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PRESENTATION
 

SWAMI VIVEKANANDA
The Great Hindu Monk of India, and
His Lasting Spiritual Legacy to Humanity


An Audio-Visual Presentation
Made at Universities, Colleges, Vedanta Centers and Temples in the US.
(In the context of the 100th year of his mahasamadhi)

 
Scheme and purpose of the Audio-visual Presentation conveyed to the audience before the commencement: -
 
WHAT IS THIS PRESENTATION?
In the context of the 100th year of Swami Vivekananda's Mahasamadhi (July 4, 2002), the day Swamiji consciously left his body, this Audio-Visual Presentation highlights the relevance of his mission and message to the present-day world in ushering peace and harmony.
 
Based on my book: "Vivekananda - His Gospel of Man-making with a Garland of Tributes and a Chronicle of His Life and Times with Pictures", this Presentation is being shown to the student community in some of the universities and colleges in the US, under the auspices of the Hindu Students Council, since my arrival last July, to participate in a World Conference on "India's Contributions and Influences in the World", held at the University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth.
 
This Presentation is nothing but my recorded speech with the background of some illustrations. Though called an Audio-Visual Presentation, it is not a movie for recreation and entertainment, but an educational Presentation. It is in fact a Power Point Presentation transferred to the VHS tape for operational convenience. It is like a documentary displayed in slides through the media of the VHS tape.
 
In this Presentation, there are 32 slides altogether, each displaying a picture of Swami Vivekananda on the designed background along with the relevant points/lines/quotations (from my recorded speech on the subject matter), to synchronize with the voice in the background, which conveys the ideas on the subject matter.
 
The total duration of the Presentation is 55 minutes. While the main section is of 19 minutes duration, the other six sections are of 2 to 4 minutes. The Homage to Swami Vivekananda which is in the form of a Sanskrit composition, however, takes 15 minutes, because before singing the composition I have read out the original Sanskrit text followed by the English rendering of it, to make it as clear as possible. I hope you do not mind the longer duration taken by this Sanskrit poem, which was recorded in 1993 at Chicago where I had the privilege to sing it at the Art Institute, during a Program conducted by the Vedanta Society of Chicago, in the context of the centenary of Swamiji's historic address at the same venue.
 
WHY THIS PRESENTATION?
Today's world is torn by fundamentalist aggression and peacelessness arising out of a sensate culture. The world is looking for a way to create a new era with stability and peace. There is an urgent need for service and spirituality, respect for all religious traditions and devotion to the One Supreme Power with a variety of names and patterns, with a view to creating peace in the world community. Weary of strife and turmoil, humanity is in search of peace, amity among religions and individual freedom. The world therefore needs leaders who are universal in approach, all embracing religious outlook, rational and humanistic in thinking and above all spiritual in vision.
 
India's universal and rationalistic Sanatana Dharma has given us spiritual and epochal heroes like Swami Vivekananda. Swamiji was a manifold personality -- a spiritual giant who strove for the good of all. He was a creator of worldwide spiritual civilization. He was an inspired seer born with a man-making mission. He did everything for the removal of misery from the world and for kindling the spark of divinity in every human being. His message was therefore meant for all times and for all countries.
 

In a short span of 39 years, Swami Vivekananda vigorously disseminated the message of Sanatana Dharma, the eternal message of peace, harmony and universal well-being, and proclaimed throughout the world the Vedantic truth "ekam sat" (The Truth is One), "vasudhaiva kutumbakam" (The whole world is one family). We need this message everywhere. We need the vision of Vivekananda who declared: "Where seekest thou, friend, God, leaving aside those before you in myriad forms? He indeed serves God who loves God in all beings."

 

The message of Swami Vivekananda is very relevant today. His spirit is still working. In Swami Vivekananda we have a dependable guide and mentor who can give us a better direction at this crucial juncture of history.

 

This Presentation therefore highlights his unique contributions, lasting spiritual legacy and inspiring message.

 

As aptly pointed out by a savant, "Swami Vivekananda's special contribution to the present age is the deliverance of a universal message conducive to man's moral and spiritual upliftment throughout the world and to the harmonious living of all human beings irrespective of differences of color, creed, sex, age, social rank, cultural standard, political outlook, and so forth.

 
"The Swami's personal experience of East and West, his penetrating insight, his erudition, his boundless compassion, his immaculate life, and above all, his realization of the Ultimate One, the Truth of truths beyond all diversities, made him specially qualified for the Divine Commission -- the reconstruction of humanity on the spiritual foundation. No doubt, there will be warm response from all who are ready for the message".
 
PROLOGUE TO THE PRESENTATION
Swami Vivekananda is verily a powerful and pointed presentation of the Divinity that is unconditioned and immortal, in this mortal world conditioned by the triune of time, space and causality.
 

This Presentation seeks to place before you a few glimpses of that wonderful manifestation of Divinity which, exactly a century ago (on July 4, 1902) merged back into its Divine Source, after accomplishing its divinely ordained mission, a great feat in too short a span of time.

 

Here is an overview of the presentation in the context of the 100th year of his exit from this mortal world.

 

There are, altogether, seven brief Sections in this Presentation, which, I hope, will be informative and inspiring.

 

The initial Section: "Swami Vivekananda -- 100 Years Later" highlights Swami Vivekananda's short but intense and utterly dedicated life and his immense contributions to humanity, and points out the relevance of and the need for his Gospel of Vedanta to usher in Peace and Harmony in today's war-weary and disturbed world.

 

The next Section presents a glowing tribute by Swami Ranganathanandaji, the 13th President of the Ramakrishna Order, whose glorification of Swamiji as "The Great Emissary of India to the West" is highly significant.

