Narendranath Dutta, son of Vishwanath Dutta, a prominent lawyer from Calcutta, became world famous under the name of Swami Vivekananda.
Naren's parents already had four daughters and still no son. His mother prayed to Lord Shiva to have a son and was on January 12, 1863 in Calcutta, the boy was born who later would adopt the name of Swami Vivekananda.
Naren was a difficult and unruly child. In order to do something to his mother doused him with cold water and sang the name of Shiva in his ear to get him quiet. Naren was quiet. His mother taught him the ancient epics of the Mahabharata and the Ramayana. Naren was very interested in these spiritual matters.
When his friends asked to play with him, he asked them for sometimes to meditate together. Once during that ?? n meditation appeared a cobra. The other children were walking. Naren remained quiet meditation and the cobra went away. He had great feeling for animals, domestic as well as wild.
At school, he was a very gifted student. Naren was not only very intelligent, but also gifted in sports and music.
Both the interior and the exterior human suffering touched him. As he had as a boy in the habit of not giving just eat transient beggars, but also pieces of furniture.
Narendranath always heard talk about God, but no one could put him in touch with God. He went forth to a Christian priest, a Hindu priest, a sadhu, etc. and asked them if they had ever seen God. All hoped that this would ever happen, but they had not yet experienced. Eventually, he was referred to Sri Ramakrishna, who would become his great teacher.
When he arrived at Ramakrishna, it seemed that this had long been waiting for him. Narendranath asked the master if he had already seen God. Therefore Ramakrishna replied: very often and clearly than I see you! Vivekananda was a disciple of Ramakrishna adopted.
Ramakrishna Vivekananda had been instructed to convey the message of Vedanta in the world. He did this not only by focusing on a number of ashrams in India and to give public lectures, but also abroad.
In 1893 held in Chicago the International Parliament of Religions. Representatives of the world's great religions came to represent their faith and to its message to convey. After long hesitation, and especially after the ghost of his deceased master Ramakrishna have been commissioned, Vivekananda left for Chicago.
His contribution at the conference made all the headlines. Instead of hearing, like the others did, to speak with ?? Ladies and Gentlemen ?? He began his speech with ?? Sisters and Brothers of America ??. His success was unstoppable. After the conference he was asked to give a lecture tour in the United States. Vedantacentra were set up in different places.
Back in India, he was hailed as a hero. Upon his arrival, the horses of his carriage were removed because people, including the prince personally wanted to pull his cart. This was followed by lecture series in England and continental Europe.
Swamiji not only preached Vedanta. He taught the people to be tolerant in respect of every religion. He put his students to care for the sick and poor inns, matters in which he gave the example itself.
Swami Vivekananda is not spared and his health suffered a lot here. He suffered from diabetes and asthma. Yet he continued to receive pupils and people who wanted advice.
On July 4, 1902, he went after a long day of work, speeches, walking, meditation and prayer to the Divine Mother, calm in the evening in mahasamadhi.
The ethics of the future will be to discover the inner God.
As we can not see the bottom of a lake, because there are wrinkles on the surface, so we can not see the depths of the mind, as long as the surface is unsettled.
Seeing God in heaven and hell and, in life as in death.