Swami Vivekananda 1863-1902

15. Vivekananda Quotes 1 Ye divinities on earth—sinners! It is a sin to call a man so; it is a standing libel on human nature! Come up, O lions, and shake off the delusion that you are sheep; you are souls immortal, spirits free, blest and eternal; ye are not matter, ye are not bodies; matter is your servant, not you the servant of matter.

14. The Passing The last two months which the Swami passed on earth were full of events foreshadowing the approaching end, though at times these events passed by unsuspected by those around him. As days passed the Swami felt more and more the necessity of withdrawing himself from the task of directing the affairs of the Math. “How often,” he said, “does a man ruin

13. Parting glimpses Before taking up the work that awaited him on his return to India, the Swami’s first object was to visit Mrs Sevier at the Advaita Āśrama, in Māyāvatī. On his arrival at the Belur Math, he had the confirmation of his premonition of the passing away of his beloved disciple, Mr Sevier, which had occurred on October 28, 1900. Without stopping to

12. Second visit to the West The Swami announced his intention of going to the West in order to see the work he had founded as well as to give fresh impetus to them. He was urged also by his friends and physicians to do so at once as his health was very poor. This time he took with him Sister Nivedita and a brother

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 aspects of his Mission—notably the

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 of Vedanta”, and “The Future

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 am looking forward to India!”

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. From the moment he set

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 been only casual. He had

*/ 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 Continent. On the right and