The Abode of Spiritual Knowledge
The temple is not a building. It is the abode of the Lord.
A temple’s strength is not in its bricks. Its fortitude comes from the dedication of its members. A temple is not held together by plaster and mud.
Its glue is the piety and devotion of the community.
A temple is not simply a place we visit. It is the axis around which our lives revolve.
Swami Vivekananda's "Temple Universal" is all-inclusive.
He affirmed his faith in these words: "I accept all religions that were in the past
& worship with them all;
I worship God with every one of them, in whatever form they worship Him...
-- I shall go to the mosque of the Mohammedan;
-- I shall enter the Christian’s church and kneel before the crucifix;
-- I shall enter the Buddhist temple, where I shall take refuge in Buddha, and in his law.
-- I shall go into the forest and sit down in meditation with the Hindu who is trying to see the light, which enlightens the heart of every one.
-- Not only shall I do all these but I shall keep my heart open for all that may come in the future.
Salutations to all the prophets of the past, to all the great ones of the present, and to all that are to come in the future!".
His Vedanta and his yoga is for all.
He said, "Vedanta, will be the future religion of thinking humanity."
He affirmed "Raja Yoga, never asks the question what our religion is, whether we are Deists, or Atheists, whether Christians, Jews or Buddhists; we are human beings, that is sufficient."
The way of Vivekananda is at once the way to self-perfection and to world-betterment.
Swami Vivekananda was truly a disciple of his Master Sri Ramakrishna who in himself was a whole Parliament of Religions.
All these ideas are exemplified in the word; 'Universal Temple’.