The Hindu : News / National : Reclaiming Vivekananda

He once said that by his outspoken-ness he had ‘emptied out whole halls.’ Think of someone who draws people, like bees to a honeycomb and then does the opposite as well —

smokes them away.

But that is how Swami Vivekananda was.

via The Hindu : News / National : Reclaiming Vivekananda.

He spoke the language of the Vedas but not as others spoke them. He chose his own verses and breathing his own passion into them, gave them new, contemporary meanings. He then shared them, pristine with entranced listeners.

Old truths sounded new when coming from Vivekananda. New truths acquired in his hands the ring of ancient sanction.

Swami Vivekananda
Swami Vivekananda in Chicago, September, 1893. On the left Vivekananda wrote in his own handwriting: “one infinite pure and holy – beyond thought beyond qualities I bow down to thee“.[1]
Born Narendra Nath Datta
12 January 1863
Calcutta, India
Died 4 July 1902 (aged 39)
Belur Math near Calcutta
Nationality Indian
Founder of Belur Math, Ramakrishna Math andRamakrishna Mission
Guru Ramakrishna
Philosophy Vedanta
Literary works Raja YogaKarma Yoga, Bhakti Yoga and Jnana Yoga
Prominent Disciple(s) Alasinga PerumalSwami Abhayananda,Sister Nivedita, Swami Sadananda
Quotation Come up, O lions, and shake off the delusion that you are sheep; you are souls immortal, spirits free, blest and eternal; ye are not matter, ye are not bodies; matter is your servant, not you the servant of matter.[2]
(See more quotations in Wikiquote)


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