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Interesting Facts About Swami Vivekananda

Swami Vivekananda was born on January 12, 1863, marked with the Makar Sankranti festival. His pre-monastic name was Narendranath Datta. He established two magazines Prabuddha Bharata in English and Udbodhan in Bengali. Swami Vivekananda traveled across India for five years between 1888 and 1893. He established the Vedanta Society of New York in November 1894.

He established Ramakrishna Mission, a philanthropic foundation on May 1, 1897.
In 1879, he was the only student to get first-division marks in the Presidency College entrance examination. Swami Vivekananda foresaw his death as he mentioned that he would not live more than 40 years. At the age of 39 years, He died unexpectedly. The cause of death is considered to be a rupture of a blood vessel in his brain.


Published in his lifetime

  • Sangeet Kalpataru (1887, with Vaishnav Charan Basak)
  • Karma Yoga (1896)
  • Raja Yoga
  • Vedanta Philosophy: An address before the Graduate Philosophical Society (1896)
  • Lectures from Colombo to Almora (1897)
  • Bartaman Bharat (in Bengali) (March 1899), Udbodhan
  • My Master (1901), The Baker and Taylor Company, New York
  • Vedânta philosophy: lectures on Jnâna Yoga (1902) Vedânta Society, New York
  • Jnana yoga (1899)

Published posthumously

  • Addresses on Bhakti Yoga
  • Bhakti Yoga
  • The East and the West (1909)
  • Inspired Talks (1909)
  • Narada Bhakti Sutras – translation
  • Para Bhakti or Supreme Devotion
  • Practical Vedanta
  • Speeches and writings of Swami Vivekananda; a comprehensive collection
  • Complete Works: a collection of his writings, lectures, and discourses in a set of nine volumes
  • Seeing Beyond the Circle (2005)

10 inspiring quotes by Swami Vivekananda on his birth anniversary

  1. On a day, when you don’t come across any problems – you can be sure that you are traveling on a wrong path
  2. 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.
  3. Arise! Awake! and stop not until the goal is reached.
  4. External nature is only internal nature writ large.
  5. Condemn none: if you can stretch out a helping hand, do so. If you cannot, fold your hands, bless your brothers, and let them go their own way.
  6. The greatest sin is to think of yourself as weak.
  7. Dare to be free, dare to go as far as your thought leads, and dare to carry that out in your life.
  8. You cannot believe in God until you believe in yourself.
  9. Comfort is no test of truth. Truth is often far from being comfortable.
  10. Do one thing at a Time, and while doing it put your whole Soul into it to the exclusion of all else.

Best wishes, quotes, WhatsApp messages, Facebook status, SMS:

  • “Wishing the youth of our incredible nation a Happy National Youth Day! May your passion, dreams, and determination lead us to a brighter future. Jai Hind!”
  • “The power of youth is the common wealth for the entire world. The faces of young people are the faces of our past, our present, and our future. No segment in society can match with the power, idealism, enthusiasm, and courage of the young people. Happy National Youth Day!”
  • “Arise, awake, and stop not till the goal is reached. – Swami Vivekananda #NationalYouthDay”
  • “Happy National Youth Day! Embrace your passion, pursue your dreams, and let your spirit soar high. May you be the change you want to see in the world!”
  • “On this National Youth Day, let’s celebrate the spirit of our vibrant and dynamic youth. May you continue to inspire and lead with enthusiasm. Best wishes to the future leaders of India!”

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