Swami Vivekananda: The Maker Of Lions!



It really fills my heart with bliss that this part of the world originally hailed as Aryavrata, now known as Bharat (India), has always produced evolved souls, having the capacity to delve deep into the world of mysticism in effortless manner- a reason why this part of the land is viewed with great wonder by people living in the other part of the hemisphere. I often meet yogis/saints, witnessing many such mysterious phenomenon related with world of Yoga, but this feeling saddens me that, back in past, when great saints and spiritually advanced yogis, roamed on this land quite frequently, I wasn’t fortunate enough to be the part of that era! It’s interesting to note that these great souls played different roles as per need of the society. Some roamed in jungles, some lived in caves, some lived as householder, and some became part of mainstream affairs, even as they retained their ascetic robes, to shape the destiny of Bharat-the land of divine principles. 

True, many fake Gurus, have turned religion into a most lucrative affair, but it remains ultimate truth that India is intrinsically wedded to yogic principles. This land, in absence of spiritual values, would not be able to survive. May be currents of time sometimes lead to clash of values, but this nation has the capacity to absorb contradictions and conflicts in easygoing way. Like myself, others too, would have not believed the glory of Indian spiritual world, had saints like Swami Vivekananda not appeared in the modern phase of civilization. His presence was certain sign of the fact that supreme consciousness was still in operation. Swami Vivekananda removed my doubt that great yogis were mainly confined to storybooks; that great tales of yogic feats were exaggerated description of imaginative minds. However, after reading life-sketch of, Sri Aurobindo, I became truly confirmed that people in league with extraordinary psychic powers, were not only part of ancient India but they were very much part of modern India as well.

However, today I wish to remain confined to world of Swami Vivekananda, since on this very day, 12 January, 1863,  this Avatara of Lord Shiva, manifested on earthly plane. He was an extraordinary person in his lifetime but one who had normal childhood. He  involved in naughty pranks like any other child of that age. However, the thing that separated him from others was that he frequently got absorbed in higher form of consciousness. As he grew up and took admission in college life, he was the one who loved to read various philosophies, roped in by great teachers in past. In other words, he remained hooked to intellectual plane alone! That was not the final destination of a great mind like him placed on route to realization. The Updesha Vakyas (Directive Statements)  found in Upanishads were yet to culminate into Anubhuti Vakyas or Anubhava Vakyas ( realized truths). 

A great truth of the world of spirituality is that a willing seeker or a qualified seeker soon comes to find a Guru (The Master). The same thing happened with Swami Vivekananda, when he met with Sri Ramakrishna. Naturally, that turned out to be life-defining moment for Swami Vivekananda. He soon emerged as a realized soul. In fact, he was always a realized soul and able Guru like Sri Ramakrishna merely ensured that ignorance inside him which made him see himself as ordinary mortal get vanished for forever. It’s interesting to note that in pre-Independence era, we had host of great spiritual souls, who ensured that India’s journey in future as independent nation takes place amid certain special values. The Western world, and we Indians too, remember him mainly because of his great speech at Parliament of the World’s Religions, delivered on 11 September 1893, in Chicago. Not many are aware of the fact that it wasn’t a smooth journey and there was lack of funds to sponsor this visit, and surprisingly, he was not allowed to participate in the conference because of lack of endorsement from a well known organisation. It was only after the intervention of Professor John Henry Wright of Harvard University he got the chance to participate in this conference. Wright was so taken aback that he had to say: “To ask for your credentials is like asking the sun to state its right to shine in the heavens.”

Anyway, a soul of his stature, does not appear on earth for attainment of petty goals. He arrived to make supreme consciousness part of this land, which  appears to be heart of the universe.  If it stops functioning, the other civilizations are bound to collapse one after another. Although if one has a close look at the life of Swami Vivekananda, one would notice that he suffered life-long at the hands of mediocre minds but today when he is now no more in physical form, his own words have come true that real significance of his achievements would manifest after many years of his death. I must say that now when India is struggling hard to keep its ancient identity- the land of spirituality- intact, the words of Swami Vivekananda offer great solace, great strength. In other words, his thoughts and thoughts of other great minds are keeping at bay values antithetical to its spiritual essence. These great souls have now become active at subtle level, considering the way we have begun to realize that their thoughts alone could brighten our lives marred by ills of materialism.