 

The Third Section, Homage, is a Sanskrit Composition, depicting Swami Vivekananda--The Man and His Mission.

 

The Fourth Section estimates Swami Vivekananda, the inestimable, through a selected few utterances of World Thinkers and eminent persons.

 
In the Fifth Section, we have a couple of prophetic utterances of Swami Vivekananda, which we will do well to note and remember in the present context.
 
Some of the Divine Sparks that emanated from the spiritually illumined Swami are contained in the Sixth Section.
 
And, the Final Section visually depicts Swamiji's integral Gospel of Vedanta in the modern context, epitomized by him in bare three words: "Be and Make."
 
1. SWAMI VIVEKANANDA 100 YEARS LATER
This is the centenary year of the maahasamaadhi of Swami Vivekananda, the patriot-saint and the intrepid Hindu Monk of India who dazzled the West by his fascinating personality, scintillating intellect and powerful oratory. One hundred years ago, on July 4, 1902, completing his divinely ordained mission, the great Swami left his mortal coil and returned to the Divine Source. In the words of his illustrious disciple, Sister Nivedita, "…. on the wings of meditation, his spirit soared whence there could be no return, and the body was left, like a folded vesture, on the earth…. And the day he chose of all others was the Fourth of July - the American Independence Day."
 
His was a rare personality, a dynamic and dedicated life in a short span. His multi-faceted life and work, and the inspiring message were for the spiritual regeneration of India and the world. "Man-making is my mission in life," he declared. "The older I grow the more everything seems to me to lie in manliness. This is my New Gospel.... My ideal indeed can be put into a few words, and that is: to preach unto mankind their divinity and how to make it manifest in every movement of life."
 

"Having given his ideal a firm practical shape, having inspired millions of people with the noble ideals of 'Renunciation and Service', having made India conscious of her glorious past, and having awakened her to future tasks, Vivekananda wound up his earthly career at the age of thirty-nine years, five months and twenty-two days, thus fulfilling his own prophecy: 'I will not live to be forty years old.' "

 

In a short span, his achievements and contributions to humanity were stupendous. As he put it, "I have given humanity enough for the next fifteen hundred years."

 

At the height of his glory and renown, how unassuming and ego-less he was! Here is the testimony: "If there has ever been a word of truth, a word of spirituality, that I have spoken anywhere in the world, I owe it to my Master; only mistakes are mine… They call me the 'cyclonic Hindu'. Remember, it is His will - I am a voice without a form." This is also a testimony to his fidelity to his Great Master - Sri Ramakrishna.

 

And, as to his spiritual depth and universality of outlook, mark his words: "What is India or England or America to us? We are the servants of that God who by the ignorant is called man."

 

Renunciation, service and sacrifice were his watchwords. And, an embodiment of renunciation that he was, he wore himself out in the service of 'God in man'. Here is his testament: "When will that blessed day dawn when my life will be a sacrifice at the altar of humanity? …Let the body, since perish it must, wear out in action and not rust in inaction… It is better to wear out than to rust out."

 

In working for his divinely ordained mission, rest and respite were alien to him, so much so he declared that even after his final exit from this mortal world, he would not cease to work, and that he would inspire one and all until the whole world realized its spiritual oneness. Whoever heard of such a forthright statement made by any Mahatma in the hagiographic history of the world!

 

Time has proved the truth of the words Swami Vivekananda uttered before his death: "It may be that I shall find it good to get outside my body -- to cast it off like a worn out garment. But I shall not cease to work. I shall inspire men everywhere until the world shall know that it is one with God." "Work unto death, I am with you, and when I am gone, my spirit will work with you."

 

Swami Vivekananda's influence on societies and individuals can be classified into: his impact as a teacher of the message of Eternal India, which is in fact the spiritual message of Sanatana Dharma, popularly known as Hinduism, or the rational and universal gospel of the Vedanta; his stress on the practice of religion of service, based on equality and tyaga; his role as an awakener, builder and organizer of modern India with its patriotic, spiritual and service movements; his contribution as a cultural and spiritual emissary of India to the West; his work as an interpreter of Indian values in the universal language of science and, his influence in taming and unifying science itself.

 

Elsewhere we have made an attempt to acquaint the reader with some of these contributions of Swamiji to humanity. We have also presented a diary of significant events in his life and times, a glimpse of his scintillating divine personality, a taste of his powerful and clear language of electrifying impact, and a rare example of his utter humility when he traces all that is good in him and all that he could accomplish in too short a span of time to the grace of his Great Master Sri Ramakrishna, in whose hallowed name he set in motion a mighty Movement, the Ramakrishna Math and the Ramakrishna Mission, for the well-being and the spiritual enlightenment of the humanity. Finally, our attempt also enables the reader to see Swamiji visually through pictures. It presents a visual review of the evolution of Naren into Vivekananda the prophet of 'Awakened India'. An exhaustive list of over two hundred books by and on Swami Vivekananda is also provided for reference and further study.

 

Humanity has not yet opened fully the gift it has received from Sri Ramakrishna, the gift of the advent and work of Swami Vivekananda. We can only envy the future world, which will be delighted and blessed with this gift, which it has been ready to receive but slow to uncover.

