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Very very rare fact about Swami Ji

Was it a coincedence that Vivekananda's Mahasamadhi occurred on this


As far as we know this fact has not been discussed in the biographies of
Vivekananda: But Swami Vivekananda's death occurred a few hours after the
aphelion in 1902 (an aphelion is the point on the orbit of the earth, or any
other body in orbit about the sun, that is farthest from the sun; the opposite of
a perihelion. It generally occurs each year on different days in the first week of
July) .

1. Sri Aurobindo: [.] Then there is the incident of the personality of

Vivekananda visiting me in jail. He explained to me in detail the work of
the Supramental - not exactly of the Supramental, but of the intuitivised
mind, the mind as it is organised by the Supramental. He did not use the
word "Supermind", I gave this name afterwards. That experience lasted
for about two weeks.
Nirodbaran: Was that a vision?
Sri Aurobindo: No, it was not a vision. I would not have trusted a vision.

2. Sri Aurobindo writes: It is a fact that I was hearing constantly the voice
of Vivekananda speaking to me for a fortnight in the jail in my solitary
meditation and felt his presence [.] The voice spoke only on a special
and limited but very important field of spiritual experience and it ceased
as soon as it had finished saying all that it had to say on that subject.

3. One day it was Sivaji and the Marathas and the year's wandering as a
Sanyasin, that won him home to Raigarh. "And to this day" said the
Swami,(June,1898) "authority in India dreads the Sannyasin, lest he
conceal beneath his yellow garb another Sivaji."-- Sister Nivedita

4. To know Vivekananda was to love him, and to know him well was to
revere him.–S.E. Waldo Brooklyn NY, she helped edit some of the
Swami's major books and published lectures, including significantly,
Raja Yoga. And it was her notes that form the basis of his Inspired
5. Harriet Monroe the founder of Poetry A Magazine of Verse, through
which she introduced many of America 's now famous poets attended
the World's Fair in 1893 and years later in her autobiography, A Poet's
Life, recorded her impressions of the Parliament of Religions and of
Swami Vivekananda: The Congress of Religions was a triumph for all
concerned, especially for its generalissimo, the Reverend John H.
Barrows, of Chicago 's First Presbyterian Church, who had been
preparing it for two years. When he brought down his gavel upon the
"world's first parliament of religions" a wave of breathless silence swept
over the audience-it seemed a great moment in human history,
prophetic of the promised new era of tolerance and peace. On the stage
with him, at his left, was a black-coated array of bishops and ministers
representing the various familiar Protestant sects and the Russian
Orthodox and Roman Catholic Churches; at his right a brilliant group of
strangely costumed dignitaries from afar-a Confucian from China, a Jain
from India, a theosophist from Allahabad, a white-robed Shinto priest
and four Buddhists from Japan, and a monk of the orange robe from
6. K. Sundarama Iyer ”The Swami's towering personality and
marvellous career must be said to mark an epoch in history whose full
significance can become discernible only in some distant future time.
But to those who have had the privilege of knowing him intimately, he
seems to be only comparable to some of those immortal spiritual
personages who have shed an undying lustre on this Holy Land . It is
very pleasant to have recorded these personal reminiscences, meagre
as they are, and even though they can add little or nothing to our
knowledge of the Master, who enchanted and enchained the heart of
human society in the East and in the West in his time and generation.

7. A few of new findings in no particular order... may interest students of

Vivekananda's life.
Chicago September 1893 . This is the picture from which the famous
poster of 'Vive Kananda, the Hindoo Monk' was made and which was
most likely circulated at the World's Fair during the Parliament of
Religions (September 11- 27, 1893).The writing on the left is in
Vivekananda's handwriting: 'one infinite pure and holy - beyond thought
beyond qualities I bow down to thee'. Photograph taken by Thomas

Source of Image

A.B. Purani's "The Life of Sri Aurobindo", Chapter " Pondicherry 1910-1926",
page 209

1926 - 10 July:

Remark in a talk: "Vivekananda came and gave me the knowledge of the

intuitive mentality. I had not the last idea about it at that time. He too did not
have it when he was in the body. He gave me detailed knowledge illustrating
each point. The contact lasted about three weeks and then he withdrew".

