Inspirational Thoughts on Freedom by Swami Vivekananda…..

I am pleased to share some of my favorite quotes on Freedom by Swami Vivekananda, along with an inspirational thought-provoking poem by Swami Vivekananda:

The Song of the Free.”

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Swami Vivekananda (Photo credit: On Being)

Enjoy!

-Deo,

Massachusetts, Friday, October 24, 2014.

Deodatta V. Shenai-Khatkhate.

Deodatta V. Shenai-Khatkhate.

“Freedom is the one goal of nature, sentient or insentient; and consciously or unconsciously everything is struggling towards that goal.The freedom which the saint seeks is very different from that which the robber seeks; the freedom loved by the saint leads him to the enjoyment of infinite, unspeakable bliss, while that on which the robber has set his heart only forges other bonds for his soul.”

“We say that it is freedom that we are to seek and that that freedom is God. It is the same happiness as in everything else; but when man seeks it in something finite, he gets only a spark of it. The thief when he steals gets the same happiness as the man who finds it in God; but the thief gets only a spark with a mass of misery. The real happiness is God. Love is God, freedom is God; and everything that is bondage is not God.”

“To be more free is the goal of all our efforts, for only in perfect freedom can there be perfection. This effort to attain freedom underlies all forms of worship whether we know it or not.”

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Swami Vivekananda at Jaipur ( between 1885 – 1895 ) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

“Freedom is the motive of the universe, freedom its goal. The laws of nature are the methods through which we are struggling to reach that freedom under the guidance of Mother. This universal struggle for freedom attains its highest expression in man in the conscious desire to be free.”

“All that we see in the universe has for its basis this one struggle towards freedom; it is under the impulse of this tendency that the saint prays and the robber robs. When the line of action is not a proper one we call it evil, and when the manifestation of it is proper and high we call it good. But the impulse is the same, the struggle towards freedom.”

“Everything that we perceive around us is struggling towards freedom, from the atom to the man, from insentient, lifeless particle of matter to the highest existence on earth, the human soul. The whole universe is in fact the result of this struggle for freedom.”

Sculpture of Swami Vivekananda, Jagannath Hall...

Sculpture of Swami Vivekananda, Jagannath Hall, Dhaka University, Dhaka. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The Song of the Free

The wounded snake its hood unfurls,
The flame stirred up doth blaze,
The desert air resounds the calls
Of heart-struck lion’s rage.

The cloud puts forth it deluge strength
When lightning cleaves its breast,
When the soul is stirred to its in most depth
Great ones unfold their best.

Let eyes grow dim and heart grow faint,
And friendship fail and love betray,
Let Fate its hundred horrors send,
And clotted darkness block the way.

All nature wear one angry frown,
To crush you out – still know, my soul,
You are Divine. March on and on,
Nor right nor left but to the goal.

Nor angel I, nor man, nor brute,
Nor body, mind, nor he nor she,
The books do stop in wonder mute
To tell my nature; I am He.

Before the sun, the moon, the earth,
Before the stars or comets free,
Before e’en time has had its birth,
I was, I am, and I will be.

The beauteous earth, the glorious sun,
The calm sweet moon, the spangled sky,
Causation’s law do make them run;
They live in bonds, in bonds they die.

And mind its mantle dreamy net
Cast o’er them all and holds them fast.
In warp and woof of thought are set,
Earth, hells, and heavens, or worst or best.

Know these are but the outer crust -
All space and time, all effect, cause.
I am beyond all sense, all thoughts,
The witness of the universe.

Not two nor many, ’tis but one,
And thus in me all me’s I have;
I cannot hate, I cannot shun
Myself from me, I can but love.

From dreams awake, from bonds be free,
Be not afraid. This mystery,
My shadow, cannot frighten me,
Know once for all that I am He.

- Swami Vivekananda. 1892.

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Swami Vivekananda, San francisco. 1900. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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Swami Vivekananda (film) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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Autographed Photograph of Swami Vivekananda. September, 1893. Chicago. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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Swami Vivekanand (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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Memorial for Swami Vivekananda, offshore, Kanyakumari, India. July 2008. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Deodatta V.Shenai-Khatkhate.

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Respectful Tribute to Remarkable Teacher Colleen Ritzer, Danvers, Massachusetts.

Colleen Ritzer. 24-year-old well liked, well respected, and the best math teacher from Danvers High School.

Colleen Ritzer. 24-year-old well liked, well respected, and inspirational math teacher from Danvers High School. Murdered allegedly by 14-year-old student Philip Chism, who had moved from Tennessee.

Today, we respectfully remember and salute Ms. Colleen Ritzer, inspirational Math Teacher from Danvers High School, Massachusetts, who was unfortunately murdered exactly a year ago.

