On the thirst for the Spiritual // Swami Vivekananda

On the thirst for the Spiritual // Swami Vivekananda

“Many times in our life, somebody dies whom we loved; we receive a blow; for a moment we think that this world is slipping between our fingers, and that we want something higher, and that we are going to be religious. In a few days that wave passes away, and we are left stranded where we were. We ofttimes mistake such impulses for real thirst after religion, but so long as these momentary emotions are thus mistaken, that continuous, real want of the soul will not come….

So when we complain that we have not got the truth, and that we want it so much, instead of complaining, our first duty ought to be to look into our own souls should and find whether we really want it. In the vast majority of cases, we shall find that we are not fit; we do not want; there was no thirst after the spiritual….”

— Swami Vivekananda (“The Complete Works of Swami Vivekananda”)

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