14 March 2014

Subramanya Bharathi On Swami Vivekananda

Subramanya Bharathi (Tamil: சுப்பிரமணிய பாரதி, December 11, 1882 – September 11, 1921) was an Indian independence activist, journalist, social reformer and a Tamil language poet. A detailed biography of Bharathi is available at Wikipedia. In this article our topic is Subramanya Bharathi's quotes and comments on Swami Vivekananda.

Subramanya Bharathi told—
To the Bengal politicians Madras was the dark State, yet this very Madras discovered in Vivekananda the luminous light which later would throw its brilliance all over the world. Vivekananda gave birth to radical neo-Hinduism. The Tamils first accepted Vivekananda; afterwards Bengal and Maharashtra realized his greatness.
...It was Swami Vivekananda by whom the [Indian] movements for 'Swarj' and independence were first had its foundation.
...He was the great inspirer of patriotism, and the fundamental power behind rousing love for the country.
......Sri Ramakrishna had shaped Swami Vivekananda and he was the foremost among the creators of modern India.
The very moment the Swami had reached Japan on his way to America for preaching the Vedanta religion, the mother power of India, akin to the Vedic supremacy, blessed him with the wings of ultimate wisdom. His letters from Japan were the heralds of new radiance. The fires of neo-Hinduism, as if, were dancing within his heart. It was the Divine design that at the end of the nineteenth century the triumphant flag of neo-Hinduism would be planted in America, the very country which was the ideal of the European civilization. And Vivekananda was the man chosen for that task.


  • Vivekananda O Samakalin Bharatbarsha, Basu, Sankari Prasad, Vol.7, p.460, 462, 464

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