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ABC of Vedanta Philosophy of Vivekananda: Remembering Swamiji on his birth anniversary
Swami Vivekananda, whose birth anniversary is being celebrated today, introduced Vedanta Philosophy to the western world with modern interpretation by reconciles dualism and non-dualism or universalist and perennialist interpretations of existence. He inherited the interpretation from his Guru Ramakrishna, and both Sri Aurobindo and Mahatma Gandhi took it further by rejecting the idea of the world as an illusion and bringing it closer to realism, which is seen as the foundation of Hinduism as a religion.

The speeches and works of Sami Vivekananda gave birth to Neo-Vedanta in the 19th century, which is changed the understanding of Hinduism in both India and the west.  Among the thinkers, Neo-Vedanta is more or less regarded as the essence of Hindu religion, and Advaita Vedanta as example of the mystical nature human life.

Many thinkers view Swami Vivekananda as a major proponent in the popularization of interpretation of Advaita Vedanta with an element of realism. It is held that he was the one who played a major role in the revival of Hinduism and the spread of Vedanta in India and to the west via the Ramakrishna Mission which is seen as a Hindu reform movement by many.

Ideas propagated by Swamiji served well for the nationalists to reform and unite Hindus in their struggle against colonial oppression of the British. Vivekananda believed that religion was not doctrine or theory, but realization. He has once said, "It is being and becoming, not hearing or acknowledging; it is the whole soul becoming changed into what it believes.

A: Attaining inner purity for self-actualization

B: Being and becoming be united for realism

C: Controlling mind and developing concentrate with faith in one's divinity

D: Doing good to others by seeing same soul in them and not treating despondency cannot be religion

E: Education has be positive for both self-knowledge and worldly knowledge

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