In the different countries in the world, there are always countrymen who have managed to establish themselves in varied fields. Good example of these countries is India. India has Swami Vivekananda who made great history in the field of religion and spirituality. This great Indian Hindu monk was born in Calcutta from an aristocratic Bengali family. In the 19th century, he was the one who brought and introduced Hinduism in the world.
Without a doubt, Swami Vivekananda was one important man in the history of India. Even so, there are probably some more facts that you don’t know about him. Here are 14 of these facts:
#1. Swami Vivekananda was born on January 12, 1863. He actually had a different given birth name, and this was Narendra Nath Dutta. His death on the other hand, can be dated back on July 4, 1902 at the age of 39.
#2. Even though Swami was part of an aristocratic family, this didn’t mean that he didn’t experience poverty. He actually did, and it started when his father died. However, he was very proud about it that once in his life, he experienced poverty.
#3. Since Swami Vivekananda was one important man in India due to his major contributions, his birth date, January 12 made to be the National Youth Day in India.
#4. He’s known as patriotic saint in India. It’s simply because of his great courage to bring Hinduism to the world as well as his determination in introducing Yoga and Vedanta as Indian philosophies to the Western countries.
#5. He used to be the chief disciple of saint Ramakrishna. This saint existed in India way back in the 19th century.
#6. He travelled around America and England. In fact, he attended the World Parliament of Religions held in Chicago, Illinois. Part of his travel was to bring awareness that Hindu philosophy is better than the others.
#7. Swami Vivekananda was also well-known due to his brilliant eloquence. In fact, on his BA exam, he gained a 56% rating. Moreover, he gained 46% score rating on his FA exam, and 47% on his entrance level examination in the university he was enrolled with.
#8. He was the founder of the popular Ramakrishna Mission and Belur Math that is located in Calcutta. He founded it for the purpose of helping the needy in the entire India, while spreading the words of Hinduism.
#9. He had great charisma that truly convinced the youth to do their important roles in the society. In fact, his great charisma helped him bring India to the top list of nations that are religion-oriented.
#10. For 14 years, Swami Vivekananda fought various litigation suits just like the legal case filed by his wife named Gyanadasundari. However, the cases were all dismissed after he paid the financial compensations being asked.
#11. He came from an eccentric family. Such family is known for doing something without even thinking about the possible consequences. A great evidence for this was the suicide incident by his sister named Jogendrabala.
#12. In the monastery where he resided, he made a certain rule that disallowed women to enter inside the monastery.
#13. He was known as a connoisseur of tea. He even introduced tea on his monastery even for a fact that the British colonizers in India didn’t allow tea drinking.
#14. Before he died, he suffered from various illnesses like asthma, malaria, typhoid, migraine, diphtheria, tonsillitis, and gastroenteritis.
These are just 14 of the facts that you might don’t know about Swami Vivekananda. There are still a lot of them you can research online.