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.
BIOGRAPHY (1863-1902)• 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 1893.• 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 literature.
Continue…..• 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 college, colcutta.• Narendranath became the member of a Freemasons lodge and the breakaway faction from the Brahmo samaj led by kesab chandra sen another Freemason.
Continue…• 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 ones 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.
VIVEKA VANISwamiji’s Divine Message for the Youth
THOUGHTS We are what out thoughts have made us; so take care about what you think.Words are secondary. Thoughts live; they travel far.
CONCENTRATIONWhen an idea exclusively occupies the mind, it is transformed in to an actual physical or mental state.
COMMITMENTEven a fool can accomplish a task if it wereafter his or her heart. But the intelligentones are those who can convert every workinto one that suits their heart
GOALTake 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 ofthat idea.This the way to“SUCCESS”.
EDUCATIONEducation is the manifestation of perfection already in man.
WORKEvery duty is holy, and devotion to duty is the highest form of the worship ofGod.When you are doing any work, do not think of anything beyond. Do it asworship,As the highest worship, and devote your whole life to it for the timebeing.
CHARACTERNeither money pays, nor name, norfame, nor learning,it is CHARACTERthat can cleave through adamantinewalls of difficulties.
MATURITYIt is good to be born a child; but bad to remain a child
If you think that the infinite power,infinite knowledge,and indomitableenergylie within you, and if you can bringout that power,You also can be like Me.
“All the power is withinyou; you can do anythingand everything. Believe in that; don’t believe that you are weak. Stand up and express the divinity with in you” 26
“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” 27
“Stand and die in your own strength; if there isany sin in the world, it is weakness; avoid allweakness, for weakness is sin, weakness is death” 28
“Neither money pays, norname pays, nor fame, nor learning; it is CHARACTER that cleave through adamantine walls of difference” 29
“He is an atheist who does not believe in himself. Theold religion said that he was an atheist who does not believe in God. The new religion says that he is anatheist who does not believe in himself” 30
“The greatest sin is tothink yourself weak” 31
“Help if you can; if youcannot, fold your hands and stand by and see things go on. Do not injure, if you cannot render help” 32
“Three things are necessary to make every man great, every nation great”1. Conviction of the powers of goodness2. Absence of jealousy and suspicion3. Helping all who are trying to be and do good 33
“Are you unselfish? Thatis the question. If you are, you will be perfect without reading a single religious book, withoutgoing into a single church or temple.” 34
“Misery comes through attachment, not through work. As soon as we identify ourselves with work we do, we feel miserable; but if we don’tidentify ourselves with it, we do not feel that misery” 35
“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 unattached” 36
“Always first learn to be a servant, and then youwill be fit to be a master. Avoid this jealousy, and you will do great worksthat have yet to be done” 37
“You must have an iron will if you would crossthe ocean. You must bestrong enough to pierce mountains” 38
“Take up one idea, make that oneidea 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 areproduced, others are mere talking machines” 39
“Your country requires heroes; be heroes; yourduty is to go on working,and then everything will follow of itself” 40