A man of virtues and values!
A legend was born on Jan 12, 1863 as Narendranath Datta, better known to the world as Swami Vivekananda who was the chief disciple of the 19th-century Sage Ramakrishna. He was the perfect embodiment of intellect and humanity; and after his death on July 4, 1902, all his teachings and lectures were gathered into nine volumes.
Swami Vivekanand Jee has been an inspiration for the youth of the nation and will remain so for many more generations to come. And since 1984, we observe a day as National Youth Day to commemorate him. There are several anecdotes about the legendary man and his life and the events that happened in his life are inspiring. And you would fall in love with this flabbergasting personality because of his way of tackling the life situations. I’m quite confident that as a student, these will inspire you.
1. A Well-read person
Swami Vivekananda was a voracious reader. While he stayed in Chicago, he used to go to the library and borrow large volumes of books and return them to the librarian in a day’s time. While his annoyed librarian said, she would take a test and selected a random page from a book and asked him to tell what was written there. Without even a glance at the book Vivekananda repeated the lines exactly as they were written. She asked him several more questions and he answered all of them without a flaw.
2. The fearless
Swami Vivekananda loved to dangle head down from a champak tree in his friend’s compound. One day, when he was 8-years-old, he was climbing the tree and an old man approached him asking him not to climb the tree. The old man was probably just being protective. When the kid questioned him why? The old man told him that there was a ghost living on the tree and it would hurt him and break his neck if he climbed the tree again. Swami nodded and the old man walked away. The not so convinced 8-year-old climbed the tree again, all of his friends were scared and asked him why he was doing it despite knowing that he would be hurt; he laughed and said “What a silly fellow you are! Don’t believe everything just because someone tells you! If the old grandfather’s story was true then my neck would have been broken long ago.”
3. The wit
Swami was travelling in a train and was wearing a wrist watch that caught the attention of a few girls present in the train, they were making fun of his clothes and his appearance; they decided to play a prank. The girls asked him to give them the watch else they would complain to the cops that he was harassing them, he then remained silent and acted deaf; made signs to the girls to write what they wanted to say on a piece of paper, the girls wrote it on the paper and gave it to him. Any ideas what he did next? He then spoke; he called the cops and said “I have a complaint to make.”
4. His quality of compassion
Swami Vivekananda represented India and Hinduism in the Parliament of World religion, in Chicago, and before going abroad, he was tested by his mother on whether he had the right to preach Hinduism. After having food, both of them sat down to eat some fruits. Swami cut the fruit, ate it and after that, his mother asked him for the knife; he handed over the knife to his mother and she was more than pleased. She said ‘you have passed the test and you are now eligible to preach the world,’ a confused Swami questioned her what was she talking about? His mother replied, “Son, when I asked for the knife, I saw how you handed it to me, you gave the knife by holding its sharp edge and kept the wooden handle of knife towards me; so that I would not get hurt when I take it and this means you took care of me.”
To have compassion and being able to take good care of others is a remarkable quality, it is the law of the nature that the more selfless you are the more you will receive; and so did Swami Vivekananda.
5. The concentration power
While Swami Vivekananda was in America, some boys were standing on the bridge and trying to shoot eggshells that were floating in the water. They failed almost at every try, Vivekananda who was watching them from a distance went close to them, took the gun and fired twelve times, and every time he fired, he hit the eggshell. The inquisitive boys asked him how he did it? He replied “Whatever you are doing, put your whole mind on it. If you are shooting, your mind should be only on the target. Then you will never miss.