Part 2: How to Deal With Bullying and Harassment?

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In the previous post, we learnt from Swami Vivekananda that the best way to handle insults is to remain detached and to not react. In this way our mind stays established in inner peace and its conserved energies can then be directed towards attaining loftier goals. Now the ...

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Part 1: How to Deal With Insults and Slander?

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We live in acrimonious times. All around us we see people trying to rise up by pulling another down. Personal success at the expense of the other seems to be the mantra of today. Everywhere we look this saga is being played out. We see it in the ...

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How Lord Buddha Suddenly Appeared Before Swami Vivekananda

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Lord Buddha was one of the great spiritual ideals of Swami Vivekananda (Swamiji), whom he worshiped with intense love and devotion, just as he did his guru Sri Ramakrishna. “Who was there ever like Him?” he once spoke of Buddha, his whole face aglow with inspiration. “The Lord ...

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How Sri Ramakrishna Saw Jesus Merge Into His Body

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The life of Sri Ramakrishna stands unique in the history of the world, because of all the God-realized teachers, he alone was the one, who through his intense spiritual practices, actually verified the fact that all religions are true and all ultimately lead to the same ocean of ...

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Does God Actually “EAT” the Food Offered? – Significance of Prasad

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“Does God actually eat the food offered?” This is a most interesting question, because in every temple in India, it is customary to make a small offering of sweets or other food, as a mark of our devotion and gratefulness towards whichever God or Goddess we are worshiping. ...

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The Mysterious Pelting of Stones Which Disturbed Swami Brahmananda

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The following 2 incidents have been taken from the life of Swami Brahmananda, one of the 16 monastic disciples of Sri Ramakrishna. Affectionately called as “Maharaj” by others, he was a divine soul, who had attained to the highest state of spiritual realization (Nirvikalpa Samadhi, or complete union ...

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The Ghost Tamer Whom Swami Vivekananda Transformed With a Mere Touch

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Stories from the Life of Swami Vivekananda – # 2 In the first story of this series, we saw how certain distressed spirits, who had committed suicide, had succeeded in greatly perturbing Swami Vivekananda (Swamiji) by wrongly informing him of his mother’s demise. At the time of occurrence ...

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Do Ghosts Exist or is Seeing Ghosts a Sign of Delusion? (Part 1)

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The goal of this post is to clear the doubts that one of our fellow Spiritual Bee readers was having. After reading the earlier article Conversation with Ghosts, he was wondering whether seeing ghosts is actually a sign of delusion. Could it not be that Swami Vivekananda was ...

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Do Ghosts Exist? Swami Vivekananda Answers a Disciple’s Query (Part 2)

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READ PART 1 HERE: Do Ghosts Exist or Is Seeing Ghosts a Sign of Delusion? The following exchange between Swami Vivekananda (Swamiji) and his disciple occurred two or three days after Swamiji returned back to Calcutta from visiting Kashmir in the year 1898. Disciple: “Sir, these ghosts and ...

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“Conversation With Ghosts” – Stories from the Life of Swami Vivekananda

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This is the first account among several more to follow, as part of the newly launched series, “Stories from the Life of Swami Vivekananda”. The following incident took place in Madras in 1893, just before Swami Vivekananda set sail for his historic journey to America. In those days ...

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