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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The following incident took place in Madras in 1893, just before Swami Vivekananda set sail for his historic journey to America. In those days Swamiji had taken the monastic vow of Agyatvas – during which, he, for a few years, had severed all contact with his family, friends […]

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Peace, Quiet and Calm: At the Ramakrishna Math in Mumbai

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I live in Mumbai, and though I love the city, sometimes its intense crowds, noisy traffic and even nosier festivals, get to me; and I feel an intense longing for some peace, calm and solitude – to re-center myself, and spend time rejuvenating mentally and spiritually. Now for […]

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The Hidden Reason Behind the Early Death of Swami Vivekananda

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Swami Vivekananda, one of India’s greatest teachers of Vedanta Philosophy, left his physical body on July 4th, 1902. He was just 39 years of age. Many people have wondered – what caused an evolved soul like Swami Vivekananda to die at such a young age? Aren’t yogi’s able […]

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The Consciousness Conundrum Facing Science (Part 1 of 4)

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What is consciousness and from where does it originate? How does a Universe composed of unconscious matter give rise to conscious entities such as you and me, capable of thinking, analysing and uncovering its secrets? These questions constitute the consciousness conundrum, which is one of the toughest and […]

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The Demise of the “Biblical God of Creation” and the Rise of Mechanistic Science (Part 2 of 4)

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The Idea that Everything in the Universe, including a Human Being is a Soul-less Machine. As previously mentioned in Part 1, modern science originated in Europe in the 17th century, and ever since that time, the bulk of scientific discoveries have come from pioneering researchers belonging to the […]

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Vedanta on God – Universe Arising from Vibrations of Consciousness (VIDEO – Part 3 of 4)

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Now in Part 2 of this series, we have seen that many eminent scientists such as Stephen Hawking have arrived at the conclusion that there is no spiritual agency, such as God or soul, present in the cosmos. And therefore, these scientists have turned to the domain of […]

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Does Consciousness Arise from Matter? Do Neurons in the Brain Give Rise to Consciousness? (Part 4 of 4)

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Shortcomings of the Mechanical Model for Consciousness. In the preceding 3 sections, we have seen that many Western scientists have attempted to explain the phenomena of conscious life, by formulating a mechanical model for it. According to this theory, there is no outside source such as the soul […]

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The Origins of “Arise! Awake!” – The Thundering Words With Which Swami Vivekananda Woke Up India

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Arise! Awake! And Stop Not Till the Goal is Reached! These were the famous words with which Swami Vivekananda roused the sleeping soul of India, more than a 100 years ago. In those days, India was labouring not only under the brunt of foreign colonial occupation, but also […]

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