New Delhi | Jagran Lifestyle Desk: Swami Vivekananda was a great Indian Hindu monk who created awareness about Hinduism across the globe. He was also a key figure in the introduction of Indian philosophies of Yoga and Vedanta to the western world. Not just this, he is credited as a major force in the contemporary Hindu reform movements in India. Despite having a BA degree, Vivekananda was unemployed, it was during this phase he faced spiritual crisis and doubted the existence of God. That's when he met Sri Ramakrishna and got influenced by his teaching.
Vivekananda was born as Narendranath Datta in a Bengali Kayastha family in Calcutta. His birthday is celebrated as National Youth Day in India, while his death anniversary, July 4, is observed as Swami Vivekananda Smriti Divas.
As Swami Vivekananda's death anniversary is here, we have brought you some lesser-known facts about the spiritual leader that will leave you stunned:
- Not many know, Swami Vivekananda scored 47 per cent in the university entrance exam and 46 per cent in the FA (now intermediate Arts) and only 56 per cent in his BA exam.
- He was considered a "shrutidhara", a person with a prodigious memory. Other than studying Sanskrit scriptures and Bengali literature, Vivekananda studied Western philosophers as well.
- He was fond of Tea, however, when back in the day when Hindu pandits prohibited drinking tea, Swami Vivekananda introduced into his monastery.
- Not many know that Vivekananda climbed the dinner hall gate just to eat his favourite dish khichuri. This incident is just two years before his death when he was in Belur math to spend some quality time with his disciples. On one such day, when the dinner gong rang, he hurried to eat dinner, however, found the gate locked. It was the aroma of khichuri that made him climbed the gate and run to eat it.
- Though Swami Vivekananda had the utmost respect for women, he never allowed them inside his monastery. On one occasion, he got furious when one of his disciples allowed his mother to enter.
- Swami Vivekananda on his way to Vrindavan spotted a man sitting by a roadside smoking chillum. He went up to the man and asked for a smoke as well, the man got astonished and reminded him that he is a monk and he is a bhangi. On hearing this, he was about to leave when he thought that now he is a sannyasin and has left all the castes and family ties. And then began smoking bhangi's chillum. Recalling this incident, Swami said, "Never hate your fellow beings. All of them are children of God.”
Posted By: Niharika Sanjeeiv