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PRACTICAL VEDANTA, THE REAL
MESSAGE OF SWAMI VIVEKANANDA
These views are
merely an attempt by such groups to use Vivekananda for their own purposes and cannot be
Vivekananda did frequently speak about Yoga but for him the term was not the central focus
of his teaching. He talked very little of asana or yogic postures, which is what Yoga
means to most Westerners today and what most Western Yoga teachers teach He was not
primarily an exponent of this physical Yoga but of all different branches of Yoga.
To Vivekananda the most important teaching for humanity was Vedanta, the summit of Vedic
philosophy, which teaches the unity of the Self and the Absolute. Vivekananda
emphasized the great Vedantic realization of "I am Brahman" or "I am
God" as the hugest truth for all people.