Biography of Swami Vivekananda

Swami Vivekananda

Swami Vivekananda

Swami Vivekananda was born on 12th January 1863 was born in Kolkata. His father’s name was Vishwanath Dutt and his mother’s name was Bhuvaneshwari Devi. Before he became a hermit his name was Narenranath Dutt. And he was also known as Naren. Vishwanath Dutt was Attorney at Law at Kolkata’s high court. 

He used to practice law at the Kolkata high school. He was a thinker. A person who was extremely kind. He had a great deal of empathy towards the poor. He had an emotional and constructive perspective on religious and social matters. Bhuvaneshwari Devi was a very simple and affectionate lady. His father believed in western culture. He wanted to educate his son Narendra in English.. ..and make him follow the western culture. Narendra was always very sharp. And his interest lied in God and spirituality. Hence he joined the Brahma society first. But he didn’t find peace there. In the meanwhile, he had graduated in BA from Kolkata University. And started preparing for the law exam. But he didn’t find any answers to his doubts anywhere. 

Swami Ramakrishna Paramhans asked Narendra as soon as he saw him. Can you sing a hymn? Narendra said. Yes, I can. Then Narendra sang a couple of hymns in his melodious voice. Swami Paramhans was really pleased with his hymns. From that time Narendra started singing hymns for Swami Paramhans. And became his disciple. He had become a staunch follower of the Veda theology. Between 1887 to 1892 Swami Vivekanand ji lived his life of anonymity. After performing penance in a life of solitude he went on a tour of India. Swami Vivekanand wanted to make an important contribution to the propaganda of Veda and Yoga in the western culture. 

He was a famous and impactful guru of the Vedas. His real name was Narendra Nath Dutt. Narendra Nath Dutt had represented the Hindu ideology at the world religious conference at Chicago in 1893. India’s Vedas managed to reach every country of America and Europe. thanks to Swami Vivekanand. 

He is known for starting the speech he made in the US with the line my dear American brothers and sisters. Swami Vivekanand has mentioned Pawhari Baba at various places in his speech and writing. Pahari means someone who feeds on air. A well-known fact about Pawhari Baba was that he wouldn’t eat anything. He was really impressed by this weird sage and he also penned Pawhari Baba’s biography. Pahari Baba used to live in a cave. 

He would meditate in the cave for days and months on end. No one knows what he uses to eat during that long period. That’s why people named him Pawhari Baba. Pahari meant someone who feeds on air. Someone who spends his life only by consuming air. 

His speech read. Get up. Wake up and don’t stop till you achieve your goal. I teach love and love the only and my teaching is based on the great facts of the Vedas which enlighten us about equality and completeness of the soul. Success has three important aspects. Purity, patience, and determination. But what’s above everything is love. Explain to yourself and explain it to others. 

Call out to the soul that’s asleep and see how it comes to life. My ideologies can be expressed in these words only. Humankind should use divinity at every step of the age. We strive to get more in life because of power only. And this makes us commit sins and invite sorrow. Weakness is the reason for sins and sorrows. Weakness opens the door for ignorance. And ignorance opens the door for sorrow. 

If you have faith in 33 crore Gods and Goddesses but not in your own self then you cannot attain salvation. Have faith in yourself. Stay dogged and become strong. This is what we need. The maxim of Swami’s ideologies is inspired by a mantra of the Kath Upanishad. 

Swami Vivekananda is known as the greatest philosopher and spiritual leader of the 20th century for his fearless courage, his positive exhortations to the youth. 

“In a day, when you don’t come across any problems – you can be sure that you are traveling in a wrong path “

“In a day when you don’t come across any problems – you can be sure that you are traveling in a wrong “

“The greatest religion is to be true to your own nature. Have faith in yourselves.” 

“Dare to be free, dare to go as far as your thought leads, and dare to carry that out in your life. ” 

“Anything that makes weak – physically, intellectually and spiritually, reject it as poison.” 

“Be not afraid of anything. You will do Marvelous work. it is Fearlessness that brings Heaven even in a moment.” 

“arise, awake, stop not until your goal is achieved.” 

“We are what our thoughts have made us; so take care about what you think. Words are secondary. Thoughts live; they travel far. “

 “You cannot believe in God until you believe in yourself.” 

“Strength is Life, Weakness is Death. Expansion is Life, Contraction is Death. Love is Life, Hatred is Death.” 

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