30 March 2014

Radhakumud Mookerji On Swami Vivekananda

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Radhakumud Mookerji (alternative spelling: Radhakumud Mukherjee, Bengali: রাধাকুমুদ মুখার্জী) was an Indian historian. Some of his books are— Indian Shipping: A History of Seaborne Trade and Maritime Activity of the Indians from the Earliest Times (1912), Bhārata-kaumudī; studies in Indology in honour, The Food Problem and Its Suggested Solutions, Hindu Civilization: (from the Earliest Times Up to the Establishment of Maurya Empire), Hindu Sabhyata... etc. A detailed biography of Mukerjee is available at Wikipedia. In this article you'll find Radhakumud Mookerji's quotes and comments on Swami Vivekananda.

Radhakumud Mookerji told—
It was only after his attainment of supreme knowledge that Sri Ramakrishna allowed his pupil to engage in external activities in the life of a teacher.

What was this Supreme knowledge which Vivekananda had lived to achieve? It was the knowledge of the atman, of Brahman as the soul and supreme reality. He did not care for the half truths and intermediate truths which make up the body of knowledge, for which the modern world stands. He boldly stood for the knowledge of immortality as the only objective to be aimed at by mortals. ...

Vivekananda stood out as an embodiment of a purified Hinduism, a Hinduism purged of its impurities and abuses, which are not of its essences. He was an embodiment of the religion that is founded upon character and not upon mere external forms, rituals and ceremonies. ...His clarion call still instigates in us a fight against illiteracy, untouchability, and other social evils which are eating into the vitals of Hinduism.

We at the modern age are too prone to modernize too much the message of Vivekananda as if he were a mere political leader. It is forgotten that his main strength lay in the depths of his soul. It was his soul force that sustained a life so rich in events and in external activities. There is hardly a life in which so much could be packed within its span so restricted. His life was cut short at the age of 39, but it is a priceless possession for India and Humanity.


  1. Prabuddha Bharata, April 1940, pp.156-57.

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  1. True Vive kana da was a real scholar, hermit with a great heart ....

  2. Vive kana da was a n example in all ways to human beings.A true scholar and hermit.A blessed soul.


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