Why is Swami Vevekananda Famous?
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Swami Vivekananda was one of the most influential spiritual leaders of India. He was the chief disciple of Sri Ramakrishna Paramahamsa.
Vivekananda was born Narendranath at his ancestral home at 3 Gourmohan Mukherjee Street in Calcutta, the capital of British India, on 12 January 1863 during the Makar Sankranti festival. He belonged to a traditional Bengali Kayastha family and was one of nine siblings. His father, Vishwanath Datta, was an attorney at the Calcutta High Court.
After passing his matriculation, Narendra studied philosophy. Doubts regarding the existence of God arose in his mind. In his quest to know the truth, Narendra met Sri Ramakrishna Paramahamsa, who became his guru. After the passing away of his guru, Narendra founded the Ramakrishna Math, and vowed to lead the life of a monk.
In 1890, Narendra acquired the name of Swami Vivekananda.
SWAMI VIVEKANANDA'S inspiring personality was well known both in India and in America during the last decade of the nineteenth century and the first decade of the twentieth. The unknown monk of India suddenly leapt into fame at the Parliament of Religions held in Chicago in 1893, at which he represented Hinduism. His vast knowledge of Eastern and Western culture as well as his deep spiritual insight, fervid eloquence, brilliant conversation, broad human sympathy, colourful personality, and handsome figure made an irresistible appeal to the many types of Americans who came in contact with him. People who saw or heard Vivekananda even once still cherish his memory after a lapse of more than half a century.
Swami Vivekananda established The Sri Ramakrishna Mission in 1897, aiming to inspire self confidence among Indians. Vivekananda died on July 4th, 1902.
Swami Vivekanand Quotes
You have to grow from the inside out. None can teach you, none can make you spiritual. There is no other teacher but your own soul .- Swami Vivekanand
We are what our thoughts have made us; so take care about what you think. Words are secondary. Thoughts live; they travel far. - Swami Vivekanand
You cannot believe in God until you believe in yourself. - Swami Vivekanand