Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Swami Vivekananda's Thousand Island Cottage Opening Up July 10th

Swami Vivekananda's Cottage in the Thousand Islands Park  will open up for the summer season on July 10 and will remain open to August 25. The house and the shrine upstairs will be open in the morning from 10AM-12PM and in the late afternoon from 4 PM to 6 PM. The grounds are open all the time.

From July 27 to July 30th Swami Yuktatmananda the spiritual leader of the Ramakrishna Vivekananda Center of NY will lecturing on Bhakti--devotion to God; 10-12, 4-6. The lectures are free. The choir will be there and devotees from the center in NYC will be there at that time. So it will be busy--but there may be chanting and singing.
  Swami Vivekananda is credited with introducing the eastern traditions of meditation and yoga to the west. He was a great sage and mystic.

The room upstairs where the Swami stayed while he was there for 8 weeks in 1895 (he lectured and taught on Vedanta) has a powerful vortex; one that put me instantly in the balcony last year. Very, very strong. You definitely need to meditate in the room--the vortex is located in the center of the room.

The house and the immediate area rests on Fields of Consciousness. There is another vortex in the rocks behind the house. Meditating on the rocks in front of, or behind the house would be a good thing to do.

Make sure to visit the rock/tree in the back (it is a short 5 minute walk) where Swami Vivekananda achieved the highest state of Samadhi. It said that on his last day August 7, 1895 at the Thousand Islands the Swami went into the back woods to meditate and froze solid in meditation and remained oblivious to torrential rain and is said to have achieved nirvikalpa Samadhi. (Page 104)
“He had a unique experience of inner freedom at the Thousand Islands Park which he expressed eloquently in his poem “The Song of Sannyasin”. He wrote from there to a friend:
“I am free, my bonds are cut, what do I care whether this body goes or does not go? I have a truth to teach—I am a child of God. And He that gave me truth will send me fellow workers from the earth’s bravest and best.”
 Page 105-106
Source Vivekananda a Biography (1953)

Per Ramarkrishna Vivekananda web page
P.O. BOX 1084
Telephone: (315) 482-3031

MY writeup: Swami Vivekananda's Cottage 

My YouTube Video on the cottage

Directions from 81 north 1) Pay toll and ctross Bridge onto Wellesley Island and take first exit (Exit 51)
2) After exiting proceed to stop sign, turn right and go to second stop sign.
3) At second stop sign turn right, and proceed about 4 miles to the village of Thousand Island Park.
4) At Thousand Island Park proceed to stop sign (near Grocery, Ice Cream Parlor, Tennis Courts).
5) At stop sign turn right onto St. Lawrence Avenue and proceed about 2 blocks until the street ends at Tabernacle building.
6) At Tabernacle turn left, go about one block and turn right up the small road marked with the arrow pointed to “Vivekananda Cottage.

7)Park below in grassy lot--not on the driveway of the house.

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