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Photo of Swami Vivekananda in Chicago in 1893 with the handwritten words "one infinite pure and holy—beyond thought beyond qualities I bow down to thee"

By Sudeshna Paul

Swami Vivekananda belonged to an upper middle-class Bengali family in Calcutta. He was born in 1863 and was known as Narendranath Datta. Maharaj Ajit Singh of Khetri had given him the name 'Vivekananda' before he left for America to speak about Hindu spirituality.

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Ashtottaram 36: OṀ (AUM) –TYAA-GA-BHOO-MYAI—NA-MA-HA

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Swami Vivekananda was a thinker and free from worldly affairs. He is known to have realized the divinity in every being. He is also known to have preached across the world that we must learn to see every individual as God manifestation in flesh and blood. Wikimedia Commons


Some people still hold that “power” comes only from the barrel of the gun. But the power in spurts also comes from the pens. The power coming from the pen is mightier and more impactful. That’s why we have the works from the pens of great thinkers like Hegel, Friedrich Engels and Karl Max which easily “demolished” the monopoly of feudalism, aristocracy, monarchy and churchism that no weapons on earth could have done. In India we Have a Great Philosopher and Thinker Swami Vivekananda.

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Sengupta, the rights to whose book "The Man Who Saved India" on Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, were also taken by Bohra for a web series. Flickr

“The Modern Monk”, a book about Swami Vivekananada’s relevance to present-day life and times, is set to be made into a film.

Film producer Sunil Bohra has bought the rights of the book, penned by Hindol Sengupta and published by Penguin Random House India.

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