Every year 4th July is observed as the death anniversary of one of the finest minds of India, Swami Vivekananda. A spiritual leader, Swami Vivekananda played an important role in introducing the philosophies of Yoga and Vedanta to the West.
He is best known for his speech at the World Parliament of Religion in Chicago in 1893, which was initiated with the beginning remarks, “My brothers and sisters of America.”
He is also ascribes with raising interfaith awareness and bringing Hinduism to a global platform in the 19th century. He is commended for his deep knowledge in the field of science and religion. His teachings to the West exhibited how these two could harmoniously co-exist.
Swami Vivekananda was born on January 12, 1863 in a Bengali family and was originally named as Narendranath Datta. Vishwanath Datta, his father, was an attorney at the Calcutta High Court, and his mother Bhubaneswari Devi was a housewife. He was keenly interested in spirituality from the early stages of his life and would meditate in front of the images of Hindu Gods and Goddesses.
Tributes started pouring for him from public and political spheres with the #SwamiVivekananda handle going viral on social media platforms as people remember the spiritual leader and his teachings.
Assam chief minister Himanta Biswa Sharma tweeted that, “The life, ideals and teachings of #SwamiVivekananda fascinated me right from mu young days. I feel everyone should read about him to have peace and bring positive change in life. Paying homage to the great son of Bharat Mata on his punyatithi.”
West Bengal chief minister Mamata Bannerjee wrote on Twitter, “On this day in 1902, Swami Vivekananda attained Mahasamadhi. We shall forever remain indebted to him for his teachings on individual freedom, social equality and justice for the Indian ethos. His thoughts and ideas are our guiding light even today.”
SOME SAYINGS OF SWAMI VIVEKANANDA:
“You cannot believe in God, until you believe in yourself.”
“External nature is only internal nature writ large.”
“Condemn none: if you can stretch out a helping hand, do so. If you cannot, fold your hands, bless your brothers, and let them go their own way.”
“Truth can be stated in a thousand different ways, yet each one can be true.”
“We are what our thoughts have made us; so take care about what you think. Words are secondary. Thoughts live; they travel far.”