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Colleen Ritzer. Well-liked and Well-respected Math Teacher from Danvers High School, MA.

Colleen Ritzer. Well-liked and Well-respected Math Teacher from Danvers High School, MA.

As a brief background, on October 22, 2013, Colleen Ritzer, an amazingly wonderful 24-year-young Math teacher from Danvers High School, Massachusetts, was murdered in a restroom at the school. A 14-year-old student, Philip Chism, who had transferred from Tennessee was arraigned in her death. The investigation allegedly revealed that the murder suspect Chism had ruthlessly beaten and raped this wonderful angel-like teacher, and then brutally stabbed her to death with a box cutter, transported her body in a recycling bin, and dumped it in the woods behind the school campus – these events were captured by technologically advanced security cameras in Danvers High School.

Colleen Ritzer. Inspirational Teacher from Danvers High School. Murdered by her evil killer student.

Colleen Ritzer. Inspirational Teacher from Danvers High School.

Colleen Ritzer. Wonderful Math Teacher who was murdered by a killer student.

Colleen Ritzer. Wonderful Math Teacher, Danvers High School, MA.

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Colleen Ritzer. Amazingly Inspirational Teacher, murdered by a stone-cold killer student.

Colleen Ritzer. Amazingly Inspirational Teacher.

We Respectfully Remember Colleen Ritzer on the anniversary of her demise!

May Colleen Ritzer Rest In Peace!

May God Bless Colleen Ritzer!

Take Care and Be Safe!

-Deo,

Danvers, Massachusetts, October 22 2014.

Deodatta V. Shenai-Khatkhate.

Deodatta V. Shenai-Khatkhate.

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Colleen Ritzer. Inspirational Teacher from Danvers High School, Massachusetts.

Colleen Ritzer. Inspirational Teacher from Danvers High School, Massachusetts.

Colleen Ritzer. Well-liked and Well-respected Math Teacher from Danvers High School, MA.

Colleen Ritzer. Great Teacher & Constant Source of Inspiration.

Colleen Ritzer, a great teacher, who was assaulted and murdered on October 22, 2013.

Colleen Ritzer, an outstanding teacher, who was assaulted and murdered on October 22, 2013.

The Boston Red Sox paused for a moment of silence, before Game One of the World Series at Fenway Park, on Wednesday night, to honor Colleen Ritzer.

The Boston Red Sox paused for a moment of silence, before Game One of the World Series at Fenway Park, to honor Colleen Ritzer.

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God Bless Colleen Ritzer!

God Bless Colleen Ritzer!

Colleen Ritzer, a great teacher, who was assaulted and murdered on October 22, 2013.

Colleen Ritzer, a great teacher, who was assaulted and murdered on October 22, 2013.

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Colleen Ritzer. Wonderful Inspirational Math Teacher from Danvers High School, Massachusetts.

Colleen Ritzer. Wonderful Inspirational Math Teacher from Danvers High School, Massachusetts.

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Happy Diwali….

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Our Best Wishes to All Readers & Followers, for

Very Happy Diwali & Prosperous New Year!

-Deo & Family

Massachusetts, Tuesday, October 21, 2014.

Deodatta V. Shenai-Khatkhate.

Deodatta V. Shenai-Khatkhate.

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The Rangoli Decorations made from colored powders, is popular during Diwali. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Diwali a.k.a. Divali, Deepavali or the “festival of lights“, is a five-day Hindu festival which starts on Dhanteras, celebrated on the thirteenth lunar day of Krishna paksha (dark fortnight) of the Hindu calendar month Ashwin and ends on Bhaubeej, celebrated on the second lunar day of Shukla paksha of the Hindu calendar month Kartik. Dhanteras usually falls eighteen days after Dussehra. In the Gregorian calendar, Diwali falls between mid-October and mid-November.

Dazzling Bright Diwali in Mumbai. My Hometown.

Dazzling Bright Diwali in Mumbai. My Hometown.

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Lights for Diwali festival in Jaipur, Rajasthan, India. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Diwali is an official holiday in India, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Myanmar, Mauritius, Guyana, Trinidad & Tobago, Suriname, Malaysia, Singapore and Fiji.

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Made from Bamboo, and fixed with starch, thread, the traditional Indian lanterns are in great demand, especially during the festival of Diwali. These lanterns also grace the stage decoration and backdrops of important cultural programs, and Indian classical musical concerts. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

For Hindus, Diwali is one of the most important festivals of the year and is celebrated in families by performing traditional activities together in their homes. For Jains, Diwali marks the attainment of moksha or nirvana by Mahavira in 527 BC. Arya Samajists, celebrate this day as Death Anniversary of Swami Dayanand Saraswati. They also celebrate this day as Shardiya Nav-Shasyeshti.

