30 November 2013

Sri Aurobindo On Swami Vivekananda

Sri Aurobindo or Aurobindo Ghose (often referred as Rishi Aurobindo, Bengali: ঋষি অরবিন্দ) was an Indian freedom fighter. In his later life he turned into a spiritual reformer and a yogi and spent the last four decades of his life in Pondicherry. He published a series of literary woks such as The Life Divine, The Synthesis of Yoga, Essays on The Gita, The Secret of The Veda, Hymns to the Mystic Fire, The Upanishads, The Renaissance in India, War and Self-determination, The Human Cycle, The Ideal of Human Unity and The Future Poetry.

In this post we'll collect Sri Aurobindo's quotes and comments on Swami Vivekananda
Vivekananda was a soul of puissance
if ever there was one, a very lion among men. . .
—Sri Aurobindo
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  • It was in religion first that the soul of India awoke and triumphed. There were always indications, always great forerunners, but it was when the flower of the educated youth of Calcutta bowed down at the feet of a illiterate Hindu ascetic, a self-illuminated ecstatic and 'mystic' without a single trace or touch of the alien thought or education upon him that the battle was won. The going forth of Vivekananda, marked out by the Master as the heroic soul destined to take the world between his two hands and change it, was the first visible sign to the world that India was awake not only to survive but to conquer. Afterwards when the awakening was complete, a section of the nationalist movement turned in imagination to a reconstruction of the recent pre-British past in all its details.[Source]
  • The visit of Swami Vivekananda  to America and the subsequent work of those who followed him did more for India than a hundred London congress could effect. That is the true way of awakening sympathy,— by showing ourselves to the nations as a people with a great past and ancient civilization who still possess something of the genius and character of our forefathers, have still something to give the world and therefore deserve freedom,— by proof of our manliness and fitness, not by mendicancy.
  • Vivekananda was a soul of puissance if ever there was one, a very lion among men, but the definite work he has left behind is quite incommensurate with our impression of his creative might and energy. We perceive his influence still working gigantically, we know not well how, we know not well where, in something that is not yet formed, something leonine, grand, intuitive, upheaving that has entered the soul of India and we say, "Behold, Vivekananda still lives in the soul of his Mother and in the souls of her children.


  1. Sri Aurobindo: The hour of God, and other writings, Sri Aurobindo Birth Centenary Library, p 332

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