” This is the sky where I am free. I am free in the light or in the eliminated world, on the green grasses and the leaves of the tree.” I would like to live in a world where there are no chains. But how to become free from the shackles of Maya? We here try to discuss it with the philosophy of Swami Vivekananda.
He wasn’t a simple monk. He was an eminent philosopher and great scholar also. Although he sacrificed his whole life for the upliftment of mankind and never want to quit from this real-world like a romantic poet, but unlike Buddha, he knew that this world is full of misery and pain. So he didn’t express that this world is painful so let leave this world.
What he did for the people was to provide a purposeful life. According to him, all things in nature work according to law. Nothing is excepted . This law controls and governs our mind, as well as everything in external nature.
External and internal nature, mind and matter, are in time and space and are bound by the law of causation. The freedom of the mind is a delusion. So how can the mind be free when it is under a law?
He told about karma, that the law of karma is the law of causation. We must become free. We are free; the work is to know it. So we have to give up all slavery and also all bondage of whatever kind.
Not only we give up all bondage to earth and everything and everyone on earth, but also to all ideas of heaven and happiness.
The way to reach in full sovereignty and freedom is very tough. It’s very difficult to give up all desires. We are bound to earth by desire. Even we have a desire in heaven and to God. So in this respect, we are slave. Vivekananda expressed :
” A slave is a slave whether to man or to God.”
The idea of heaven is something daydreaming. You don’t think a life of eternal happiness. It’s also a daydream. Life is perhaps a combination of joy and woe. Joy and woe are woven in fine – once a English poet expresses it about life. Our old scriptures also told the same words ” Sukhani dukhani c chkrobat poribortante”.
So where there is happiness there must follow unhappiness sometimes. Wherever there is pleasure there must be pain. This is certain, every action has its reaction somehow.
Here Swami Vivekananda uttered the same words which was Buddha. What he told? To him, the idea of freedom is the only true idea of salvation. It is freedom from everything. It’s freedom from senses, whether of pleasure or pain, from good as well as evil.
Besides, he told more than that, that we will be free from death and will get free from death, and also we must try to make our lives free . To him, life is but a dream of death. So we have to get away from life if we would be rid of death.
This is only way to reach beyond death. We are ever free if we would only believe it, only have faith enough. In a brief, we are soul, free and eternal, ever free. If you have a deep faith in it, you are free that moment.
From midnight 12 am , New Year 2022 starts its journey for the next 365 days until it reaches another New Year of 2023. At present all most all the official works and activities are maintained according to English Calendar. But this day is also famous for Kalpataru Sri Ramkrishna Diwas .
Just one more year passed. We have spent this year very cautious as a pandemic is still exists. We have learned a lot of lessons in this awkward situation. Have lost so many people in this pandemic. By the grace of Thakur Sree Ramkrishna, we are going to welcome another new year. Ist January is remembered as Kalpataru day. This is a holy day. Today we are going to discuss in this post about Kalpataru Sree Ramkrishna day.
WHY ENGLISH CALENDAR !
From monthly salary to grocery store the accounts and transactions are made following to English Calendar. So we enjoy the new year day as a holiday. British Government ruled out our country more than 2 hundred years.
We used to follow up with their culture and tradition since then . If we try our best to remove all these practices from our lives , it will not be proper as per our own Indian tradition.
Because , we have been made accommodation in our ways to living with all the diversities which we had to face in course of our journey generation after generation.
FOREIGN INVADE : KALPATARU SRI RAMAKRISHNA AND TAGORE
Foreign rulers invaded our country and established here and gradually they’re becoming our own neighborhood. We have been accustomed to their culture and practices.
Aryan came here first , then Shak , Hun ,Pathan, Mughol and lastly English ruled out country. We became united. There’s no other way than minglingwith them. Humanist Poet,Rabindranath Tagore wrotein a poem ” Bharattirtha” :
“Eso he Arya , eso anarya , eso he Dravid Chin / Shak Hun Dall Pathan Mughol Aek Dehe Holo Leen.” ( Come Aryan, come non – Aryan , come Dravid Chin , Shak Hun Dall Pathan Mughol United in a one body. )
NEW YEARFESTIVAL : KALPATARU SRI RAMAKRISHNA
One poet remarks: ” East and West shall never meet.” But in this case, I mean, about NewYears Festival , we are not conservative at all. We are celebrating this fest with full of joy and merriment.
But it’s not our matter of discourse . Today is a memorable day in the history of Sri Ramakrishna spiritual movement and Ramkrishna Mission .
KALPATARU DIWAS : SRIRAMAKRISHNA
Kalpataru Diwas is celebreted 1 st January by the devotees and followers of Ramkrishna Mission and Math . It’s celebrated in all centers of Math and Mission in India and in the Vedanta centers of out side of India.
What is the significance of Kalpataru Utsav or festival ? Why it’s sacred day?
KALPATARU DIWAS : SRI RAMKRISHNA
1st January, millions of his household devotees observed Kalpataru Day because it was on this day in 1886 that Sri Ramakrishna showered on a select few who had gathered in the Cassipore Garden House, his wish fulfilling blessings.
From that momentous day onwards the day is observed as Kalpataru Day, the day when the great Guru reappears, as it were, to bliss his disciples year after year.
OBSERVATION OF THIS DAY :
Now Kalpataru Day has become a sacred to his disciples and followers . His birthday also when devotees throng the Ramkrishna Maths the world over to pay their obeisance and seek his blessings, again and again.
It’s true that His followers believe that Sri Ramakrishna revealed himself to be an Avatar or God Incarnate on earth. His followers and disciples obey this incident as one of the “Lords special festivals ” .
The first January, 1886 Kalpataru Day, was an event of unusual consequence and meaning in the life of Ramkrishna and His followers.
HISTORY BEHIND KALPATARU
Ramkrishna was suffering from throat cancer at that time, and his health was deteriorating . He and His closest followers had moved to garden house in the northern Kolkata, neighborhood of Cassipore.
1 st January was relatively good day for Him. He took a walk in the garden. There He asked one of His followers, Girish ( a great drama writer and poet of Bengali literature) , a question He had often asked before,
THE CONVERSATION BETWEEN GIRISH & SRI RAMAKRISHNA :
Sri Ramkrishna asked :
” Who do you say that I am? “.
Girish replied that he believed that Ramkrishna was ‘God Incarnate’ , come to earth out of mercy for mankind.’
Ramkrishna then replied, ” What more shall I say ? May you be awakened. Ramkrishna then entered an ” ecstatic state ” and began touching all of His followers present there.
