Swami Vivekananda

Now & then, at long intervals of time, a being finds his way to this planet who is unquestionably a wanderer from another sphere; who brings with him to this sorrowful world some of the glory, the power, the radiance of the far distant region from which he came…

One such being entered earth from realm of divinity to unfold process of spiritual illumination & to detach world from all doubts, all intellectual struggle & all burning faith.

The light of the world dawned for the first time on future Swami Vivekananda on Monday January 12, 1863, a few minutes before sunrise. And only few miles away from then Calcutta, in the garden house of Dakshineshwar, his would be master was waiting for coming of this babe, who was to grow into manhood to carry on his great work.

Narendranath (as then Swami Vivekananda was known as), was a prodigy. He had the build of an athlete, a resonant voice, and a brilliant intellect. Narendranath had an inborn tendency towards spirituality. His father Vishwanath Dutt was an attorney at Calcutta High Court, was known for his intellectual capabilities and progressive outlook. His mother Bhuvaneshwari Devi was pure and religious lady with unselfish love.

During his youth Narendranath passed through a spiritual crises, he was sealed by doubts of existence of God. Narendra’s first introduction to Sri Ramakrishna occurred one day in literature class, by his Principal Prof. Hastie while explaining the word “Trans” (Samadhi) used by William Wordsworth in his poem “The Excursion”.

Narendra 1st met Sri Ramakrishna at Calcutta in November of 1881, at Surendra Nath Mitra’s place, who was Sri Ramakrishna’s devotee. During this meeting master was greatly impressed by Naren and asked him to visit Dakshineshwar. Narendra 1st visited Dakshineshwar in early part of 1882.

His very 1st question to Sri Ramakrishna was a query put forward by a Modern to Ancient, by Young to Old & by Occident to Orient. And answer was meeting of all of them.

Naren asked Master: “Sir, Have you seen God?”

Master’s Reply: “Yes”, I have seen God. I have seen as I see you here, only more clearly. God can be seen.

And, thus began pure unselfish guru disciple relationship between them, under loving guidance of his master Narendranath became spiritual luminary “Swami Vivekananda”.

Swami Vivekananda’s mission was not complete yet. In year 1888, He set out on a long journey as a mendicant monk for exploration & discovering of India. Deeply moved by the prevailing conditions of Indian masses, he planned for regeneration of Motherland. He thought Parliament of Religion to be God given opportunity to rejuvenate greatness of India, her culture & faith to the world & retrieve lost faith of her people.

He started for his 1st visit to west on 1st May 1893, after spending nearly 3 years in west he returned to India in 1897. On May 1st 1897 he formally established Sri Ramakrishna Math & Ramakrishna Mission & set in motion a machinery with objective of bringing noble ideas to every ones door steps.

Shortly after his 2nd visit to west, on 4th July 1904 he merged himself in infinite. He once said to his disciple: “It may be that I shall find it good to get outside my body, to cast it off like a worn out garment, but I shall not cease to work. I shall inspire men everywhere, until world shall know it is one with God”.

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