150 years of Swami Vivekananda
150 years of Swami Vivekananda
by Krishna pavan neti (netipavan AT gmail DOT com)
12th. Of Jan (Sat), was the 150th Birth anniversary
of one of the greatest spiritual leaders that India[Bharatha bhumi] has
ever produced, he is none other than Swami vivekananda. He was praised
and adored across the world as a 'warrior monk' of India who hailed the
ultimate knowledge proposed by the vedanta that the country stands for.
Swami also voiced and enlightened the people of the west, what a
high-held position the people of the Bharatha occupy when it comes to
spirituality. He emphatically reinstated that Bharatha has always stood
and shall stand tall as the 'Viswa guru'[The ultimate spiritual teacher]
of the world though never as a 'Viswa Vijetha' [The material conquerer
of the world]
Swami Vivekananda was born as Narendra Nath Datta, in a traditional
Bengali family to Sri Viswanath Datta and Smt.Bhuvanesari Devi. He spent
his early days of youth as a young brilliant boy active in sports and
organisation activities, while being an ardent student of the Hindu
scriptures with potential genius and prodigious memory.
In his quest for knowledge of God, he happened to meet Sri
Ramakrishna, who is popularly known as Sri Ramakrishna Paramahamsa on
whose name Swami Vivekananda would later start a mission - the
Ramakrishna Mission or the Ramakrishna mutt or the Ramakrishna order, as
it is popularly known as.
Narendranath's [young Swami Vivekananda] meeting with Sri
Ramakrishna Paramahamsa and his words that, he had seen God like he was
seeing the young Narendra, moved him and had a deep impact on his
inquisitive mind. He later became an ardent and a deserving disciple of
Sri Ramakrishna under whose guidance and mastership he would experience
the "Nirvikalpa samadhi". The mastership and the Shisyarika is often
referred to as a modern day example of what our scriptures talk about
the sacred "Guru <=> Sishya" relationship by which means a young mischievous boy would turn out to be an affluent spiritual leader!!
Swami Vivekananda believed that the essence of Hinduism was best
expressed in the Vedanta philosophy, based on the interpretation of
Jagadru Sri Adi Shankaracharya Bhagavatpada, and is the ideal way to
awaken the people of a country which lost its 'individuality'.
After Sri Ramakrishna shook off his mortal coils, Swami Vivekananda traveled through the length and breadth of India as a wandering monk.
He deeply meditated on a rock at the tip of India, at Kanyakumari, which
would later become the "Vivekananda Rock Memorial", on the eternal
problems Mother India was facing, it's strengths and the lacking of it
that was responsible for its owes. On the guidance of his Guru and the
Goddess Kali, he started his mission of awakening India and later
decided to go to the West and preach unto the mankind the real treasure
of knowledge that Mother India holds in it.
He later started the Ramakrishna mission order and attained Mahasamadhi on 4th.July.1902
Here is an occasion to take a deep breath, reminisce and cherish
the achievements of Swami Vivekananda and get inspired and motivated by
some of the gems said by the master. Here is a glimpse of those:
- “The earth is enjoyed by heroes”—this is the unfailing truth. Be a hero. Always say, “I have no fear.”
- "All power is within you. You can do anything and everything.
Believe in that. Be bold, be strong. Do not believe that you are
weak;Stand up and express the divinity within you"
- "Fear is death, fear is sin, fear is hell, fear is
unrighteousness, fear is wrong life. All the negative thoughts and ideas
that are in the world have proceeded from this evil spirit of fear."
- "Take up one idea. Make that one idea your life - think of
it, dream of it, live on that idea. Let the brain, muscles, nerves,
every part of your body, be full of that idea, and just leave every
other idea alone. This is the way to success, that is way great
spiritual giants are produced. Others are mere talking machines"
- "Education is the manifestation of the perfection already in man."
- "My ideal, indeed, can be put into a few words, and that is:
to preach unto mankind their divinity, and how to make it manifest in
every movement of life."
- "You cannot believe in God until you believe in yourself."
- "Give me few men and women who are pure and selfless and I shall shake the world !"
- "Strength is life, Weakness is death!"
Personally, I have had a deep impression of the very personality of
Swami Vivekananda and his electrifying speeches that always keep you
mentally fit !
The summary or the quotes of his speeches, which are in fact a
dynamic representation of the very essence of our Vedas, and Upanishads
have to be written up on the classroom walls of every school. This way
we can ensure that the inferiority of heart and mind ['Hridaya
Dourbalya' as is mentioned by Gitacharya in Bhagavadgita] that is
inculcated at a very tender age can be driven off and a stronger India
can be dreamt of in reality !!
Vande Matram !
Krishna pavan neti
notes from hari :
I first came across Swami Vivekananda
around the age of twelve,
when my uncle presented me with his personal copy of
"Selections from Swami Vivekanada".
The memory I have of those days is that being full
of positive energy every time I read from it.
If I had to get pepped up anytime, all I had to do
is randomly open a page and read from that book.
That is how he inspired me. Did he inspire you ?
Would you like to write a few lines about it ?
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