23 February 2014

Romesh Chunder Dutt On Swami Vivekananda

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Romesh Chunder Dutt (Bengali: রমেশ চন্দ্র দত্ত, 13 August 1848—30 November 1909) was a noted Indian historian, economic and a civil servant. A detailed biography of Dutt is available at Wikipedia.

In this article we'll have a look at Romesh Chunder Dutt's quotes and comments on Swami Vivekananda.

In 1902, in a letter written to Sister Nivedita, Dutt wrote—
Since then I have heard the sad news of Swami Vivekananda’s death. I never saw the Swami, I never closely followed his teachings, but you know how sincerely I appreciated and admired his high patriotism, his genuine belief in the greatness of his country, his manly faith in the future of his countrymen if they are true to themselves. That spirit of selfreliance, that determination to work out our own salvation,— that faith in our country and ourselves,—that conviction that our future rests in our own hands,—are the noblest lessons that we learn from the life of him whose loss we all lament today. India is poorer to-day for the untimely loss of an earnest worker who
had faith in himself ; to us in Bengal the loss is more of a personal nature ; to you the bereavement is one which will cast a shadow over all your life. Only the thought of his earnestness and greatness, only the imperishable lessons which his life teaches, may afford some consolation to those who have lost in him a friend, a helper in life, a teacher of the great truths.


  1. Letters of Sister Nivedita, vol: I, p: 534

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