 

Swami Vivekananda "burst into the world like a bomb not to lick it into destruction with tongues of fire, but to rouse men from their spiritual stupor by the boom of his powerful voice. His words seem to gain greater force as they roll down the years. Vivekananda is today a voice without form. He has transcended the limitations of human personality: he has become concretized into an impersonal institution which the world will not willingly let die: he is a system of thought: an attitude to men and things: an approach to life: a tradition which has woven itself inextricably into the world. His spirit is more alive today than his body was decades ago. It permeates a network of organizations spread over the whole world: it has expressed itself in diverse activities, which have become institutionalized. It permeates the re-awakening India. It revitalizes man. It infuses new life and strength. It is this spirit, which we should understand and catch if we want to make our lives fruitful. His message of spirituality can alone give solace and strength to the war-weary world. Acquaintance with him opens a new portal to life. Accepting his message and applying it in full makes one's life exalted."

 

The main concern of the world today is peace and harmony. The path that the world has until now traversed in pursuit of technological mastery has imperiled peace and environment and failed to provide prosperity and equality for all people of the world. Hosts of problems are cropping up, bringing in its train a lot tension, anxiety, worries and frustration. Beset with psychological, social, economic, ethnic, political and environmental problems, which defy solution, the people of today's world are ill at ease.

 

If peace and harmony are to rise and rein in the hearts and minds of all people all over the world, they should have an opportunity to be exposed to the revealing insights of spirituality, which Swami Vivekananda has bequeathed to humanity. Hence, an earnest and vigorous propagation of his spiritual teachings is the most important means of serving that divine mission. The more the life and teachings of the great Swami are made known, the more will the spiritual perspective of humanity be widened, thereby paving the way for enduring world peace every one is hankering for.

 

Spiritual leaders, like Swami Vivekananda, are the salt of the earth and in their exalted life and inspiring teachings do we find a solvent for all our problems, individual, social, national and international. They are verily the harbinger of much needed peace and harmony on the earth.

 

Swami Vivekananda is verily a bridge between the East and the West. He is a dynamic spiritual force to shape the future of humanity. His teachings have set in motion a spiritual force, which can eventually bring into the western civilization the needed qualitative change.

 

The greatest of all benefactions, according to Swami Vivekananda, is the act of rousing man to the glory of the divinity within. The awakened man solves for himself all his problems, secular and sacred. "The solution to all human problems is in man's becoming Man (with capital 'M') in all his dimensions, by manifesting his divinity. Problems are understandably many. But the solution is one -- to become the new kind of man, who being simultaneously scientific and spiritual eventually becomes free. It is this new man, pure in heart, clear in brain, unselfish in motivation, who works in a balanced manner with his head, heart and hand, who has shed all his smallness and illusions, who has experienced unity of existence in his expanded consciousness -- this selfless, spotless and fearless man of character, enlightenment and love, is the hope of the world. Hope is not in more machinery, wealth, politics of cleverness and power. The world is looking forward to the coming of this new man -- who is aware of his own divinity and is always anxious to discover and worship the same divinity in all others -- in ever increasing numbers."

 

What made Swami Vivekananda stand apart from others is that in his life there was made manifest a tremendous force for the moral and spiritual welfare and upliftment of humanity irrespective of caste, creed or nationality. This power of his is what characterizes Swamiji's work even to this day. Though his voice is without a form today, the vibrations of the same have been caught up in many a heart and have surcharged and transformed them.

 

As we offer our homage to Swami Vivekananda in the centenary year of his mahasamadhi, let us meditate on his multi-faceted life and work and inspiring message for the spiritual regeneration of humanity. And, above all, let us translate his spiritual teachings into our day-to-day life and be blessed thereby.

 
All glory to that great Hindu Monk of India!
 
namah sriyatiraajaaya vivekaanandasooraye I
sachchitsukhaswaroopaaya swaamine taapahaarine II
"Salutations to that king of renouncers and controller of passion, the sage, Vivekananda, who is Sachchidananda (Existence-Knowledge-Bliss Absolute) Itself, the spiritual preceptor, the remover of distress."
 
2. A GLOWING TRIBUTE
Swami Ranganathanandaji Maharaj (the 13th President of the Ramakrishna Order) who had the rare privilege of disseminating Swami Vivekananda's gospel of Vedanta far and wide pays a glowing tribute highlighting Swamiji as India's great Emissary to the West:
 

"Swami Vivekananda is the one person who stands as a golden link between India and the western world, and who promises to be such a link between India and the rest of the world as well.

 

For the first time in our history of the past thousand years, our country produced a great teacher in Swami Vivekananda who took India out of her isolation of centuries and brought her into the mainstream of international life. This is a great work, whose beneficent results are slowly and steadily becoming evident as decades roll on.

 

"Swami Vivekananda had a fourfold training, which equipped him for the world mission. Firstly, his education in modern western science, literature, and history; secondly, his assimilation of the positive elements in the Indian culture and traditions; thirdly, his discipleship at the feet of Sri Ramakrishna, the very personification of the Indian spiritual tradition; and fourthly, his intimate grasp of the realities of contemporary India during his life as a wandering monk for six years. And this fourfold training made Vivekananda an embodiment of the East and the West.

 
"He passed away on 4th July 1902, at the young age of 39 years, 5 months, and 22 days. Out of the nine years of his public ministry, from the Parliament of Religions in 1893 up to his death in 1902, he gave over four most intense years to the West. The intensity of his nine years of work in the West and in India, the output of spiritual, intellectual, literary, and organizational work, besides the traveling involved during the period, is unprecedented. As a teacher of modern India and as her cultural and spiritual Emissary to the West, Vivekananda has illumined the horizon of national and international life, which has no parallel in the history. He was a man with a message and he delivered it fearlessly and intensely. He had said of himself: "Buddha had a message to the East, and I have a message to the West.' The West will one day learn to feel proud of this Emissary of modern India and learn from him the philosophy of comprehensive spirituality and total life-fulfillment and the way to its own redemption from a soul-killing materialism. When that response comes from the West, the tunnel connecting East and West would be complete, and a new culture, neither eastern nor western, but just human, would be evolved, making for the spiritual growth of man everywhere and tending to develop a 'mankind-awareness' in all nations, and marking the fulfillment of the purposes of the advent of Sri Ramakrishna and Swami Vivekananda in the modern age."
 