THE COSMIC FEELING
Truly, those who got touch reported experiencing a variety of new states of consciousness, including vivid visions. For one Vaikuntha, the visions persisted and interfered with daily life. So that he worried about insanity.
Another disciple, Sri Ramchandra Dutta, explained that Ramkrishna had in effect become Kalpataru, the wish fulfilling tree of Sanskrit literature and Hindu mythology. Datta named the commomoration of this mystical event ” Kalpataru Day”.
As a result, this event carried meanings and memories of cosmic import for the disciples and also prepared them for Ramkrishna’s death . It occurred only a few months later, on 16 August, 1886 .
JOYUS CELEBRATION :
KALPATARU DIWAS : A HISTORICAL EVENT
So , Our new years celebrationis something different from others. We regard this first day of every new year worshipping Bhagawan Sri Ramakrishna.
Therefore, We pray to Him . This year we, along with the members of Vivekananda Vani Prochar Somity went to visit two interior village of Tribals to distribute blanket and lunches to the poor tribal folks.
WORSHIP MAN AS SHIVA :
Hence , in Kalpataru Sri Ramakrishna Diwas it is our duty to serve the poor as Shiva. So we did . They’re very poor . We spent some time with them. And after getting Prosad ( lunch), wereturned home.
Undoubtedly, This was a very interesting events which we enjoyed today.
Therefore, I am sure, my readers have spent a pleasant day. Happy new year to you all. Stay healthy and be peaceful. Kalpataru Sri Ramkrishna will bless us with a delightfullife.
In 1889 , the resemblance to apathy and renunciation Narendra nath translated “Imitation ofChrist” in Bengali.
WeknowthatTamas A Kampesh authored this book. Swamiji’s translation was being published serially in the monthly magazine “Sahitya Kalpodrum” got popularity here in Bengal.
In the introduction, the translator expressed his thoughtful opinion about why he had influenced to translate this book and his love and respect to the life and sadhana of Jesus Christ in the present context.
SWAMI VIVEKANANDA AS A TRANSLATOR
The young translator, Narendra Nath further wrote:
Imitation of Christ is a most deserving book of Christians. It’s written by one Catholic Saint. It’s wrong to say that it’s written, rather it is printed with the blood of a all – renouncing ( ascetic ) Mahatma (Holy Soul ) or you can say him a magnanimous spirit.
He further wrote :
This vibrant & burning Gospel of an incarnation has been attracted cores of men and women for continuously four hundred years with its power of enchantment and will attract in the future.
Who has been given salutes of hundreds of Kings and emperors, all the division and discriminations amongst the Christian and other faiths with each other, leaving the firm separations will have been downing their head in the charms of this book.
So the title of the article is Jesus Christ as seen by Swami Vivekananda.
Vivekananda further wrote:
He didn’t mention his name in this book as a writer. Why should he mention it? He who gave up all the worldly pleasure and happiness, honour like faeces, why does he beg for name and honour?
Subsequently, people gave a writer’s name of a CatholicSaintas Tamas ACampus. Does God know how far true it’s? Whatever he is, no doubt, he is a respectable and holy person of the world.
Vivekananda criticised the missionaries of the Christian faith. He wrote :
Now we are the subjects or progenies of the Christian King. In the grace of the Emperor, we are seeing so many native and foreign Christians.
The great missionaries are indeed preaching that you eat today what you have. Don’t store it for tomorrow or the next few days.
But they are storing for themselves for the coming ten years. They’re busy in materialistic enjoyment, being wrapped in a luxurious lifestyle. And preaching about the vibrant gospel of Jesus Christ.
I don’t have found any true Christian. If you read this book, then you will come to know about the so-called Protestant Christians who are enjoying a luxurious life and preaching egoistic self–maid philosophy to another faith.
Naren and Jesus:
But young Naren has great faith and regards in thisbook and also in the sacred life of Jesus. He was so influenced having read this book. Therefore, he praised saying this :
This book is full of humility, humbleness, affliction and also a sentiment of being in service to God. Anyone who would read this book could have been enriched with the glorious and vibrant renunciation, self – sacrificing and dependency on it.
It will be distinct to all having read ” Ishanuswaran ” ( Imitation of Christ), that young Naren had been massively influenced with the miraculous purity, deep renunciation, selflessness, relinquishing and stone–melting love of Jesus Christ and the sentiment of being in service to God of the divine writer, Kempis.
The days of renunciation and self–sacrifice of some young would-be monks at Barahanagar Math was the same as it’s described in this epoch – making a book of Kempis.
All the words of the writer are no doubt the divine words of wisdom to whom we convey our honour, none other than the great Indian Hindu Monk, Swami Vivekananda .
WHY WE, INDIANRESPECT JESUS ?
Of the different philosophies, the tendency of Indian, mainly Hindu is not to blame or destroy , but to harmonise everything.
If any new idea comes into India, we do not antagonise it , but simply try to take it in to harmonise it.Because our prophet, God Incarnate, on earth, Shri Krishna taught first this method.
This Incarnation of God preached himself first :
” I am the God Incarnate , I am the inspirers of all books , I am the inspirer of all religions.”
This, we do not reject any. We love Jesus very much for His love and purity.
Every religion speaks of truth and universality. The truth is religion, but bigotry is not true religion. We never hate other religions. We love Christ, Buddha and other incarnations of God.
We respect and love Jesus Christ. I know that Sri Ramkrishna was in deep meditation at a stretch three days following Christianity. And attained the goal.
He worshipped also Hazrat Md. His dearest disciple, SwamiVivekananda also loved deeply Jesus Christ.
Why we don’t disobey other Incarnation?
The reason why we never fight against any religion is, that we do not say that ours is the only way to salvation. We know that Swami Vivekananda advised us.
And his Master, Sri Ramakrishna practised all the religious paths and reached togoal.
Both the spiritual Gurus preached that perfection. So we must achieve this goal if we devotionally practice It.
What’s the proof ?
The proof is that, we see the holiest of men in all countries, good men or women everywhere, whether born in our faith or not.
Therefore, ours is the only way to salvation. Swami Vivekananda quotes from the Upanishad to make understand to the Western devotees in this regard. It’s asfollows:
” Like so many rivers flowing from different mountains , all coming and mingling their waters in the sea , all different religions , taking their births from different standpoints of fact , come unto thee “.
In Gita , Shri Krishna preached same , and so we regard him on account of his wonderful catholicity in harmonising all the preceding revelation.
Infact, Hindus never shed bloods for religion. But Mohammedan of India are something different. They are arrogant in respect of religion.
