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How Swami Vivekananda became the ‘messenger of Indian wisdom’ to West

Posted on : 18 Feb 2020

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  • An important religious reformer in India, Swami Vivekananda is known to have introduced the Hindu philosophies of Yoga and Vedanta to the West.
  • NetajiSubhas Chandra Bose had called Vivekananda the “maker of modern India.”
  • In his honour, the government of India in 1984 declared his birthday as National Youth Day.
  • The aim of the celebrations is to spread the message of strength, fearlessness, sacrifice, character-building and excellence among youth.
  • Swami Vivekananda propounded the importance of Education in building a nation. He believed that education was the primary means to empowering people. He specially emphasized on education being relevant to the common masses.
  • Ramakrishna Mission is an organization established by Swami Vivekananda which works in the area of value based education, culture, health, women's empowerment, youth and tribal welfare and relief and rehabilitation.
  • Through his speeches and lectures, Vivekananda worked to disseminate his religious thought. He preached ‘neo-Vedanta’, an interpretation of Hinduism through a Western lens, and believed in combining spirituality with material progress.
  • ‘Raja Yoga’, ‘Jnana Yoga’, ‘Karma Yoga’ are some of the books he wrote.
  • Before his death in 1902, Vivekananda wrote to a Western follower: “It may be that I shall find it good to get outside my body, to cast it off like a worn out garment. But I shall not cease to work. I shall inspire men everywhere until the whole world shall know that it is one with God.”

Article Related Questions

  1. Consider the following statements regarding Swami Vivekananda
    1.NetajiSubhas Chandra Bose had called Vivekananda the “maker of modern India.”
    2.‘Raja Yoga’, ‘Jnana Yoga’, ‘Karma Yoga’ are some of the books he wrote.
    Which of the following statement is/are correct?

  2. 1.1 only

    2.2 only

    3.Both 1 and 2

    4.Neither 1 nor 2

    Right Ans : Both 1 and 2

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