14 May 2014

Swami Vivekananda's Chronological Biography

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Swami Vivekananda Chronology


12 JanuaryIndia flagSwami Vivekananda was born Narendranath Datta at 6:33 am, just after sunrise, at 3 Gourmohan Mukherjee street, Shimla Pally, Kolkata, parent: father Vishwanath Datta, mother: Bhuvaneswari Datta. The day was Hindu festival Makarasamkranti
Vivekananda's birthplace
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Banhatti p. xiii


??India flagYoung Narendranath was enrolled at the Metropolitan Institution of Ishwar Chandra Vidyasagar-Banhatti p. xiii


??India flagNarendranath studied at Metropolitan Institution till 1877, then the Datta family moved to Raipur, Madhya Pradesh-Banhatti p. xiii


??India flagDatta family came back to Calcutta, Narendranath joined his old school (Metropolitan Institution), passed Entrance examination, entered Presidency College for higher studies. At Presidency College he was irregular.-Banhatti p. xiii


??India flagNarendranath passed the Fine Arts examination-Banhatti p. xiii
NovemberIndia flagNarendranath met Ramakrishna for the first time at the house of Surendranath Mitra. Narendranath sang few devotional songs, Ramakrishna very much liked young Narendra and invited him to come to Dakshineswar.


End of 1881/Beginning of 1882India flagNarendranath went to Dakshineswar with two friends and met Ramakrishna. This meeting proved to be a turning point in his life.
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??India flagPassed Bachelor of Arts Examination from Scottish Church College--
NovemberIndia flagDeath of Vishwanath Datta, Narendranath's father.--


??India flagRamakrishna's throat cancer and he was shifted to Calcutta and later to Cossipore.--


16 AugustIndia flagAt night, death of Ramakrishna
The Group of Disciples after Ramakrishna's funeral
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19 OctoberIndia flagFirst Ramakrishna Math was founded in a half-ruined house at Baranagar near the river Ganges--
24 DecemberIndia flagTook resolution with eight other disciples of Ramakrishna to become Sanyasi in Aantpur.--


JanuaryIndia flagSanyasa at Baranagar Math, took the monastic name "Vividishananda"--
??India flagCompiled a Bengali song anthology named Sangeet Kalpataru with Vaishnav Charan Basak--


JanuaryIndia flagLeft Baranagore Math, started journey as a Wandering Monk, sole possessions were a kamandalu (water pot), staff and his two favourite books: Bhagavad Gita and The Imitation of Christ--


DecemberIndia flagReached Vaidyanath, from there he went to Kashi.--


JanuaryIndia flagFrom Kashi, went to Ghazipur. Reached Kashipur on 22 January. There he met Pavhari Baba, a Hatha Yoga practitioner. Narendranath was suffering from Lumbago at that time. He wished to become a disciple of Pavhari Baba, the night before the initiation, he saw Ramakrishna in his dream, looking at him in a melancholic face. He understood, no one else other than Ramakrishna could be his Master in his life. He cancelled his plan of initiation.--
First halfIndia flagDeath of Balaram Bose and Suresh Chandra Mitra, Narendranath returned to Calcutta.--
JulyIndia flagLeft Baranagore monastery with a resolve of not returning there again. Journey to Bhagalpur, Vaidyanath, Almora, Rishikesh .Badrinath p. 94


JanuaryIndia flagSet out for Delhi--
FebruaryIndia flagArrived at Alwar, stayed for seven weeks--
??India flagJaipur, Ajmer and Mount Abu. At Mt. Abu, he met Ajit Singh of Khetri.--


Last week of JulyIndia flagArrived in Bombay and stayed for several weeks.--
24–26 DecemberIndia flagMeditated on a rock at Kanyakumari, Kanyakumari resolve--
??India flagTravelled to Pune, stayed as a house guest of Bal Gangadhar Tilak --
??India flagTravelled to Kolhapur --
Second fortnight October to 27 OctoberIndia flagStayed in Belgaum --


