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Saturday, October 25, 2014

Become an Athiest by Reasoning Than to Believe in a God on the Authority of Anybody: Swamy Vivekananda

For it is better that mankind should become atheist by following reason than blindly believe in two hundred millions of gods on the authority of anybody. What we want is progress, development, realization. No theories ever made men higher. No amount of books can help us to become purer. The only power is in realization, and that lies in ourselves and comes from thinking. Let men think. A clod of earth never thinks; but it remains only a lump of earth. The glory of man is that he is a thinking being. It is the nature of man to think and therein he differs from animals. I believe in reason and follow reason having seen enough of the evils of authority, for I was born in a country where they have gone to the extreme of authority.

- Swami Vivekananda
Volume 2/Practical Vedanta and other lectures/Practical Vedanta: Part III

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