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A young man named Narendranath Dutta was running in a forest in India. After all, a group of monkeys have attacked. He did not know where to go. Suddenly, he met a man who told him to turn back and face the monkeys. Within no time, monkeys went away.
Narendranath Dutta then decided to make a decision – do not fear any problems. Face them and they shall fade away.
What a memory
During his college time, Narendranath used to be very fond of books. At that time, India was under British rule. So, one day; he was reading a book and a British saw this. Narendra happened to turn pages at abnormally fast rate.
The British man thought that he must be simply turning pages rather than reading the book. He asked Narendra as if he was joking. Narendra turned the book towards that British and said – you can ask whatever you want.
His memory was shocking for that Briton.
A caring attitude
Narendra chose to move ahead on spiritual path. He took permission from his mother. She told him to bring a knife. He brought it. He was holding it in unusual manner.
The sharp edge was pointed to himself. The mother said – you will always care for rest of the world.
Narendra taught Yoga and spirituality to many people worldwide and taught Vedanta spirituality overseas as well.
A philanthropist mentality
Narendra was of caring nature right from his childhood. His focus was remarkable. He was a philanthropist as well. At the same time, he was blunt and outspoken. One day, he saw a man who said that he could walk on water easily. He demonstrated the same. Narendranath asked him how many years it took to develop those powers. The man replied – 10 years.
Narendra said – you were born human not a fish. You wasted 10 precious years to get that power which a fish can do anyway. Had you utilized those 10 years for benefit of the world, it would have been better.
Not only this, but Narendra founded a spiritual mission named after his Guru with primary goal to uplift the poor. He went overseas to teach universal love and harmony.
One day, he went inside a Shiv Temple and notably mentioned this:
There are 2 ways to worship Shiv. The inferior involves worship through rituals. One must understand that the lord is not bound to rituals. The superior way is to see Shiv in every poor man and worship him while helping the oppressed.
A charismatic personality
Narendra possessed a great personality. He was capable enough to impress many great minds. With his team, he explained Vedanta to US and the West. In Chicago, he did start the speech with “Brothers and Sisters” which was done for the first time ever.
Dr. Carl Sagan, Ms. Annie Wood Besant, Sir Niels Bohr, Erwin Shrodinger were among those inspired from his works.
The final journey
It was 1st July 1902 and Narendra turned 39. He told one of his disciple Mr. Nityananda that his body cannot contain his soul and the soul should now leave the body.
On 4th July (3 days later), his soul was freed and the body was destroyed. Narendra is considered a role model for the youth and his Date of Birth 12th January is celebrated as Indian Youth Day.
He is better known by the name Swami Vivekananda. He was a strange man but a real human.