Vivekanand an apostle of peace, universal brotherhood

Ebangla Bureau

BY Pranab Kumar Chakravarty


Swami Vivekanand is undoubtedly among the towering  and inspiring savants    born in undivided 19th century  Bengal who  is credited  for  shaping  socio-religious philosophy of millions of people. Swami Vivekananda (1863-1902) had  carried forward  through the Ramakrishna Mission  the visions of his Guru Ramakrishna Paramhans  and dedicated himself and the RKM to  servitude of the society. Swami Vivekanand born Narendra Nath Datta in a respectable and educated family, aluminous of Calcutta university, well versed in Sanskrit and English and a prolific writer, had not preached any new faith. In the  1893 World’s Parliament of Religions  held in Chicago, he allayed misconceptions about  Hinduism in  America and called for religious tolerance and  ending fanaticism. He had firm faith in one God. His mission was  to establish  link  different faiths. ‘’Poverty, lack of self-respect, and education pained him’’.  He was for restoring  dignity and self-respect of the underprivileged  people. He  had never taught his following  to defame any religion  and  worship only  a deity for salvation  within the four walls of his or her house. He popularized modern interpretation of Indian traditions which harmonized Tantra, Yoga and Advaita Vedanta. Vivekananda is still considered as the patriot saint of modern India. Through RKM, he advocated for charity, social work and education. He hated bigoted Indians through preachings in India and abroad besides numerous writings. William James, Harvard philosopher, Paul Deussen as well as Sister Nivedita born Margret Elizabeth in Ireland who arrived in Kolkata to dedicate herself for woman empowerment inspired by Vivekanand, are among the dozens of foreigners, who heaped praises on Swami Vivekanand.He was indeed the “paragon of Vedantists.” Swami Vivekanand, who passed away on July 4 at 39 in Belur Math in Howrah, devoted himself to enrich the religious consciousness of the westerners through rational and humanistic teachings of the Vedanta philosophy. ’As Swami Nikhilananda, Ramakrishna-Vivekananda Center, New York, said ‘’In   America, he became India’s spiritual ambassador and pleaded eloquently for better understanding between India and the New World   to create a healthy synthesis of East and West, of religion and science’’. His birth anniversary   on January 12 is aptly celebrated as The Youth to promote rational thinking among the youth, considered the country’s future. How can we be forgetful that   that he championed national integration and a firm believer in unity in diversity! Unarguably as President of India Ram Nath Kovind says Swami Vivekananda still continues an inspiration for the entire   humanity, for the youth particular. 

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