The human soul being free, suggested Vivekananda, more than compensated for the loss of political freedom. But every line of that mass of the religious literature of India, her ocean of poetry, her philosophies and various scientific works reveal to us — a thousand times more clearly than the narratives of the life-incidents and genealogies of particular kings and emperors can ever do — the exact position and every step made in advance by that vast body of men who, even before the dawn of civilisation, impelled by hunger and thirst, lust and greed, etc.
We must exert ourselves to do that; and side by side, we should be brave to open our doors to receive all available light from outside.
What does Swamiji have to say to us? To avoid these calamities we must always keep the wealth of our own home before our eyes, so that every one down to the masses may always know and see what his own ancestral property is. That the caste member who attained to wealth or status was under the dharmic obligation to help raise the whole community from which he had risen and which had launched his struggle?
How many are blessed enough to possess that far-sight of wisdom which makes the earthly pleasures appear to be but vanity of vanities? TOI photo by Kamalendu Bhadra In several ways, the life and work of Swami Vivekananda mark the historical process of India rediscovering herself in modern times.
We can sum up the subject in his broad but telling generality: Rather a minimal list, when one stops to think about it. And we could go on and on. As regards scripture, Swamiji declared: Did Christ find any other way? We have an important question here: The other ancient nations used to call them Yavanas, but they called themselves Greeks.
On the other hand, the quality of Rajas is apt to die down as soon as it comes up, like a fire of palm leaves. There is only one sin: Similarly, he took religion not to be some private feeling or idiosyncracy but that which was socially committed and responsible.
Checking a little the constant looking back to the past, we want that expansive vision infinitely projected forward; and we want — that intense spirit of activity Rajas which will flow through our every vein, from head to foot.
Many of my generations were very powerfully influenced by Swami Vivekananda. It is he, who even before Gandhi, reinvented and effectively used the older religious idiom of God especially residing in the lowly and the poor daridranarayan.
What we should have is what we have not, perhaps what our forefathers even had not — that which the Yavanas had; that, impelled by the life-vibration of which, is issuing forth in rapid succession from the great dynamo of Europe, the electric flow of that tremendous power vivifying the whole world.
Men like Sri Ramakrishna and men like Swami Vivekananda are great unifying forces, great constructive geniuses of the world not only in regard to the particular teachings that they taught, but their conscious and unconscious influence on it is of the most vital importance to us.
And perhaps, in our own day, such a time for the conjunction of these two gigantic forces has presented itself again. This was his message.
We want that energy, that love of independence, that spirit of self-reliance, that immovable fortitude, that dexterity in action, that bond of unity of purpose, that thirst for improvement.
The Buddha was his ishta favoured idealhe once admitted, for he was so readily compassionate towards fellow-men. Second, even though the Swami rejected political praxis and Westinspired social and religious reforms, his essential message was the empowerment of the people: He also said the Indian ideas would go to every country under the sun and, before long, become a component of their many forces.
In this age, both these types of mankind are extinct, only their physical and mental children, their works and thoughts are existing. Be strong, physically, mentally, morally.
It plays out on two levels: Slowly and slowly, by the strong dint of law, many of our most cherished customs are falling off day by day — we have no power to withstand that. Directly of indirectly he has powerfully influenced the India of today. This handful of a vigorous and wonderful race is a unique example in the annals of man.
To give a conclusive answer to all these questions is extremely difficult.Jan 10, · Rooted in the past and full of pride in India’s prestige, Swami Vivekananda was yet modern in his approach to life’s problems and was a kind of bridge between the past of India and her present.
Many of my generations were very powerfully influenced by Swami Vivekananda. InMahatma Gandhi after visiting Belur math wrote in the visitor's book, “I have thoroughly read the works of Swami Vivekananda.
My patriotism increased by times after reading him.” For swami Vivekananda, India was not just a geographical unit. Following in Swami Vivekananda’s footsteps and practicing the ideals and principles that he preached would help the populace of modern India be less selfish so as to consider the needs of others and less greedy so that people think twice before extorting and bullying some poor guy for their money.
Correlation of Modern India's Problems and Swami Vivekananda: (1) Crime and public morality: Primitive men used to kill animals for there survival, but modern men kills for satisfaction, money, to show courage, etc.
They worked too slowly for modern times. But when stricken by cancer at the end, he would let all the schools of medicine try their hand! Swami Vivekananda too, in his approach to health and treatment, felt that all types of health management could be tried.
The Problem of Modern India and its Solution (The above is a translation of the Bengali article written by Swami Vivekananda as an introduction to the Udbodhana, when it was started on the 14th of January,as the Bengali fortnightly (afterwards monthly) journal of the Ramakrishna Order.).Download