Relevance of Swami Vivekananda in the Contemporary World

Vivekananda was a Divine Outlaw who stood for personal strength, strength of the Nation, and that of humanity as a whole. He is the best example of the personal to the universal.

            When Hinduism and its Nation were both reeling under the onslaught of outside vested interests, which had snaked into his motherland and were destroying both it and its humane ideology insidiously, he resurrected the abstract concept of Advaita, which is the supreme path towards realizing God, both in the animate and the inanimate; the entire universe with all its living beings.

            When most other religions of the world were practicing intolerance, he went out into the harsh and cruel world, and preached, while practicing, the highest ideal of Hinduism: Advaitism.

            Advaitism is a difficult abstract concept for the ordinary to comprehend; however, he, who had been blessed and guided by his supreme Guru, Sri. Ramakrishna Paramahamsa, who loved without discrimination all shades of humankind, inculcated in his teachings, methods for humans from all walks of life, from the lowest to the highest, to realize their Atman, which is nothing but the Brahman.

            This book makes a humble effort to understand this great World Guru and his teachings, with respect to the contemporary world. In this book, taking inspiration from the Swami’s own words, first the philosophy, and then the life of the man who simplified it for the world, are approached.

In a world which either never understood, or misunderstood, Hinduism and its Nation, with its supreme concept of Advaitism, which held as its core ideology the oneness of all living beings and their universe, Vivekananda, the World Guru, in his short life burning with a higher purpose, threw his, his motherland’s, and Hinduism’s soft warm glow of understanding and peace upon it.

This book, a small candle lit by the blazing inner fire of Vivekananda, tries to add in its own unique way light towards the world’s well-being. It does so in a manner suited for the contemporary world, with its citizen, who, though desiring, is unable to devote the time required to go through other voluminous books on the Swami and his philosophy.

Books are infinite in number and time is short. The secret of knowledge is to take what is essential. Take that and try to live up to it

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