On 12th January 2010, Hindu Samhati Salutes the Great Hindu Reformer and Leader, Swami Vivekananda on His Birth Anniversary. Our organization is inspired and enthused by Swamiji's vision of Equality and Love for All. This is a small biography of this great figure of Indian History.
The origin of Hindu Dharma remains a mystery but in all these years tens of thousands of Sannayasi (sages) and philosophers have come to the fore and explained the Dharma in an assortment of forms. But among all these people Swami Vivekananda remains distinctive thanks to his vigor, knowledge and radical frame of mind. How was he introduced to all these? Born as Narendranath Dutta on January 12, 1863, the young Swami Vivekananda had a great interest in religious aspects and his thirst for spiritual knowledge and to know the reality led to his introduction to Sri Sri Ramakrishna Paramahamsa, one of the greatest religious mystics in the 19 th century India.
With the passage of time young Narendranath became his chief disciple and came to be known as Swami Vivekananda in later times. Swami Vivekananda had lots of successes. While on one hand he founded the Ramakrishna Mission (globally acclaimed spiritual and philanthropic institution), he is also termed as the central figure in introducing philosophies of Yoga and Vedanta across the globe, especially Europe and United States.
Swami Vivekananda deserves the credit of making Hinduism a world religion (that is being perceived these days). Swamiji is also considered as the Father of revival of Hinduism in the modern India and the notion of Hindu Rashtra. It was none other than him who introduced Hinduism at the Parliament of the World's Religions at Chicago in 1893 when he was traveling allover the globe as a wondering monk simply. His dynamic presence and vibrant speeches inspired the then young generation to a great extent who founded a large number of revolutionary organizations, especially in Bengal, to dethrone the British Imperialism.
Some of the noted organizations were Anushilan Samiti and Jugantar whose members through their fiery deeds created furor among the governance. The influence of Swami Vivekananda can also be found in the realm of literature as well. The globally revered poet Rabindranath Tagore, told Romain Rolland: "If you want to know India, read Vivekananda, in him everything is positive and nothing is negative."
Swami Vivekananda, attaining the mission of his life, went for the heavenly abode on July 4, 1902.