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Swami Vivekananda (1863-1902)

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  • Swami Vivekananda (1863-1902)

    Today is the birthday of Swami Vivekananda.
    The year-long commemoration of 150th Birth Anniversary of Swami Vivekananda formally came to a close today with functions organised at various places in the country.
    On this memorable day let us remember this great spiritual genius of commanding intellect and power. The achievement of Swami Vivekananda in spreading the philosophy and religion of India with in his short span of 39 years life,can be compared with very few great spiritual leaders of our Nation.. Born on January 12, 1863 in Calcutta, the youthful Narendranath Dutta embraced the agnostic philosophies of the Western mind along with the worship of science.At the same time, vehement in his search to know the truth about God, he questioned people of holy orders, asking them if they had seen God. He found such a person in Sri Ramakrishna Paramahamsa, who became his master, allayed his doubts, gave him spiritual vision, and transformed him into sage and prophet with authority to spread the message of Vedanta inside and out side the Country.

    His lectures at the Parliament of religions in Chicago held in 1893 won him instant celebrity status in America and a ready forum for his spiritual teaching. On his return to home land he found Sri Ramakrishna Mutt and Mission. He exhorted the nation for the spiritual renaissance. His lectures and writings have been collected into nine volumes.

    He saw the World as it was and uttered words of truth:
    "I do not believe in a God or religion which cannot wipe the widow's tears or bring a piece of bread to the orphan's mouth. However sublime be the theories, however well - spun may be the philosophy -- i do not call it religion so long as it is confined to books and dogmas. The eye is in the forehead and not in the back. Move onward and carry into practice that which you are very proud to call your religion, and God bless you! "

    Last edited by Brahmanyan; 12-01-14, 22:10.