On the significance of temples and holy places // Swami Vivekananda

On the significance of temples and holy places // Swami Vivekananda

“Every day of our lives we throw out a mass of good or evil, and everywhere we go the atmosphere is full of these materials….Here, therefore, is the significance of all temples and holy places….their holiness depends on holy people congregating there. The difficulty with man is that he forgets the original meaning , and puts the cart before the horse. It was men who made these places holy, and then the effect became the cause and made men holy. If the wicked only were to go there, it would become as bad as any other place. It is not the building, but the people that make a church, and that is what we….forget.”

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

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