But Hindu is too mild. They can criticise , but don’t use sword. Jesus don’t want violence. He is the resemblance of forgiveness and purity what’s the need of the hour.
That’s why, like Rama, Sri Krishna and Sri Ramkrishna, We love and worship Jesus Christ.
” All are but parts of one stupendous whole,/ Whose body Nature is, and God the Soul.” – Alexander Pope
World Teacher Swami Vivekananda is still a vibrant personality and admirable divine soul to the people of East and West. He is sometimes compared with Buddha, a great incarnation of God. In his book Travel and Talk, published in 1896, the Rev. Mr Haweis gives an account of the Parliament and makes particular mention of ” the popular Hindu Monk ”, even wrote about Swamiji’s physiognomy which has been reproduced by Swami Yogeshananda in Vedanta for East and West, I will quote here a sentence or two from it :
” Vivekananda, the popular Hindu Monk, whose physiognomy bore the most striking resemblance to the classic face of the Buddha, denounced our commercial prosperity, our bloody wars, and our religious inconsistency, declaring that at such a price the “mild Hindu” would have none of our vaunted civilization….. I consider that Vivekananda’s personality was one of the most impressive, and his speech one of the most eloquent speeches which dignified the great Congress.
However, we are going to discuss Swamiji’s teaching to his Western students at Thousand Island Park in America. He was then in a fully spiritual mood. His only work was reading, teaching and meditation.
In Dutcher’s little house they were almost eleven students and with them their spiritual Guru, Swami Vivekananda. We came to know from Ruth Ellis that they were 10 or even 12 persons. Presumably, she was including Swamiji in this count.
From morning to night they lived in a spiritual atmosphere. Miss Waldo wrote: ” It was a perpetual inspiration to live with a man like Swami Vivekananda. From morning to night it was ever the same, we lived in a constant atmosphere of intense spirituality.”
Though Swami Vivekananda was junior to them, only Christine was a younger disciple of Swami, but he always took the position of a Father. Swamiji’s conversation – his humour, his vivid storytelling, his recollection of his life in India, his flow of ideas on all subjects – was invariably entertaining, instructive, and uplifting all at once.
Swami Vivekananda taught his students in the morning and evening, sitting on a chair amidst them like an ancient Hindu monk. Even, while walking through the hilly forest he used to converse with his students. To the students, it was a favourite walk behind the cottage down a hill and then a rustic path to the river. Sometimes they stopped several times, Mrs Funke wrote to her friend,
” and sit around on the grass and listen to Swami’s talks. A bird, a flower, a butterfly will start him off and he will tell us stories from the Vedas or recite Indian poetry “.
Today, when we think that Swamiji is walking with some students and speaking about nature and the Vedas or reciting poetry, this was a great opportunity to the 11 Western disciples and how they were lucky enough that a man like Buddha or Christ had spent lots of time with them.
Surely to walk or sit under the trees with Swamiji, to see through his eyes the sun-splashed paths, the massive grey and pink boulders with mottled with silver-green lichen, the wide river – to see this loveliness as he saw it if only for a brief moment, was sure to have one’s mind washed clear of all cluttering thought and to taste something of the freedom in which he lived. They are taught to see God in everything – from the blade of grass to man – even in the diabolical man.
About Good and Bad in reality, his teaching was reasonable and philosophical. He was never a sentimental view of the natural beauty of the world. Of this, Sister Christine wrote: Did you in your immature enthusiasm see the world as beautiful, and believe in the reality of good and the unreality of evil? He was not long in destroying all your fine illusions. “If the good is real, so is evil .” Both are different aspects of the same thing. Both good and evil are in Maya. Do not hide your head in the sand and say, ” All is good, there is no evil.”
Worship the terrible even as now you worship the good. Then get beyond both… Terrible in its sternness was this teaching . But soon there came glimpses of something beyond, an unchanging reality.
Swamiji’s presence was in itself a breaking of bondage , but he delivered palpable shocks for good measure, deliberately cutting through ingrained and concealed obstructions to spiritual freedom.
Swami Vivekananda, as the world Teacher, gave space and liberty to his students during take any decision.
” If you were old or weak or helpless, I should help you. But you are quite able to jump across this brook or climb this path without help. You are as able as I am. He might seem women to be a sexless Self, or Soul, not another sex. Every woman was to him, a manifestation in one form or another of the Divine Mother!
Swami Vivekananda, as a teacher, never solved any problem of his students. Principles he laid down, but students must find the application. He encouraged no spineless dependence upon him in any form, no bid for sympathy.
” Stand up on your own feet. You have the power within you!” – he thundered. His whole purpose was – not to make things easy for us, but to teach them how to develop their innate strength. He emphasised to :
” Strength! Strength!” He preached nothing but strength. That is why he preached the Upanishads.
From men, he demanded manliness and vigour, and from women the corresponding quality for which there is no word. Whatever it’s, it is the opposite of self-pity, the enemy of weakness and indulgence.
This attitude had had the effect of a tonic. Something long-dormant was aroused and with it came strength and freedom. Swamiji always taught them the significance of and glory of renunciation. Mary Funke wrote in her memoirs:
” One afternoon when he had been telling us of the glory of renunciation, of the joy, and freedom of those of the ochre robe, he suddenly left us and in a short time, he had written his ” Song of the Sannyasin “, – a very passion of sacrifice and renunciation.
There is but One – the Free, the Knower, Self !/ Without a name, without a form or stain./ In Him is Maya dreaming all this dream./ The Witness, He appears as nature, soul ./ Know thou art That, Sannyasin bold! Say – / “Om Tat Sat, Om !”
Swamiji was always very loving to his students. And also regular to his teaching. When the students had assembled on the veranda, Swamiji would soon come from his room and sit in a big chair by his door. And then, the nights all glowing with the soft mystery of moonlight or golden starlight would begin some of the best hours of the twenty – four.
None of the students could take notes of what Swamiji said in the darkness, but only brief accounts had come down to them of those marvellously informal and varied evenings. That experience was stupendous and long–term effects on them. Miss Waldo wrote her feelings in a line :
” None of us can ever forget the uplift, the intense spiritual life of those hallowed hours .”
Swami Vivekananda had a grand and sweet voice. In his wondrously beautiful voice, when he talked to them about spiritual life and vision, pacing up and down the short stretch of the veranda, pouring forth a perfect torrent of eloquence. That time his mind was not travelling in this reality, – his mind soaring to greater and greater heights as the hours passed. This great teacher was an ever-loving, gentle father during these days with his students at Thousand Island Park. He trained and taught his Western disciples about Vedanta, Upanishads and other Indian holy scriptures. The students would meditate for a time with him. Almost all of them were spellbound during Swamiji’s teaching. But they could have been expressed their feeling.
