A book from a fanatic
(probable time 1893-1896)
I once had a book sent me, which said I must believe everything told in it. It said there was no soul, but that there were gods and goddesses in heaven, and a thread of light going from each of our heads to heaven! How did the writer know all these things? She had been inspired, and wanted me to believe it too; and because I refused, she said, "You must be a very bad man; there is no hope for you!" This is fanaticism.
(Notes from a lecture 'On Fanaticism')
- www.vivekananda.net edited by Frank Parlato Jr.