Swami Vivekananda

2. Meeting with Śrī Ramakrishna We have seen something of the religious disposition of Narendra, his love for gods and goddesses, and his tendency to meditate. But as his intellectual horizon began to widen and he came more and more in contact with Western philosophy and science, Narendra Nāth began to question his youthful theism and orthodox beliefs. Gradually his

3. Transformation It was the abiding confidence of Śrī Ramakrishna in the integrity of Naren’s character as also the Master’s selfless love for him that conquered his powerful heart. With the growing intimacy with the Master, Naren’s tendency to resist lessened and eventually led to complete self-surrender. Afterwards Naren often said: “Śrī Ramakrishna was the only person who, ever since

4. A wandering monk Soon a tendency to embrace a wandering life, according to the traditions of monks, was most irresistibly felt by most of these young monks. Naren, in spite of his anxiety to maintain the ties of uniting the brotherhood, was himself tormented with the same desire to strike out into the unknown paths of the monks’ life

5. From the Old World to the New Swami Vivekananda went by way of Ceylon, Penang, Singapore, Hongkong, and then visited Canton and Nagasaki. From there he went by land to Yokohama, seeing Osaka, Kyoto, and Tokyo. The Swami gradually accustomed himself to the life on board the ship. His rich imaginative nature saw beauty, in a thousand forms, in

*/ 6. In the parliament of religions On Monday, September 11, 1893 , the first session of the Parliament was opened in the great Hall of Columbus, where were seated representatives of the religious beliefs of twelve hundred millions of the human race. In the centre sat Cardinal Gibbons, the highest prelate of the Roman Catholic Church on the Western

7. As a Teacher in America The Swami, finding that the lecture bureau was exploiting and defrauding him, soon shook himself free from American lecturing organizations. At the beginning of the winter of 1894, he returned to New York after a whirlwind tour through various centres of learning and culture in America. His previous visits to this noted city had

8. In England We have already seen that Swami Vivekananda, after closing his teaching work in Thousand Island Park, visited England in the latter part of 1895. As a matter of fact, he made three visits there; from September to the end of November 1895; from April to the end of July 1896; and from October to December 16, 1896.

9. Beloved India On December 16, 1896, the Swami with Mr and Mrs Sevier left London for the Continent. It was also arranged that Mr Goodwin sailing from Southampton would meet them at Naples. The Swami rejoiced that he was free again. He said to Mr and Mrs Sevier: “Now I have but one thought and that is India. I

10. Message to his countrymen Enthusiasm reached its height at Madras: The city erected for him seventeen triumphal arches, presented him with twenty-four addresses in various languages, and suspended her whole public life at his arrival. Here he gave an eloquent utterance to his message to India in a series of magnificent lectures comprising “My Plan of Campaign”, “The Mission

11. In the company of western and eastern disciples Having finished his lecture tour Swami Vivekananda returned to Calcutta about the middle of January 1898: The Math was transferred in February from Alambazar to Nilambar Mukherjee’s garden- house on the western bank of the Ganga in the village of Belur. For some time the Swami devoted himself to certain important