24 November 2014

Amitabh Bachchan On Swami Vivekananda

Amitabh Bachchan (born 11 October 1942) is a well-known Indian actor of Bollywood cinema. Some of his notable films are Sholay, Deewar, Don, Zanjeer Agneepath, Paa etc.

Amitabh Bachchan, in his official blog, has several times written on Swami Vivekananda.

Amitabh Bachchan on Swami Vivekananda

Amitabh Bachcan in front of Vivekananda statue in Kolkata
Amitabh Bachcan in front of Vivekananda statue in Kolkata, 2014
Image source: Amitabh Bachchan's blog
Amitabh Bachchan told or wrote—
  • I pay my respects to Vivekananda ji .. his image at an institution right next to where we shoot .. a great mind, a great thinker, philosopher and revered spiritual  (15 November 2014, Bachchan came to Kolkata to shoot for Piku)[Source]
  • Have we ever wondered why Buddha, Mahavir, Nanak, Kabir, Rahim, Confucius, Gandhi or Vivekananda – great men and saints over time – have influenced the way we conduct ourselves and our lives. They were men of simple bearings. They were men not of Kingdom and wealth, nor were they ones that presented fear and terror. What was it about them that even with the passage of great time, we still submitted ourselves and our personalities to their governance and thought ? (24-25 April 2010) [Source]

Swami Vivekananda on Vivekananda Rock

In February 2009, Amitabh Bachchan went to Kanya Kumari, Tamilnadu. At that he wrote—
  • I am now in my room, quietly overlooking the end of the mainland into the vast Indian Ocean. In fact.. the point where three water masses meet –  the Bay of Bengal, the Arabian Sea and the Indian Ocean; a minute or two away from the historic Vivekananda Rock – a symbol of the great religious philosopher that trod this land and influenced millions with his teachings. (10 February 2009)[Source]
  • This is the Vivekananda Rock, where the great philosopher sat and meditated. Further to the left and hidden behind foliage is a mosque. Such a wonderful amalgamation and integration of all the religions. A symbol of our secular constitution. (12 February 2009)[Source]
  • The South Indian ethos for welcome and greeting.And presenting to you the early morning vista of the Vivekananda Rock and the grand statue of Swami Thiruvalluvar. This is around 8 in the morning. I got closer to it, through narrow by-lanes, full of multiple curio shops and object des arts. (13 February 2009)[Source]

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