Dr. Sushil Rudra
LETTERS AS A MIRROR OF SELF
Dr Sushil Rudra
Today I will discuss a story of an Indian Monk before my readers. This Indian monk is regarded as one of the greatest spiritual teacher ,distinguish philosopher and humanist. He is also a nationalist, educator and man – making socio reformer of the World.
SRI RAMAKRISHNA: The story of an Indian monk
Sri Ramakrishna, his spiritual guru once remarked, ” Naren Will teach.” Naren is one of the Rishi of the Saptarshi – told Sri Ramakrishna. Naren was his pen name. Sri Ramakrishna used to call him in this name. He was then unknown monk-like others. Here my readers will have been experienced a story of an Indian monk who wondered in the world in quest of God.
After his guru’s Mahasamadhi ( death ) he roamed from one place to another. He walked from village to cities and towns of India , sometimes on foot , and sometimes through Railway .
In fact , a man like Vivekananda in the history of mankind is rare in true sense of the term.
He sacrificed his life for the awakening and advancement of the human race of the East and West by his tremendous power and mammoth deeds.
Truly, his massages and the means he directed and started in India and the West, that is the only path to solve the global problems.
SWAMI VIVEKANANDA & INDIAN NATIONALISM AND OTHER ACTIVITIES:
¶¶ Being An Indian Monk, Swami Vivekananda played a significant role in the growing Indian nationalism of the 19tn and 20th centuries, reinterpreting and harmonising certain aspects of Hinduism.
Vivekananda’s Teachings: The story of an Indian monk
His teachings and philosophy applied this interpretation to various aspects of education, faith, character building as well as social issues about India, and also instrumental in introducing yoga and Vedanta to the West.
Truly, this unknown Indian Monk painted a golden picture of the glorious ancient India in which the peoples of the West was blind. His vision and mission were to make a human from a man, an unbiased society from corrupted people, and not like that of Plato’s ideal kingdom.
Swamiji said,” Man–making is my mission. ” And for this purpose, he intended to visit the Parliament Of World Religion.
HIS MESSAGE TO WEST:
¶¶ Though he is known worldwide for introducing the philosophy of Vedanta and Yoga to the Western World, for presenting Hinduism to the Christian society, and drawing its respect for the Indian culture, but as many don’t know, this was never his intention.
So, What Was His Intention?
WHY HE WENT THERE ?
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” Primarily my coming has been to raise funds for an enterprise of my own.”. What it was? Swami Ji noticed during his stay in the West, that there was barely a difference between the higher classes of India and America, but there was an infinite distance between the poor of the two countries.
His vision, therefore, became the empowerment of the masses through education.
” If the poor can not come to education, education must reach them at the plough, in the factory, everywhere…….So they would have ideas and morality and hope for the better.“¶¶ The Strength of his Language: as portrayed in the letter!
Vivekananda writes in a personal voice with a style that is direct and decorated at the same time. His language is poetic, and in poetry even. When talking about personal things – an interesting correspondence and requiescat in pace are two of his examples of the many poems which were found among his letters.
THE VIBRANT WORDS OF SWAMI JI:A story of an Indian monk :
Sometimes His tone is analytical, sometimes his voice often gets bold and prophetic.
“ Despair not! Remember the Lord says in Gita, ” To work you have the right, but not to the result. Guard up your lions my boy. I am called by the Lord for this. I have been dragged through a whole life full of crosses and tortures.
………. I have seen the nearest and dearest die, almost of starvation; I have been ridiculed, distrusted and have suffered for my sympathy for the very men who scoff and scorn. … Trust not to the so-called rich, they are more dead than alive. The hope lies in you. ..”
POETIC EXPRESSION :
¶¶ The poetic expression of some of his letters are fabulous. Here are some instances.
