Swamy Vivekananda

6 Jul
About Swamy Vivekananda:
Swamy Vivekananda is the founder of Ramakrishna mission, which was started to spread the teachings of his guru Ramakrishna Paramahamsa. He was India’s first great Cultural Ambassador to west. He also taught Indians, how to adapt western humanism to the Indian ethics. He was the first to bring the Hinduism, Vedanta and Yoga into the World Parliament of Religions. Lets have a look at the life history of the legend.

Early Life:

Vivekananda was born on 12th January 1863 to a couple of Vishwanath Datta and Bhuvaneshwari Devi. He was named as Narendranath Datta (which he later renamed to vivekananda). The precocious Narendra excelled in music, gymnastics and studies. He used to practice yoga from his childhood.

In 1879, he joined the Presidency college of Calcutta for one year and then joined the Scottish Church College to study philosophy. This was the time when he started questioning God and his presence. He then associated with Brahma Samaj too. The congregational prayers and the devotional songs couldn’t satisfy him. His questions needed the answers from elsewhere.

With Ramakrishna:

His search for the spiritual answers led him finally toward Ramakrishna Paramahamsa. He met him in November 1881. First time when he saw him, Narendranath thought that he didn’t look any special. He was just another ordinary person. He tested him in different ways. The first thing he asked him was about the presence of God.  Look at the below conversation:

  • Narendranath: Do you believe in God, Sir?
  • Ramakrishna: Yes!
  • Narendranath: Can you prove it, Sir?
  • Ramakrishna: Yes!
  • Narendranath: How?
  • Ramakrishna: Because I see him just as I see you here, only in much intenser sense.

This reply from Ramakrishna impressed him at once, which later slowly led Narendranath to be his whole-hearted disciple. He remained with him for five years. In 1886, guru Ramakrishna passed away nominating Vivekananda as his successor. After the death of his guru, Narendra took his vows as a monk and renounced the world.

In 1890, he set out a long journey across the country. During his journey, Vivekananda stayed at king’s palaces as well as at the huts of the poor. He observed the various cultures of different regions and various classes of people in India. He also noticed the bad effect of caste in the country.

Covering the entire length and breadth of the country, Vivekananda reached the southernmost tip of India, Kanyakumari, on december 24, 1892. There he meditated for three days, and said later that he meditated about the present, past and future of India. (Hence, this rock is presently  popular as Vivekananda Memorial).

World Parliament of Religions:

In 1893, Vivekananda went to attend the conference of world religions in Chicago. He attracted everyone with his mesmerizing oratory. Addressing the crowd as “Sisters and Brothers” got the attention of people. From then, He campaigned the greatness Indian culture wherever he went. His ability to speak with an ease on any topic spontaneously made the audience his disciples. Hence he was the one who raised the standard of Indian culture in the world parliament.

Return to India:

After four years of western tour, Vivekananda returned to India in 1897. He strove to develop spiritual knowledge among Indians. He realized that his objective of Social Service can be achieved only through an organised mission. Hence, he started the Ramakrishna mission.

During the next two years, he bought a site at Belur (on the banks of Ganga), established the Ramakrishna Mutt.

From January 1899 to December 1900, he had his another tour to west for the spread of Indian culture.

His soul left his body on July 4, 1902 at Belur Mutt near Calcutta. But he lived forever through his golden words, thoughts and deeds.

Swamy Vivekananda is very famous for his words. There are people who retained a life just by a glance over his inspirational quotes.

Some of the great sayings of Swamy Vivekananda are:

  • In every attempt there are many obstacles to cope with, but gradually the path becomes smooth.
  • When there is a conflict between the heart and the brain, let the heart be followed.
  • Do not give up anything, the things will give you up.
  • Do one thing at a time and while doing it, put your whole soul into it to the exclusion of all else.
  • What you have inside you is what you see in others.
  • If you are pure, If you are strong, you, one man, is equal to the world.
  • Seek for the highest, aim at the highest, and you shall reach the highest.
  • He who knows to obey, know how to command.
  • It is the heart that conquers, not brain.
  • One must raise oneself by one’s own exertions.
  • Concentration of mind is the source of all the knowledge.
  • Resist not evil. Face it! You are higher than evil.
  • If there is any sin in this world, it is weakness. Avoid all weakness, for weakness is sin and weakness is death.
  • One ounce of practice is worth twenty thousand tons of big talk.
  • No good comes out of the man, who day and night thinks he is nobody.

These were some of the great words from Swamy Vivekananda!

Note: “The above info is collected from several sources, like books and other websites too. We have taken care of giving the accurate information. If there are any mistakes (which I hope aren’t), we are very sorry and request you to”leave a reply here” about the error. We will correct them immediately.”

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