Best Quotes

 The giver of the head is alone the leader.

(meaning only he who will sacrifice his life for the cause is fit to be the
leader of a cause)
 Strength is the medicine for the world's disease.
 The weak have no place here, in this life or in any other life.
 Truth, purity and unselfishness -- wherever these are present, there is
no power below or above the sun to crush the possessor thereof.
 To work, with undaunted energy! What fear! Who is powerful enough to
thwart you!
 Strength is the property of everyone in spite of all apparent weakness.
 As soon as a man or a nation loses faith in himself, death comes.
 For ascetics, mortification is all right, for workers, well-developed
bodies, muscles of iron and nerves of steel.
 You are also as much a man as the greatest of men - even an
(spoken June 19, 1899)
 Please everyone without becoming a hypocrite or a coward
 Time, patience, and indomitable will must show.
 Time and opportunity must come if it is to be done you know, otherwise
we vainly strive.
 In everyone is God, the Atman; all else is but dream, an illusion.
(notes of Frank Rhodehamel)
 Let your life in the world be nothing but a thinking to yourself.
 Awake! Awake! all ye who would drink of the divine nectar!
(attributed to SV by Swami Sadananda)
 Whatever exists has a reason; find that reason.
 The constitutional belief in freedom is the basis of all reasoning.
 The highest truth is always the simplest. (CWSN 1: 226)
 This world is neither good nor evil; each man manufactures a world for
 Infinite faith and strength are the only conditions of success.
 The best work is only done by alternate repose and work.
(Letter to sashi march 1898)
 Women deserve and are fit for everything.
 The glory of life is chastity.
 Love is always the highest ideal.
 The greatest name man ever gave to God is Truth.
 No one can get anything unless he earns it. This is an eternal law.
 The brave alone can afford to be sincere. Compare the lion and the fox.
 There is no other teacher but your own soul.
 The totality of all souls, not the human alone, is the Personal God.
 That which is bound is nature, not the soul.
 Life is but a dream of death.
 If we can find in ourself something that is not acted on by any cause,
then we have known the Self.
 Concentration is the essence of all knowledge, nothing can be done
without it.
 Education is the manifestation of the perfection already in man.
 Religion is the manifestation of the Divinity already in man.
 As soon as you make a sect, you protest against universal brotherhood.
 The more you fly from nature, the more she follows you; and if you do
not care for her at all, she becomes your slave.
 He who has conquered the internal nature controls the whole universe;
it becomes his servant.
 There is no virtue higher than non-injury.
 Chastity is the basis of all religions.
 Mercy shall not be for men alone, but shall go beyond, and embrace the
whole world.
 There never was a friendship, especially of women, which was not
 Renunciation is the very basis upon which ethics stands.
 Everything is fraught with fear: Renunciation alone is fearless.
 Truth does not pay homage to any society, modern or ancient. Society
has to pay homage to truth, or die.
 The Mohammedans think much of the new moon. Let us also, with the
new moon, begin a new life!
 No man is born to any religion; he has a religion in his own soul.
 The real individuality is that which never changes and will never change;
and that is the God within us.
 The flesh and the devil are but degrees of difference from God Himself.
 Pure love has no motive. It has nothing to gain.
 When love to God is revealed and is all, this world appears like a drop.
 When a man has reached that perfect state, he is of the same nature as
the Personal God. "I and my Father are one."
 Sipâhis (sepoys) die soon — nature is full of defect — the athletes die
 Purity, patience, and perseverance are the three essentials to success,
and above all, love.
 The only worship is love.
 Truth never dreams.

 By truth we attain fruits of work.

 Through truth everything is attained. In truth everything is established.

 The worm that crawls under your feet today is a God to be.

 That man has reached immortality who is disturbed by nothing material.

 Each individual has to work out his own salvation; there is no other way,
and so also with nations.

 The strong, the well-knit, the young, the healthy, the daring alone are fit
to be Yogis.

 To the Yogi everything is bliss.

 Misery is caused by sin, and by no other cause.

 From contentment comes superlative happiness.

 Friendship with many is good at a distance.