Sayings and Utterances of Swami Vivekananda

From the Complete Works of Swami Vivekananda – Volume 9 – Sayings and Utterances LIST OF ABBREVIATIONS In this section, only Swami Vivekananda’s direct words have been placed within quotation marks. References have been identified by the following abbreviations: ND → Burke, Marie Louise. Swami Vivekananda in the West: New Discoveries. 6 vols. Calcutta: Advaita Ashrama, 1983-87. CWSN → Nivedita, Sister. The Complete Works of Sister Nivedita. Vol. 1. Calcutta: Advaita Ashrama, 1982. LSN → Nivedita, Sister. Letters of Sister Nivedita. 2 vols. Compiled and edited by Sankari Prasad Basu. Calcutta: Nababharat Publishers, 1982. VIN → Basu, Sankari Prasad and Ghosh, Sunil Bihari, eds. Vivekananda in Indian Newspapers: 1893-1902. Calcutta: Dineshchandra Basu, Basu Bhattacharya and Co., 1969. Quotes of Swami Vivekananda 1. From Mrs. Prince Woods’s description of Swami Vivekananda’s departure from the Woods’s residence in Salem, Massachusetts, in August 1893. Swami Vivekananda gave his staff, his most precious possession, to Dr. Woods, who was at that time a young medical student, and his trunk and his blanket to Mrs. Kate T. Woods, saying: “Only my most precious possessions should I give to my friends who have made me at home in this great country.” (ND 1: 42) 2. On the back of Swami Vivekananda’s transcription from Louis Rousselet’s book India and Its Native Princes —Travels in Central India and in the Presidencies of Bombay and Bengal, dated February 11, 1894: “I say there is but one remedy for one too anxious for the future — to go down on his knees.” (ND 1: 225) 3. An extract from a prayer Swami Vivekananda delivered at the Chicago World’s Parliament...

Bhartrihari’s Verses on Renunciation

From the Complete Works of Swami Vivekananda – Volume 9 – Writings: Prose and Poems(Original and Translated) This is Swami Vivekananda’s free translation of verses from Bhartrihari’s Sanskrit poem Vairâgya Shatakam. The Swami’s translation is from Sister Nivedita’s Unpublished Notes of Some Wanderings with the Swami Vivekananda — selected verses recorded almost verbatim, but not necessarily in Bhartrihari’s order, by Sister Nivedita as Swami Vivekananda translated them orally for some of his Western disciples during a Himalayan pilgrimage in 1898. For the researcher’s benefit, verses 14-15, 18, 24-26, 31, and 33 have been footnoted as corresponding verses taken from Swami Vivekananda’s original handwritten translation, which was given to the Vedanta Society of Southern California by Miss Josephine MacLeod, shortly before her passing away in 1948. This footnoted handwritten version was first published in the collection of poetry entitled In Search of God and Other Poems (Mayavati: Advaita Ashrama, 1968). Stylistic differences in Swami Vivekananda’s overall translation of Bhartrihari’s poem are due to those variations inherent in the two aforementioned sources. Obvious typographical and punctuation errors have been corrected. The verse numbers, as available, correspond to Bhartrihari’s numbering. — Publisher [A translation of verses from Bhartrihari’s Sanskrit poem Vairagya Shatakam] I have travelled in many countries, hard to travel in, And got no result; Giving up pride of birth and position, I have served all. Like a crow stealing into a kitchen, With fear I have eaten the bread of others in their homes, Yet thou, Desire, who leadest to evil deeds, Leavest me not! (Verse 2) I have crossed oceans to find wealth. I have blasted mountains to get...

An Unfinished Poem

From the Complete Works of Swami Vivekananda – Volume 9 – Writings: Prose and Poems(Original and Translated) (New Discoveries, Vol. 3. p. 490. This undated poem is preserved in the archives of the Vedanta Centre, Cohasset, Massachusetts. Cf. “My Play is Done”, Complete Works, VI.) From life to life I am waiting here at the gates — they open not. My tongue is parched with ceaseless prayers and dim my eyes have grown With constant straining through the gloom to catch one ray long sought; My heart is seized with dark despair, all hope well- nigh has flown. ——— And standing on life’s narrow ridge, beneath the chasm I see — Strife and sorrow, darkness deep of whirling life and death, Of mad commotion, struggles vain, of folly roaming free. On one side this dark abyss — I shudder to see it even — On the other this wall . ....

An Untitled Poem on Shri Ramakrishna

From the Complete Works of Swami Vivekananda – Volume 9 – Writings: Prose and Poems(Original and Translated) (Complete Works (Bengali edition), VI, p. 256.) He who was praised by the Brâhmanas, those knowers of the Vedas who made the sky reverberate with the sacred sounds of the sacrifice and caused the darkness of delusion to vanish through well-performed rituals and the knowledge known as Vedanta — he whose greatness was sung in the sweet chants of the Sâma-Veda etc., with voices thundering like clouds (In Indian mythology clouds can cause both thunder and lightning.) — to that Shri Ramakrishna, I offer my eternal...

Facsimile of One Circle More

From the Complete Works of Swami Vivekananda – Volume 9 – Writings: Prose and Poems(Original and Translated) One circle more the spiral path of life ascends And Time’s restless shuttle running back and fro through maze of warp and woof spins out a stronger piece. RAILROAD STATION, W. U. TELEGRAPH AND P. O. STONERIDGE. NATIONAL EXPRESS OFFICES, ULSTER CO., N. Y. BINNEWATER, ULSTER CO., N....