3. HOMAGE
Here is a Homage in the form of a Sanskrit composition depicting Vivekananda -- the Man and His Mission:
vishwahitaishi mahaamanishi
janasevaataapasi
jayatu vivekananda swami
jayatu veera sannyaasi II
 
victory to Swami Vivekananda, the intrepid Hindu Monk of India, who was endowed with a poised mind and a scintillating intellect, who was keenly interested in the welfare of the entire humanity, and to whom the service of man was verily the tapas (spiritual practice) for God-realization.
 
nipeeya sakalam tattwajnaanam
paanchabhautikam nava vijnaanam
jagaditihaasa puraana darshanam
parameshwara darshane manaswi
yo nitaraam abhilaashi
jayatu veera sannyaasi II
 
Victory to that intrepid Hindu monk of India, who was well versed in all branches of philosophy including the metaphysics, and well acquainted with the modern material science, World History, Puranaas and Darshanaas and ever intensely aspired for God-realization.
 
sakaladharama patha parama saadhakam
vividha dharma mata marmabodhakam
bhogavaada naastikya rodhakam
jagadgurum tam pranamya sahasaa
jaato dradhataapasi
jayatu veera sannyaasi II
 
Victory to that intrepid Hindu Monk of India, who was instantly transformed and established in spiritual practice on account of his mere glance at the World Teacher, Sri Ramakrishna, the practitioner supreme of all religious paths, who preached the inner core of all religions, and who is a bulwark against atheism and hedonism.
 
graame graame nagare nagare
nadi nadaanaam teere teere
guha gahware vipine ghore
vilokya jana jivanam vipannam
yo vivhala maanasi
jayatu veera sannyaasi II
 
Victory to that intrepid Hindu Monk of India who, as an itinerant monk, traveled all over India - visiting villages, towns and cities, river banks, caves and dense forests, and witnessing the deplorable living conditions of the poor and downtrodden, the distressed and the diseased masses, was greatly pained at heart and felt intensely compassionate for them, and was spurred on to find ways and means to mitigate their sufferings.
 
vishwadharma sammelana pithe
vividha dharma guru garva garisthe
naanaa dharma dhwaja pratishte
navayuga maanavadharma ghoshanaa
jagarjayo saahasi
jayatu veera sannyasi II
 
Victory to that intrepid Hindu monk of India, who proclaimed with a leonine roar, as it were, the dharma for the mankind of the New Age, from the platform of the World's Parliament of Religions at Chicago, whereon had assembled the religious leaders of all faiths of the world, with all their pride and privilege, and with all their banners unfurled, to proudly proclaim and establish the supremacy of their own creed.
 
mahaavera iva parama viraagi
krista-buddhavat karuno tyaagi
shankara iva digvijayi yogi
udaara charito vishwa kutumbi
janagana hrdaya nivaasi
jayatu veera sannyaasi II
 
Victory to that intrepid Hindu Monk of India, who is supremely dispassionate like Mahavira, kind, compassionate and renunciate like the Christ and the Buddha, a yogi par excellence like Adi Shankara who held sway over his opponents in all the four quarters, who was extremely generous and endowed with a noble character, to whom the whole world was one big family, and who is ever residing in the hearts of hosts of people.
 
4. AN ESTIMATE (OF THE INESTIMABLE)
Surely, Vivekananda's words do not need introduction from anybody; they make their own irresistible appeal.
-- Mahatma Gandhi
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The best introduction to Vivekananda is not to read about him but to read him. The Swami's personality, with all its charm and force, its courageousness, its spiritual authority, its fury and its fun, comes through to you very strongly in his writings and recorded words…. Reading his printed words, we can catch something of the tone of his voice and even feel some sense of contact with his power…. Vivekananda's English recreates his personality for us even now, three quarters of century later."
-- Christopher Isherwood
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If you want to know India, study Vivekananda. In him everything is positive and nothing negative.
-- Rabindranath Tagore
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Swami Vivekananda was a colossus whose footprints have left an indelible impression on the sands of Time. Many, many are those that were influence by him; many are those that still carry the Swami's message in their heart, trying to give practical expression whenever possible; and many, not only in India but also abroad, will continue to draw inspiration from his life and message.
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Whether we regard Swami Vivekananda as a teacher, patriot or saint and whether we accept his teachings only partially or in their entirety, no one can deny that in his life there was made manifest a tremendous force for the moral and spiritual welfare and upliftment of humanity, irrespective of caste, creed, nationality or time.
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The going forth of Vivekananda marked out by the Master (Sri Ramakrishna), as the heroic soul destined to take the world between his two hands and change it, was the first sign to the world that India was awake not only to survive but also to conquer.
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Vivekananda's name is a passport to the cultural centers of the West and his disciples and grand disciples are really cultural Ambassadors to the western world.
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Columbus had discovered the soil of America, but Vivekananda her soul.
-- Bankim Chandra Chatterjee
 