13 FebruaryIndia flagFirst public lecture, Secunderabad, South India--
31 MayIndia flagStarted his journey to the West from Bombay--
25 JulyIndia flagLanded at Vancouver, Canada--
30 JulyUnited States FlagReached Chicago at 10:30 PM--
AugustUnited States FlagJoining Parliament of Worlds' Religions became uncertain. Went to Boston to cut off expenditure.--
9 September United States FlagBack to Chicago, lost all money, spent the night in a goods train.--
10 SeptemberUnited States FlagTried to beg some money in the streets of Chicago.--
11–27 SeptemberUnited States FlagFirst lecture at the Parliament of the World's Religions, started his lecture with "Sisters and brothers of America", got 2 minutes' standing ovation.
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15 SeptemberUnited States FlagSecond lecture at the Parliament, told the story of a frog in the well.--
19 SeptemberUnited States FlagThird lecture at the Parliament.--
20 SeptemberUnited States FlagFourth lecture at the Parliament.--
25 SeptemberUnited States FlagFifth lecture at the Parliament.--
26 SeptemberUnited States FlagFinal lecture at the last session of the Parliament.--


January–FebruaryUnited States FlagLectures at Detroit-Banhatti, p. xiv
March–MayUnited States FlagLectures at Boston, Chicago, New York etc-Banhatti, p. xiv
16 MayUnited States FlagGave lecture at Harvard University--
June United States FlagLectures at Chicago-Banhatti, p. xiv
July-AugustUnited States FlagJoined Green Acre Religious Conference-Banhatti, p. xiv
September–OctoberUnited States FlagBaltimore, Washington-Banhatti, p. xiv
NovemberUnited States FlagFounded Vedanta Society of New York--
DecemberUnited States FlagLectures classed at Brooklyn-Banhatti, p. xiv


JanuaryUnited States FlagBegan classes in New York--
4-18 JuneUnited States FlagStayed at Camp Percy, New Hampshire.--
JulySailed for Europe.--
August-SeptemberStayed in Paris--
October-NovemberEngland flagLectures in London, first meeting with Sister Nivedita--
DecemberUnited States FlagReturned to the United States, started lectures and classes. J. J. Goodwin, a professional stenographer joined him. These lectures were published in his book Karma Yoga--


22-25 MarchGave lecture at Harvard University, offered Eastern Philosophy chair.--
15 AprilEngland flagReturned to London.
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May-JulyEngland flagHe went again to England.--
May-JulyEngland flagClasses in London.--
28 MayEngland flagMet Friedrich Max Müller in Oxford--
August-SeptemberIn the Europe for six weeks.--
October-NovemberEngland flagBegan classes in London.--
30 DecemberLeft Naples for India.--


15 JanuaryReached Colombo--
26 JanIndia flagArrived at Pamban, India, received warm welcome.--
27 JanIndia flagLecture "Real worship" in Rameshwaram temple.--
6-14 FebIndia flagStayed in Madras (Chennai)--
19 FebIndia flagSwami Vivekananda returned to Calcutta, India.--
7 MarchIndia flagCelebrated birth anniversary of Ramakrishna in Dakshineswar--
1 MayIndia flagFounded the Ramakrishna Mission in house of Balaram Bose.--


JanuaryIndia flagReturned to Calcutta--
MayIndia flagBegan North India pilgrimage with Western devotees--
2 AugustIndia flagAmarnath, Kashmir--
9 DecemberIndia flagFirst monastery at Belur Math inaugurated.--


20 JuneSwami Vivekananda sailed for second visit to the West.--
31 July
England flag
Reached London
28 AugustArrived in New York City--
August-NovemberUnited States FlagStayed at Ridgely Manor, New York, founded "Shanti Ashrama" (peace retreat) at California.--


22 FebruaryUnited States FlagArrived in San Francisco.--
14 AprilUnited States FlagFounded Vedanta Society in San Francisco.--
26 JulyLeft for Europe.--
3 AugustAttended the Congress of Religions, in Paris.--
7 SeptemberGave lecture at Congress of History of Religions at Exposition.--
24 OctoberBegan tour of Vienna, Constantinople, Greece and Cairo.--
26 NovemberLeft for India.--
9 DecemberIndia flagArrived at Belur Math.--

3 JanuaryIndia flagVivekananda visited Mayavati, Almora-Banhatti p. xv
24 JanuaryIndia flagReturned to Belur Math-Banhatti p. xv
March-MayIndia flagPilgrimage in East Bengal and Assam--
18 OctoberIndia flagOrganised Durga Puja in Belur Math.--
DecemberIndia flagIndian National Congress meeting at Calcutta. Meeting with Tilak and other leaders-Banhatti p. xv


January-FebruaryIndia flagVisited Bodh Gaya and Varanasi--
MarchIndia flagReturned to Belur Math--
4 JulyIndia flagVivekananda sat for meditation at Belur Math, and passed away at ten minutes past nine p.m. at the age of 39 years.--

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