SWAMI VIVEKANANDA Life
Vivekananda was born on the 12th January 1863 in a well-to. do family of Calcutta. His early life was not very eventful. His initial education. in a sense, Was all-round, because he‘ took to physical culture almost as zealously as to intellectual learning. He made his mark not only in literature and music. but also in riding, swimming and wrestling.He had a good study of Indian scriptures as well as of Western thought.
His initialmental frame-work was that of a rationalist and sceptic combined in one.In 1881, however,he happened to meet Swami Ramakrishna and that proved to be a turning point in his life. He was initially sceptical towards the teaching of his master, but after a brief period of doubt and resistance, be surrendered and accepted Swami Ramakrishna as his friend, philosopher and guide. After the death of Ramakrishna in 1886, he undertook an extensive travel of almost the whole of India, and thereby acquainted himself with the social and economic conditions of the country.
He came to feel that India, in spite of its rich spiritual heritage and very strong cultural history, had not been able to root out poverty, weakness and social evils. He strongly felt the need of bringing about a spiritual revolution, which, he also realised, required a very strong spiritual leadership. At that very time he came to know that the Parliament of Religions was going to meet at Chicago He decided to go there and to participate in the meet. What happened there is today a household story, but this was a fact that the Parliament of Religions enabled Vivekananda to assume the spiritual leadership of the Indian people. He travelled extensively even in foreign countries and learnt about their good things.
After his return, he founded the Ramakrishna Ashram at Belur, near Calcutta and started, with great vigour, the work of social reform and service. In 1899, he undertook a second journey to the West and breathed his last on the 4th of July 1902, leaving behind an institution and a host of disciples to carry on the good work he had Started.
Written by – Late SRI, BASANT KUMAR LAL
Aim of Article- Aim of this article on Swami Vivekanandas life is to inspire people to live meaningful life by indulging their selves into the path of spirituality, by taking the guidance of a true guru to become (liberated soul ) in this life.
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