Mumbai Shining Bright During the Festival of Lights: Diwali.

Mumbai Shining Bright During the Festival of Lights: Diwali.

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Famous Diwali celebrations in Leicester, UK. The lights go up in October with a Diwali theme and, during November, the Hindu lamps are replaced by seasonal symbols to celebrate Christmas in December. The decorated building is the Belgrave Neighborhood Centre which is located in the featured square. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The name “Diwali” or “Divali” is a contraction of deepavali which translates into “row of lamps”. Diwali involves the lighting of small clay lamps filled with oil to signify the triumph of good over evil. These lamps are kept on during the night and one’s house is cleaned, both done in order to make the goddess Lakshmi feel welcome. Firecrackers are burst because it is believed that it drives away evil spirits. During Diwali, all the celebrants wear new clothes and share sweets and snacks with family members and friends.

Mesmerizing Mumbai Skyline on Diwali Night.

Mesmerizing & Magnificent Mumbai Skyline on Diwali Night.

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Diwali Oil Lamps lit during the Diwali, festival of lights in Darjeeling. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The festival starts with Dhanteras on which most Indian business communities begin their financial year. The second day of the festival is called the Naraka Chaturdasi. Amavasya, the third day of Diwali, marks the worship of Lakshmi, the goddess of wealth. The fourth day of Diwali is known as Kartika Shudda Padyami. The fifth day is referred to as Yama Dvitiya, and on this day sisters invite their brothers to their homes.

Absolutely Gorgeous Indian Diwali Lanterns Light Up the Houses in India.

Absolutely Gorgeous Indian Diwali Lanterns Light Up the Homes in India.

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The Diyas at Diwali Celebrations. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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NASA Picture of India on Diwali Night…..

I am pleased to share this beautiful picture of India, which was taken and released by NASA, on Diwali night two years ago.

As we can see, India is brightly lit on Diwali night, and is shining like a bright star.

Picture of India on Diwali Night 2012, taken by NASA.

Picture of India on Diwali Night 2012, taken by NASA.

On November 12, 2012, Diwali night two years ago, NASA had captured this night-time view of southern Asia, using the Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite (VIIRS) on the Suomi NPP satellite.

As per NASA. the image is based on data collected by the VIIRS ‘day- night band’, which detects light in a range of wavelengths from green to near-infrared. The image has been brightened to make the city lights easier to distinguish.

Happy Diwali!

Enjoy!

-Deo,

Massachusetts, Tuesday, October 21, 2014.

Deodatta V. Shenai-Khatkhate.

Deodatta V. Shenai-Khatkhate.

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Our Best Wishes at Superb Solstice Time! June 21, 2014.

This Saturday, June 21 marks the longest day of the year in USA and the northern hemisphere. It also marks the summer solstice in the northern hemisphere and the winter solstice in the southern hemisphere.

 In other words, it’s the day with the most hours of daylight in USA and the northern hemisphere, while it’s the day with the least hours of daylight “down under” and in the southern hemisphere.

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Summer and Winter Solstice (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Our Best Wishes for Summer Solstice to our Readers and Followers from the Northern Hemisphere; and for Winter Solstice to the Readers & Followers from the Southern Hemisphere.

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Northern Hemisphere Readers can enjoy the Sunshine for longer time.

Let the brilliant bright light of Summer Solstice drive the darkness away!

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Southern Hemisphere Readers can have a longer night to party.

Let the darkness of Winter Solstice enable the supreme self-realization!

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Whether it’s Summer Solstice or Winter Solstice, it’s truly a win-win situation in both cases alike, emerging within the dance between light and dark, in my view.

As American Poet Gary Kowalski said appropriately:

“Night has its own kind of beauty,
        different than the beauty of day.
Darkness is an invitation . . . to listen to the world in its stillness.
Darkness is the den of life in germination . . .
Darkness is the portal . . . that opens to . . .
the mystery of all time past and endless time to come.
At the center of our being
        There is light and there is darkness,
        The known and the unknown,
        The named and the nameless,
        The finite and the infinite.

Our Most Beautiful Mother Earth - as seen from Space!

Our Most Beautiful Mother Earth – as seen from Space!

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Make A Great Day At Solstice – Wherever You Are!

Enjoy Super Solstice Time!

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With this last post, I bid my Goodbye to Blogosphere,

and to all Great Readers & Followers from 200+ Countries -

for the fate ordains that even the dearest friends must part!

Some do it with a bitter look, and some with a flattering word!

