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Edit Comment Close Premium member Presentation Transcript Slide 1: Great Indians on Swami Vivekananda A VSC IIT Madras PresentationSlide 2: Just as only an athlete understands another athlete, so also, only great men truly understand other great men. Let us have a look at what some of the great men of India have had to say of Swami VivekanandaRabindranath Tagore : Rabindranath Tagore v If you want to know India, study Vivekananda. In him everything is positive and nothing negative.Sri Aurobindo : Sri Aurobindo v We perceive Vivekananda’s 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.’Bal Gangadhar Tilak : Bal Gangadhar Tilak v Twelve centuries ago Sankaracharya was the only great personality, who not only spoke of the purity of our religion, not only uttered in words that this religion was our strength and wealth, not only said that it was our sacred duty to preach this religion in the length and breadth of the world—but also brought all this into action. Swami Vivekananda is a person of that stature—who appeared towards the last half of the 19th century.Mahatma Gandhi : Mahatma Gandhi v I have gone through Vivekananda’s works very thoroughly, and after having gone through them, the love that I had for my country became a thousand-fold.Jawaharlal Nehru : Jawaharlal Nehru v Rooted in the past and full of pride in India’s prestige, Viveka-nanda was yet modern in his approach to life’s problems and was a kind of bridge between the past of India and her present. . . He was a fine figure of a man, imposing, full of poise and dignity, sure of himself and his mission, and at the same time full of a dynamic and fiery energy and a passion to push India forwardNetaji Subhas Chandra Bose : Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose v Swamiji was a full-blooded masculine personality —and a fighter to the core of his being. I can go on for hours and yet fail to do the slightest justice to that great man. He was so great, so profound, so complex. If he had been alive, I would have been at his feet.Vinoba Bhave : Vinoba Bhave v Vivekananda not only made us conscious of our strength, he also pointed out our defects and drawbacks. . He taught us: ‘The same Soul resides in each and all. If you are convinced of this, it is your duty to treat all as brothers and serve mankind.’ . . . The word ‘Daridra-narayana’ (God manifested in the hungry, destitute millions) was coined by Vivekananda and popularized by Gandhiji.C. Rajagopalachari : C. Rajagopalachari v Swami Vivekananda saved Hinduism and saved India. But for him we would have lost our religion and would not have gained our freedom. We therefore owe everything to Swami Vivekananda. May his faith, his courage and his wisdom ever inspire us so that we may keep safe the treasure we have received from him.R.C. Majumdar : R.C. Majumdar v Though an ascetic, Vivekananda was a patriot of patriots. The thought of restoring the pristine glory of India by resuscitating among her people the spiritual vitality which was dormant, but not dead, was always the uppermost thought in his mind. . .Dr. S. Radhakrishnan : Dr. S. Radhakrishnan v If there is any call which Vivekananda made to us, it is to rely on our own spiritual resources. . . Man has inexhaustible spiritual resources. His spirit is supreme, man is unique. . . . He told us: ‘Do not be led away by the appearances. Deep down there is a providential will, there is a purpose in this universe. You must try to co-operate with that purpose and try to achieve it.Slide 13: Before closing this presentation, let us recall that every year 12 th January, Swami Vivekananda’s birthday (according to English calendar), is celebrated as the National Youth Day all over the country. In 1985, while declaring this, the Government of India affirmed ‘the philosophy of Swamiji and the ideal for which he lived could be a great source of inspiration for the Indian youth.’ f e f eSlide 14: ‘My faith is in younger generation, the modern generation. They will work out the whole problem like lions. . .’ Are the youth listening? Listening to Swamiji’s eternal call reverberating through more than hundred years? He said:Slide 15: ‘Arise, awake and stop not till the goal is reached!’ Thank You You do not have the permission to view this presentation. In order to view it, please contact the author of the presentation.