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Swami Vivekananda – The Monk who Taught the World to Believe in Themselves


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    • Name: Swami Vivekananda
    • Born As: Narendranath Datta
    • Famous As: Indian Hindu Monk
    • Nationality: Indian
    • Birth Date: 12 January 1863 (Kolkata)
    • Died On: 4 July 1902
    • Guru: Ramakrishna Paramahansa
Swami Vivekananda - (Narendranath Datta) - Biography
Swami Vivekananda

We live in a world where the mind goes towards the negative direction. We feel we are worthless and slowly, our thoughts make us dull and lifeless. People are so competitive and they can pull down others to get ahead. What is the cause of negativity? It may solve a selfish purpose but it does not help you to be a better person.

When you have an inspiring educator, they would motivate you to chase your passion/dreams. If the educator continues to tell you the following things –

“You are a poor student.”

“You are very weak.”

If the child starts believing these statements, then he will never be able to excel in life because his mind has started thinking that he is worthless.

A great man once said, “Whatever you think, that you will be.” If you think that you are weak, you will be weak. If you think you are ugly, you would feel ugly and be conscious all the time. This great man, who changed several lives, was the one and only – Swami Vivekananda.

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As a young woman, I was conscious and feared going out in the public. I was told that I could not do anything in life. After going through the works of Swami Vivekananda, a sudden confidence started building inside me.

Do you know about Solomon Islands? You would be shocked to know that the process of deforestation in the islands is somewhat different. The tribal people do not need axes or other tools and technologies to cut a tree. Trees are brought down by cursing. The trees in Solomon Islands die because all the tribal people start cursing it as much as they can. One fine day, the tree dies because it gets tired of the curses of people.

The key is to believe in yourself and not listen to the people around you. Not everyone is your well-wisher! The art of believing in you was endorsed by Swami Vivekananda.

You have to believe in yourself in order to excel in life. Appreciation from others is secondary! If you think that you can do it, you definitely will! Swami Vivekananda was a great Indian monk, whose quotes inspired us.

The great Indian monk left the world in the year 1902 but his teachings are still followed by thousands of people. His birthday, ‘12th January’ is celebrated as National Youth Day.

Swami Vivekananda – Indian Hindu Monk
Swami Vivekananda – Indian Hindu Monk

Early Life

Swami Vivekananda was born as Narendranath Datta in the year 1863 on 12th January. He was born in Calcutta in a Kayastha Bengali family. The handsome Bengali boy was always inclined towards religious studies/spirituality.

Narendranath came from an educated family, whose parents were scholars and attorneys. His parents had nine children and Narendranath was one of them.

The young boy used to meditate in front of Lord Shiva, Hanuman, Ram and Sita. As a child, he was extremely naughty and fidgety. His mother was once said that she is asked for a son but Lord Shiva sent one of his ghosts. Narendranath was not an easy child! It was difficult to control him.

Narendranath Datta used to read Hindu scriptures such as Upanishads, Vedas, Bhagvad Gita, Mahabharata and Ramayana. As a student, he was bright and was the only student to get first division in the Presidency College entrance exam.

Did you know that he was trained in Indian classical music? Yes, he was trained and he also studied at General Assembly’s Institution. The young man studied the works of the famous sociologists and thinkers like Auguste Comte, Immanuel Kant, John Stuart Mill, Hegel, and Charles Darwin.

Swami Vivekananda – The Great Monk who spread the Hindu Philosophy to the West
Swami Vivekananda – The Great Monk who spread the Hindu Philosophy to the West

Journey as an Indian Monk

Swami Vivekananda was greatly inspired by Ramakrishna. For Swami, Ramakrishna was just a plain and simple villager, who was a part of the Kali temple. However, his intense spiritual practices intrigued Swami.

For five years, Swami learnt everything from his master, Ramakrishna. After his master left the world, everyone looked up to Swami. He urged the followers of Ramakrishna to leave the worldly pleasures and look up to God.

He spent few years in meditating and then Swami started to travel around the country. He visited many holes sites in India. Swami Vivekananda was chosen to represent the country at the World Parliament of Religions which was held at Chicago, United States.

When he was about to leave for Chicago, he adopted the name, ‘Swami Vivekananda’. The young man wanted to spread the message of Hinduism at the World Parliament of Religions.

After spreading the message in England and United States, he returned to India after three years. He founded the Ramakrishna Math in the year 1897. Belur Math was established in the year 1898.

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“In a day, when you don't come across any problems - you can be sure that you are travelling in a wrong path.” ― Swami Vivekananda
“In a day, when you don’t come across any problems – you can be sure that you are travelling in a wrong path.” ― Swami Vivekananda

Famous Quotes by Swami Vivekananda

Here are some of the famous quotes by the great Swami Vivekananda.

“Arise! Awake! And stop not until the goal is reached.”

You have to be dedicated towards your goal. Swami Vivekananda is trying to tell the youth that you have to wake up each morning and chase your dreams. You cannot achieve great heights while sleeping! Do not stop till you reach a certain position!

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

As I said, believing in you is extremely important. God is there to watch over us but he cannot be there with you in every juncture of life. Sometimes you have to stand up for yourself and grab the opportunity. Never fear and believe in yourself!

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“That man has reached immortality that is disturbed by nothing material.”

The trouble is that we live in a world where everyone is working to earn money. It is a materialistic world. We want a stable job. In fact we want the best job for us! We are ready to cut the leg of another person to reach new heights. This is the sad truth of life!

However, if a person is not interested in material aspects of life, he will be at peace and will also become immortal.

“The whole secret of existence is to have no fear. Never fear what will become of you, depend on no one. Only the moment you reject all help are you freed.”

“You have to grow from the inside out. None can teach you, none can make you spiritual. There is no other teacher but your own soul.”

“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.”

“The fire that warms us can also consume us; it is not the fault of the fire.”

“Comfort is no test of truth. Truth is often far from being comfortable.”

“Ask nothing; want nothing in return. Give what you have to give; it will come back to you, but do not think of that now.”

“Each work has to pass through these stages—ridicule, opposition, and then acceptance. Those who think ahead of their time are sure to be misunderstood.”

“All differences in this world are of degree, and not of kind, because oneness is the secret of everything.”

“Books are infinite in number and time is short. The secret of knowledge is to take what is essential. Take that and try to live up to it.”

“Believe in yourself and the world will be at your feet.”

“The world is the great gymnasium where we come to make ourselves strong.”

“Take risks in your Life. If you win, you can lead! If you lose, you can guide!”

“There is no limit to the power of the human mind. The more concentrated it is, the more power is brought to bear on one point.”

“All knowledge that the world has ever received comes from the mind; the infinite library of the universe is in our own mind.”

“Education is the manifestation of perfection already existing in man.”

“The greatest truths are the simplest things in the world, simple as your own existence.”

“The cheerful mind perseveres and the strong mind hews its way through a thousand difficulties.”

“Things do not grow better; they remain as they are. It is we who grow better, by the changes we make in ourselves.”

Swami Vivekananda’s name has gone down the history lane. He has inspired millions of people in the world. There are very few people, who guide you and make you a better human being. Swami was one of them!

One man changed the face of the world and he travelled to another country to spread the message of Hinduism! Swami has left behind an immortal legacy that the coming generations would be able to witness!



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Anshu Choudhary

Anshu hails from Delhi and is a writer and teacher by profession. She is an adventure-enthusiast and is passionate about animal care, traveling, and cooking. Anshu loves to inspire people through words and wishes to bring a change in the society through her positive approach towards life. Being a part of the BeAnInspirer family, she pens down her thoughts, inspiring stories, and personal experiences.

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