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I think there are different kinds of people who might be interested in the work of Swami Vivekananda


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Jean MacPhail: "I have myself collated all of Swami Vivekananda's commentaries on the Vedas, Upanishads, and Bhagavadgita. There is a large amount of material on the mahavakyas and also the "supporting" mahavakyas. Different schools have different interpretations. My interest is in bringing out Vivekananda's worldview in this context."

My answer:
I think there are different kinds of people who might be interested in such a work. First there may be the students of Swami Vivekananda, who primaryly are interested in understanding his teachings. Than there may be people like Rajagopalan who learn in a different but related school and therefore may be interested in the differences and similarities between Vedanta schools to get a deeper understanding. I myself have a different approach. I started with my experiences and as my parents had a purely materialistic worldview I had no explanation for these experiences. Later I encountered some spiritual worldviews but still had a problem with it: They were connected to the everyday worldview of ordinary people, but not properly integrated in science. As there is only one reality all religions and each scientific view describes a view on this same reality and there is a possibility to stitch this together in a way that the result is a scientific level sketch of a spiritual worldview which encomasses everything which was ever described in science and religion. In architecture one will draw different views, sections and floor plans and add verbal descriptions of materials and technices, to give a sufficiently comprehensive description of the building, that the workers can build it as imagined by the architect. In the same way different religions and the views given by scientific disciplines such as social sciences, psychology, medicine, biology, and physics may be integrated in an overall worldview. That is what I try to do. Therefore I collect different spiritual worldviews, compare them to each other and try to find out how they relate to my own experiences and the description of other religions and scientific results. Of course even if I work all my live on it, it still will only be a sketch of such a worldview, but it will give a starting point to others and make imaginable that such a scientific worldview is possible. To be able to connect one worldview to another concrete experiences are crucial. I need to know which experience is interpreted in which way to understand how the Vedantic worldview relates to other spiritual worldviews. Like1




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