Swamiji stayed at Miss Dutcher’s cottage until the night of August 6. He held his class on that morning as usual and explained with Cristal clarity and simplicity born of direct experience the place of the Personal God in man’s spiritual journey to the realisations of his Being. God is as real as the journey – no more, no less. The End Inspired Talk: The Gospel of Swami Vivekananda Rabindranath Tagore and Depression and so on. Swami Vivekananda and His Raj Yoga Swami Vivekananda and Narada Sutra Swami Vivekananda as a Poet What Swamiji wanted to do for his country Post navigation MY PATH HAS GONE TO YOU DIGITAL AR: AN EXPERIMENT 8 comments
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“AND LET SHYAMA DANCE THERE”(Rendered from Bengali)by Swami Vivekananda is an extraordinary poem. Here is the poem.
Beauteous blossoms ravishing with perfume, Swarms of maddened bees buzzing all around ; The silver moon—a shower of sweet smiles, Which all the dwellers of heaven above Shed lavishly upon the homes of the earth ; The soft Malaya breeze, whose magic touch Opens to view distant memory’s folds ; Murmuring rivers and brooks, rippling lakes With restless Bhramaras wheeling over Gently waving lotuses unnumbered ; Foaming flow cascades—streaming music— To which echo mountain caves in return ; Warblers, full of sweet-flowing melody, Hidden in leaves, pour hearts out—love discourse ; The rising orb of day, the painter divine, With his golden brush but lightly touches The canvas earth and a wealth of colours Floods at once o’er the bosom of nature, It—Truly a museum of lovely hues— Waking up a whole sea of sentiments.
The roll of thunder, the crashing of clouds, War of elements spreading earth and sky; Darkness vomiting forth blinding darkness, The Pralaya wind angrily roared; In quick bursts of dazzling splendour flashes Blood-red terrific lightning, dealing death; Monster waves roaring like thunder, foaming, Rush impetuous to leap mountain peaks; The earth booms furious, reels and totters, Sinks to its ruin, hurled from its place; Piercing the ground, stream forth tremendous flames. Mighty ranges blow up into atoms.
A lovely villa, on a lake of blue— Festooned with dusters of water-lilies; The heart-blood of ripe grapes capped with white foam Whispering tells the tale of passion; The melody of the harp floods the ears, And by its air, time, and harmony-rich, Enhances desire in the breast of man ; What stirring of emotions! How many Hot sighs of Love! And warm tears coursing down! The Bimba – red lips of the youthful fair, The two blue eyes—two oceans of feelings; The two hands are eager to advance—love’s cage— In which the heart, like a bird, lies captive. The martial music bursts, the trumpets blow, The ground shakes under the warriors’ tread; The roar of cannon, the rattle of guns, Volumes of smoke, the gruesome battlefield, The thundering artillery vomits fire In thousand directions; shells burst and strike Vital parts of the body; elephants And horses mounted are blown up in space; The earth trembles under this infernal dance; A million heroes mounted on steeds Charge and capture the enemy’s ordnance, Piercing through the smoke and shower of shells And the rain of bullets; forward goes the flag, The emblem of victory, of heroism With the blood, yet hot, streaming down the staff, Followed by the rifles, drunk with war spirit; Lo! the ensign falls, but the flag proceeds Onwards on the shoulder of another; Under his feet swell heaps of warriors Perished in battle, but he falters not. The flesh hankers for contacts of pleasure, The senses for enchanting strains of song, The mind hungers for peals of laughter sweet, The heart pants to reach realms beyond sorrow; Say, who cares to exchange the soothing moonlight For the burning rays of the noontide sun? The wretch whose heart is like the scorching sun, —Even the fondly loves the balmy moon; Indeed, all thirst for joy. Breathes there the wretch Who hugs pain and sorrow to his bosom? Misery in his cup of happiness, Deadly venom in his drink of nectar, Poison in his throat—yet he clings to hope! Lo! how all are scared by the Terrific, None seek Elokeshi whose form is Death. The deadly frightful sword, reeking with blood, They take it from Her hand, and put a lute instead! Thou dreaded Kâli, the All-destroyer, Thou alone art true; Thy shadow’s shadow Is indeed the pleasant Vanamâli. O Terrible Mother, cut quick the core, Illusion dispel—the dream of happiness, Rend asunder the fondness for the flesh.
True, the garland Thee with skulls but shrink back In fright and call Thee, “O All-merciful!” At Thy thunder peal of awful laughter, At Thy nudeness—for space is thy garment— Their hearts sink with terror, but they say, “It is the demons that the Mother kills!” They only pretend they wish to see Thee, But when the time comes, at Thy sight they flee. Thou art Death! To each and all in the world Thou distributest the plague and disease —Vessels of venom-filled by Thine own hands. O thou insane! Thou but cheatest thyself, Thou cost not turn thy head lest thou behold. Ay, the form terrible of the Mother. Thou courtest hardship hoping happiness, Thou wearest cloak of Bhakti and worship, With a mind full of achieving selfish ends. The blood from the severed head of a kid Fills thee with fear—thy heartthrobs at the sight—for contacts of pleasure, the heart pants to reach realms beyond. / Verily a coward! Compassionate? Bless my soul! A strange state of things indeed! To whom shall I tell the truth?—Who will see? Free thyself from the mighty attraction— The maddening wine of love, the charm of sex. Break the harp! Forward, with the ocean’s cry! Drink tears pledge even life—let the body fall. Awake, O hero! Shake off thy vain dreams, Death stands at thy head—does fear become thee? A load of misery, true though it is— This Becoming—know this to be thy God! His temple— the Shmashân among corpses And funeral pyres; unending battle — That verily is His sacred worship; Constant defeat — let that not unnerve thee; Shattered be little self, hope, name, and fame; Set up a pyre of them and make thy heart A burning-ground. And let Shyâmâ dance there.
Words Notes :
A fabulous sandalwood mountain in the South. Hence, Malaya breeze means a fragrant breeze from the South. A beetle is somewhat like a humble bee, which lives solely on honey. The time of cosmic destruction. A kind of fruit of rich red colour. She with untied hair, a name of Kâli, the Divine Mother of the Universe. He who is garlanded with wildflowers. The Shepherd Krishna in His aspect of the youthful sport.
The idea is that the brave alone can be compassionate, and not the coward. The wheel of constant birth and death, hence the world. The cremation-ground. The Dark One, Kali.
