Swami Vivekananda, a great disciple of Sri Ramakrishna Paramahamsa, patriot, nation builder, social scientist and a master organizer. Ramakrishna- Vivekananda revived the spiritual nationalist surge. Swamijis fiery words delivered in his lectures from Colombo to Almorah provided the philosophy for the independence movement and freedom fighter. Swamiji gave Indians proper understanding of their country’s great spiritual heritage. Furthermore, he pointed out to Indians the drawbacks of Western culture and the need for India’s contribution to overcome these drawbacks.
In this way Swamiji made India a nation with a global mission. His pioneering work in promoting the sense of unity, pride in the Indian culture and sense of mission gave the real strength and purpose to India’s nationalist freedom movement. Swamiji’s most unique contribution to the creation of new India was to open the minds of Indians to their duty to the oppressed masses. He spoke about the role of the labouring classes in the production of the country’s wealth, formulated a definite philosophy of service and organized large-scale social service centres.
Dr. Atul N. Barekar