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PRACTICAL VEDANTA, THE REAL
MESSAGE OF SWAMI VIVEKANANDA
Vedanta, the essence of all science and religion is the knowledge of oneself in one's
deeper nature as pure consciousness transcending all time' space and material embodiment.
Vivekananda emphasized Jnana Yoga or the Yoga of knowledge, which is the same as Vedanta,
the meditation path leading to Self-knowledge.
Bhakti Yoga, the Yoga of devotion, was also very important to him and he was proficient in
chants to the different deities of Hinduism like Shiva and Devi. Raja Yoga, emphasizing
the development of the will, was significant for him as well. He saw that the gaining
control of the will and developing the power of self-determination was key to the growth
of mind and character.