After the passing away of his Guru, Vivekananda renounced the world and criss-crossed India as a wandering monk. His mounting compassion for India's people drove him to seek their material help from the West. Accepting an opportunity to represent Hinduism at Chicago's Parliament of Religions in 1893, Vivekananda won instant celebrity in America and a ready forum for his spiritual teaching.
His vast knowledge and deep spiritual insight, exhuberant eloquence, unfathomable human sympathy and above all the magnetism of his countenance are a source of great inspiration to all of us in our individual as well as collective lives. His words give courage to a drooping soul, his message brings new hope for a nation in distress.
As my humble offering on the occasion of his 150th Birth Anniversary, I have in Vivekananda For You, tried to compile a selection of his masterpieces that he gave us in the forms of lectures, writings, letters and conversations which would add value and meaning to our lives. I hope and pray that you enjoy reading it as much as I did, putting it together.
Mahatma Gandhi said that “when disappointment stares me in the face and all alone I see not one ray of light, I go to the Bhagavad Gita. I read a verse here and there, I immediately begin to smile in the midst of overwhelming tragedies - and my life has been full of tragedies - and if they have left no visible, no indelible scar on me, I owe it all to the teachings of the Bhagavad Gita”.