5. A PROPHETIC VOICE
Today man requires one more adjustment on the spiritual plane; today when material ideas are at the height of their glory and power, today when man is likely to forget his divine nature, through his growing dependence on matter, and is likely to be reduced to a mere money-making machine, an adjustment is necessary. The voice has spoken, and the power is coming to drive away the clouds of gathering materialism. The power has been set in motion which, at no distant date, will bring unto mankind once more the memory of its real nature, and again the place from which this power will start will be Asia."
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The whole world requires Light. It is expectant! India alone has that Light, Not in magic, mummeries, and charlatanism, But in the teachings of the glories of the spirit of real religion - of the highest spiritual truth. That is why the Lord has preserved the race through all its vicissitudes into the present day. Now the time has come.
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As I look upon the history of my country, I do not find in the world another country which has done quite so much for the improvement of the human mind and that India was the homeland of the invisible powers that ruled the destinies of men and nations and its ancient scriptures could make it the teacher of the world.
-- Swami Vivekananda
 
6. DIVINE SPARKS
Each soul is potentially divine. The goal (of life) is to manifest this Divinity within by controlling nature, external (through physical science, technology and socio-political processes), and internal (through the science of religion). Do this either by work or worship or psychic control or philosophy - by one or more or all of these - and Be Free.
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Let man remember his true nature - divinity. Let it become a living realization and everything else will follow - power, strength, manhood. He will again become a Man.
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Man-making is my mission in life…. The older I grow the more everything seems to me to lie in manliness. This is my New Gospel.
* * *
My ideal indeed can be put into a few words, and that is: to preach unto mankind their divinity and how to make it manifest in every movement of life.
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All power is within you; you are the reservoir of omnipotent power… Awake from this hypnotism of weakness. None is really weak; the soul is infinite, omnipotent and omniscient. Stand up, assert yourself, proclaim the God within you… Teach yourself, teach everyone his real nature, call upon the sleeping soul and see how it awakes. Power will come, glory will come, goodness will come, purity will come and everything that is excellent will come, when the sleeping soul is roused to self-conscious activity.
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This infinite power of the spirit brought to bear upon matter, evolves material development, made to act upon thought, evolves intellectuality and made to act upon itself, makes man a God. First let us be Gods and then help others to be Gods. 'Be and Make'. Let this be our motto…. Say not, man is a sinner. Tell him that he is God…. Say that to the world, say it to yourselves and see what a practical result comes…. Tell that to mankind and show them their power. Then we shall learn how to apply it in our daily lives.
-- Swami Vivekananda
 
 
7. 'BE AND MAKE'
The monosyllable superimposed on the bosom of man symbolizes his intrinsic Divinity, which is his real nature.
 

The prayer: "tamaso maa jyotirgamaya" - "Lead me from darkness to Light" quoted in the inner orb, is indicative of man's spiritual quest - his aspiration to discover, realize and manifest the innate Divinity.

 

The meditative posture of man, the brilliant sun behind him, the lotus on which he is seated and the waves beneath it are symbolic of mystic communion, pursuit of knowledge, devotional absorption and selfless work, respectively.

 

The design thus depicts the gospel of Swami Vivekananda, according to which man can discover, realize and manifest the Divinity enshrined in him, by cultivating an integrated life, with due emphasis on pursuit of knowledge, devotional absorption, mystic communion and selfless service.

 
"Be and Make" - is an epigram of Swamiji exhorting man to unfold his intrinsic divinity through the cultivation of an integrated life and also to help others march towards that end.
 
Appendix
SNIPPETS
 
Buddha had a message to the East, and I have a message to the West.
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I have a message to give; let me give it to the people who appreciate it and who will work it out. What care I who takes it? 'He who doth the will of my Father' is my own.
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Man-making is my mission in life…. The older I grow the more everything seems to me to lie in manliness. This is my New Gospel…. My ideal indeed can be put into a few words, and that is: to preach unto mankind their divinity and how to make it manifest in every movement of life.
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I am not a politician, nor a social reformer. It is my job to fashion man…. I care only for the spirit - when that is right, everything will be righted by itself.
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I direct my attention to the individual, to make him strong, to teach him that he himself is divine, and I call upon men to make themselves conscious of this divinity within.
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Let man remember his true nature - divinity. Let it become a living realization and everything else will follow - power, strength, manhood. He will again become a Man.
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My sons, all of you be men. That is what I want! If you are even a little successful, I shall feel my life has been meaningful.
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All power is within you; you are the reservoir of omnipotent power. Arise, awake, and manifest the divinity within you and everything will be harmoniously arranged around you.
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Awake from this hypnotism of weakness. None is really weak; the soul is infinite, omnipotent and omniscient. Stand up, assert yourself, proclaim the God within you… Teach yourself, teach everyone his real nature, call upon the sleeping soul and see how it awakes. Power will come, glory will come, goodness will come, purity will come and everything that is excellent will come, when the sleeping soul is roused to self-conscious activity.
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This infinite power of the spirit brought to bear upon matter, evolves material development, made to act upon thought, evolves intellectuality and made to act upon itself, makes man a God. First let us be Gods and then help others to be Gods. 'Be and make'. Let this be our motto. Say not, man is a sinner. Tell him that he is God…. Say that to the world, say it to yourselves and see what a practical result comes, see how with an electric flash everything is manifested, how everything is changed. Tell that to mankind and show them their power. Then we shall learn how to apply it in our daily lives.
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Religion is the manifestation of the divinity already in man…. Man must realize God, feel God, and see God, talk to God. That is religion…. Cleanse the mind that is all of religion.
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Education is the manifestation of perfection already in man…. We want that education, by which character is formed, strength of mind is increased, the intellect is expanded and by which one can stand on one's own feet.
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It is a great thing to take up a grand ideal in life and then give up one's whole life to it. For what otherwise is the value of life, this vegetating, little, low life of man? Subordinating it to one high ideal is the only value that life has.
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My boy, when death is inevitable, is it not better to die like heroes than as stocks and stones? And what is the use of living a day or two more in this transitory world? It is better to wear out than to rust out.
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Let the body, since perish it must, wear out in action and not rust in inaction.
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When will that blessed day dawn when my life will be a sacrifice at the altar of humanity?
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I have given humanity enough for the next fifteen hundred years.
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What is India or England or America to us? We are the servants of that God who by the ignorant is called man.
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If there has ever been a word of truth, a word of spirituality, that I have spoken anywhere in the world, I owe it to my Master; only the mistakes are mine…. They call me the 'cyclonic Hindu'. Remember, it is His will - I am a voice without a form.
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It may be that I shall find it good to get outside my body - to cast lit off like a worn our garment. But I shall not cease to work. I shall inspire men everywhere until the world shall know that it is one with God.
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May I be born again and again, and suffer thousands of miseries, so that I may worship the only God that exists, the only God I believe in, the sum total of all souls. And, above all, my God the wicked, my God the poor, my God the miserable, of all races and species, shall be the special object of my worship.
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After so much austerity, I have understood this as the real truth - God is present in every jiva; there is no other God besides that. "Who serves jiva, serves God indeed."
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No books, no scripture, no science, can ever imagine the glory of the Self that appears as man, the most glorious God that ever was, the only God that existed, exists and ever will exist.
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The God in you is the god in all. If you have not known this, you have known nothing. How can there be difference? It is all one. Every being is the temple of the Most High; if you can see that, well; if not, spirituality has not yet come to you.
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From the highest Brahman to the yonder worm,
And to the minutest atom,
Everywhere is the same God, the All-Love;
Friend, offer mind, soul, body, at their feet,
These are His manifold forms before thee,
Rejecting them, where seekest thou for God?
Who loves all beings, without distinction,
He indeed is worshipping best his God.
 
