Men That Keep Attention Swami Vivekananda – Life and His Writings

Swami Vivekananda   
  (January 12, 1863–July 4, 1902)
“If you want to know India, study Vivekananda; in him everything is positive and nothing negative”.
                          ---- Rabindranath Tagore
 Rightly says Tagore, Swami Vivekananda is the very spirit of youth and dream.  His exemplary and distinguished life impacted considerably on the entire flow and direction of our cultural formation during a crucial time of our national awakening. Born and raised in an upper class kayastha family in Calcutta, Narendranath Dutta as he was then known was a brilliant student. He completed his studies at the famous Presidency College and Scottish Church College. Read More Men That Keep Attention In a few days he became a Westernized India but by the dramatic influence of Sri Ramakrishna he became an young man who was destined to change the future of India through learning, piety and dynamism. After his guru’s death, Swami Vivekananda founded Ramakrishna Mission to cement the goal of mass awakening. We will now study his far reaching and profound message through his works.
The published writings and speeches of Swami Vivekananda cover nearly four thousand pages. Read More Men That Keep Attention There are plenty of Lectures, Discourses, Interviews, Answers to questions, Inspired talks, Conversations, Writings, Letters, Poems, Translation works etc. Swami Vivekananda was an inspired Sear, born with a mission. As such, everything that issued from his lips or pen has bleep significance, and it is difficult to decide which to choose and which to leave out. Among his lectures ‘Address at the Parliament of Religions’, ‘The Mission of the Vedanta’, ‘The Future of India’, ‘Christ, The Messenger’, ‘My Master’, ‘Thoughts on The Gita’, ‘Lord Buddha’ etc notable. Among his writings India: The Land of Religion, In Defence of Hindhusim, Modern India, Memories of European Travels, The East and The West etc.                                                        .       
 Swami  Vivekananda’s address at the World’s parliament of religions at Chicago in 1983 brings him international fame. Read More Men That Keep Attention His famous address is a declaration of the Eternal truth enshrined in the Vedic hymns, ancient scriptures and the wonderful doctrine preached in The Gita. It is the proclamation of his unclenching faith in the greatness of Hinduism, it is the assertion of his pride in Indian nationalism embedded in eclecticism and steeped in toleration. He quotes from The Gita:
  “Whosoever comes to me, through whatsoever form,
I reach him; all men are struggling through paths which in the end lead to me”.

Swami Vivekananda also speaks in very clear terms that sectarianism, bigotry and its horrible descendant fanaticism have long possessed this beautiful earth. They have filled the earth with violence drenched it often and often with human blood, destroyer civilization, and sent whole nations to despair. Had it not been for these horrible demons, human society would be far more advanced than it is now. He hopes that a universal tolerance will come in rescue and universal brotherhood would prevail in earth.
Addressing the young men of Madrass, Swami Vivekananda makes an appeal to all the young men of India in general to respond to the call of their nation and rouse themselves, and embark upon the sacred task of entering into the life of every race in India and abroad, and revive the glorious past of India by reawakening the conscience of the people drowsing in the stupor of inaction caused by ignorance. Read More Men That Keep Attention He laid stress on religion and culture, on spirituality, on purification of heart, on eradication of evil, and on good conduct.
The Secret of Work is a learned discourse of Swami Vivekananda. It is based on the philosophy of The Bhagwad Geeta. Swamiji has talked of the Sankhya yoga and Karma yoga as elucidated in The Gita in the form of Lord Krishna – Arguna discourse. Swamiji has laid stress on the spiritual knowledge. He has extolled Nishkarma Karmyoga – selfless service.
In totality, Swami Vivekananda in every of his works speaks of the spiritual uniqueness of India, and the greatness of Hinduism, but he speaks even more forcefully about the current degradation of India, its causes and cure. Read More Men That Keep Attention His language has an astonishing modernity about it; the idiom is so fresh it is difficult to believe that he speaks a hundred years ago. He uses simple diction and short sentences. His imagery is taken from day-to-day life, not art or literature. Here is a passage from a speech condemning Hindu insularity: “Our religion is in the kitchen, our God is in the cooking pot and our religion is, “Don’t touch me, I am holy”.
Lets take another example from his poems to illustrate his lucid language –
            “It is beauty never seen,
            And love that stands alone
            It is song that lives un-sung
            And knowledge never known”.      (Peace)
Swami Vivekananda’s years on this earth may have been few, but they were packed and eventful. He inspired millions of Indians with a new sense of self-respect and self esteem. He helped to lay the foundations of a new India that would not only be an independent nation, but a world leader. Read More Men That Keep Attention He saw India as a vast store-house and reservoir of spirituality. It was by this force that India would rise and make her contribution to the rest of the world. It was this message of Swamiji’s, in his writings and speeches, the power and majesty of his personality, and the work he did in establishing the Ramakrishna Mission that he is seen as a contributor to the building of modern India.

Hi Friends!
To Know our Swamiji better just focus your studies on:

1.His address at World's Parliament of Religions At Chicago where he summarizes the essence of India and its spiritual powers, The doctrine of Gita and power of love and humanity.
2.The Future of India is my favourite book where he defines our glorious past, advocates religious tolerance and visualizes our hidden power in self-control and spirituality.

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