¶¶ The Central Idea of the Poem :
Like Bengali version , the English version of the poem “And Let Shyama Dance There , which is translated by Swami Vivekananda , have also four stanzas. First two stanzas are smaller than the 3 rd stanza . The length of the staza 1, 2, and 4 th stanza is almost same.
¶¶ The Saint poet portrays the beautiful pictures of the Nature in the first stanza .
‘Beauteous blossoms ravishing with perfume’, ”maddened bees Jazzing all around’, ‘ showering sweet smile of the silver moon ‘, ‘ the soft Malaya breeze ‘, ‘murmuring rivers and brookes’, ‘Bhramaras wheeling over gently waving lotuses’ , foaming flow cascades – a streeming music , ‘ sweet flowing melody, ‘ love discourse’, the painter divine’, ‘the canvas earth and a wealth of colour,’ – all these words made a nice picture of the nature.
The earth has been flooded with the spring. And naturally waking up the sentiments of the sea in the earth. This is the good side of life.
We enjoy life with the outer sparking, but it’s half true. We have to face sorrows and pains too. Life is not a bed of roses, we too have to face the thrones of life. Like nature, life is full of struggle.
¶¶ In the 2nd stanza, the poet compares the hardship of life with the horror of Nature. It is just the opposite of the first stanza
Here he painted a dark and horrible scenario to express the monster form of the life – struggle. ‘ Blood red terrific lightening’, ‘the roll of thunder,’ ‘the crashing clouds’ are the elements of war which prevails in the nature .
The Saint poet uses some beautiful images to show the dreadful forms of Nature. These images are taken from the natural world.
It beautifies the inner meaning of lines. We can refer here some of these images which are beautifully presented by the poet, like ‘ darkness vomiting forth blinding darkness’ , ‘ the Pralaya winds angrily roaring,’ ‘ blood-red terrific lightening ‘ , ‘ monster waves roaring like thunder’.
He used compound imagery in this poem. These are extraordinary remarkable.
¶¶ First three lines of the poem percepts sound, smell and sight respectively and forth and fifth line create the sense of mundane bliss and pleasure, showered on the earth by some divine power.
The poet is superb in applying wonderful imagery which proves his mastery over language.
By using these imageries he portrays prominently the apparent diversity with innate unity in Mother Kali or Shyama and Nature’s peaceful and fierce glance.
Swami Vivekananda unfolds in this poem the world of consciousness which makes a criss cross of nature and the mind of man with the play of passion and desire in spontaneity.
The apparent clamness is itself a bold suggestions for the human mind to welcome the events to follow as an outcome .
¶¶ 3rd stanza of the poem is very important in respect of the central idea or as the theme of the poem. In this stanza, the poet prepares us for the terrible atmosphere where Shyama or Kali would dance in full fury.
But before that he paints a comfort journey of life where he tells us the inherent desire of man like making a lovely villa on the lakeside where water lilies are heading towards sky.
He also used some pictorial elements as portrayed through symbols in the ” heart – blood ” of the ripe grapes with foams as caps has also the elements of consciousness with which the poet prepares us to face the challenges of life .
The Saint poet portrays the furious form of a Divine Mother and Her destructive activities.
Amid the supernatural atmosphere that symbolises the conscious vision of terror , the imagery like ” Bimba – red lips ” and the ocean like two blue eyes ” along with the ” bird – like captive heart bring forth a perfect image of Shyama or Kali.
It’s she who dominates the whole situation with a brilliance beyond the range of consciousness.
The Saint poet further details the atmosphere of the battlefield. We have read about the battle of Kurukshetra in Srimod Bhwagbat Gita. We are to face now and then this war in our lives.
Battle is nothing but the struggle with our inner world verses outer world. This battle is also the another form of Mother Kali.
Kali, actually the deity of destruction. The poet paints a horrible picture of the battlefield. This is portrayed in the poem ” Let Shyama Dance there “]
“The roar of cannons, the rattle of guns”, ” the thundering artilleries vomits fire”, “the earth trembles under this infernal dance “, “And the rain of bullets, forward goes the flag “, The emblem of victory, of heroism,/ With the blood, yet hot, /streaming down the staff ”- all these words are used for expressing the furious of the battlefield.
Obviously , this material world is full of struggle. It’s a battlefield . We fight for the worldly pleasure, for sensual love and we become wounds .
The mind hungers for peals of laughter sweet , The flesh hankers for contacts of pleasure, the heart pants to reach realms beyond sorrow – all these are the characteristics of material world.
Next Swami describes the figure of Kali.
After every happiness comes misery. They may be far apart or near. The more advanced the soul, the more quickly does one follow the other.
What we want is neither happiness nor misery. Both make us forget our true nature; both are chains — one iron, one gold; behind both is the Atman, who knows neither happiness nor misery.
These are states and states must ever change; but the nature of the Soul is bliss, peace, unchanging. We have not to get it, we have it; only wash away the dross and see it.
Stand upon the Self, then only can we truly love the world. Take a very, very high stand; knowing out universal nature, we must look with perfect calmness upon all the panorama of the world.
It is but baby’s play, and we know that, so cannot be disturbed by it. If the mind is pleased with praise, it will be displeased with blame.
Hence, all pleasures of the senses or even of the mind are evanescent but within ourselves is the one true unrelated pleasure, dependent upon nothing.
It is perfectly free, it is bliss. The more our bliss is within, the more spiritual we are. The pleasure of the Self is what the world calls religion.
The internal universe, the real, is infinitely greater than the external, which is only a shadowy projection of the true one.
This world is neither true nor untrue, it is the shadow of truth. “Imagination is the gilded shadow of truth”, says the poet.
The outer sparking of the world makes us forget our true nature; both are chains — one iron,one gold; behind both is the Atman, who knows neither happiness nor misery.
These are states and states must ever change; but the nature of the Soul is bliss, peace, unchanging. We have not to get it, we have it; only wash away the dross and see it.
Stand upon the Self, then only can we truly love the world. Take a very, very high stand; knowing our universal nature, we must look with perfect calmness upon all the panorama of the world.
It is but baby’s play, and we know that, so cannot be disturbed by it. If the mind is pleased with praise, it will be displeased with blame. All pleasures of the senses or even of the mind are evanescent but within ourselves is the one true unrelated pleasure, dependent upon nothing.
Therefore, it is perfectly free, it is bliss. The more our bliss is within, the more spiritual we are. The pleasure of the Self is what the world calls religion.
The internal universe, the real, is infinitely greater than the external, which is only a shadowy projection of the true one. This world is neither true nor untrue, it is the shadow.