Swami Vivekananda
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THE PRESENTATION -- IT'S SOURCE
The subject matter of this Presentation is from the book: "Vivekananda -- His Gospel of Man-making, with a Garland of Tributes and a Chronicle of His Life and Times with Picture" (986 pages), which is a study of Swami Vivekananda who made history in the U.S.A., more than a century ago (in 1893) when he addressed the World's Parliament of Religions in Chicago, with his endearing words, "Sisters and Brothers of America", and indelibly stamped on the consciousness of the West, the age-old Hindu vision: "vasudhaiva kuktumbakam", that the world is one family, of which we are all brothers and sisters.
 

To the spiritually enlightened eyes of Swami Vivekananda the whole world was verily one big family. In his teachings, therefore, he laid emphasis on universal love, tolerance and mutual respect. He strove for the promotion of harmonious living of the human family, even as he freely shared with one and all, the immortal message of the spiritual culture of India.

 

The book, which is the source of this Presentation, chronicles Swami Vivekananda's eventful life and selected body of his inspiring lectures. Also, it provides a variety of essays and critique by eminent thinkers, besides a brief history of the times in which the Swami lived and labored for the welfare of the humanity.

 
As pointed out by Swami Tapasyanandaji in his learned Foreword to this book, "The popularization of the life and message of such a versatile personality as Swamiji is necessity of our times. To fulfill this there are already in existence his Complete Works in eight volumes and several biographical writings on him by men of great eminence. In the midst of all this what special significance this compilation by Swami Jyotirmayananda has got - is a question that will come to the mind of a reader. It has got significance which none of the other existing works on the Swami serves. It can be called a comprehensive study of Swami Vivekananda. Not only does it give a brief account of his life and a selected body of his lectures, it gives a variety of essays and utterances by eminent thinkers, a collection of which one can get nowhere except in this book. Besides, it gives also a bird's eye view of the history of the times in which Swamiji appeared. Every great man is a product of his times, and is in turn a maker of the future. For a comprehensive study, this historical background is a great advantage. These three features of Swami Jyotirmayananda's compilation make this book very valuable. It is hoped that the book will have a wide circulation among serious readers who love India and its culture."
 
MILESTONES IN THE PUBLICATION
1985: A happy coincidence, the compilation and the editing of the book (Vivekananda -- His Gospel of Man-making, with a Garland of Tributes, and a Chronicle of His Life and Times, with Pictures) commenced five years ago (in 1979), was completed in the 'International Youth Year', when the Government of India thoughtfully declared the birthday of Swami Vivekananda as the 'National Youth Day", recognizing the fact that "his philosophy and the ideals for which he had lived and worked could be an abiding source of inspiration for the youth."
 

1986: The First Edition of the book was released on the birthday of Swami Vivekananda, during the celebration at the Vivekananda College, Mylapore, and Madras. The book was released by the then Governor of Madras, and Swami Ranganathanandaji received the first copy of the book.

 

In his Benediction to the book, Swami Ranganathanandaji wrote: "I have gone through the book…. It is a unique book with rich reading material, which instructs and inspires the reader. It should find a place in all our libraries of educational institutions and all our public libraries as well."

 

1988: The Second Edition coincided with the 125th birth-anniversary of Swami Vivekananda.

 

1992: The Third Edition was brought out in the context of the centenary of Swami Vivekananda's "Bharat Parkrama", the 100th year of his peregrinations all over India, as a wandering monk, prior to his departure to the West, to participate in the World's Parliament of Religions at Chicago in 1893.

 

1993: The Fourth Edition was brought out in the context of the centenary of Swami Vivekananda's historic Chicago Address in 1893.

