‘The Patriotic Saint of India’, Swami Vivekananda was an orator, a poet and a writer. His actual name was Narendranath Datta.
Swami Vivekananda was born in a well-to-do family. As he was brought up in a religious atmosphere, so was a great believer in God. A meeting with Ramakrishna Paramahansa was the turning point in Swami Vivekananda’s life. And so Ramakrishna Paramahansa became his Guru. Vivekananda founded Ramakrishna Math and Ramakrishna Mission after his guru’s death. He dedicated rest of his life for the betterment of the society. Due to his major contributions to Indian society and education, he was one of the most important man in India. Every year on 12th January, birthday of Swami Vivekananda is celebrated as National Youth Day.
He introduced Indian philosophies of Vedanta and Yoga to the Western world. In 1893, he represented India, at the World Parliament of Religions, in Chicago.
His opening words were “Sisters and brothers of America….” For this reason he received a standing ovation from the audience.
He had the ability to speed-read. He also had outstanding concentration power and prodigious memory. Because of it several incidents took place in India and abroad where people tested his memory and concentration.
Most importantly, people still follow his teachings worldwide.
One of the great musings of Swami Vivekananda:
“Take up one idea. Make that one idea your life. Think of it, dream of it, live on that idea. Let the brain, the body, muscles, nerves, every part of your body be full of that idea, and just leave every other idea alone. This is the way to success, and this is the way great spiritual giants are produced.”
Few more motivational words from him, quotes to live by:
“Arise, awake and do not stop until the goal is reached.”
“Be a hero. Always say, I have no fear.”
“Never think yourself weak.”
“Do one thing at a time, and while doing it put your whole soul into it to the exclusion of all else.”
“He who struggles is better than he who never attempts.”
Success is an outcome of focused thought and action. Stay focused and achieve your goal.
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Feel motivated reading about great souls and their teachings..Nice article?
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