So get rid, in the first place, of all these limited ideas and set God in every person. Let kick off all the veils of differentiation. The highest creed is Oneness.
The ecstatic finale breathes an air of Supreme consciousness, ” This becoming know this to be thy God” and that shows the avenue of sacred worship of all the serene.
Let read these lines from ” And Let Shyama Dance There” – “Bless my soul ! A strange state of things … This becoming know this to be thy God”.
Here we see Vivekananda’s heroic struggle to rise above the surging waves of the world. It is the projection of all our undigested subconscious urges.
He sees and follows the path through it all, but what gives him the light and the strength to do so is the dancing form of the black One, Mother Kali.
** Next post I will discuss the philosophy which was imparted from Master Sri Ramakrishna to his most favourite disciple, Naren ( Swami Vivekananda)
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Swami Vivekananda: The Saint Poet is an Indian monk of Ramakrishna order who preached Hinduism and Indian culture in American society in the last decade of nineteenth century . He was a great philosopher , stupendous orator , and modern thinker of the world. He is the only man from India after Rammohan Roy who tried to unfold the great Indian cultural heritage before the people of the West . To keep it mind , Rabindranath Tagore once told Romain Rolland
, “If you want to know India, Read Vivekananda.”
Sri Aurovindo’s remarks about Vivekananda is also significant. He told:
” The going forth of Vivekananda, marked out by the Master as the heroic Soul destined to take the World between his two hands and change it, was the first visible sign to the World, that India was awake not only to survive but to conquer. ” Truly , Swami Vivekananda was the maker of modern India. Indian mass was awakened with the name of this great son of the soil.
¶¶ Swami Vivekananda was a great Saint and Philosopher. But we don’t know about another side of his personality ; he was a marvelous poet though he didn’t write more. Swami Vivekananda :The Saint Poet composed his poems in English language. Today I gonna to discuss about his poetic feelings in this blog.
¶¶ Swami Vivekananda was not a poet like conventional way . He was a poet like an ancient saint who felt the internal truth of the world through his inner eyes . The poet, in one sense, is the intense truth – seeker of the Universe. In true sense, the poet is also a Saint. He who notice the truth of the life and the world in his stream of consciousness and reveals it through his divine powers of imagination and magical poetic feelings ,actually he is poet.
In that sense, Swami Vivekananda is called to be a poet . From Brahma to insects are the alter where almighty God lives . God is everywhere. He who feels it , he is poet . Swami Vivekananda is a poet in that sense.
UPANISHAD & SWAMI VIVEKANANDA:
¶¶ The hymns of Upanishads made a deep attraction to him . From his childhood he loved to recite poems. He read Milton’s “Paradise Lost ” at the very young age. Milton was his favorite poet . He recited the poem’s of Milton. Reading Shakespeare, Wordsworth, Byron , Shelly’s poems and literature was his favorite subjects. Once he wrote about the essence of Upanishads –
‘ There is no poetry marvelous like Upanishad. Even it is found in ‘Sanhita’ of Veda which is poetic. These writers of Veda and Upanishads are great poets . He thought that the internal truth can be had from the poems of this great saints of ancient India. How did he influenced with the hymns of Upanishads and became a poet , I shall extract a song from his collection:
” Lo! The sun is not, nor the comply moon, All light extinct; in the great void of space Floats shadow – like the image – universe.
In the void of mind involute, there floats , The fleeting universe , rises and floats , Sinks again , ceaseless , in the current “I”.
Slowly , slowly, the shadow – multitude. Entered the primal womb , and flowed ceaseless. The only current, the “I am ” , ” I am ” .
Lo ! ‘Tis stopped , ev’n that current flows no more , Void merged into void – beyond speech and mind ! Whose heart understands , he verily does .
¶¶ It was written in Bengali, his mother tongue . and rendered from it . The name of the poem is ” The Hymn Of Samadhi ” . The content of the poem is highly philosophical which he felt during his deep meditation . The poet talk about the state of mind in its inner world when the activities of the external world is absolutely stopped. It is called samadhi in Hindu religion. But it is obviously an incredible poem like mantra having a significant meaning of higher state of the spiritual mind .
¶¶ Swami Vivekananda was a fan of the epic and poetry of modern Bengali poet Mycheal Madhusudan Dutta . He was his ideal poet . Swami Ji was influenced by Upanishads and other ancient scriptures, by The great Poet Kalidas as well as Vaisnab Padabvali and modern English and Bengali poets . The Gita and Panchadoshi was also his favorite literature.
¶¶ He liked most the poetry of Wordsworth. One day in absence of English literature professor, the principal of this college Mr. William Heshty came to the class and discussed about the poem of Wordsworth . This was a poem of super natural phenomenon. In that context Mr . Hesty told that a man has been experienced such feelings who lived in Dakhineswar . Vivekananda, being inspired went there to meet him. This was first historical meeting with Sri Ramakrishna. He was also the poet of the poets .
¶¶ Vivekananda composed only 21 poems both in English and Sanskrit . He wrote a poem in Sanskrit. But his prose is very placid and also poetic. Specially his letters are full of poetic sublimity and rhetoric.
¶¶ Swami Vivekananda wrote his first poem in America before Chicago Religious Conference . He was then a unfamiliar monk . ‘O’r hill and dale and mountain range’ is his first poem (1893). Merry Luis Bark , The Western researcher of Swami Vivekananda, discovered this poem and published it in her book “Swami Vivekananda and the West: New Discovery “.
Another researcher of Swami Vivekananda ,professor Shankari Prasad Basu translated this poem in Bengali (Sanman O Siddhi ). Swami Ji had to face a lot of obstacles and pain , but by virtue of struggle he overcame all these incidents and reached the ultimate goal ,the ‘perfection’ which is the destination of a religious monks. This is the content of the poem ” ‘O’r hill and dale and mountain’. He expressed the pain and suffering of a devotees ,though it was his personal feeling. He wrote :
” Like a child in the wildest forest lost I have cried and cried alone. Where art thou gone my God my love. The echo answered gone .”
Next suddenly he got calling from the eternal ‘One’ who is our almighty Mother or Father. This feelings are as follows : ” Till one day midst my cries and groans Some one seemed calling me A gentle soft and soothing Voice. That said. ” my son ,” ” my son ” .
¶¶ ” The song of the free ” (1895) and ” The song of Sannyasn ” ( 15 the July ,1895) are the beautiful poems composed by Swami Vivekananda which are undoubtedly the wealth of English literature. He was a follower of Vedanta. The great spiritual guru of India, Shankaracharya inspired him in course of his spiritual journey. He modernized it according to time and space. And tried to connect with life.
