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Swami Vivekananda, the cyclonic monk of India, who has heralded a new vision for the emancipation of mankind is yet to be followed with reverence. He emerged at a time when India was a subject of British imperialist, and the colonial exploitation reached to its highest length, triggering people to free themselves from the shackles of exploitation.

India, a vast country with varied cast, creed and culture, was never felt integrated as a nation. The hegemony of religious establishments with their stern religious rituals made the life of Indian ordinary people more deplorable where there was every potential for them to integrate and infuse national fervor. Instead they adopted a policy of disintegration and disharmony, entangling feud among various organisations regarding difference of views and visions. Large sections of people were torn apart by the curse of caste system and the atrocities of religious establishments which caused a strong impediment to unity and peace of our country.

The upsurge of Indian freedom struggle induced people to resort to violence as the only means to assert freedom and peace. Hence ,India became a killing field of numerous innocent youth and ordinary people. Besides, the educated middle class intelligentsia who imbibed the western philosophy and education, started to express their abhorrence for Indian philosophy and religious doctrine, resulting to manifest a milieu of mistrust and anarchy.

Emergence of Vivekananda, in this context was of great paramount. He gave a clarion call to his countrymen, precisely to the youth fraternity, to take the responsibility of emancipating their own country. He not only appealed to bring freedom from colonial exploitation, but also appealed to free India from caste prejudices and extensive religious hegemony.

Spirituality to him is to serve God by serving people. The primary essence of his discourse was:

  1. People, those who from the vulnerable section of the society, should be brought in the main stay of life.
  2. Usher the backward classes of society with quality life.

All religious organizations discarded this attitude and transformed into a tool of exploitation, causing a rift in the society. Vivekananda opined that the path through which India would find her utterance was simple:

  1. Make religious activities accessible and simple.
  2. People should get access to religious acts to find spiritual solace.

Swami Vvivekananda

According to Swami Vivekananda, the omnipresent God is lying within the people who belong to the vulnerable section of the society who comprised majority of the society. He asserted that poverty and illiteracy are the sole curses which are not allowing our nation to thrive vigourously. So to eradicate the barriers of caste and prejudices, it is necessary to strive to eradicate illiteracy, a menace to our overall progress and development.

Vivekananda widely travelled across the country, observed the miserable condition of the masses that are economically and socially backward irrespective of caste, creed or religion. He extracted that the true essence of our backwardness is our lack of courage and spirit. He observed that our women fraternity is not only ignored in the main stream of life, but are the worst victim of this discriminatorily social, economic and religious fabric.

Later he travelled to Europe and North America to experience the reason of their development as super power. Where their prowess lies and where are their weaknesses.

Once in Europe, Swami Vivekananda was loitering in the traditional Indian attire of a saffron robe and turban. He was then mocked by a passerby owing to his attire, which appeared weird to him. He retaliated to him, “In your country, the tailor makes a man gentleman but in my country, it is the character.”

Vivekananda’s wisdom, his intellect, his knowledge, his mental strength and educational prowess made him a living legend.

After returning back to India post his tour to Europe and North America where he received lots of accolades from the western world for his phenomenal prodigy, Swamiji was equally greeted with cordiality by his own countrymen.

Vivekananda once expressed his fear among his close associates that may be treated as a deity by his countrymen, ignoring his sermons, as he could comprehend the trait of his countrymen who are more interested in personality cult rather than following his path to attain overall development.

Although Vivekananda passed away in the year 1902, he still remains pertinent. The path he had shown is still the only way to seek happiness. Now a days, across the world the gulf of difference between the rich and the poor, the frequency of intellect between the educated and the illiterate, the in-equal distribution of assets among the masses are the major concerns for all the disputes and unhappiness.

People are struggling for their existence only. This is giving birth to religious fanatics, instigating people to resort to violence, as they consider violence is the only means to mitigate this plight. Various fundamental groups are cropping up who are targeting the poor as their bait for their crafty network. Over the years, terrorism has emerged as a menace. There is a clear dearth of conscience. People’s intolerance has now reached new heights. Man-made disasters and catastrophe are now a common phenomenon. World is gradually becoming a place inhabitable for the common ignorant masses. Women, in many parts of the world, are treated merely an object of lust. Violence is considered the last solution and people are devoid of any qualms. No faith for spiritual domain, no qualms for wrong doing, no fear of the almighty. Achieving mundane pleasure has become the only goal of life.

At this juncture, even in India, which once showed the world, the path of non-violence, the only means to seek solace is now degrading rapidly. Moral values and ethics are now taking the back seat. We now have no fear for our wrongdoings, no faith in divine justice, and we are now heading towards an anarchical syndrome.

So the man who once gave a clarion call, “Sisters and brothers of America!”, the call of universal brotherhood, is yet relevant to the present global context through which we can once more rejuvenate ourselves.
Reinventing Swami Vivekananda means understanding and following his discourses, his shown path – which is extremely relevant to construct a new world.

Our rich heritage must recapitulate. The global civilization which is at stake, have to be restored. Our soul will find its true utterance when we can emancipate the majority from their pangs and bring elation to them.

Thus Vivekananda still remains a vibrant persona to us. Instead of personality cult, our true tribute to him can only be reflected if we honestly follow the path he has shown to us – the path of loving people, serving for the betterment of the society, then only we can attain true define solace.

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