Swami Vivekananda is an Universal Being and so also stands his Universal Messages. He is regarded as an incarnation of Lord Shiva and called as Modern Prophet,Patriotic-Saint,Seer etc. He declared: "MY IDEAL IS TO PREACH MANKIND THEIR DIVINITY AND HOW TO MAKE IT MANIFEST IN EVERY MOMENT OF LIFE." His 150th Birth Anniversary Celebrations are observed from 2010 to 2014. Let us rekindle our aspirations and draw inspiration from his Life, Writings, Speeches,Stories etc. May He bless all .
There is a story that
the king of the gods, Indra, once became a pig, wallowing in mire; he had a
she-pig and a lot of baby pigs, and was very happy. Then some gods saw his
plight, and came to him, and told him, "You are the king of the gods, you
have all the gods under your command. Why are you here?" But Indra said,
"Never mind; I am all right here; I do not care for heaven, while I have
this sow and these little pigs." The poor gods were at their wits' end.
After a time they decided to slay all the pigs one after another. When all were
dead, Indra began to weep and mourn. Then the gods ripped his pig-body open and
he came out of it, and began to laugh, when he realised what a hideous dream he
had had — he, the king of the gods, to have become a pig, and to think that
that pig-life was the only life! Not only so, but to have wanted the whole
universe to come into the pig-life!
Purusha, when it identifies itself with nature, forgets that it is pure and
infinite. The Purusha does not love, it is love itself. It does not exist, it
is existence itself. The Soul does not know, It is knowledge itself. It is a
mistake to say the Soul loves, exists, or knows. Love, existence, and knowledge
are not the qualities of the Purusha, but its essence. When they get reflected
upon something, you may call them the qualities of that something. They are not
the qualities but the essence of the Purusha, the great Atman, the Infinite
Being, without birth or death, established in its own glory. It appears to have
become so degenerate that if you approach to tell it, "You are not a
pig," it begins to squeal and bite.
SOURCE: The Complete Works of Swami Vivkananda; Raja Yoga; Chap-II [PP:248 - 49]