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VIVEKANANDA-THE CYCLONIC PATRIOT

Updated on May 04, 2012

He who loves not his country, can love nothing.

- Lord Byron

The time is the nineteenth century. the country is india. a gigantic rogue wave is steadily amassing force against the nation's culturefront. Before the blink of an eye, it will sweep through this occlusioned land and ignite its fading colour. the nation's splendour has been demolished by alien burglars-the mughals, now the british and it is the impudent mob who have oiled the wheels of such a catastrophe. "The cradle of the human race, the birthplace of human speech, the mother of history, the grandmother of legend, and the great grandmother of tradition" has become now 'the Cradle of Filth' and 'the advocate of dissolution of human values'. Mother India is set on fire, hellfire. She is moribund. She is weeping in her silence. She will die.

"Something must be done, and done fast. but it must be done thoughtfully and wisely. it must be done without hurrying." The weeping mother quakes. She needs a child, a hero. A hero who will fight tirelessly. A hero who will bring her glory.

A hero who will "dive into the depths of time

And bring from out the ages, that have rolled

A few small fragments of these wrecks sublime

Which human eye may never more behold"

Many come, but seem only to be a little moth placed under the wheel of tyranny which is ever-raging, ever rushing, uncompromising and waits not for the widow's tears or the orphan's cry. The heart is sunk and just when all hope is on the brink of arson, there is a bright glow over the horizon. Over land, over time, over all dimensions. Yes, the hero has come. Swami Vivekanada is his name.

"Modern India is Vivekananda's Creation."

-Subash Chandra Bose

Just like the Phoenix is born out of its ashes, India, in her mourn of all ages, could come back to life only if magic could pour into her its fury. But for this, She needed a Wizard. A Wizard, who by his glow would vanquish all darkness. A king, who would grow to be the "tamer of souls". A knight, who would spring as the "paragon of Vedantists." Vivekananda, was her Wizard Child-the product of a thousand years of tireless striving, He was the greatest courtesy from heaven. Her Prayers were answered.

Born in the 12th of January, 1863 as Narendranath Dutta, Greatness could be seen twinkling in Vivekananda's eyes from the very mooring. He spoke little, but his glow said it all. In the early hours of Childhood he was possessed by the stories of the brave warriors in the Ramayana and Mahabharata. The seed of patriotism was planted in him, when one day, his mother told him the story of Shivaji-the Warrior, who for the love of his motherland would kiss all the sorrow in the cosmos. Together, it was the grand history of India that stood to be the backbone of the patriot in Vivekananda.

So, what did this patiot do?

It was 11th September 1893. Venue was Art Institute of Chicago. Occasion was the world parliament of religions. A nervous looking saffron clad thirty years lad was representing India and Hinduism. When the lad addressed the gathering as ”My dear American sisters and brothers”, the whole audience stood on their toes and applauded the lad. With in his brief speech, the lad changed the perception of west on Indian culture and Hinduism.That lad was none but Vivekananda.

Since the Occupation of India by the British, India was diluted and highly undone in its religious and cultural stands. To the West, India was now known to be an impoverished country with no History at all. European Scholars, including Max Muller and James Mill, submerged in the illusions of their racial supremacy, had declared that Indian Aryans never belonged to this land. They were wandering aliens. The Indian purview of patriotism was deliberately smashed by the European masters. Afterall, who would choose to love a slave country? But Vivekananda knew, this was wrong. He knew that India had a history that dated back to many thousands of years. A history that was richer that any other nation under the sky. In his "The Future of India", Vivekananda said "This is the ancient land where wisdom made its home before it went into any other country, the same India whose influx of spirituality is represented, as it were, on the material plane, by rolling rivers like oceans, where the eternal Himalayas, rising tier above tier with their snowcaps, look as it were into the very mysteries of heaven. Here is the same India whose soil has been trodden by the feet of the greatest sages that ever lived. Here first sprang up inquiries into the nature of man and into the internal world. Here first arose the doctrines of the immortality of the soul, the existence of a supervising God, an immanent God in nature and in man, and here the highest ideals of religion and philosophy have attained their culminating points. This is the land from whence, like the tidal waves, spirituality and philosophy have again and again rushed out and deluged the world, and this is the land from whence once more such tides must proceed in order to bring life and vigour into the decaying races of mankind. It is the same India which has withstood the shocks of centuries, of hundreds of foreign invasions of hundreds of upheavals of manners and customs. It is the same land which stands firmer than any rock in the world, with its undying vigour, indestructible life. Its life is of the same nature as the soul, without beginning and without end, immortal; and we are the children of such a country."

Vivekananda made the western intellectuals realize that Hinduism is not all about idol worshiping, black magic, animal sacrifice and caste system. Rather, it preaches service to man is the greatest service to the God. Hinduism is about self control to attain divinity. Work and service to others are the first priority in Hinduism rather than visiting temples, adhering to a doctrine or principle. Hinduism accepts education as a manifestation for perfection. And this is how he vindicated his love for the Country he was born in.

