30 Interesting Facts About Swami Vivekananda
Swami Vivekananda (12 January 1863 – 4 July 1902), born Narendranath Datta was an Indian Hindu monk. He was a chief disciple of the 19th-century Indian mystic Ramakrishna. He was a key figure in the introduction of the Indian philosophies of Vedanta and Yoga to the Western world and is credited with raising interfaith awareness, bringing Hinduism to the status of a major world religion during the late 19th century. He was a major force in the contemporary Hindu reform movements in India and contributed to the concept of Indian nationalism as a tool to fight against the British empire in colonial India. Vivekananda founded the Ramakrishna Math and the Ramakrishna Mission. He is perhaps best known for his speech which began with the words “Sisters and brothers of America …,” in which he introduced Hinduism at the Parliament of the World’s Religions in Chicago in 1893. We will talk about some unknown and interesting facts about Swami Vivekananda. So let’s know about the interesting facts related to “Swami Vivekananda” and his life.
FACT#1. Swami Vivekananda was born on 12 January 1863, 6 minutes before sunrise, at 6.33 minutes 33 seconds.
FACT#2. The family members expressed the desire to name the boy Durgadas, but on the basis of the dream seen by the mother, the child’s house was named Veereshwar while his official name was Narendra Nath.
FACT#3. He is known for his oratory skills, especially the English speech he gave in Chicago is still famous today. But you will be surprised to know that in BA, Swami Ji’s number in English used to be around 50%.
FACT#4. When Swami Ji was angry in his childhood, his mother Bhuvaneshwari Devi would pour cold water on him and say “Om Namah Shivaya … and by doing this, he would calm down.”
FACT#5. He loved animals and birds, he kept cows, monkeys, goats, and peacocks in his childhood.
FACT#6. After his father’s death, his family was in extreme poverty. Many times Swamiji used to lie in the house that he has been invited to eat somewhere so that the rest of the people can get food properly.
FACT#7. Swamiji was very attractive, so many women were willing to befriend him with the wrong intentions, but they were never ready for it. Once he told a woman – leave these stupid desires and meditate on God
FACT#8. Swamiji’s faith in God was lost due to no employment even after doing his BA. And he started saying – “God does not exist”
FACT#9. After the death of Swami Vivekananda’s uncle Ji Taraknath, his aunt removed Swamiji’s family from his ancestral home and made a case in the court which ended at the very end of his life.
FACT#10. Swami Ji’s sister Jogendrabala committed suicide and ended her life.
FACT#11. Maharaj Ajit Singh of Khetri used to send 100 rupees continuously in secret to Swamiji’s mother so that he could deal with the economic crisis.
FACT#12. Swamiji loved his mother very much and continued to worship her throughout her life.
FACT#13. When Swami Ji became a monk from Narendra, his name was Swami Vividishanand, but before moving to Chicago, he changed his name to Vivekananda.
FACT#14. No woman could enter Swamiji’s monastery, not even his mother. Once when a disciple brought his mother inside reverently, Swamiji was very angry and said – “I made the rules and now this rule is being broken for me only.”
FACT#15. Swami Vivekananda was fond of tea, against the beliefs of that time, he had allowed the tea to drink in his monastery.
FACT#16. Once he had made Mughlai tea for everyone with Bal Gangadhar Tilak.
FACT#17. Swamiji loved eating khichdi.
FACT#18. Swami Ji was so engrossed in serving the needy that he did not pay attention to his health. In his short life of 39 years, he faced about 31 diseases including diabetes, asthma, liver and kidney diseases, and many other diseases.
FACT#19. Swamiji would have taken a lot of books from the library and returned them the next day. Once upon this, the librarian picked them up from a book and asked him something which Swamiji readily told and the librarian was amazed.
FACT#20. Swamiji always used to say that he would not live beyond the age of 40 and he went to heaven at the age of 39 years.
FACT#21. Swami Ramakrishna Paramahamsa, seeing Swami Vivekananda, asked if you could sing some hymns about religion, Narendra Dutt said yes. Then Narendra recited Bhajan in his melodious tones for 2 days. Swami Paramahamsa recited a hymn very pleased. Since then, he became a firm follower of “Vedanta Math”.
FACT#22. India’s Vedanta reached every country of America and Europe only because of Swami Vivekananda. He established the Ramakrishna Mission and is still doing his work. He was a talented disciple of Swami Ramakrishna Paramahamsa.
FACT#23. Ramakrishna died on 16 August 1886. Ramakrishna taught Vivekananda that serving humans is more than worshiping God.
FACT#24. In July 1893, Vivekananda went to Chicago. At that time the World Sarva Dharma Sammelan was organized there. But for some reason, he was not given the opportunity to speak first. But later, with the help of Professor John Henry, he got a chance to speak.
FACT#25. At the World Religion Conference on 11 September 1893, he gave his first speech on Hindutva. He began his speech with “Sister and Brothers of America”. On hearing this, all the people present there stood up for him and played applause. Around 7 thousand people had gathered at that time.
FACT#26. After his Chicago speech, he gave a number of speeches around the world and met people from a lot. Such as Bhagini Nivedita, Max Muller, Paul Dusen, etc.
FACT#27. He returned to India in 1897. He also gave many speeches in India. He also lectured on social issues. At that time his speeches had a great influence on leaders like Mahatma Gandhi, Subhas Chandra Bose.
FACT#28. In 1899, despite being in bad shape, he traveled south. In this journey, he founded the Vedanta Society in San Francisco and New York, and the Peace Ashram in California.
FACT#29. He has written many books – Karma Yoga (1896), Raj Yoga (1896), Vedanta Shastra (1896), Speeches from Colombo to Almora (1897), Bhakti Yoga, etc.
FACT#30. Swami Vivekananda died on 4 July 1902 at the age of 39 in Belur Math. His birthday is celebrated as National Youth Day in India.