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Ajay Chandrakar

MY IDEAL - SWAMI VIVEKANANDA


Towards the end of the 19th century and the beginning of the 20th century, a truly inspiring personality, Swami Vivekananda, was very popular in India and America. On 12 January 1863, Swami Vivekananda was born in a traditional Bengali Kayastha family from Calcutta. His mother and father were greatly influenced by his thinking abilities – he acquired his wisdom from his father, and imbibed traditional values from his mother. It was during the Parliament of the World's Religions in Chicago in 1893, that India’s renowned saint suddenly rose to popularity. Representing India and Hinduism, Swami Ji impressed all those who came in touch with him in America, with his vast knowledge about the eastern and western cultures, deep spiritual insights, great eloquence, brilliant endeavour; wide spread humanitarian compassion, colorful persona, and beautiful appearance. Even today, after almost half a century, the memory of Vivekananda Ji is still alive in the minds of all those who heard or saw him even once.



Vivekananda Ji's primary mission in America was to define India’s spiritual culture, in which he specially expressed his own definition of self-realization. With the logic of Vedanta Darshan (The vision of how we look at ourselves) and humanistic revival of learning, he tried to awaken the religious spirit of the Americans. He became India’s spiritual leader and ambassador in America, and confidently requested that there be a better understanding between India and the new world, so that the traditions of the east and science of the west foster with this healthy bond. Swami Vivekananda is known as the man who inspired the supreme spirit of patriotism and the most patriotic saint of modern India. Being the perfect embodiment of a God that could be seen, serving the people was the highest form of devotion, which he had practiced for the Indians. Many Indian politicians had publicly thanked Swami Vivekananda for this.

SWAMI VIVEKANANDA'S inherent disposition, like that of Guru Ramakrishna, was to soar high above the world and to forget the world in meditating without expectations. Unfortunately, seeing the suffering of the people of east and west left a part of Swami Ji’s existence wounded. It is observed that Swami Ji was very unsettled, to make a choice between serving the people and devotion to God.

In a short life span of 39 years (1863-1902), he devoted himself completely to 10 welfare movements, going through immense physical pain at the same time. He left behind four great ideals for the future generation, namely – Complete Curriculum of Yoga, Bhakti Yoga, Karma Yoga, and Raja Yoga, all these works have been highly influential on Hindu Darshan. Apart from this, he has delivered countless lectures, written letters to motivate his disciples and friends, crafted many poems, and rendered spiritual guidance to many followers who came to him for knowledge. He united all the saints under the Ramakrishna Mission, which became the most revered traditional organization of contemporary India. This organization is devoted to spreading the righteous Hindu culture, which is not only prevalent in Swami Ji’s own birthplace, but has successfully spread its wings in America and other parts of the world.

Swami Vivekananda had once termed himself the 'condensed essence of India’. His life and ideals have contributed invaluably towards building the understanding of foreigners about Asians. William James called the Swami the "paragon of Vedantists." Max Muller and Paul Deussen, the famous Orientalists of the nineteenth century, held him in genuine respect and affection. "His words," writes Romain Rolland, "are great music, phrases in the style of Beethoven, stirring rhythms like the march of Handel choruses. I cannot touch these sayings of his…without receiving a thrill through my body like an electric shock. And what shocks…must have been produced when in burning words they issued from the lips of the hero!"

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