Swami Vivekananda life and books

Life Of Swami Vivekananda And Famous Books

Swami Vivekananda was born Narendranath Datta in a Bengali family at his ancestral home at 3 Gourmohan Mukherjee Street in Calcutta, the capital of British India, on 12 January 1863 during the Makar Sankranti festival.

He was a key figure in the introduction of the Indian philosophies of Vedanta and Yoga to the Western world. Narendranath was interested in spirituality from a young age and used to meditate before the images of deities such as Shiva, Rama, Sita, and Mahavir Hanuman. He is credited with raising interfaith awareness, bringing Hinduism to the status of a major world religion during the late 19th century. He was a major force in the revival of Hinduism in India. He contributed to the concept of Indian nationalism as a tool of fight against the British empire in colonial India. Vivekananda founded the Ramakrishna Math and the Ramakrishna Mission.

After Ramakrishna’s death, Vivekananda toured the Indian subcontinent extensively and acquired first-hand knowledge of the conditions prevailing in British India. Vivekananda conducted hundreds of public and private lectures and classes, disseminating tenets of Hindu philosophy in the United States, England and Europe. In India, Vivekananda is regarded as a patriotic saint, and his birthday is celebrated as National Youth Day.

He was an avid reader in a wide range of subjects, including philosophy, religion, history, social science, art and literature. He was also interested in Hindu scriptures, including the Vedas, the Upanishads, the Bhagavad Gita, the Ramayana, the Mahabharata and the Puranas. Narendra was trained in Indian classical music, and regularly participated in physical exercise, sports and organised activities. Narendra studied Western logic, Western philosophy and European history at the General Assembly’s Institution (now known as the Scottish Church College).

On 4 July 1902 (the day of his death) Vivekananda awoke early, went to the monastery at Belur Math and meditated for three hours. He taught Shukla-Yajur-Veda, Sanskrit grammar and the philosophy of yoga to pupils, later discussing with colleagues a planned Vedic college in the Ramakrishna Math. At 7:00 pm. Vivekananda went to his room, asking not to be disturbed; he died at 9:20 p.m. while meditating. According to his disciples, Vivekananda attained mahasamādhi; the rupture of a blood vessel in his brain was reported as a possible cause of death.

Books By Swami Vivekananda :

#1 Raja Yoga :-

Raja Yoga is a book by Swami Vivekananda about “Raja Yoga”, his interpretation of Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras adapted for a Western audience. The book was published in July 1896. It became an instant success and was highly influential in the Western understanding of yoga.
Originally published: July 1896
Original language: Hindi
Subject: Philosophy

#2 Karma Yoga :-

Karma Yoga is a book of lectures by Swami Vivekananda, as transcribed by Joseph Josiah Goodwin. It was published in February 1896 in New York City. Swami Vivekananda delivered a number of lectures in his rented rooms at 228 W 39th Street in New York City from December 1895 to January 1896.
Originally published: 1896
Original language: Hindi
Subject: Philosophy

#3 Jnana Yoga :-

Jnana Yoga is a book of lectures by Swami Vivekananda as transcribed by Joseph Josiah Goodwin. The lectures were delivered mainly in New York and London. These lectures were recorded by Goodwin, a professional stenographer, who later became a disciple of Swami Vivekananda.
Originally published: 1899
Original language: Hindi
Subject: Philosophy

#4 Meditation and Its Methods:-

This book is a collection of the writings of Swami Vivekananda on the theory and practice of meditation. It is more of an introductory book with plenty of inspiration passages to motivate a reader to adopt meditation for a better and peaceful life.
Originally published: 1 February 1976
Original language: Hindi
Subject: Self-help book

#5 Inspired Talks:-

Inspired Talks is book compiled from a series of lectures of Swami Vivekananda. From mid-June to early August 1895, Vivekananda conducted a series of private lectures to a groups of selected disciples at the Thousand Island Park.
Originally published: 1909
Original language: Hindi
Subject: Self-help book

#6 Lectures from Colombo to Almora:-

Lectures from Colombo to Almora is a book of Swami Vivekananda based on his various lectures. After visiting the West, Vivekananda reached Colombo, British Ceylon on 15 January 1897.
Originally published: 1897
Original language: Hindi
Subject: Self-help book

