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PRACTICAL VEDANTA, THE REAL
MESSAGE OF SWAMI VIVEKANANDA
beyond the name of religion to the actual practices and sought the highest spiritual
practices for all human beings. He saw Hinduism as the great Mother religion in which all
the others could be integrated. He did not regard it as another creed like the rest, but
an open tradition capable of harmonizing all creeds.
For Vivekananda Vedanta was not a philosophy to be thought about or discussed
intellectually. It was not a teaching to be limited to a select group of sadhus who lived
apart from the world. He taught "practical Vedanta," a way of Self-knowledge in
daily life. Practical Vedanta for him meant bringing the spirit of Self-realization into
all ordinary human affairs and into society.