Swami Vivekananda: A Saintly Philosopher

January 12, 2007

Photo: Vivekananda Vedanta Network

On the photo, Swamiji has written in Bengali, and in English:”One infinite pure and holy– beyond thought beyond qualities I bow down to thee.” 

Government of India has declared January 12th as ‘National Youth Day’. Because, on this day in the year 1863, was born the great philosopher, an inspiration to the youth, the embodiment of Indian culture and intelligence Sri Swami Vivekananda.

He stands as a role model for generations in various respects. The path laid by saintly philosophers, for leading a truthful and purified life is hardly followed by the materialistic society of today. Swami Vivekanada inspired many people including great leaders like Nethaji Subash Chandra Bose through his works. Sri Aurobindo Ghosh, actually considered Swamiji as his mentor. He inspired Jamshedji Tata to set up Indian Institute of Science, one of India’s finest Institutions.

Swami Vivekananda’s works and knowledge is an ideal and inspiration for the youth to achieve greater things in life. Though it may not be obvious, he inspired India’s freedom struggle movement.

After Sri Ramakrishna’s death, Swami Vivekananda renounced the world and criss-crossed India as a wandering monk. His mounting compassion for India’s people drove him to seek their material help from the West. Accepting an opportunity to represent Hinduism at Chicago’s Parliament of Religions in 1893, Vivekananda won instant celebrity in America and a ready forum for his spiritual teaching.

For three years he spread the Vedanta philosophy and religion in America and England and then returned to India to found the Ramakrishna Math and Mission. Exhorting his nation to spiritual greatness, he wakened India to a new national consciousness. He died on July 4, 1902, after a second, much shorter sojourn in the West.


10 Responses to “Swami Vivekananda: A Saintly Philosopher”

  1. Sad is that.. such people live very short.
    Among the group are Triveni, PuTTaNNa also included, these are not saints but had they been alive, how blessed we would be.
    Vivekananda philosophy’s are so ideal for anybody, no matter who.. They sound rebellious but he never spoke anything himsaatmak 🙂 Great Soul!

  2. M O H A N Says:

    Great is Vivekananda but Greatest is his guru Ramakrishna Paramahamsa.

  3. usha Says:

    We are responsible for what we are, and whatever we wish ourselves to be, we have the power to make ourselves. If what we are now has been the result of our own past actions, it certainly follows that whatever we wish to be in future can be produced by our present actions; so we have to know how to act.

    — Swami Vivekananda

    Reminds me of my visit to Vivekananda rock in kanyakumari wayback in 1991, i still remember those quotes and moments of meditation, confidence the place gave me for my future. Beautiful location.

    Thx RK for info of this great soul and his philosophy.

  4. TSSM Says:

    It is interesting to note the Guru-Shishya tradition in Swamy Vivekananda’s case.

    While Sri Ramakrishna Paramahamsa’s teaching were more towards the ‘spiritual’ his desciple Vivekananda’s were more oriented towards ‘action’. This distinctness can be seen in Ramakrishna mutts and Vivekananda Kendras.

    ‘Vivekananda Kendra’ in Kanyakumari is worth visiting.

    Swami Vivekananda has innumerable followers all over the world.

    Among his several advises for a healthy living, I remember this one. “How to eliminate negative feelings?’
    His answer- ‘generate opposite thoughts !’
    After AdiShankara, he was mainly instrumental in revival of Hinduism.
    A great son of India. My humble Salutations to the Great Soul

  5. praneshachar Says:

    yes as veena said it great souls live very short
    but lleave enoourmous impact on the world
    I too have visited both kanyakumari and belur mutt
    I fully agree with comments of usha and TSSM it is
    a great expeience when you sit on the rock memorial
    inside the hall what a great soul
    particularly I visited this soon after the memorial was thrown open what place to visit I was a student at that time and
    amazed at the neat clean and serene atmoshphere there
    that’s why our country is unique there are people who
    want to get name fame and money by whatever menas
    there are people who do work sincerely without expecting
    any returns a pure selfless service
    India is a great country we all must be proud of our
    motherland and its worth following the teachings of leaders
    like swami vivekananda in present Indian context let the
    spirit of swami vivekananda inspire our today’s yourth the future of india
    thanks a million for the wonderful post and opt comments by all

  6. satya kishan Says:

    “If you want to know about india study Swamy vivekananda”

    by mahatma…

    It’s our pride that we had such a great saint representing our country.His sayings straight away gives
    great inspiration to people especially our frustated youth.

    My confidence increased by uncountable times by his literature.

    Thanks to ramakrishna math….

    satya kishan..

  7. rk Says:

    If there is one word that you find coming out like a bomb from the Upanishads, bursting like a bombshell upon masses of ignorance, it is the word “fearlessness.” – Swami Vivekananda

  8. Rakesh Says:

    One point that i noticed from Swami Vivekananda is “POWERS of MIND are UNLIMITED”

  9. Rakesh Says:


  10. mirabai Says:

    nice post. swami vivekananda has so much wisdom. you can read some quotes by swami vivekananda at http://www.gitananda.org/vedanta-s-message/message-of-vedanta.html and what he has to say about the vedanta’s message at http://www.gitananda.org/hinduism/vedantas-message.html

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