Swami Vivekananda: an incredible savvy, visionary, scholar and pioneer; is one such entrancing character that keeps on living with us through his wave making, man making, evangelist musings, influencing the age of today, past ages and a lot more ages to come. Driven by an evangelist enthusiasm, and a profound confidence and conviction in his thoughts, Swami Vivekananda dedicated as long as he can remember in the quest for making a restored and advanced country with its solid, bold and profoundly illuminated residents.
However, such was his enormity that he never remained as practitioner and did each piece simply as a specialist of Sri Ramakrishna Paramhansa: his guru. In the current period of tumult and confusion, it turns out to be increasingly more a need, to comprehend the life and standards of Swami Vivekananda and discover the relevance of his contemplations and theory in the current setting to live a more deliberate and more beneficial life.
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Swami Vivekananda A Divine Persona
A blend of deep mysticism, striking features and magnetic voice, Swami Vivekananda possessed a magnificent personality. Such was his charisma that anybody who came into his contact couldn’t be left unmesmerized. Radiating immense confidence, and enforcing expressions, his words used to leave undeletable impact on the minds of the audience. His inherent divinity and deep inner conviction got reflected in his external persona captivating his audiences and followers.
A Condensed India
With immense reverence and love for India, Swami Vivekananda devoted his entire life in the service of mother nation. He plunged into the heart of the nation to sense and realizes its true spirit. Never satisfied in knowing things on surface level, Swami Vivekananda used to fathom the depths, explored the facts in his own perspective, and encouraged others too for the same:
‘Do not believe in a thing because you have read about it in a book. Do not believe in a thing because another man has said it was true. Do not believe in words because they are hallowed by tradition. Find out the truth for yourself. Reason it out. That is realization.’
And hence, he traveled the length and breadth of the nation, met different people, explored the root causes of the drudgery of Indian nation and tried to link the gaps with the developments of the past. With his deep observation, analysis and interpretation, he got a deeper understanding of Indian culture in true context and it further enabled him to identify the strong as well as weak areas of the nation that needed working over.
He also discovered the treasures of ancient spiritual texts and mesmerized by their sheer beauty and the powers they held, made his motto to introduce them to the nation and rest of the world and enrich its religious and spiritual consciousness. With love for nation flowing through his veins, and the welfare of nation and her citizens as the sole purpose of his life, he was indeed ‘a condensed India’ as he used to call himself.
Swami Vivekananda: A Radical Change Maker
Making man realize the divinity and immenseness within him, was his main motto. Swami Vivekananda strongly felt that inactivity is the cause of all our miseries.
“We are responsible for what we are, and whatever we wish ourselves to be, we have the power to make ourselves. If what we are now has been the result of our own past actions, it certainly follows that whatever we wish to be in future can be produced by our present actions; so we have to know how to act.”
He strongly believed that changes begin from within:
“All healthy social changes are the manifestations of the spiritual forces working within, and if these are strong and well adjusted, society will arrange itself accordingly. Each individual has to work out his own salvation; there is no other way, and so also with nations. Again, the great institutions of every nation are the conditions of its very existence and cannot be transformed by the mould of any other race. Until higher institutions have been evolved, any attempt to break the old ones will be disastrous. Growth is always gradual.”
Swami Vivekananda: An Advocate of Inherent Divinity and the Real Youth Icon
With his revolutionary ideas and endless faith in youth power, Swami Vivekananda emerged as an unparalleled youth icon in the history of the world. He believed that the unlimited potential inside the youth must be channelised and directed towards positive, nation building work.
“I have done nothing as yet; you have to do the task. If I die tomorrow the work will not die. I sincerely believe that there will be thousands coming up from the ranks to take up the work and carry it further and further, beyond all my most hopeful imagination ever painted. I have faith in my country, and especially in the youth of my country.”
He implored the young masses to come out of their self-imposed boundaries and realize the powers that they possess, powers that can change the fate of the nation when put into use:
‘Come out into the broad light of day, come out from the little narrow paths, for how can the infinite soul rest content to live and die in small ruts?’