#7 My Master:-

My Master is an English book combined from two lectures delivered by Swami Vivekananda in New York and England in 1901.
Originally published: 1901
Original language: Hindi
Subject: Biography

#8 Swami Vivekananda on Himself:-

Swami Vivekananda on Himself is a biographical book on Swami Vivekananda written in an autobiographical manner. This book was published in 1963 by Swami Sambudhdhananda, general secretary of Swami Vivekananda’s birth centenary committee.
Originally published: 1963
Original language: Hindi
Subject: Biography

#9 Raja Yoga: Being Lectures by the Swami Vivekananda:-

For thousands of years extraordinary and supernatural phenomena have been studied, investigated, and generalised, the whole ground of the religious faculties of man has been analysed, and the practical result is the science of Raja Yoga.
Originally published: 2016
Original language: Hindi
Subject: Self-help book

#10 Bhaktiyog:-

Bhakti-Yoga is a real, genuine search after the Lord, a search beginning, continuing, and ending in love. One single moment of the madness of extreme love to God brings us eternal freedom.
Originally published: 1946
Original language: Hindi
Subject: Health & Fitness

#11 Practical Vedanta:-

If one asks, how Vedanta can be made practical in our day-to-day life, here is a book published by Advaita Ashrama, a publication centre of Ramakrishna Math, Belur Math, India, which provides the answer.
Originally published: 1912
Original language: Hindi
Subject: Philosophy

#12 Teachings of Swami Vivekananda:-

This book comprises of a choice collection of Swami Vivekananda’s utterances culled from his numerous speeches and writings, arranged under 44 suitable sections. It is a treasure house of thoughts of power to inspire and guide mankind in its march towards the Supreme Reality
Originally published: 1948
Original language: Hindi
Subject: Self-help book

#13 Vedanta Philosophy: An address before the Graduate Philosophical Society:-

Vedanta Philosophy: An address before the Graduate Philosophical Society is a lecture given by Swami Vivekananda on 25 March 1896 at the Graduate Philosophical Society of Harvard University. After this lecture, the university offered Vivekananda the chair of Eastern Philosophy.
Originally published: 1896
Original language: Hindi
Subject: Philosophy

#14 The Powers of the Mind:-

The Powers Of The Mind” is a speech delivered at Los Angeles, California, on January 8, 1900 by Swami Vivekananda explained his thoughts on the Powers of the Mind. This book brings together that speech for followers everywhere in his exact words
Originally published: 2015
Original language: Hindi
Subject: Self-help book

#15 Kali the Mother:-

Kali the Mother is a poem written by Hindu monk Swami Vivekananda. Vivekananda wrote the poem in September 1898 when he was staying in Kashmir, on a houseboat, on Dal Lake in Srinagar. In this poem he worshipped the terrible form of the goddess.
Originally published: 1898
Original language: Hindi
Subject: Poem

#16 The East and the West:-

The East and the West or Prachya o Paschatya is a book written by Swami Vivekananda. In this book Swami Vivekananda made a comparative study of eastern and Western cultures.
Originally published: 1909
Original language: Hindi
Subject: eastern and Western cultures

#17 Patanjali Yoga Sutra:-

Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras” by Swami Vivekanand. If you are one who is seeking the spiritual path then this book is a perfect for you with its teachings which can be read again and again. The classic sutras are almost 4000 years old
Originally published: 2015
Original language: Hindi
Subject: Art of Living

#18 Thoughts of power:-

Modern man tossed up and down the tempest of worldly duties and responsibilities is, many a times, not surprisingly, found to be dejected and depressed. He desperately tries to take hold of some external prop to once again stand on his feet.
Originally published: 1982
Original language: Hindi
Subject: Self-help book

#19 Bhagavad Gita As Viewed By Swami Vivekananda:-

Swami Vivekananda’s views on the Bhagavad Gita are scattered throughout ‘The Complete Works of Swami Vivekananda’ published in nine volumes.
Originally published: 2016
Original language: Hindi
Subject: Religion

#20 Work and Its Secret:-

None can remain without work even for a moment, says the Gita. How true! Man’s whole life is a saga of work done, consciously or unconsciously, toward satisfying different ends.
Originally published: 1968
Original language: Hindi
Subject: Religion

Things do not grow better. They remain as they are; and we grow better by the changes we make in them

Swami Vivekananda

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