At the present time, as I sec it, we're facing a rather complicated
problem of reconciling our various views on how the Universe
is put together. The
scientists have some views, and the religionist's
(the mystics) have some views, and
they don't see eye to eye. But since
there's only one Universe, it follows that if the
scientists are right,
and if the mystics are also right, we need only a translator.
But before we can solve that problem we need to reconcile the various views of
the scientists and the various views of the religionists. The scientists need a translator
between quantum mechanics and relativity theory, and they're working on that, and
religionist need a translator between the Christians, the Muslims,
the Buddhists and the
rest, and Swami Vivekananda worked on that.
His problem was to separate
the essence of religion, which is spirituality, from
the vast overlay
of superstition and local custom. That was his job. And Swami
problem was to separate from the vast collection of Swami
writings and lectures those which bear on that particular problem. That
his job, and we owe him for that.