The Thursday Post 25.10.12

Born: 12 January, 1863
Died: 4 July, 1902

Swami Vivekananda is known for his inspiring speech at the Parliament of the World’s Religions at Chicago on 11 September, 1893, where he introduced Hindu philosophy to the west. But this was not the only contribution of the saint. He revealed the true foundations of India’s unity as a nation. He taught how a nation with such a vast diversity can be bound together by a feeling of humanity and brother-hood.

Freedom fighter Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose once said: “Swamiji harmonized the East and the West, religion and science, past and present. And that is why he is great. Our countrymen have gained unprecedented self-respect, self-reliance and self-assertion from his teachings.”

Vivekananda was successful in constructing a virtual bridge between the culture of East and the West. He interpreted the Hindu scriptures, philosophy and the way of life to the Western people. He made them realize that in spite of poverty and backwardness, India had a great contribution to make to world culture. He played a key role in ending India’s cultural isolation from the rest of the world.

Ramkrishna Mission

During his travels all over the country, Vivekananda was deeply hurt to see the appalling poverty and backwardness of the countrymen. He found people starving for days and there are no food and shelter for them. He also found that, despite of poverty, the masses clung to religion. One thing became clear to Swamiji: to carry out his plans for the spread of education and for the uplift of the poor masses, and also of women, an efficient organization of dedicated people was needed. Few years later, he founded one of the world’s largest charitable relief missions, the Ramakrishna Mission.

This organization is still working in full glory with one goal, to help those who need and/or deserve it. It has a chain of selfless monks and nuns who serve poors all over the country and run one of the most reputed schools of India, the students of these schools are renowned for their merit.

The monks are fully dedicated to help at the time of need, disaster or other reasons. In one sentence, it’s one of the best charitable organizations in India!

Source: Internet. Sorry I gave away my history books to someone 😦 so I had to borrow the whole information from internet, word to word, I believe they are accurate.

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