Swami Vivekananda Biography in English

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The birth name of Swami Vivekananda is Narendranath Datta. He was born to Shri Vishwanath Datta and Bhuvaneswari Devi. Bhupendranath Datta is his sibilings. Swami Vivekananda was one of the most dearest disciple of the 19th-century Indian mystic Ramakrishna.

Swami Vivekananda Biography in English

The first meeting at Dakshineswar between the Master and Narendra was momentous. Sri Ramakrishna recognized instantaneously his future messenger. Narendra, careless about his clothes and general appearance, was so unlike the other young men who had accompanied him to the temple. His eyes were impressive, partly indrawn, indicating a meditative mood. He sang a few songs, and as usual poured into them his whole soul. His first song was this:

Let us go back once more,

O mind, to our proper home!

Here in this foreign land of earth Why should we wander aimlessly in stranger’s guise?

These living beings round about,

And the five elements,

Are strangers to you, all of them; none are your own.

Why do you so forget yourself,

In love with strangers, foolish mind?

Why do you so forget your own?

Mount the path of truth,

O mind! Unflaggingly climb,

With love as the lamp to light your way.

As your provision on the journey, take with you

The virtues, hidden carefully;

For, like two highwaymen,

Greed and delusion wait to rob you of your wealth.

And keep beside you constantly,

As guards to shelter you from harm,

Calmness of mind and self-control.

Companionship with holy men will be for you

A welcome rest-house by the road;

There rest your weary limbs awhile, asking your way,

If ever you should be in doubt,

Of him who watches there.

If anything along the path should cause you fear,

Then loudly shout the name of God;

For He is ruler of that road,

And even Death must bow to Him.

When the singing was over, Sri Ramakrishna suddenly grasped Narendra’s hand and took him into the northern porch. To Narendra’s utter amazement, the Master said with tears streaming down his cheeks: ‘Ah! you have come so late. How unkind of you to keep me waiting so long! My ears are almost seared listening to the cheap talk of worldly people. Oh, how I have been yearning to unburden my mind to one who will understand my thought!’

Then with folded hands he said: ‘Lord! I know you are the ancient sage Nara — the Incarnation of Narayana — born on earth to remove the miseries of mankind.’ The rationalist Naren regarded these words as the meaningless jargon of an insane person. He was further dismayed when Sri Ramakrishna presently brought from his room some sweets and fed him with his own hands. But the Master nevertheless extracted from him a promise to visit Dakshineswar again. They returned to the room and Naren asked the Master, ‘Sir, have you seen God?’ Without a moment’s hesitation the reply was given: ‘Yes, I have seen God. I see Him as I see you here, only more clearly.

God can be seen. One can talk to him. But who cares for God? People shed torrents of tears for their wives, children, wealth, and property, but who weeps for the vision of God? If one cries sincerely for God, one can surely see Him.’ Narendra was astounded. For the first time, he was face to face with a man who asserted that he had seen God. For the first time, in fact, he was hearing that God could be seen. He could feel that Ramakrishna’s words were uttered from the depths of an inner experience. They could not be doubted. Still he could not reconcile these words with Ramakrishna’s strange conduct, which he had witnessed only a few minutes before.

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