OVERVIEW OF VIVEKANANDA
• Born in Calcutta in 1863.
• Contact of Ramkrishna change Narendra’s life.
• Became world famous at Chicago in1883.
• “jiva is shiva”.
• “Awake, arise & stop not till the goal is reached.”
• He founded Ramkrishna mission in 1897.
• Swami vivekananda’s inspiring personality was
well known both in India & America.
• The unknown monk of India suddenly leapt into
fame at Parliament of Religion held in Chicago in
• In the course of short of 39 years of which only 10
were devoted to public activities.
• He gave: gyan yog, bhakti yog,karma yog,raj yog.
Birth & Childhood
• Swami Vivekananda was born
Narendranath Datta on 12 January 1863
in Calcutta in a respectable middle-class.
• His father, Viswanath Dutta, was an
attorney and was a lover of the arts and
• On the other hand, Narendra’s mother,
Bhubaneshwari Devi, was a pious, kind-hearted
lady, devoted to the Hindu traditions.
• Narendranath had varied interests & wide range
of scholarship in philosophy, history, social
sciences, art and other subjects.
• He evinced much interest in spiritual text.
College & Brahmo samaj
• Vivekananda strated his education at
home,later he joined metropolitan institution of
ishwarchandra vidyasagar in 1871 and he
passed the entrance examination of presidency
• Narendranath became the member of a
Freemason's lodge and the breakaway faction
from the Brahmo samaj led by kesab chandra
sen another Freemason.
• His initial beliefs were shaped by Brahmo
concepts, which include belief in a formless God
and deprecation of the worship of idols.
• Not satisfied with his knowledge of Philosophy, he
wondered if God and religion could be made a
part of one's growing experiences and deeply
internalized. Narendra went about asking
prominent residents of contemporary Calcutta
whether they had come "face to face with God.
but could not get answers which satisfied him.
Swamiji’s Divine Message for
We are what out thoughts have made us;
so take care about what you think.
Words are secondary. Thoughts live; they travel far.
When an idea exclusively occupies the mind, it is transformed in to
an actual physical or mental state.
Even a fool can accomplish a task if it were
after his or her heart. But the intelligent ones
are those who can convert every work into
one that suits their heart
Take up one idea.
Make that one idea your life.
Think of it, dream of it.
Live on that idea.
Let the brain, muscles, nerves,
every part of your body Be full of
This the way to“SUCCESS”.
Education is the manifestation of
perfection already in man.
Every duty is holy, and devotion to duty is the highest form of the worship of
When you are doing any work, do not think of anything beyond. Do it as
worship,As the highest worship, and devote your whole life to it for the time
Neither money pays, nor name, nor
fame, nor learning,
it is CHARACTER
that can cleave through adamantine
walls of difficulties.
It is good to be born a child;
but bad to remain a child
If you think that the infinite power,
infinite knowledge,and indomitable
lie within you, and if you can bring
out that power,
You also can be like Me.
“All the power is within
you; you can do anything
and everything. Believe in
that; don’t believe that
you are weak. Stand up
and express the divinity
with in you”
“What ever you think,
that you will be. If you
think yourself weak,
weak you will be; if you
think yourself strong;
strong you will be”
“Stand and die in your
own strength; if there is
any sin in the world, it is
weakness; avoid all
weakness, for weakness is
sin, weakness is death”
“Neither money pays, nor
name pays, nor fame, nor
learning; it is
adamantine walls of
“He is an atheist who does
not believe in himself. The
old religion said that he was
an atheist who does not
believe in God. The new
religion says that he is an
atheist who does not believe
“The greatest sin is to
think yourself weak”
“Help if you can; if you
cannot, fold your hands
and stand by and see
things go on. Do not
injure, if you cannot
“Three things are necessary to
make every man great, every
1. Conviction of the powers of
2. Absence of jealousy and
3. Helping all who are trying to be
and do good
“Are you unselfish? That
is the question. If you
are, you will be perfect
without reading a single
religious book, without
going into a single church
“Misery comes through
attachment, not through work.
As soon as we identify
ourselves with work we do, we
feel miserable; but if we don’t
identify ourselves with it, we do
not feel that misery”
“Nature wants us to react, to
return blow for blow,
cheating for cheating, lie for
lie, to hit back with all our
might, then it requires a
super divine power not hit
back, to keep control, to be
“Always first learn to be
a servant, and then you
will be fit to be a master.
Avoid this jealousy, and
you will do great works
that have yet to be done”
“You must have an iron
will if you would cross
the ocean. You must be
strong enough to pierce
“Take up one idea, make that one
idea your life, think of it, dream of
it, live of it, let the brain, muscle,
nerves, every part of your body be
full of that idea and just leave
every other idea alone. This is the
way great spiritual giants are
produced, others are mere talking
“Your country requires
heroes; be heroes; your
duty is to go on
working, and then
everything will follow of