Swami Vivekanand had gone to Chicago (USA) as a representative of India on the occasion of the ‘All religious Conference’ for propagating Dharma. He won the hearts of the people present at the conference with His speech. He held the Americans spellbound with His speech.
They learnt about the supremacy of Sanatan Hindu Dharma through His extraordinary presentation. He started getting invitations for lectures from many institutions in America. He explained Jnanyoga, Bhaktiyoga, Karmayoga and Rajyoga very effectively through these lectures. All the listeners would forget themselves while listening to His lectures. They were always eager to know about the topic Swami Vivekanand would be presenting the next time.
Once after such a programme, the listeners surrounded Him and started asking Him many questions like, ‘O’ great Swami, from which institution have you acquired such extraordinary knowledge ? Could you please tell us in detail about it ?’ Swamiji told them that He had acquired all knowledge from His Gurudev.
They asked Him, ‘Who is your Guru ?’ Swamiji replied that, if they were so keen to learn about it, He was ready to tell them about His Gurudev. On that day itself, a special lecture of Swamiji was organised. He was to speak on ‘My Gurudev’. A lot of publicity was given in newspapers about the lecture. Hence, out of curiosity, people came to listen to Him in large numbers.
When Swamiji rose from His chair to speak, there was pin-drop silence. Seeing the magnificent gathering Swamiji was overwhelmed with gratitude for His Guru. When He commenced, the first words were, ‘My Gurudev’. He had the vision of His Guru just then and He was chocked with gratitude. Tears started rolling down His cheeks. He could not speak for about 10 minutes. This was an unusual experience for the gathering. They had never seen anyone cry like this. They had witnessed tears when suffering injury, death of near and dear ones. They were surprised seeing Swamiji in tears. From this incident, we can realise how devoted Swamiji was to His Guru Shri Ramkrishna Paramahansa.
Swami Vivekanand felt angry about destruction of Deities’ Idols !
Once, Swamiji went to Kashmir with His disciples. He saw the remains of the destroyed temple of Shri Bhavani Devi at Ksheer. He asked Himself, ‘When this temple was being disgraced and destroyed, why did the people present not resist ? If I was to be there, I would never have allowed this disgraceful incident to take place. I would have sacrificed my life to save the Deity’.
From this, we can understand Swamiji’s love for Deity Bhavani ! Temples are the places bestowing Chaitanya (Divine consciousness). Preserve their sanctity and do not allow them to be denigrated.
Imbibe blazing pride for Dharma in yourself !
In the year 1896, Swami Vivekanand was travelling by a steamer from Naples to Colombo. Among the travellers were 2 Catholic priests. They started arguing unnecessarily about the difference between Hindu Dharma and Christian faith. Swamiji rebutted every point with logical reasoning; but instead of accepting defeat, both the Catholic priests started insulting Hindu Dharma.
Not willing to tolerate the insult to Hindu Dharma, Swamiji caught hold of one Catholic priest’s collar and roared, “If you say a word more, I will throw you overboard !”
Thereafter, the priests did not dare to say anything to Swamiji. On the contrary, they tried to find ways to please Swamiji !