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.
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 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“.|
|Born||Narendra Nath Datta
12 January 1863
|Died||4 July 1902 (aged 39)
Belur Math near Calcutta
|Founder of||Belur Math, Ramakrishna Math andRamakrishna Mission|
|Literary works||Raja Yoga, Karma Yoga, Bhakti Yoga and Jnana Yoga|
|Prominent Disciple(s)||Alasinga Perumal, Swami 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.
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