In a few days time Swami Vivekananda’s 150th birth anniversary celebrations shall be launched all over the country. Behind the grandeur and colour of every commemorative celebration lies the deeper truth of the significance of the personality or the event.
In the last two centuries, no other individual has captured the hearts of the youth of Bharat, the way Swami Vivekananda did. He blew energy into Bharat which was indulging in self-loathe.
The Upanishadic Ideal of service is based on the concepts of Truth, Dharma and Yajna. Without comprehending these three concepts we cannot understand what we have come to recognise as service today – the most appealing and popular component of modern religions. Let us, therefore, first understand them.
Discovering the Satyam
I am India : Swami Vivekananda and Freedom Movement The book brings out how Swami Vivekananda's thoughts and ideas influenced the freedom fighters who shed their blood for India's Independence from the iron clutches of the British. The book also is a mirror to understand Swami Vivekananda's love for country and countrymen and his deep agony to free India from the British rule. The less known personality of Swami Vivekananda who was a prophet and patriot is an inspiration not only to the present but also to the future generations of youth.
This book is a translations of Swami Purnatmananda's book in Bengali entitled 'Swami Vivekananda in the types of the Great Revolutionary Freedom Fighter - Hem Chandra Ghosh of Bengal Volunteers fame', whose interview by Swami Purnatmananda of Udbodhan, Calcutta, recorded Hem Chandra Ghosh's direct contact with Swami Vivekananda in Dhaka in 1901, when Hem Chandra was just an initiate in the Juganter Revolutionary Movement for Indian freedom, a mere stripling of a lad in his teens. His impressions of Swami Vivekananda's attitude towards India's freedom struggle are of profound historical value, reveling as they do, what a fire-brand freedom-fighter felt when as youth he came across the mighty Swami Vivekanandain last year of great giant's mortal life.
Sixty years after independence, India is still in the twilight zone of political turmoil, economic imbalance, social turbulence and ideological confusion. Though we claim to be the largest democracy in the world, more often than not our democracy in practice turns out to be acrimonious monocracy. Economically, statistics are trotted out to prove that we made enviable progress. But, in effect, the divide between the rich and the poor has increased enormously. Society is fast disintegrating into organized caste and communal groups reducing nationalism to a meaningless slogan.