25 December 2013

Jagadish Chandra Bose On Swami Vivekananda

How one man could have done it all!
—Jagadish Chandra Bose
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Jagadish Chandra Bose (Bengali: জগদীশ চন্দ্র বোস, 1858—1937) was an Indian Bengali scientist. He is remembered for his experiments in the fields of radio and microwave optics and botany. He is considered as the father of radio optics. He was also a science fiction writer and wrote his first Bengali science fiction story Niruddesher Kahini (Bengali: নিরুদ্দেশের কাহিনী) in 1896.

In this article we'll make a collection of Jagadish Chandra Bose's quotes and comments on Swami Vivekananda.

Jagadish Chandra Bose's quotes and comments on Swami Vivekananda

Bose wrote in a letter to Sister Nivedita after Vivekananda's death—
What a void this makes! What great things were accomplished in these few years! How one man could have done it all! And how all is stilled now. And yet, when one is tired and weary, it is best that he should rest. I seem to see him (Swami Vivekananda) just as I saw him in Paris two years ago. . .  the strong man with the large hope, everything large about him.

I cannot tell you what a great sadness has come. I wish we could see beyond it. Our thoughts in India with those who are suffering July 4th 1902.

It seems to me nothing is lost and all the great thoughts and work and service and hope remain embodied in and about the place which gave them birth. All our life is but an echo of a few great moments, an echo which reverberates through all time.  . . .  That great soul is released; his heroic deeds on this earth are over. Can we realise what that work has been — how one man did all this? When one is tired it is best that he should sleep, but his deeds and teachings will walk the earth and waken and strengthen.


  • Letters of Sister Nivedita, Volume: I, editor: Basu, Sankari Prasad, Nababharat Publishers, Calcutta, year 1982, p: 529

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