural
injunctions, without showing them the light of the Vedic scripture, are they
doing service to Jana?
Infact, by making statements like "How can you think about moksha when there
is so much suffering in this world" and "You will get closer to Heaven by
physical strength rather then reading Gita", they are misleading the people.
Lord Krishna say in th B.G. 8.15 (I think that is the verse #):
"From the topmost planet down to the lowest planet in this world,
all are places of misery, wherein repeated birth and death takes
place, but one who comes to my abode, O son of Kunti, does not
takes birth again."
So Lord Krishna is saying one MUST work for liberation precisely to end
the suffering, because *suffering* is the very nature of this world.
Vivekananda, by saying, "How can you think about moksha when there is so
much suffering in this world" preached exactly opposite to what the Gita say.
This is called atheism and is how demons always act.
Bhagavad Gita 7.15 clearly describe such people (and their acts)
na mam duskrtino mudhah prapadyante naradhamah
mayayapahrta-jnana asuram bhavam asritah
"Those miscreants who are grossly foolish, who are the lowest
among mankind, whose knowledge is stolen by illusion, and who
partake of the atheistic nature of deamons do not surrender