||Aum Sri Ramakrishna Sharanam||
||Aum Namo Narayanaya||
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If there is single phrase that would be the essence of Swami Vivekananda’s teachings, it would be “Arise, Awake and stop not till the goal is reached”. Those who have read Swamiji would realise the extent to which He drove this idea in all his works. His inspiration for this teaching comes from the Katha Upanishad, where Yama (Lord of Death) said to Nachiketa in the 1.3.14 chapter of Katha Upanishad: "Uttisthata Jagrata Prapya Barannibodhata" ("Arise! Awake! Approach the great and learn).
Travelling through many cities of Europe and observing in them the comforts and education of even the poor people, there was brought to my mind the state of our own poor people, and I used to shed tears. What made the difference? Education was the answer I got. Through education comes faith in one's own Self, and through faith in one's own Self the inherent Brahman is waking up in them, while the Brahman in us is gradually becoming dormant. In New York I used to observe the Irish colonists come — downtrodden, haggard-looking, destitute of all possessions at home, penniless, and wooden-headed — with their only belongings, a stick and a bundle of rags hanging at the end of it, fright in their steps, alarm in their eyes. A different spectacle in six months — the man walks upright, his attire is changed! In his eyes and steps there is no more sign of fright. What is the cause? Our Vedanta says that that Irishman was kept surrounded by contempt in his own country — the whole of nature was telling him with one voice, "Pat, you have no more hope, you are born a slave and will remain so." Having been thus told from his birth, Pat believed in it and hypnotised himself that he was very low, and the Brahman in him shrank away. While no sooner had he landed in America than he heard the shout going up on all sides, "Pat, you are a man as we are. It is man who has done all, a man like you and me can do everything: have courage!" Pat raised his head and saw that it was so, the Brahman within woke up. Nature herself spoke, as it were… Arise, awake, and stop not till the goal is reached.
Ever yours with all love and blessings