Describing the state of mind of the Indian citizen as a hypnotized one, aligned to inactivity or a specific pattern of negative and pessimistic thoughts, Swami Vivekananda emphasized on the need to of dehypnotizing it through self realization:
‘Everybody is hypnotized already. The work of attaining freedom, of realizing one’s real nature, consists in de – hypnotization.’
A Messenger of Strength
It was ‘Strength’ that he emphasized the most, to be an integral part of every human being. Taking an undoubtful stand against everything that weakens human values, he appealed them to reject weakness in any form and be physically, intellectually and spiritually strong. And truth was the way that he devised for it.
“This is the question I put to every man, woman or child when they are in physical, mental and spiritual training. Are you strong? Do you feel strength? – for I know it is truth alone that gives strength. I know that truth alone gives life, and nothing but going towards reality will make us strong.”
A Believer of Focused Mentality
Swami Vivekananda strongly conveyed the importance of identifying an objective and focusing efforts in single direction to achieve a substantial output.
“Do one thing at a time and while doing it put your whole soul into it to the exclusion of all else”, he used to say.
Only men and women with focused thoughts and action can do something worthwhile and help in contributing towards the nation, he felt.
“Take up one idea. Make that one idea your life – think of it, dream of it, and 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.”
A Man of Deeds
Swami Vivekananda was not just a man of words, preaching and giving lectures, he was a man of action, the one who lived and experienced every word he said. And this being the reason why his teachings were found quite linking to anyone who read or heard him, even in today’s context. His life was a depiction of his preaching in utmost integrity.
Completely detached and aloof from any sort of bondages or possessiveness, he devoted his life to selfless service. Accepting rules and limitations of monastery with a self-induced discipline, he abided by them up to the last moment of life. He faced many challenges in life but accepted all with an unwavering attitude. Living his sufferings with compassion, he never diverged from the path of his mission.
A Logical Analyst
Curious and inquisitive in nature, Swami Vivekananda raised questions for every established norm and demanded his own logical satisfaction for every tradition or practiced carried out. Never convinced of general beliefs, he was critical of dogmas and orthodoxies and presented the concept of religion in a very different light:
“Religion has no business to formulate social laws and insist on the difference between beings, because its aim and end is to obliterate all such fictions and monstrosities”
For him, ‘doing good and being good’, was what religion in real terms aimed for. This was the religion he taught about and this was the religion that he followed too.
“The moment I have realized God sitting in the temple of every human body, the moment I stand in reverence before every human being and see God in him – that moment I am free from bondage, everything that binds vanishes, and I am free.”
A Humanitarian and Apostle of Selfless Service
He talked about inner awakening and the right to serve rather than a right to acquire. Selfishness, he considered as the greatest barrier to spiritual progress:
‘It is selfishness that we must seek to eliminate. I find that whenever I have made a mistake in my life, it has always been because self entered into the calculation. Where self has not been involved, my judgement has gone straight to the mark.’
Merging his self with the universal self, his every work was directed towards the well being of nation and humanity. As he said:
“If you want to have life, you have to die every moment for it”, so he lived his life too.
Working incessantly throughout life, Swami Vivekananda always felt that the life is too short to accomplish the great tasks ahead.
“It may be that I shall find it good to get outside of my body to cast it off like a disused garment. But I shall not cease to work! I shall inspire men everywhere until the world shall know that it is one with god.”
What’s more, consistent with his words, Swami Vivekananda despite everything is available as a motivation, guiding us towards a positive and deliberate life, his words despite everything keep on starting the fire inside the hearts of all. His lessons and considerations discover pertinence in present setting and give a more profound and intentional understanding to issues identified with differing fields. Acquainting us with our country in a totally extraordinary light, he encourages us investigate the wealth in its way of life, featuring its enormity and uniqueness, and imparting inside us a feeling of pride for being a piece of it.
He breathes through every revolution, every endeavour, every action that aims towards man making and nation building.