It’s upon us that we either follow their way and emerge as an evolved being or ignore their wisdom to emerge as “dirty picture” of crass values. “All the powers in universe are already ours. It is we who have put our hands before our eyes and cry that it is dark.” (Swami Vivekananda).  Isn’t it the right thing to live life in light of these great values? Is there any merit in dying like a retarded lamb when you could have always roared like a lion?  Let’s attempt for such huge transformation from this very moment.


Lion or Lamb? Choice is yours!

Lion or Lamb? Choice is yours!

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13 responses

  1. I enjoyed thoroughly enjoyed learning from this post while drinking a cuppa hot tea – what a lovely way to invest part of my time today, thank you.

    1. @Laurie Buchanan

      Many thanks for your encouraging remarks…His literature enables you to develop better perspective in matters related with subtle world of spirituality. That way we also develop better insights in matters pertaining to worldly concerns. In absence of such spiritual touch, the solutions we come to frame are more disastrous than the problem themselves 😛

  2. Many thanks to these readers who showed deep interest in this article..

    Kumar Vidrohi, New Delhi; Yogesh Pandey, Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh; Ajay Tyagi, Ghaziabad, Uttar Pradesh; Nita Pandey, Chennai, Tamil Nadu; Vinod Khanna, Jalandhar, Punjab;Vivek Singh,Jaipur,Rajasthan; Rajendra Mishra, Chunar, Mirzapur, Uttar Pradesh;Debasis Pandey, Puri, Orissa; Manjoy Laxmi, Nagpur, Maharashtra; Anupam Verma, New Delhi; Ghanshyam Dasji, UAE; Baijnath Pandeyji, New Delhi; Deewakar Pandey, New Delhi; Himanshu B. Pandey, Siwan, Bihar; Sriram Rangaswamy, Karnataka; Vijayan KR, NAGERCOIL, Kanyakumari, Tamil Nadu, and Girish VK, Dharwad, Karnataka, for appreciating the content.

  3. I am really happy that one, Vijayan KR, from Kanyakumari District, Tamil Nadu, came to read this post. This place is intimately associated with life of Swami Vivekananda, wherein he came to attain self-realization on a rock, now known as Vivekananda Rock Memorial, after remaining in meditative pose on it for three days at a stretch.




    Author’s Words For Ajay Tyagi, Noida, Uttar Pradesh:

    We ourselves are primary cause of many of the ills prevailing in the world..We dare not change ourselves and instead try to change the world..Let’s remove our own ignorance before removing ignorance of others..


  4. Yamini Tripathi:

    Nice…Posting is much but implementation is less……

    Author’s Response:

    Many thanks for appearing on my post after a long time..There is an element of truth in your statement. There is a vast array of inspiring literary content available in different forms unlike in past when we had just magazines, books and newspapers. However, the desired impact is still missing. That’s because implementation is a rarity. I cannot speak with conformity, in regard to others, but I am sure, that even if we regularly come to miss the implementation but remain engaged in dialogue with superior minds, involved in exchange of lofty ideas, for a long period of time, implementation does become a reality in parts and bits. And someday, we emerge as a perfect representative of higher ideals. So lack of implementation is not a bothering issue. It’s lack of efforts to embrace such ideals, which should really bother us.

    In lighter vein, I need to say that during initial phases we would emerge as part time yogi, but sooner or later, we would be no less than a spiritual dynamo 😛

  5. Many thanks to Shiv Charan Lal Ji for making this post appear in France.

  6. Nirbhay Mathur, Jaipur, Rajasthan, said:

    Proud on Swami Ji.


    Author’s Response:

    Anyone who is aware of contributions of these great souls in a proper way would certainly be proud of them. The problem is that we never anticipate them with a right mindset. We are either too emotional or too cynical as we approach them… Anyway, their grace operates on all of us equally….

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    1. @Deodatta Shenai-Khatkhate

      Thanks Deodatta Shenai for making this article part of your beautiful write-up on Swami Vivekananda. Swami Vivekananda shall continue to inspire youths. Thanks for highlighting quotes related with him. They would help the seekers to be in a positive state of mind.

      -Arvind K.Pandey

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    1. @Deodatta Shenai-Khatkhate

      …Thanks for this kind gesture as well!

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    1. Thanks for making my write-up ” Swami Vivekananda: The Maker Of Lions!” part of your article.

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