 

In his Benediction to this edition, Swami Ranganathanandaji wrote: "I have gone through the First Edition (Oct. '86)…. I have also received a copy of the Second Edition (Aug. '88). It is a well brought out book, and there is much appreciation from persons and reviewers. Now I am happy to know that an International Edition of this book under the new title "Vivekananda - A Comprehensive Study", with an additional part entitled "Vivekananda - A Voice from Across the Century", is being brought out in the context of Swami Vivekananda's appearance at the World's Parliament of Religions at Chicago (1893). I wish this valuable compendium on the spiritual ministry of Swami Vivekananda a wide circulation in America and in the rest of the Western world."

 

In this context, the Compiler-Editor of the volume had the privilege of attending the 'Global Vision 2000' Program at Washington, and the 'Parliament of Religions' at Chicago (Aug.--Sept.1993). The International edition of the book was introduced in both the programs, held in commemoration of the centenary of Swamiji's appearance at the World's Parliament of Religions at Chicago. It was well received and widely welcomed as a reference work on Swami Vivekananda.

 

2000: The Fifth Edition (revised and enlarged) coincided with the UN Millennium World Peace Summit of Religious and Spiritual Leaders (Aug. 28-31, 2000), at New York, and was released during the program in which the author participated.

 
2002: During the centenary of Swami Vivekananda's Mahaasamaadhi, the book was offered in a CD-ROM (Acrobat / PDF Book Reader), with an audio-visual Power Point Presentation on Swamiji.
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4. Audiovisual Presentation on Swami Vivekananda Tours USA
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KERALA, INDIA, November 9, 2002: Swami Jyotirmayananda of Karnataka, an independent monk of the Ramakrishna tradition, is the author and publisher of a book on Swami Vivekananda. Swami participated in the 1993 Parliament of Religions held in Chicago, in commemoration of the centenary of the First Parliament held in 1893, and the Global Vision 2000 Program in Washington, in commemoration of the centenary of Swami Vivekananda's visit to America. In August 2000, he attended the U.N. Millennium World Peace Summit of Religious and Spiritual Leaders. In the context of the centenary of the Mahasamadhi, July 4, 2002, of Swami Vivekananda, Swami Jyotirmayananda has prepared an audiovisual presentation on Swami Vivekananda. 45 minutes in length, and titled "Swami Vivekananda -- The Great Hindu Monk of India and His Lasting Spiritual Legacy to Humanity," it is being shown to the student community in some of the educational institutions in the U.S., through the auspices of the Hindu Students Council. Swami Prabuddhananda, Head of the Vedanta Society of Northern California, San Francisco, has arranged for the presentation on Swami Vivekananda for January 1, 2003, at his center. Any institution, religious, cultural, social or educational, which would like to know more about the presentation, can contact Swami at "source" above.
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India Tribune Chicago January 11, 2003
THE EAST AND THE WEST
'Success' Story of a humble monk
 
Swami Jyotirmayananda of Kerala says success is "self-fulfillment." It need not be pleasurable or materially rewarding.
 

From Chennai, he comes, traveling the US -- from New York to California -- as did he in India, as a wanderer, preaching the gospel of Swami Vivekananda.

 

Swami Jyotirmayananda has, literally, no home, no possessions. "The sky, thy roof, the grass, thy bed." His is the song of the sannyasin. He has neither wealth, nor retinue, nor fame, yet dares he to say what is success?

 

Said Yudhistira, "Follow the path the great have trodden." Jyotirmayananda follows the monk who changed the East and West. Vivekananda, who introduced Hinduism and Yoga to America, and inspired Indians to a renewed appreciation of their spiritual heritage.

 

Swami Joytirmayananda's book, "Vivekananda -- His Gospel of Man-making," is now in its fifth edition. He has, through it, become well known -- though the monk would not call that "success." Vivekananda said: "That desire for fame is the most of all filth". But, Jyotirmayananda's book is becoming famous. That is success.

 

Born in 1945, in a Purohit family, in Kerala, after his studies, he worked at a firm in Madras, then as lay worker for the Vivekananda Kendra. In 1976, he became a monk.

 

Three years of itinerant life led him to conceive an idea to chronicle the life and times of Vivekananda, to offer a glimpse of his personality, and his gospel of "Man-making." But he had no practical means to start. Then, while wandering in Kerala, he met Mother Krishnabai at Anandashram. She unexpectedly offered him money. With this sum, he embarked upon a five-year task of writing his book, sustaining himself on 100 rupees ($2.00) a month.

 

When finished, he went to a printing press in Madras, asking them to print his 2000-page manuscript. They said to the unknown monk, "Where's the money?" Crestfallen, he veered, made a flier about his book, then spent another year soliciting 800 pre-publication orders.

 

His first edition was published in 1986. The Governor of Madras released it; the first copy was accepted by Swami Ranganathananda of the Ramakrishna Order. He offered a copy to the Mother, who blessed it. The book sold out.

 

Later, when he offered her all the proceeds, Krishnabai would not accept, since it came, she said, from his dedication. He used the money for a second edition. When that too sold out, he returned with a greater sum. But Mother Krishnabai was no more. Jyotirmayananda donated every rupee to her ashram for the feeding of the poor. He was "joyously" among the poor.

 

His 986-page book has been reviewed by leading writers and scholars. Prime Minister A. B. Vajpayee has it in his library. It graces some 500 university libraries in 50 US States, and 5,000 libraries in India.

