life of swami vivekanamda

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A SHORT LIFE
OF
SWAMI VIVEKANANDA

SWAMI TEJASANANDA

(Publication Department)
5 Dehi Entally Road
Kolkata 700 014

Published by
Swami Mumukshananda
President, Advaita Ashrama
Mayavati, Pithoragarh, Himalayas
from its Publication Department, Calcutta

© All Rights Reserved
Fifteenth Impression, June 1995
16M3C

ISBN 81-7505-030-6

Printed in India at
Gipidi Box Co.
3B Chatu Babu Lane
Calcutta 700 014

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PUBLISHER’S NOTE
TO THE SECOND EDITION
Since the first appearance of the book certain
new findings about the life of Swami Vivekananda
have been made. In the present edition the book
has therefore been slightly edited and corrected
accordingly. We are indebted to Amrita Salm of the
Vedanta Society of Southern California for her help
in this regard.
10 April 1995

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PREFACE
During his last illness, when Sri Ramakrishna
could not talk, he wrote on a piece of paper that
Swami Vivekananda (then known as Narendra
Nath) should have to work for the good of
humanity. But Swami Vivekananda did not relish
this idea, since he was yearning to remain absorbed
in meditation and enjoy perennial Bliss. Sri Ramakrishna then remarked that if Swami Vivekananda would not willingly plunge into work, the Divine
Mother would force him to do it. Afterwards, when
Swami Vivekananda was in the ceaseless turmoil
of work, moving like a meteor from the East to the
West, and the West to the East, he used to say, ‘Something has possessed me and is giving me no rest.’ The period of his active work was short, but
posterity will some day be able to assess at its true
value all that he has done for his motherland as
well as for the world.
Meantime, one is concerned with the fact that
the life and message of Swami Vivekananda are a
source of great inspiration to many in their individual as well as collective life. His words give

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courage to a drooping soul, his message brings new
hope for a sinking nation. Swami Vivekananda was
the embodiment of strength, and if all his teachings
were to be summed up in one word, that word
would be STRENGTH—a dynamic strength. It is for
the want of strength that individuals fail in life,
nations suffer, and the world is in torment. As such,
the number of persons who are eager to know about
Swami Vivekananda or are likely to be benefited
by his message is legion.
The present short biography is intended to
meet the needs of those who, with all their earnestness, have neither the time nor the opportunity to read longer works about the Swami. A versatile
genius as Swami Vivekananda was, and manysided as were his activities, it is idle to hope or to expect that a complete picture of that mighty soul
could be given in such a small compass. The attempt
is here made only to give a glimpse, so that people
may become interested to know more about him.
In preparing this book, we have utilized the
materials found in the Advaita Ashrama publications about Swami Vivekananda. The present book is a companion volume to A Short Life of Sri
Ramakrishna.
December 21, 1940
MAYAVATI

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CONTENTS
CHAPTER

I
II
III
IV
V
VI
VII
VIII
IX
X
XI

Boy Narendra Nath
Meeting With Sri Ramakrishna
Transformation
A Wandering Monk
From the Old World to the New
In the Parliament of Religions
As a Teacher in America
In England
Beloved India
Message to his Countrymen
In the Company of Western and
Eastern Disciples
XII Second Visit to the West
XIII Parting Glimpses
XIV The Passing
Some Utterances

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62
70
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84
88
101
106
110
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120

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A SHORT LIFE OF
SWAMI VIVEKANANDA
BOY NARENDRA NATH
The future Swami Vivekananda was born in
the famous Datta family of Simla, in Calcutta. His
family name was Narendra Nath Datta. His
grandfather, Durga Charan Datta, was a gifted man,...
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