He played significant role in the growing Indian nationalism of the 19th and 20th century, reinterpreting and harmonising certain aspects of Hinduism. According to Vivekananda a country’s future depends on its people, stating that “man-making is my mission. Religion educational philosophy of swami vivekananda pdf a central role in this man-making, stating “to preach unto mankind their divinity, and how to make it manifest in every movement of life.
Vivekananda played a major role in the growing Indian nationalism in the late 19th and the 20th century, encouraging many Indians with his success and appeal in the west. His example helped to build pride in India’s cultural and religious heritage, and to stand up against the British colonial system. According to Swami Vivekananda it is coordinated willpower that leads to independence. According to Vivekananda, the forty millions put their wills together and that resulted infinite power, and that was the reason of their success.
According to Vivekananda the Indian race never cared about physical wealth, although they acquired immense wealth. Religion played a major role in Vivekananda’s ideas. To Vivekananda religion was not only talk or doctrine or theory, but realization of the best and strongest powers within oneself. He also felt religion is the gist of all worship is to be pure and to do good to others. According to Swami Vivekananda, religion is the idea which is raising the brute into man, and man unto God. Absolute and the relative reality to be nondual aspects of the same integral reality.
Supreme Being to be both Personal and Impersonal, active and inactive. The Personal and Impersonal are the same thing, like milk and its whiteness, the diamond and its lustre, the snake and its wriggling motion. It is impossible to conceive of the one without the other. The Divine Mother and Brahman are one. Swami Vivekananda compared human mind with a monkey who is always restless and incessantly active by his own nature. He noticed, the human mind naturally wants to get outside, to peer out of the body, as it were, through the channels of the organs. Swami Vivekananda suggested not to do anything which disturbs the mind or makes it restless.
Although embracing and propagating Universalism, he regarded Hinduism the best of all religions, and Advaita Vedanta the best of what Indian religious thought had to offer. According to Vivekananda the greatest misfortune of the world is we do not tolerate and accept other religions. In his lecture in Parliament of religions on September 15, 1893, he told a story of a frog who lived in a well for a long time, he was born there and brought up there and he used to think that nothing in the world can be bigger than that. I am sitting in my own little well and thinking that the whole world is my little well. The Christian sits in his little well and thinks the whole world is his well.