 

He attended the UN World Peace Summit (2000) as one of 100 spiritual leaders of India, has given scholarly and critical audiences, and the youth of the West. Swami Ranganathananda, president of the Ramakrishna Order, wrote his book should be "in every library". Renowned journalist M. V. Kamath wrote: "There has never has been a book like this before, and it is unlikely that there will be another like this again". Around the world, monks have praised it.

 

But "success" came mainly of struggle. The vicissitudes of fortune caused him pain, as well as pleasure: the printer who failed deadlines, a Christian copy editor who deleted Vivekananda's criticism of missionaries, a theft, rain damage, transporting books to US at tremendous cost, and struggling to dispose them as a stranger in a strange land. Twenty-two years on one project, never accumulating, donating the proceeds again and again. Miraculously, it seemed, successive editions were brought out.

 

His journey is measured almost by his beard grown long and white with time. In his ochre robe, he looks like a patriarch out of Levant. The fifth edition has old out; he donated all to the poor. Now, the poverello again awaits the will of God.

 

Dedicating his life to Vivekananda, in poverty and in chastity -- he calls this success. "To succeed," said Vivekananda, "you must have tremendous perseverance, tremendous will, 'I will drink the ocean,persevering soul, 'at my will mountain will crumble,' have that sort of energy, that sort of will; work hard and you will reach the goal."

 

By this definition, the mendicant, Jyotirmayananda has succeeded -- in these cynical times -- tremendously well.

 
He can be reached at swamijyoti@vivekanandagospel.org
 
Frank Parlato Jr is a syndicated journalist whose work has appeared in more than 100 publications worldwide. He writes this column exclusively for the India Tribune. He may be reached at par730@adelphia.net
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PROGRAMS ATTENDED AND PRESENTATIONS MADE IN THE US
(July 12, 2002 -- March 3, 2003)
 
July 12-14, 2002
Participated in the International Conference on "India's Contributions and Influences in the World", at the University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth, MA, organized by the World Association for Vedic Studies, Inc., (WAVES), presented a paper on: "India's Spirituality and It's Worldwide Impact".
 
September 14, 2002
At the Fashion Institute of Technology, New York, attended the inauguration of the program (to offer "Homage to the Legacy of Swami Vivekananda" by our Hon'ble Prime Minister of India, Sri Atal Behari Vajpayee) jointly organized by the Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, U.S.A., and the Indian American Community.
 
September 21, 2002
At the Fashion Institute of Technology, New York, attended the Whole Day Program ("Homage to the Legacy of Swami Vivekananda") organized by the Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, U.S.A., and addressed by the Swamis of the Ramakrishna Order Centers of U.S.A., Canada and India. The Presentation on Swami Vivekananda was partly made during the Program.
 
September 22, 2002
At the New School University, New York, attended the Interfaith Service for Peace and Unity ("A Tribute to the Spiritual Oneness of Humanity" -- an assembly of the Swamis of all the Ramakrishna Order Centers of North America) organized by the Ramakrishna-Vivekananda Center, New York.
 
September 6, 2002
Attended the 16th anniversary celebration of the Arsha Vidya Gurukulam at Saylorsburg, PA, addressed by Hon'ble Dignitaries, His Excellency Dr. Bhishma K. Agnihotri, Ambassador at Large for NRIs/PIOs; Sri Pramathesh Rath, Consul General of India, New York; Mrs. Indira Nooyi, President & PEPSI CO. Swami Dayananda Saraswati, the Founder of the Gurukulam, delivered the anniversary address: "Making Life Meaningful".
 
October 12, 2002
Participated in the Cross University Conference (A Whole Day Program) of the Hindu Students Council (DC-Maryland-Virginia) at George Mason University, Fairfax, Virginia. Made a Presentation on Swami Vivekananda.
 
October 17, 2002
Made a Presentation on Swami Vivekananda to the Hindu Students Council Chapter at the Baruch College, New York.
 
December 3, 2002
Made a Presentation on Swami Vivekananda to the Hindu Students Council Chapter at Rutgers -- New Brunswick, The State University of New Jersey.
 
December 14, 2002
Made a Presentation on Swami Vivekananda at Ved Mandir, Milltown, NJ.
 
January 18, 2003 (1 pm)
Made a Presentation on Swami Vivekananda at the Hindu Temple, Riverdale, Atlanta, GA.
 
January 18, 2003 (6 pm)
Made a Presentation on Swami Vivekananda at Shiva Mandir in Global Mall, Atlanta, GA.
 
January, 19, 2003
Reception and discussion at Vedanta Center of Atlanta, GA. Subject: "A Simple Three-point Program for Translating Spiritual Ideals into Daily Life"
 
January 25, 2003
Made a Presentation on Swami Vivekananda at Vedanta Society of Northern California, San Francisco, CA.
 
February 1, 2003
Made a Presentation on Swami Vivekananda at Vedanta Society of Sacramento, CA.
 
February 9, 2003
Made a Presentation on Swami Vivekananda to the Hindu Students Council Chapter at the University of California, Berkeley, CA.
 
February 12, 2003
Made a Presentation on Swami Vivekananda at Vedanta Society of Southern California, Hollywood, CA.
 
February 16,2003
Made a Presentation on Swami Vivekananda at Shri Mandir, San Diego, CA.
 
February 23, 2003
Satsang: Lake Jackson Pooja Group, Lake Jackson, TX. Subject: "Upholding Family Values".
 
March 2, 2003
Made a Presentation on Swami Vivekananda at The Hindu Temple of Greater Chicago, Lemont, IL.
 
March 3, 2003
Made a Presentation on Swami Vivekananda at the Hindu Temple of Wisconsin, Pewaukee, WI.
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