Speaking of the problems before India he said, “The problems in India are more complicated, more momentous, than the problems in any other country… The elements which compose the nations of the world are indeed very few, taking race after race, compared to this country. Here have been the Aryan, the Dravidian, the Tartar, the Turk, the Mogul, the European — all the nations of the world, as it were, pouring their blood into this land. Of languages the most wonderful conglomeration is here; of manners and customs there is more difference between two Indian races than between the European and the Eastern races.”

According to him, “The one common ground that we have is our sacred tradition, our religion…The unity in religion, therefore, is absolutely necessary as the first condition of the future of India.” He told his countrymen not to quarrel within. “With the giving up of quarrels”, he said, “all other improvements will come.” Vivekananda made it clear that for the reconstruction of India it was of the utmost obligation to lift up the masses. He believed that the population of India if united, means infinite power capable of doing anything and everything. “To make a great future India”, he said, “the whole secret lies in organization, accumulation of power, co-ordination of wills.”

Writings and speeches of Swami Vivekananda inspired the Indian youth and most of the leading figures of Indian freedom struggle to accelerate the movement. His famous quote” Awake, arise, stop not till the goal is reached” strengthened the inner spirit of Indian youth to sacrifice everything for the Nation and success of the movement. It was Vivekananda who On the plane of the Indian freedom struggle had said that For the next fifty years this alone shall be our keynote — this, our great Mother India. Let all other vain gods disappear for the time from our minds. This is the only god that is awake, our own race — "everywhere his hands, everywhere his feet, everywhere his ears, he covers everything." Prominent leaders who were influenced by the speeches and writings of Swami Vivekananda are Subhash Chandra Bose, Chakravarti Rajagopalachari, Mahatma Gandhi, Aurobindo Ghose and Bagha Jatin.

The major aim of Vivekananda was to inspire and motivate Indian youth for an independent, strong and prosperous India. In this direction, establishment of RamKrishna Mission is a giant leap forward. Under his inspiration, industrialist J.D. Tata set up Indian Institute of science.

All the above contributions are only a small description of swami Vivekananda’s contribution to Indian culture, civilization and Hinduism. Hence, if we take the statement of Rabindranath Tagore that if you want to know India, study Vivekananda into account, it will not be an exaggeration of fact.

He who loves not his country, can love nothing.

- Lord Byron

The time is the nineteenth century. the country is india. a gigantic rogue wave is steadily amassing force against the nation's culturefront. Before the blink of an eye, it will sweep through this occlusioned land and ignite its fading colour. the nation's splendour has been demolished by alien burglars-the mughals, now the british and it is the impudent mob who have oiled the wheels of such a catastrophe. "The cradle of the human race, the birthplace of human speech, the mother of history, the grandmother of legend, and the great grandmother of tradition" has become now 'the Cradle of Filth' and 'the advocate of dissolution of human values'. Mother India is set on fire, hellfire. She is moribund. She is weeping in her silence. She will die.

"Something must be done, and done fast. but it must be done thoughtfully and wisely. it must be done without hurrying." The weeping mother quakes. She needs a child, a hero. A hero who will fight tirelessly. A hero who will bring her glory.

A hero who will "dive into the depths of time

And bring from out the ages, that have rolled

A few small fragments of these wrecks sublime

Which human eye may never more behold"

Many come, but seem only to be a little moth placed under the wheel of tyranny which is ever-raging, ever rushing, uncompromising and waits not for the widow's tears or the orphan's cry. The heart is sunk and just when all hope is on the brink of arson, there is a bright glow over the horizon. Over land, over time, over all dimensions. Yes, the hero has come. Swami Vivekanada is his name.

"Modern India is Vivekananda's Creation."

-Subash Chandra Bose

Just like the Phoenix is born out of its ashes, India, in her mourn of all ages, could come back to life only if magic could pour into her its fury. But for this, She needed a Wizard. A Wizard, who by his glow would vanquish all darkness. A king, who would grow to be the "tamer of souls". A knight, who would spring as the "paragon of Vedantists." Vivekananda, was her Wizard Child-the product of a thousand years of tireless striving, He was the greatest courtesy from heaven. Her Prayers were answered.

Born in the 12th of January, 1863 as Narendranath Dutta, Greatness could be seen twinkling in Vivekananda's eyes from the very mooring. He spoke little, but his glow said it all. In the early hours of Childhood he was possessed by the stories of the brave warriors in the Ramayana and Mahabharata. The seed of patriotism was planted in him, when one day, his mother told him the story of Shivaji-the Warrior, who for the love of his motherland would kiss all the sorrow in the cosmos. Together, it was the grand history of India that stood to be the backbone of the patriot in Vivekananda.

So, what did this patiot do?

It was 11th September 1893. Venue was Art Institute of Chicago. Occasion was the world parliament of religions. A nervous looking saffron clad thirty years lad was representing India and Hinduism. When the lad addressed the gathering as ”My dear American sisters and brothers”, the whole audience stood on their toes and applauded the lad. With in his brief speech, the lad changed the perception of west on Indian culture and Hinduism.That lad was none but Vivekananda.