VEDANTA AND SWAMI VIVEKANANDA
Vedanta do not only effective in the secret of the forest, it is also effective in our daily life. Man can practice it scientifically in every activity of life. Without struggle, you can not achieve any great deed in life, or attain the goals of life. After untiring efforts and struggles, Swamiji attained the Truth. The life of Sannyasin is not a bed of roses. Swami Vivekananda had to face enormous troubles and pains to reach the platform of The Chicago Religious conference.
He wrote this poems seven days before the beginning of Parliament of Chicago. His dream was to attend the Parliament and it was going to be fulfilled. Despite all his sufferings he had achieved the goal which his Master , Sri Ramakrishna gave his shoulders that Naren will teach .
Besides , one can see God after mammoths struggling. In fact, sorrows and sufferings are the companions of a devotee . But ultimately he will come nearer to light . He will face the Truth, the eternal , infinite One “The Brahman” . The Brahman have no form , He is timeless and formless, but He is many – from Brahman to tiny insects. Again He is within us . It’s immortal.
” The cloud puts forth its deluge strength. when lightning cleaves its breast, when the soul in stirred to its inmost depth Great ones unfold their best . ”
We have to embrace the pain and suffering . It’s natural phenomenon in life. So we have to fight against it . And after a stupendous suffering ,the the Truth reveals.
” Let eyes grow dim and heart grow faint And friendship fail and love betray , Let fate its hundred horrors send And clotted darkness block the way .”
This way is tedious and full of sufferings, but gradually the faithful devotees though this course of journey must reach to Him . We then have to face to face and enlightened, illuminated.
” All natures wear one angry frown To crush you out… still know, my soul , you are divine, …..March on and on , Nor right nor left but to the goal !
……………………………………………… The books do stop in wonder mute To tell my nature ; – I am he ! ” ‘Swo Aham’ or ‘Aham Brahmasmi’ , that means , I am Brahman! It is beyond time and space . The poet wrote :
” Before the Sun , the Moon , the Earth , Before the stars and comets free. Before e’ en time has had its birth I was, I am , and will be ! I am beyond all sense, all thought , The witness of the Universe ! “
Therefore, the feelings of Shankarachriya and the feelings of Vivekananda are same . It’s the feelings of Addwaitya . God is One . …………. ” Not two or many, I’t is but one , And thus in me all ones I have , I can not hate , I can not shun My self from me – I can but love !
Swami Vivekananda: the light of the universe, is one of the greatest spiritual personality in the world. We worship both Sree Ramchandra and Sri Krishna, as God. Specially we worship Sri Krishna, the friend and adviser of Arjuna as God.
We do honour Sree Ramchandra as Purusottama. Buddha, Nanak, Chaitanya, Shankaracharya are also our great spiritual personalities. They are Avatars and sacrificed their lives for the upkeeping of mankind. Naturally, they came here and preached truth and the words of peace.
But the latest and most perfect is Sree Ramkrishna, the spiritual Guru or Master of Swami Vivekananda. We are going to celebrate Vivekanañda’s birthday on 12 January as ” Youth Day “.
Why? Because he had done all his activities for the upliftment of the country as well as the world in his youth. And also he thought that the youths are the backbone and strength of society as well as a country. He died before reach at 40.
In fact, within this short span of life, he enlightened our lives in every direction. He taught us how to love the motherland. He sacrificed his whole life in implementing modernization and rebuilding his own country.
His main motto was to man-making and rebuilding his motherland from the miserable condition which he had found in course of his travelling in India.
He wanted to transform and change his motherland, India which was once full of purity and wisdom. Therefore, it was his main motto. Never he thought of himself. Selfless service to mankind was his only Goal in Life.
Indeed, Swami Vivekananda is our torchbearer. He had come to teach us, love. It’s a love to mankind, love to poor and weak. Twelve centuries ago Sankaracharya was only a great personality who proclaimed the first Adaitya Vedanta as to easiest philosophy to know almighty God. He was enlightened in this way, but it won’t try to reveal it amongst the masses.
On the contrary, Swami Vivekananda was not only speaking of the purity of our religion, not only uttered in words that the religion was our strength and wealth, not only said that it was our sacred duty to preach this religion in the length and breadth of the work,- but Vivekananda brought all this into action.
Vivekananda is a person of that stature. He appeared towards the last half of the 19 century and showered lights to the ignorant.
SWAMI VIVEKANANDA: THE LIGHT & THE TORCHBEARER
Swami Vivekananda is the architect of Modern India. In true sense, Swami Vivekananda: the light of humanity enlightened the world. As a result, we can mark Him as divine light. He wanted to reshape his motherland, India andcalled his countrymen :
“ Come, be men! come out of your narrow holes and have a look aboard. See how nations are on the march! Do you love man? Do you love your country? Thus come, let us struggle for higher and better things, look not back, no, not even if you see the dearest and nearest cry. Look, not back, but forward! “
Swami Ji felt deeply for the poor and the distressed masses of our country. He also noticed the miserable condition of the women of India. He noticed that a Kuli of the western country is more educated than our common people. Most American women are educated. Having seen it in America, Vivekananda decided to impart women education in India.
Therefore, He has been profoundly grateful to the Western women who came forward to implement his dream. He took this service as God’s wish. In a letter, he conveyed this through his vibrant words. He writes:
” Be of good cheer and believe that we are selected by the Lord to do great things and we will do them. Hold yourself in readiness, ie. be pure and holy, and love for love’s sake. Love the poor, the miserable, the downtrodden and the Lord will bless you.”
SWAMI VIVEKANANDA: THE LIGHT & THE DREAM :
Vivekananda diedat the age of 39, in 1902. He was indeed then young. We compare his age with the cricket skipper Mr Dhoni who retired recently from the Indian team. Dhoni, most probably, has retired from playing at the age of 39 years old. So Swamiji’s death was very early, but he did a lot for his countrymen within this period.
That’s a time when communication, media and modern gadgets were not available. The only source of getting information was newspapers.
So we couldn’t able to learn about incidents that used to happen in his time around the world. Despite this, we have come to know about Swamiji’s untiring struggle to fulfil his goals in the West as well as in India. We are now remembering his outstanding activities.
But actually, we’re lagging in the progress of our country in all respects. We could not able toattain the dream what he dreamt of for his motherland.
First of all, Swami Vivekananda wanted to see a vibrant India. During his travel throughout India by walking, he noticed the poverty-stricken mass of India. They were ignorant people, the women who were exploited by the priest and the heads of the community. He looked into this miserable condition of society, prejudices, fanatics and corruption.