So long! Make A Great Life!

-Deo

Massachusetts, Thursday, June 19, 2014.

Deodatta V. Shenai-Khatkhate.

Deodatta V. Shenai-Khatkhate.

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Sunrise over Stonehenge at the Summer Solstice.

Sunrise over Stonehenge at the Summer Solstice.

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“When One Door Closes…”; Favorite Insightful & Inspirational Quote by Alexander Graham Bell.

When one door closes, another opens…” is one of my favorite quotes by the great inventor, Alexander Graham Bell, which undoubtedly signifies tremendous optimism while underscoring the natural ebb and flow of human life at the same time.

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We often see that when the old door closes, another one opens up to a new opportunity – most of the times and invariably, far better than the last one. This is the law of nature that constantly maintains the balance of natural ebb and flow in human life. We witness this many a times, and often amaze at how the events unfold and shape our lives – as we look back, and try to connect the dots.

Alexander Graham Bell’s experiences in life were no exception either, leading him to his famous inspirational quote about the closing of one door and opening of another.

Young Inventor Alexander Graham Bell in 1876.

Young Inventor Alexander Graham Bell in 1876.

Hence it’s best not to spend too much time in grieving over the loss or dwelling in the past and feeling sorry for oneself, but to move on, always ahead and upwards, with solid faith and steadfast confidence that the closing of old door was only, and merely, because another new one could open to show something special that is awaiting just for us.

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In my view, it’s the most optimistic and positive philosophy of life that can never go wrong!

Have a good one!

-Deo,

Massachusetts, Tuesday, June 17, 2014.

Deodatta V. Shenai-Khatkhate.

Deodatta V. Shenai-Khatkhate.

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Benjamin Franklin Proves that Lightning is Electricity, 262 Years Ago; June 15, 1752.

 Today, June 15, is the Father’s Day, and it also marks the 262nd anniversary of the most adventurous “Kite Experiment” by Benjamin Franklin, which proved that lightning is electricity, a genius hypothesis proposed by Benjamin Franklin.

Great American Inventor Benjamin Franklin and his son William flying kite in an electric storm. June 15, 1752, Philadelphia, USA.

Great American Inventor Benjamin Franklin and his son William flying kite in an electric storm. June 15, 1752, Philadelphia, USA.

Exactly 262 years ago, on a dark and cloudy June 15, 1752, afternoon, Benjamin Franklin, then 46 years old,  decided to fly a kite in Philadelphia. He asked his son, William, to help, and together they attached his kite to a silk string, while tying an iron key at the other end. Following this, they tied a thin metal wire from the key. This wire was then inserted into a Leyden jar, a container for storing an electrical charge. When the sky began to darken, and a thunderstorm approached Philadelphia, they attached a silk ribbon to the key. Holding onto the kite by the silk ribbon, Big Ben and little William began to fly their kite.

Lightning is tremendous energy transferred from point to point in infinitesimally small time - literally in a matter of nanoseconds.

Lightning is the transfer of tremendous energy from point-to-point in an infinitesimally short interval of time – literally in a matter of nanoseconds. Hence the term “Lightning Speed.”

When the thunder storm cloud passed over Franklin’s kite, the negative charges in the cloud passed onto his kite, down through the wet silk string, to the key, and finally into the Leyden jar. Franklin however, was unaffected by the negative charges because he was holding the dry silk ribbon, which insulated him from the charges on the key. Franklin’s kite experiment thus successfully showed that lightning was nothing but static electricity……something we understand so well today, because of Benjamin Franklin and his adventurous kite experiment 262 years ago. Quite frankly, Franklin was actually lucky to have survived this dangerous experiment, because many others who tried to repeat this experiment were either burnt severely or electrocuted in actuality.

On this special occasion of 262nd anniversary of kite experiment (and Father’s Day), we respectfully salute Benjamin Franklin, the great American inventor of 18th century.

Benjamin Franklin’s adventurous flying a kite in an electrical storm surely took our world by storm – a so perfect storm that changed our world for good.

And it is indeed my great pleasure to share this inspirational story of an awesome scientific breakthrough – achieved by a Father – Son Team, on Father’s Day today!

Have A Wonderful Father’s Day!

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-Deo,

Massachusetts, Sunday, June 15, 2014.

deodatta V. Shenai-Khatkhate.

Deodatta V. Shenai-Khatkhate.

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Amazing Lightning Storm Illuminated Seaside City of Split in Croatia. October 2012.

Amazing Lightning Storm Illuminated Seaside City of Split in Croatia. October 2012.

When Tornedo Meets Lightning, It's An Amazing Scene.

When Tornedo Meets Lightning, It’s An Amazing Scene.

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