Since the Occupation of India by the British, India was diluted and highly undone in its religious and cultural stands. To the West, India was now known to be an impoverished country with no History at all. European Scholars, including Max Muller and James Mill, submerged in the illusions of their racial supremacy, had declared that Indian Aryans never belonged to this land. They were wandering aliens. The Indian purview of patriotism was deliberately smashed by the European masters. Afterall, who would choose to love a slave country? But Vivekananda knew, this was wrong. He knew that India had a history that dated back to many thousands of years. A history that was richer that any other nation under the sky. In his "The Future of India", Vivekananda said "This is the ancient land where wisdom made its home before it went into any other country, the same India whose influx of spirituality is represented, as it were, on the material plane, by rolling rivers like oceans, where the eternal Himalayas, rising tier above tier with their snowcaps, look as it were into the very mysteries of heaven. Here is the same India whose soil has been trodden by the feet of the greatest sages that ever lived. Here first sprang up inquiries into the nature of man and into the internal world. Here first arose the doctrines of the immortality of the soul, the existence of a supervising God, an immanent God in nature and in man, and here the highest ideals of religion and philosophy have attained their culminating points. This is the land from whence, like the tidal waves, spirituality and philosophy have again and again rushed out and deluged the world, and this is the land from whence once more such tides must proceed in order to bring life and vigour into the decaying races of mankind. It is the same India which has withstood the shocks of centuries, of hundreds of foreign invasions of hundreds of upheavals of manners and customs. It is the same land which stands firmer than any rock in the world, with its undying vigour, indestructible life. Its life is of the same nature as the soul, without beginning and without end, immortal; and we are the children of such a country."

Vivekananda made the western intellectuals realize that Hinduism is not all about idol worshiping, black magic, animal sacrifice and caste system. Rather, it preaches service to man is the greatest service to the God. Hinduism is about self control to attain divinity. Work and service to others are the first priority in Hinduism rather than visiting temples, adhering to a doctrine or principle. Hinduism accepts education as a manifestation for perfection. And this is how he vindicated his love for the Country he was born in.

Speaking of the problems before India he said, “The problems in India are more complicated, more momentous, than the problems in any other country… The elements which compose the nations of the world are indeed very few, taking race after race, compared to this country. Here have been the Aryan, the Dravidian, the Tartar, the Turk, the Mogul, the European — all the nations of the world, as it were, pouring their blood into this land. Of languages the most wonderful conglomeration is here; of manners and customs there is more difference between two Indian races than between the European and the Eastern races.”

According to him, “The one common ground that we have is our sacred tradition, our religion…The unity in religion, therefore, is absolutely necessary as the first condition of the future of India.” He told his countrymen not to quarrel within. “With the giving up of quarrels”, he said, “all other improvements will come.” Vivekananda made it clear that for the reconstruction of India it was of the utmost obligation to lift up the masses. He believed that the population of India if united, means infinite power capable of doing anything and everything. “To make a great future India”, he said, “the whole secret lies in organization, accumulation of power, co-ordination of wills.”

Writings and speeches of Swami Vivekananda inspired the Indian youth and most of the leading figures of Indian freedom struggle to accelerate the movement. His famous quote” Awake, arise, stop not till the goal is reached” strengthened the inner spirit of Indian youth to sacrifice everything for the Nation and success of the movement. It was Vivekananda who On the plane of the Indian freedom struggle had said that For the next fifty years this alone shall be our keynote — this, our great Mother India. Let all other vain gods disappear for the time from our minds. This is the only god that is awake, our own race — "everywhere his hands, everywhere his feet, everywhere his ears, he covers everything." Prominent leaders who were influenced by the speeches and writings of Swami Vivekananda are Subhash Chandra Bose, Chakravarti Rajagopalachari, Mahatma Gandhi, Aurobindo Ghose and Bagha Jatin.

The major aim of Vivekananda was to inspire and motivate Indian youth for an independent, strong and prosperous India. In this direction, establishment of RamKrishna Mission is a giant leap forward. Under his inspiration, industrialist J.D. Tata set up Indian Institute of science.

All the above contributions are only a small description of swami Vivekananda’s contribution to Indian culture, civilization and Hinduism. Hence, if we take the statement of Rabindranath Tagore that if you want to know India, study Vivekananda into account, it will not be an exaggeration of fact.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      your article is awesome...It feels so great to see that still there are guys like you who is cherishing the patriotic feeling even in the 21st century ,where a group of people indulge theirselves in the barbaric butchery just to sustain their Kinglihood in the name of patriotism ...Otherwise none even utter the name of the patriots who gave us a new independent life by sacrificing their lives..when we,the so called 'ultra modern' people, are tearing down our culture,our heritage, we don't even remind of their contribution...alas!not even mistakenly...

      I hope your article will awaken the youth..

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      Ritwik5194 4 years ago from Raiganj, West Bengal, India

      Thank You.

      I hope that at least one person will benefit from it.

      The Jews say, "He who saves one man, saves the entire world."

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