Modern civilisation has cast its pall of shadows and mists on all fields of human thinking and endeavour. However, its utter superficiality and emptiness is dawning on the more perceptive amongst men. The penetrating insights and inspiring words of Swami Vivekananda help to dispel the mists and lead towards an understanding of the true spiritual basis for human life and work. Bhakti, Jnana and Karma intermingle in his personality to infuse his utterances with a singular dynamism. Swami Vivekananda’s unequivocal views on the place of spirituality in human life in general and in Indian culture and her future particularly; on the distortion of Indian history by the Euro-central world view and the consequent debased self-image held by Indians, are some of the things that make his words a continuing source of clarity and inspiration. His ringing words of vigour call across the years just as strongly today as they did when he spoke them at a time when, it might be justifiably asserted, they were the single most important impetus for India’s freedom struggle from the British and the incomplete attempt to bring her culture back to its unique trajectory.
This selection from the Collected Works of Swami Vivekananda of some of his most inspiring words brings his message into sharp focus. His burning words of love and courage have a special relevance to the youth of today and we hope they can bring to today’s lost generation a sense of true direction and purpose to complete the work of realignment with India’s destiny.
Our homage at the feet of the true son of India and lover of God!
“It may be that I shall find it good to get outside of my body — to cast it off like a disused garment. But I shall not cease to work! I shall inspire men everywhere, until the world shall know that it is one with God.”
— Swami Vivekanada
(CWSV 5 : 414)
“Vivekananda was a soul of puissance if ever there was one, a very lion among men…We perceive his influence still working gigantically, we know not well how, we know not well where, in something that is not yet formed, something leonine, grand, intuitive, upheaving that has entered the soul of India and we say, ‘Behold, Vivekananda still lives in the soul of his Mother and in the souls of her children.’”
— Sri Aurobindo
(CWSA 1 : 662)