Swami Vivekananda (1863 – 1902)
- December 29, 2020
World history has witnessed several legends who have gone beyond their limits and have achieved a name for themselves like no other. When it comes to Indians who have made such an impact on the world, Swami Vivekananda is one man who cannot be overlooked. Let us take a look at the life of the man who journeyed to a path of enlightenment.
Childhood and early years:
Illustration: T. Kesava Rao and Souren Roy
Born in a Bengali family, Narendranath Dutta was the name given to him. At a young age where kids would be busy playing outside with their friends, young Narendra kept himself occupied with meditation. He fascinated the lives of sanyasis. While many kids struggle to decide a future for themselves, young Narendra knew for sure that he was going to grow up to be a sanyasi.
Growing up, Narendra found the right balance between his body and mind. He kept himself academically well-read and at the same time was at the peak of his fitness. This personality and dedication made him stand out in school as well as in college! Soon, he found himself journeying towards the path of spiritual enlightenment as he began seeking for answers and searching for God.
The spiritual path:
After extensive searching, Narendra was not able to seek the answers he longed for. Until one day, he was asked to go see Shri Ramakrishna of Dakshineshwar. Before he knew it, Ramakrishna had already seen Narendra’s arrival and his destiny. He knew that Narendra is destined to help humanity. Narendra kept visiting him to search for answers. However, after the untimely death of his father, Vishwanath Datta, Narendra grew restless and desperate for a steady income for his mother.
He found himself at Ramakrishna’s feet, seeking aid. After a few encounters with him, Narendra finally had his first spiritual experience! It was as if his mind had exploded and expanded into the depths and secrets of the universe. Since then, Narendra decided to stay closer to Ramakrishna. He would spend days under deep meditation. He was an eager man, he wanted to learn more. But good things come to those who wait and rightly so, Ramakrishna asked him to be patient.