Swami Vivekananda doesn’t need an introduction. He was the sole person behind the inspiration of many great personalities, be it Subhash Chandra bose, Mahatma Gandhi, Lal Bahadur Shastri, or our current Prime Minister Narendra Modi- the list is endless. He was the first person to introduce the power of Hindu Veda’s, Upveda’s, and Philosophies to the world. Also, he was the one to introduce Hinduism to the world and proved that India is not behind than anyone else. He was a gifted speaker and has the power to influence people around him.
But though people are aware of his journey, there are some incidents in his life that not many know about.
Here are a few Unknown Stories about the life of Swami Vivekananda
A Gifted Reader:
The world knows how well-read Vivekananda was but do you know that his capabilities were once tested? During his days in Chicago, he would often visit the library to issue huge volumes of books and return them on time. When this practice became regular, a frustrated librarian asked him why he would issue huge books when he don’t read them? To this, Vivekananda replied that he had read all of them. The annoyed librarian dared him for a test and started asking random questions from the book. He answered all of them correctly. She then turned to a page and asked him what was written on it. Without even a glance Vivekananda repeated the lines exactly as they were written.
A Quick-witted Person:
Once, Swami Vivekananda was traveling on a train when few girls caught attention on his wristwatch. Witnessing his strange attire, they decided to play a prank on him. They came to him and asked to give his wristwatch to them or else they would tell the cops that he was harassing them. Vivekananda remained quiet and made signs to the girls that he is deaf and they should write down what they are saying. The girls believed and wrote down everything on paper. After receiving their threat in writing, Swami finally spoke and called the cops. He handed him the threat letter and made the complaint.
A Good Friend:
The friendship between Maharaja Ajit Singh Bahadur, the erstwhile ruler of Khetri, and Swami Vivekananda was an epitome of real brotherhood. And the testimony of the same lies in the letters exchanged between the duo. These letters were discovered in 1999 by the Jhunjhunu district administration. Written between 1893 and 1895, these were found while cleaning the sub-divisional officer’s record room.
Even the Vivekananda speech at the Art Institute of Chicago on 11 September 1893 that left a remarkable impact on the world was sponsored by Ajit Singh Bahadur. In one of the letters, Bahadur was found appreciating Vivekananda for his tremendous works in the US. In another letter exchanged in 1898, Vivekanandan asked Maharaj for funds as his health was deteriorating. The king soon sent a money order of Rs 500.
After receiving the money, Vivekananda was extremely grateful and wrote a letter back expressing his thanks and how Singh is the only one from whom he could ask for anything without hesitation. Vivekanda also showered his love and admiration for him and called him “the only friend in this life.”
Once when Vivekananda was going for his morning visit to the temple of Goddess Durga, his journey was interrupted when some wild monkeys threatened his way. As he made his way, the monkeys howled, shrieved, and attacked him. Scared Vivekananda turned away and started to run when a priest nearby shouted to face them. Listening to his words, Swami came to his sense and stopped at once. He turned back and bravely started walking towards the monkeys. As soon as he did that, the monkeys fled!
Another incident comes from his childhood when he was only 8 years old. There was a Champak tree in his neighborhood where he used to hang with his friends. Once as he was dangled head down from the tree, when an old man asked him to stop. Perhaps due to the fear that the kid might fall, the man lied to them and said that there was a ghost on the tree and it would hurt them. Swami nodded and waited for the man to leave. As he left, he again started dangling on the tree. Swami’s friend asks him that despite knowing it’s haunted why he is still climbing the tree? To this Swami replied that if there was a ghost on the tree his neck would have been broken long ago. That’s quite a lot of common sense for 8 years old.
The Bottom Line
“The great secret of true success, of true happiness, is this: the man or woman who asks for no return, the perfectly unselfish person, is the most successful.” ― Swami Vivekananda
The teachings of Swami Vivekananda tell us that there is only one god and the path to liberation is the path of humanity and spirituality. His teachings are the hidden gems for ultimate success. There is nothing greater than finding your true self and following what your heart says. For us and the generations to come, his teachings will continue to help us in the tough times and will keep us motivating to strive for better.