Swami Vivekananda, his earlier name was Narendranatha Dutta was born on 12th january 1863, the auspicious day of Makarasankranthi. His father, Viswanatha Dutta was a lawyer. Mother Bhuvaneshwari Devi considered her son as a gift of the Lord Shiva. From the childhood days itself he has a deep desire to help others.
As Naren grew, his sharp intellect and spirit of inquiry began to raise many doubts about the existence of God. The meeting with Sree Ramakrishna changed Naren's life. He felt deeply drawn to Sri Ramakrishna. He became chief disciple of Sri Ramakrishna.
During travels Swamiji was pained to see the pitiable condition of his country men. He wanted a solution which would be in conformity with the religious and cultural traditions of india. Swamiji decided to go to west to broadcast India's spiritual message and seek help from them to improve the conditions in India. His speech at the Parliament of Religions had an electrifying effect and everyone burst to thunderous clapping. Swamiji said that service to humanity was equivalent to worship of God.
Birth and childhood
Vivekananda was born as Narendranath Datta (in short, Narendra) in Calcutta, the capital of British India, on 12 January 1863 during the Makar Sankranti festival. He belonged to a traditional Bengali Kayastha (a caste of Hindus) family and was one of nine siblings.His father, Vishwanath Datta, was an attorney of Calcutta High Court.Durgacharan Datta, Narendra's grandfather, was a Sankrit and Persian scholar who left his family and became a monk at the age of twenty five.Narendra's mother Bhuvaneswari Devi was a religious housewife.The progressive rational approach of Narendra's father and the religious temperament of his mother helped shape his thinking and personality.
Narenda was interested in spirituality from a young age, and used to play by meditating before the images of deities such as Shiva, Rama, and Sita.He was fascinated by the wandering ascetics and... [continues]
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