Swamiji’s life is deeply connected with his motherland. So his untiring effort was to remove all these barriers and drawbacks of India.
Vivekananda wanted to transform this situation with the aid of the spiritual ideals of an0cient India. He struggled to awaken the ignorant and prejudice- affected people of society. At that time our people have lost their self-respect and inherent power. Hence, to awaken self-respect and self-power as well as self-confidence he had a plan.
Moreover, he wanted to make a new India where people will get food and education. He emphasised spreading true education. A man-making education. He wanted a curriculum that is mixed with both ancient Indian education and Western science and technology.
But we couldn’t implement his dream in our education curriculum. Our education neither gives us a suitable career nor we learn to be an honest man. We need an amalgamation of both of the two – Indian spiritual and moral and character-building education along with the western science and technology-oriented curriculum.
This, we could have a total education. Without science and technology, we can’t survive and not be able to progress. Moreover, enlightenment is not possible to achieve without spiritual and physical education.
Secondly, in this connection, we remember Swamiji’s famous saying, ” Man–making is my motto. ” To him, True education and true religion are the same. He thus expressed his thoughtful opinion about it. He told in this respect that
” Education is the manifestation of the perfection already in man”
and again he said about religion that Religion is the manifestation of the inner self already in man.
The ultimate goal of life is the same which we can get from education and at the same time from religion. Education can help us to regain our self-power and self–confidence. Still, it’s very very important criteria to make us a perfectman.
Thirdly, Our political party leaders, administrators, even the judiciary, the BSF, the Doctors, the teachers are not working according to Swamiji’s teaching. Everywhere is corruption. Police are always heading down to the political party, mainly the ruling party.
Leaders are running towards powers and honour. They’re mostly acrobats. From big to small, are connected with the scams.
SWAMI VIVEKANANDA: THE LIGHT
Procrastination is in the judiciary and that’s why, they’re not getting proper punishment or judgement. Farmers and labourers are being deprived compelled to suicide. Some dishonest Fode or ill – business men are also responsible for this situation.
However, Swami Vivekananda didn’t want this circumstance. Pure commodities are not available in the market. Doctors are not sympathetic to the patients. They have lost their ethics.
Swami Ji said: Service to man is service to God. But It is very little in our society. Although we have given the name of the college, school, hospitals or locality of any place by the name of Swami Vivekananda, it’s not sufficient to give him respect. We should have to follow his path and we must have to implement his dream.
Fourthly, Swami Vivekananda noticed the society of other countries and experienced a lot about it. One of his letter to Sankarlal writes:
” We must see how the engine of the society works in other countries and keep free and open communication with what is going on in the mind of other nations if we want to be a nation again.”
He noticed during his travel to West in Ship the life and activities of the people of some other countries. China is expert in trades and businesses. He wrote:
” All labour, all trade seemed to be in their hands. All the businesses aremeticulously captured by the China government and his country.
India was to some extent lagging in this respect. That’s why he repeatedly told the young generation to be engaged in business. Indian government at present is inspiring the new generation to take endeavour in business and trade. ( www.tourmyindia.com)
SWAMI VIVEKANANDA: THE LIGHT & THE ROLE OF GOVERNMENT
MSME is now a central government program. An Unemployment youth can have a Bank loan to implement any projects. But I think it has gone futile because of Bank’s procrastination and goodwill.
Therefore, Government agencies should look after the matter and remove all these barriers to solve this unemployment problem. Unemployment is a tremendous problem in our country. However, It’s the burning need of the time.
So, being sympathised, government and other NGOs should come forward to solve this challenge. Every man has the right to have food and lodging. The government is trying to meet up with it through housing project. NGOs are trying to provide foods and clothing. But that’s not sufficient.
Though Swami Vivekananda was a Sanyasin his spirit was like a soldier. As a result, His renunciation was to service mankind. He expressed his thoughts in a lecture:
“The longest night seems to be passing away. The sorest trouble seems to be coming to an end, at last. The seeming corpse appears to be awaking and a voice is coming to us — away back where history and even tradition fails to peep into the gloom of the past.
It is coming down from there, reflected as it were from peak to peak of the infinite Himalayan of knowledge, and love, and work, India, this motherland of ours — a voice is coming unto us, gentle, firm, and yet unmistakable in its utterances, and is gaining volume as days pass by, and behold, the sleeper is awakening! “
He again told :
” Like a breeze from the Himalayas, it is bringing life into the almost dead bones and muscles, the lethargy is passing away, and only the blind cannot see, or the perverted will not see, that she is awakening, this motherland of ours, from her deep long sleep.
None can resist her anymore; never is she going to sleep anymore; no outward powers can hold her back any more; for the infinite giant is rising to her feet.”
Hence, these words from Swamiji were like thunder amidst the prevailing obscurity on this part of the globe and incidentally, Swamiji uttered these words on 25th January 1897. Mind that, just a couple of days after the Netaji was born.
We are going to celebrate 125 years birthday of another great son of India, on 23 January. He is none other than the great warrior of India, Netaji Subhash Chandra Basu.
He was an ardent devotee of Swami Vivekananda. Netaji Subhash followed his path to get free from British rule and upkeeping our country and sacrificed his life, giving up all materialaspirations.
Fourthly, Swami Vivekananda preached universal religion throughout the world. He told us not to underrate any other sects, creeds or religious beliefs.
But he advised us to respect every religion, as the truth is the same in every religion. Holiness, purity, kindness and generos6ity are not the property ofany single religion.
Swami Vivekananda:The light and Obama :
In this connection, we can excerpt from the lecture of former president of America, Barack Obama . He expressed his admirationhere :
” Instead of succumbing to division, you have shown that the strength of India – the very idea of India – is its essence of all colours , castes and creeds . It’s the diversity represented in this chamber today. It’s the richness of faiths celebrated by a visitor to my hometown of Chicago more than a century ago – the renowned Swami Vivekananda.”
Again he said that , ” holiness, purity and charity are not the exclusive possessions of any church in the world, and that every system has produced men and women of the most exalted character.”
SWAMI VIVEKANANDA: THE LIGHT & NETAJI SUBHASH
Another bright star of India, Subhash Chandra Bose considered Vivekananda as his spiritual Guru. Truly, he called Vivekananda a ” full-blooded masculine personality – and a fighter to the core of being .”
Therefore, I think His call to the nation will never be futile. The light he ignited shall never stop spreading out in society. So, Swami Vivekananda: the light of the world should be given full respect and admiration.