The Modern Monk: Vivekananda

SMJBuzz 11 Jan, 2017 People

Swami Vivekananda’s thoughts and beliefs inspired the whole world. He’ll always be remembered for his inspiring words and he’ll be eternal with motivational quotes. On the occasion of Vivekananda’s birthday which falls on 12th January, let’s know some of the unknown things about him:


1.  Sacrifices



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His family was reduced to poverty, after his father’s death. There was not enough food to fill the whole family. Vivekananda on many mornings used to tell his mother that he had lunch invitations and go out so that others get a larger share. On such days, he has very little to eat and some days nothing at all. He says that he was too proud to tell anyone about this.


2.  He was a pure Saint



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Many ladies who were enamoured of him, tried to woo him, to take advantage of his penury. He preferred to starve instead of falling for such temptations. He once replied to a lady that she should shun upon these humanly desires and call upon God.


3.  Unemployment



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He held a BA degree but he used to go door to door in search for work. He would loudly call out, “I am unemployed”, and to those who asked him. After this, his faith in God shook and he aggressively believed and preached that God didn't exist.


4.  Financial Help



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He never asked anyone for help because of his pride. He used to prefer work against help. But, The Maharaja of Khetri, Ajit Singh, used to regularly send 100 rupees to his mother to support her financially. This is a really closely guarded secret.


5.  He suffered everything



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Vivekananda served God, tirelessly, but this led to him suffering from various ailments. He had caught everything – migraines, tonsillitis, asthma, indigestion, fatigue, sea sickness, premature grey hair, persistent fever, body heat up, liver problem, diarrhoea, gastroenteritis, kidney problem, bloodshot eyes, loss of vision, chronic insomnia, heart problems. He used to say, “One has to die. It’s better to wear out than rust out.”


6.  Strict Rules



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No women were allowed inside the monastery. Once, when he was heavily down with fever, his disciples fetched his mother. Seeing her mother, Vivekananda shouted, “Why did you allow a woman to come in? I was the one who made rules and it is for me that the rule is being broken!”


7.  Believe in you



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He said, “You cannot believe in God until you believe in yourself.” He strongly believed that you become what you do.


8.  Don't stop



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“Arise! Awake! And stop not until the goal is reached.” You should work on your dreams till you achieve them. You can't stop until you reach there. You shouldn't stop at any cost till you reach your goal


9.  He loved his Mother



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He worshipped his mother. Pratap Mazoomdar condemned him to be a “cheat and a fraud”, after his Chicago fame. He simply said that he has an old mother who has done the most she can bear. She has given up her son to let him serve God midst of all her suffering. He said that what Mazoomdar said, would have simply killed her mother. He loved her mother and she was divine for her.


10.  Long Court Case



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His wife, Gyanadasundari, ousted his family from their ancestral house and filed a suit in the court. Vivekananda fought various litigations for 14 years. He had to pay some financial compensation when the court case ended on 28th June 1902, which proved out to be the last Saturday of his life. He then passed away on 4th July, 1902 at the age of 39.

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