His father, Viswanath Datta, was a brilliant lawyer and his mother, Bhuvaneshawaridevi, was pious and wise lady devoted to God. As a boy, Narendra was very fearless, generous, loving and devoted. He enjoyed doing worship of Lord Rama and Lord Krishna. He had a strange attraction for wandering Sadhus.
Narendra was hungry for knowledge in all the fields. His memory was amazing. While at school, he was good at studies, as well as games of various kinds. He had a great talent in singing too. His voice was clear, pure, and full with emotion. He practiced meditation fom a very early age. Concentration was the key to his success.
AS A DISCIPLE OF
Narendra was under the discipleship of Sri Ramakrishna for six years. He was transformed from a puzzled, impatient youth to a mature man who would renounce everything for the sake of God-realization.
Soon, Ramakrishna's end
came in the form of throat cancer. About
three days prior to his leaving the world, Sri Ramakrishna called Swami
Vivekananda and transferred all his spiritual powers to him. Sri
Ramakrishna left the worldly abode on
AS A WANDERING MONK :
He was given the name Vivekananda by Maharaja of Khetri for his discernment of things, good and bad. He finally reached Kanyakumari, on 24th December 1892.There, he swam across the sea and started meditating on a lone rock. He meditated for three days about the past, present and future of India. The thought of the poverty of the masses in his country made him miserable. He decided that unless casteism was rooted out, there could be no salvation for his countrymen. The rock later became famous as the " Vivekananda Memorial " at Kanyakumari.
TRIP TO AMERICA :
In 1893, Swami Vivekananda went to Chicago to represent India at the Parliament of All Religions of the World. There he delivered his powerful speech which made the learned audience bow their heads in reverence. He said that people born in different religions finally reach the same God, as river born in different places finally reaches the sea. He declared that no religion is superior and none is inferior. All the delegates praised his speech and he instantly became popular in America.
After four years of constant work in the West, he came back to India in the year 1897. During the same year, he founded Ramakrishna Math and Mission for the service of the Indian Society.
health was constantly eroded owing to tireless work. The
body grew weak, but the mind and the soul remained alert and
Although Swamiji is no longer with us, his words live. He sacrificed the worldly pleasures and dedicated his life to the country and yearned for the progress of his countrymen. His message has continued to inspire millions.
, and stop not till the goal is reached." - Swami Vivekanan