It was Sri Aurobinda who said, “The going forth of Vivekananda was the first visible sign to the world that India was awake not only to survive but to conquer.” And he conquered the world indeed! An unknown Indian Yogi, uninvited to the World Religion Conference in far off Chicago held spell bounded thousands of listeners simply with the words: ”My Brothers and Sisters.”. The rest is history. In innumerable talks in various centers of America he asked the more adventurous of them to export to India their technology, for India needed industry more than Bhagwat Geeta.
It was a real freak of nature that the wayward son of a Calcutta attomey, Visweswara Dutta, frisking and frolicking in a narrow central Calcutta street would bring the message of unity and love all the world over! Those were the days of Young Bengal and it was the fashion to imitate the west in all their ways and speak ill o their motherland. Narendranath (Earlier name of Vivekananda) had a great interest in the western philosophy and he also cultivated the Bramhas. But, failing to get his queries answered, he went to Sri Sri Ramkrishna at Dakshineswar and became his disciple. Within this spiritual journey of his, he met Sister Nibedita, who also took part of his work for India. As his disciple Vivekananda spread the message of love and patriotism throughout the length and breadth of India.
A giant among men, Vivekananda’s clarion call roused the youth of India to fight for and lay down their lives for the freedom of India. The missions he set up took up the duty of spreading India’s message abroad. In 1988, the 125th birth anniversary of the great Indian was observed all over the earth. In India especially the Central Government took the lead and everywhere seminars were held, processions were led. School and college boys and girls gathered in their thousands to observe the day ’Be Not Afraid’ and his call to look upon the sweepers, the cobblers as our own brothers – were the messages he left for us.