Statement against Caste-based Discrimination: Swami Varadananda, Monk, VivekanandaVedanta Society - Chicago
Swami Varadananda is a Trustee Emeritus of the Council for a Parliament of the World's Religions and is a senior sadhu (monk) of the Vivekananda Vedanta Society - Chicago.
The Ramakrishna Mission is against all forms of discrimination based on birth or caste. According to Vedanta all beings are manifestations of the one universal life, and we are all united through that connection. Swami Vivekananda founded the Ramakrishna Mission on the ideal of the service of all people, without regard to caste or social distinctions, seeing them as veritable manifestations of the Divine. He did not teach mere social service but taught that service was an actual worship of the Divine within each being. It is only through the recognition of our common divine heritage that we will be able to live in harmony with each other.