“Up, up, the long night is passing, the day is approaching, the wave has risen, nothing will be able to resist its tidal fury. The spirit, my boys, the spirit, the love, my children, the love; the faith, the belief and fear not! The greatest sin is fear. ” ( Letter to Alasinga, Letters of Swami Vivekananda, page – 107)
NEED MONEY FOR WORKS:The Story Of an Indian Monk
¶¶ To achieve this however, one needed money and he did not trust a “Pauper” government to do this job. He therefore decided to reach at the Parliament of World Religions in that hope he could get a massage across that would bring in the required funds.
So, without this letter written to Maharaja , we could not be able to know the purpose of his visiting to America.¶¶ The Strength of his Language:
Vivekananda writes in a personal voice. It’s with a style that is direct and decorated at the same time. His language is poetic, and in poetry even.
While he is talking about personal things – An interesting correspondence and requiescat in Pace are two of his examples of the many poems. They were also found among his letters.
In his letter to Mrs Mery and H. Hell, we see the same poetic diction. He writes:
” Thou music of my Beloved’s flute, lead on, I am following. It is impossible to express my pain, my anguish at being separated from you, noble and sweet and generous and holy ones. Oh! How I wish I had succeeded in becoming a stoic! ” ( Letters of Swami Vivekananda – Page 119)
VIVEKANANDA’S LETTER AS HIS BIOGRAPHY.
¶¶ Mayawati Ashram first published the Letters of Swami Vivekananda on 1st January 1940. Swamiji wrote most of the letters from 19.11.1988 to 14.06.1902. All the letters were in the English language.
Swami Ji wrote these letters to his friend, Mr Pramadadas Mitra, Master Mahashay Mahendranath Gupta, Swami Akhandananda and Balaram Bose.
They were all senior in age and he did sanitation accordingly. He writes some letters in Bengali, Hindi, Sanskrit and French. He uses very simple and placid words, but complex analogies.
¶¶ Sometime His tone is analytical, sometime his voice often gets bold and prophetic.
” Despair not ! Remember the Lord says in Gita” To work you have the right, but not to the result. Guard up yours lions my boy . I am called by the Lord for this. I have been dragged through a whole life full of crosses and tortures. I have seen the nearest and dearest die , almost of starvation; I have been ridiculed, distrusted and have suffered for my sympathy for the very men who scoff and scorn . … Trust not to the so -called rich, they are more dead than alive. The hope lies in you. ..”
¶¶ The poetic expression of some of his letters are fabulous. Here are some instances.
“Up, up, the long night is passing, the day is approaching, the wave has risen, nothing will be able to resist its tidal fury. The spirit, my boys, the spirit, the love, my children, the love; the faith, the belief and fear not! The greatest sin is fear. ” ( letter to Alasigha, Letters of Swami Vivekananda, page – 107)
Vivekananda never forgot his Mother & Brothers. He was a monk , but not a inhuman.
Though his father was a renowned Barrister in Calcutta and earned a lot, he was a very wide–hearted man. He had to look after his poor relatives and ultimately, he had no bank balance at the time of his death.
Therefore, Swami Ji, as an elder son of the family had to face big financial problems. Besides, they had some family dispute which turned into a legal suit in the High Court of Calcutta. His brothers are studying then. His mind was then full of apathy.
Vivekananda, the then-unknown Indian Monk writes a letter to Promadadas Mitra in 1889.
” In Calcutta live my mother and two brothers. I am the eldest; the second is preparing for the first Arts Examination and the third is young. they were quite well off before, but since my father’s death, it is going very hard with them – they even have to go fasting at times!
…… To crown all, some relatives, taking advantage of their helplessness, drove them away from the ancestral residence. Though a part of it is recovered through seeing at the High Court, destitution is now upon them – a matter of course in litigation”. Therefore, this is the story of an Indian monk.
HE COULDN’T TOUCH MONEY: The Story Of An Indian Monk
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This is the story of an Indian Monk who sacrifices himself on his Master’s feet, Sri Ramakrishna. Like Ramkrishna, Vivekananda doesn’t like to touch money.
Though he went to America to collect money for his own. Might be contradictory, but that is for his great purpose which he started from Belur Math – to serve the poor and weak and downtrodden.
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