“Do not wait for anybody or anything. Do whatever you can. Build your
hope on none.”
Swami Vivekananda (known
in his pre-monastic life as Narendra
Nath Datta) was born to Vishwanath Datta and
Bhuvaneshwari Devi, in Kolkata on 12th January, 1863. During
his education in the Calcutta University, he acquired vast knowledge of various
subjects, especially Western philosophy and history. His Guru, Ramakrisna Deva
had great influence in his early life. His Guru taught him that all
living beings were an embodiment of the divine self; therefore, service to God
could be rendered by service to mankind.
Swami Vivekananda, known for his spiritual genius,
is an inspiring personality who is widely known for introducing Indian
philosophies of Vedanta and Yoga to the Western world
He is famous as the founder of
Ramakrishna Mission: a unique organization involved in various forms
of social service, such as running hospitals, schools, colleges etc, conducting
massive relief and rehabilitation work for victims of earthquakes, cyclones and
other calamities. By interpreting Hindu sculptures and Hindu way of life to the
Western people and thus helped in building bridges between the East and the
West. He was India’s first great
cultural ambassador to the West. He was a major force in the revival of Hinduism in India.
his life, he has inspired people to work for the betterment and development of
mankind. He believed the best way to serve God is to serve his creation –Man.
Swami ji strongly believed that education should aim to build one’s character,
increase the strength of mind, expand intellect so that one can be
self-dependent. He encouraged having faith in oneself and to be confident
enough to lead a life of morals and spiritual values. He
told his followers that the gist of all religions and worship is to be to be
pure and to do good to others. He inspired people, through his own example to
serve mankind with utmost love, respect and humility.
Swami Vivekananda motivates me to
help the less privileged and work for the betterment for mankind. He inspires
me to take my destiny in my hands and work for my better future. His teachings
motivate me to be self-dependent and have faith in my capabilities. He inspires
me to have tremendous perseverance
and tremendous will to succeed in life. His life teaches that it is our mental attitude which makes the world what it
is for us. Swamiji induces a feeling of gratitude towards ones
motherland and a desire to serve mankind in order to serve God.