Swami Vivekananda – Life Story – Documentary:
Swami Vivekananda (12 January 1863 – 4 July 1902, born Narendra Nath Datta, was an Indian Hindu monk and chief disciple of the 19th-century saint Ramakrishna.
Born into an aristocratic Bengali family of Calcutta, Vivekananda was inclined towards spirituality. He was influenced by his guru, Ramakrishna, from whom he learn that all living beings were an embodiment of the divine self; therefore, service to God could be rendered by service to mankind.
One day Swami asked the Ramakrishna a question which he had put to several others but had received no satisfactory answer: “Sir, have you seen God?” Without a moment’s hesitation, Sri Ramakrishna replied:
“Yes, I have. I see Him as clearly as I see you, only in a much intenser sense.”
After Sri Ramakrishna’s death, he renounced the world and crisscrossed India as a wandering monk. His mounting compassion for India’s people drove him to seek their material help from the West.
In America, Vivekananda’s mission was the interpretation of India’s spiritual culture, especially in its Vedantic setting.
He also tried to enrich the religious consciousness of the Americans through the rational and humanistic teachings of the Vedanta philosophy. In America, he became India’s spiritual ambassador and pleaded eloquently for better understanding between India and the New World in order to create a healthy synthesis of East and West, of religion and science.
For three years he spread the Vedanta philosophy and religion in America and England and then returned to India to found the Ramakrishna Math and Mission.
Exhorting his nation to spiritual greatness, he awakened India to a new national consciousness. He died July 4, 1902, after a second, much shorter sojourn in the West. His lectures and writings have been gathered into nine volumes.
The 150th birth anniversary of Swami was celebrated in India and abroad. The Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports in India officially observed 2013 as the occasion in a declaration. Bengali film director Tutu (Utpal) Sinha made a film, The Light: Swami as a tribute for his 150th birth anniversary.
“Take up one idea. Make that one idea your life – think of it, the dream of it, live on that idea. Let the brain, muscles, nerves, every part of your body, be full of that idea, and just leave every other idea alone. This is the way to success.”
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