This year happens to mark a 150-th anniversary of the birth of Vivekananda, probably the most known proponent of Hinduism in the West. While the actual birthday falls on January 12 the celebrations are scheduled all throughout the year. My local news talk about exhibitions held sometimes next month, for example.
I don’t know what to do about it. It seems that this is a legitimate cause for celebration and raining on people’s parade would be perceived as petty and mean-spirited, yet there should be no excuse to let people kill all their hopes for salvation, because that’s what admiring Vivekananda does to people. It does not bring enlightenment, it brings eternal slavery and damnation.
They say Vivekananda was an ambassador of Hinduism and Vedanta but the man did everything he could to destroy both. Actually, to be fair, his teachings are incorporated in modern Hinduism, but that only makes it drift farther and farther from its Vedic roots.
Vivekananda was the most successful among the disciples of Ramakrishna who is known for inventing his own weird ways and completely ignoring shastra. What has made Vivekananda into a messenger of Vedanta? Has he ever quoted anything from the shastra? Nothing, never, afaik.
His defense of meat eating should also permanently disqualify him from representing Vedanta:
..so long as vegetable food is not made suitable to the human system through progress in chemistry, there is no other alternative but meat-eating.
A sannyasi who doesn’t see an alternative to meat eating? What kind of fraud is that? Whose school of thought is it coming from? Shankaracharya? Pleeeaaase.
Lord Ramachandra once killed a shudra who was studying the Vedas. If He was present in Vivekananda’s time He would have shot him on the spot for shamelessly subverting the Vedic knowledge.
And all these fools treat Vivekananda as ambassador of Hinduism? There are no limits to human deprivation in Kali Yuga.
In Lord Chaitanya’s times mayavadis were busy studying Vedanta as their primary sadhana and they were dismissive of “silly” practices like bhakti.
Then people like Ramakrishna and Vivekananda came and laid their hand on bhakti as a means of becoming one with God, forget studying Vedanta, all you need is love. No surrender, no service, no helpless dependence, no humility, just love and compassion flowing from your own heart. If you master it perfectly you will feel like God yourself.
This is the most abominable perversion of the path of devotion, notwithstanding their rhetoric.
Thanks for your service, Swami Vivekananda, but no thanks. Someone had to hasten the demise of Vedic culture and genuine devotion so that people of Kali Yuga can fully devote themselves to degradation and forgetfulness. It’s an important service but we will have none of it.
Our mission, the mission of our founder acharya, is to liberate the world from the pseudo gurus like Vivekananda and we should be very adamant about that.
So, I don’t know if I should send a letter to a local newspaper damping people’s celebrations. It might have an opposite effect, I’m not big on introducing controversial topics gently and painlessly.
I wish I could, like Srila Gaurakishora Dasa Babaji, say that I would consult with Mahaprabhu and get an answer that way.