Tuesday, December 8, 2020

Ignorance breeds Unhappiness

Dear Miss Noble,

One idea that I see clear as daylight is that misery is caused by ignorance and nothing else. Who will give the world light? Sacrifice in the past has been the Law, it will be, alas, for ages to come. The earth’s bravest and best will have to sacrifice themselves for the good of many, for the welfare of all. Buddhas by the hundred are necessary with eternal love and pity.

Yours affectionately,

Vivekananada(VII, 501)

Not only the ‘ Sri Ramakrishna family’ but the whole of India accepted Sister Nivedita as Swamiji’s dear daughter. Her role in our freedom movement is written in golden letters. Born in Ireland she grew up as a British citizen, became Swamiji’s disciple and transformed herself totally by integrating into her character and behaviour all that is truly Indian. She raised her voice against the authorities for justice towards India and Indians. When we think of Swamiji we can’t but remember this wonderful Guru Shishya ideal. Her mortal remains were put to rest in Dehradoon. But her soul continues to inspire thousands of Niveditas in India even today. 

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