Known unknown story about Swami Vivekananda

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Known unknown story about Swami Vivekananda

Among all the young generations in the world, the name of Swami Vivekananda flashes bright and clear. The name was one of the most influential to the monks of all times.

Hailing from India, Swami Vivekananda’s life was not a smooth ride at all. He had to sail through tremendous difficulties in life.

In this article, we are going to explore some of the lesser-known facts about this inspiring monk Swami Vivekananda who inspired millions of men and women across the world.


  • Swami Vivekananda was born on January 12, 1863. He died on July 4, 1902, in Kolkata.

  • January 12 is celebrated as the National Youth Day in honor of Swami Vivekananda, who was born on this day. Swami Vivekananda was the man who took the Vedanta philosophy to the West and reformed Hinduism drastically.

  • Swami Vivekananda was born as Narendra Nath Dutta in an aristocratic Bengali family in Calcutta.

  • he was named as Vireshwara by his mother and was often referred to as 'Biley'. Later, he was named Narendra Nath Dutta.

  • Swami Vivekananda was the name he took up after he became a monk.

  • In spite of having a BA degree, Swami Vivekananda had to go from door to door in search of a job.

  • After the death of his father, Swamiji's family lived in extreme poverty. His mother and sisters had to struggle hard to get a meal a day. Often, Swamiji went without food for days together so that others in the family had enough.

  • The Maharaja of Khetri, Ajit Singh, used to send 100 rupees to Swamiji's mother on a regular basis to help her cope with the financial problems. This arrangement was a closely guarded secret.

  • He compared this with a flowing river, which washes away all dirt, and cleanses itself continuously. Swami Vivekananda decided to go on an all India tour.

  • Vivekananda toured entire India and worked towards the upliftment of the poor and needy.

  • He founded the famous Ramakrishna Mission and Belur Math in Calcutta that still dedicatedly works towards popularising Hinduism and helping the needy.

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  • The great figure who toured America and England and was known for his brilliant eloquence scored only a 47% at the university entrance level examination, a 46% in the FA (later this exam became Intermediate Arts or IA), and a 56% in his BA exam.

  • He traveled to the USA to attend the World Parliament of Religions in Chicago, in spite of being almost a pauper.

  • He revolutionized the Orient philosophy and persuaded the West to accept that the Hindu philosophy is far more superior than others.

  • Swami Vivekananda went through a phase of spiritual crisis when he was unemployed. That’s when he was introduced to the name ‘Shri Ramkrishna Paramhansa’ by one of his English professors. In 1881, Narendra Nath met with Shri Ramakrishna at Dakshineswar Kali temple.

  • It was Sri Ramakrishna who managed to remove all the doubts young Narendra Nath had and showed him the path of spiritual clarity and he became Ramakrishna's disciple.

  • After meeting with Shri Ramakrishna, Swami Vivekananda literally worshiped women but weirdly enough, no woman was ever allowed inside his monastery. He even became furious on his own disciples once when they allowed his mother to enter after he fell ill.

  • After the death of his paternal uncle Taraknath, his wife, Jnanada Sundari, ousted Vivekananda’s family from their ancestral house and filed a suit in the court. Vivekananda fought the various litigation suits for 14 years, and on the last Saturday of his life on 28 June 1902, he put an end to the court case after paying some financial compensation.

  • Swami Vivekananda has amazing concentration power. He was a voracious reader and would borrow many books from the library and return them on the very next day. This continued for some time when the librarian eventually decided find out whether he actually read those books or not. So, the librarian asked him a question from one of the pages of a random book. Vivekananda did not only answer the question but also managed to even quote several lines from the book.

  • Vivekananda genuinely worshiped his mother.

  • Vivekananda was a connoisseur of tea. In those days, when the Hindu pandits were opposed to drinking tea, he introduced tea into his monastery. When the Bally municipality increased taxes on Belur on the grounds that it was a ‘private garden house’ where tea was served, Vivekananda sued the municipality in Chinsurah Zilla District Court. The British magistrate came on horseback to investigate; the charges were dismissed.

  • Vivekananda hated cowards. He wrote to John P. Fox, “I like boldness and adventure and my race stands in need of that spirit very much ... my health is failing and I do not expect to live long.”

  • Vivekananda stayed in Rishikesh for some time. He was once down with malaria. One day, the swami’s pulse beat and breathing nearly stopped. There was no physician nearby, and it was difficult to take Swamiji to a doctor. The Swami felt his end was near. Suddenly, an old sannyasin came into his cottage, gave him honey and Pipul-churna and left. After a few moments, Vivekananda opened his eyes and became conscious. He said: “I felt during my unconsciousness that I had to do some great work for God. There is no rest, no peace for me till I complete that mission.”

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  • The Dewan of the state of Alwar (now in Rajasthan), invited Vivekananda to the palace to meet the ruler. The ruler Mangal Singh asked Vivekananda: “I have heard you are a well-learned man. You can easily earn money. Then why do you beg?” Vivekananda replied: “Can you tell me, why you ignore your state duties, have lunch and dinners with Englishmen and go on hunting?”.

  • Many years later, when Vivekananda achieved world fame for his great speeches before the English-speaking world, Rajnarayan Basu used to recount the incident saying “I was under the impression that he didn’t know English.”


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