Each soul is potentially divine. The goal is to manifest this Divinity within by controlling nature, external and internal. Do this either by work, or worship, or mental discipline, or philosophy—by one, or more, or all of these—and be free – This is the whole of religion. Doctrines, or dogmas, or rituals, or books, or temples, or forms, are but secondary details.
Swami Vivekananda (12 January 1863 – 4 July 1902), born Narendra Nath Datta at 3, Gourmohan Mukherjee Street in Calcutta, the capital of British India, on 12 January 1863 during the Makar Sankranti festival. He contributed to the concept of nationalism in colonial India. On 1 May 1897 in Calcutta, Vivekananda founded the Ramakrishna Mission for social service. He developed sympathy for the suffering and poverty of the people, and resolved to uplift the nation.In India, Vivekananda is regarded as a patriotic saint and his birthday is celebrated as National Youth Day in India.
Narendra was naughty and restless as a child, and his parents often had difficulty controlling him. His mother said, “I prayed to Shiva for a son and he has sent me one of his demons”.
He drew inspiration from the words of the Gautama Buddha:
Go forward without a path,Fearing nothing, caring for nothing!
Wandering alone, like the rhinoceros!
Even as a lion, not trembling at noises,
Even as the wind, not caught in the net,
Even as the lotus leaf, untainted by water,
Do thou wander alone, like the rhinoceros!
He told a Muslim religion scholar that one significant feature of the Quran is, though it was written a thousand years ago, the book was free from “interpolation” and retained its original purity.
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