Why Swami Vivekananda had to treat Sister Nivedita harshly (he was committed to celibacy)
Sister Nivedita. The first time Nivedita met Swami Vivekananda was in London in disciples together began “the study of India, and something also of the home aspects and relationships of the Swami's own life”. In one sense, Vivekananda's relations with his women devotees and admirers To quote Sisters Christine and Nivedita, he remained checkmated, like an 2His Eastern & Western Admirers, Reminiscences of Swami Vivekananda ( Margaret Noble (Sister Nivedita), a popular young sannyasi (female ascetic), in the West. Research The relationship between Nivedita and Vivekananda has.
Love is the highest virtue, love knows of giving alone, never expecting anything in return. Love God, but don't barter worldly pleasures and comforts in exchange for that. Further the Swami exhorted: Try not to accept the report of senses, for both mind and senses are but incomplete expressions of the transcendental third, the Self.
Turning our faith in realization of that Self is religion. Karma, Bhakti, and Jnana are but three paths to this end. And common to all the three is renunciation. Renounce the desires, even of going to heaven, for every desire related with body and mind creates bondage. Our focus of action is neither to save the humanity nor to engage in social reforms, not to seek personal gains, but to realize the indwelling Self itself.
Renunciation points to turning away from the world in search of this Self. And Margaret Noble, later to become Sister Nivedita, listened to every word, every idea, and every concept that was unique to her, new to her. Those words were full with deep meaning about true religion; words sweet yet foreign to this educated, literate, bold, and intelligent lady.
Initially her ego resisted accepting what the Swami said, but for how long a disciple can turn a deaf ear to the call from the Guru? As if, in the cool breeze at the bank of the holy Jamuna in the small hours of rising sun she heard the sweetest music of the Flute, attracting her unresistingly towards it.
Nivedita – Swami Vivekananda’s most rebellious disciple
And drawn she was in ecstasy of madness in search of the music of supernatural love and beatitude. As she went nearer, clearer was the music; and soon she was enthralled with the most attractive face of Sri Krishna with his flute, beckoning her nearer and nearer. When she regained her consciousness Sri Krishna had disappeared, the storm of ecstasy had subsided, and instead there she was alone shining in the glory of realization.
A sweet music emanating from within her heart, every beat was a sweet note of Bhakti and gratitude. The Swami had become her Master, and she the sister Nivedita. The words full with wisdom of ancient Hindu thought entered her mind as the Swami continued: Man proceeds from lower truth to higher truth, and not from error to truth.
This growth in search of higher and still higher truth is what religion is all about. In the flow of time this thought is lost to the mankind and religion loses its force. And 'whenever religion decays or declines and irreligion prevails, then I manifest myself. For the protection of the good and for the destruction of the evil, for the firm establishment of the truth I am born again and again,' so says Sri Krishna in the Gita.
This is the simple essence of Divine Incarnation. Christ and Buddha, Rama and Krishna are but mighty waves on the ocean of spirituality, on the everlasting substratum of the ocean of Spirit, The Brahman. Margaret Noble was progressive in her outlook and thought and could easily tear through the veil of Christian orthodoxy. She was pleased to listen to and meet the Hindu Yogi. But skepticism does not easily leave the mind of an educated person.
The mind rebels and refuses to accept the truth. This dear child Gautama took a strong hold on me and for the next three years I plunged into the study of the religion of Buddha, and became more and more convinced that the salvation he preached was decidedly more consistent with the Truth than the preachings of the Christian religion.
Lady Isabel Margesson, a friend of Margaret, invited Ebenezer Cookewho was part of the teaching staff at Margaret's 'Ruskin School', to this meeting. Margaret went with him, with much curiosity and interest. Margaret did not know this evening would change her life completely. As he spoke to the company, he recited Sanskrit verses in his deep, sonorous voice. She attended several other lectures by Swami Vivekananda.
She asked a lot of questions, and his answers dispelled her doubts and established her faith and reverence for the speaker. Nivedita wrote in to a friend about her decision to follow Swami Vivekananda as a result of her meeting him in England in November Suppose he had not come to London that time!
Life would have been a headless dream, for I always knew that I was waiting for something. I always said that a call would come.
But if I had known more of life, I doubt whether, when the time came, I should certainly have recognized it. Fortunately, I knew little and was spared that torture Always I had this burning voice within, but nothing to utter. How often and often I sat down, pen in hand, to speak, and there was no speech! And now there is no end to it! As surely I am fitted to my world, so surely is my world in need of me, waiting — ready. The arrow has found its place in the bow.
But if he had not come! If he had meditated, on the Himalayan peaks! I, for one, had never been here. To not a few of us, the words of Swami Vivekananda came as living water to men perishing of thirst.
Many of us had been conscious for years past of that growing uncertainty and despair with regard to Religion, which has beset the intellectual life of Europe for half a century.Swami Vivekananda and Sister Nivedita by Swami Chetanananda
Belief in the dogmas of Christianity had become impossible to us, and we had no means, such as we now hold, by which to separate the doctrinal shell from the kernel of reality in our faith. To these the Vedanta has given intellectual confirmation and philosophical expression of their own mistrusted intuitions. Seeing the fire and passion in her, Swami Vivekananda could foresee her future role in India.
That was the day on which her guru dedicated her to God and to the service of India.
Swami Vivekananda was deeply pained by the wretchedness and misery of the people of India under the British rule and his opinion was that education was the panacea for all evils plaguing the contemporary Indian society,  especially that of Indian women. Margaret was chosen for the role of educating Indian women.
In his letter to Margaret, Vivekananda wrote, "Let me tell you frankly that I am now convinced that you have a great future in the work for India. What was wanted was not a man but a woman, a real lioness, to work for the Indians, women especially. Mombasa, the ship bringing Margaret to India, reached Calcutta on 28 January He explained India's history, philosophy, literature, the life of the common mass, social traditions, and also the lives of great personalities, both ancient and modern, to her.
The three became lifelong friends. Later, after the demise of Swami Vivekananda, on 28 JulyNivedita wrote to the Editor of the Statesman the following letter: Mr own position towards this religious treasure is that of the humblest learner, merely a Brahmacharini, or novice, not a Sannyasini or fully professed religious, without any pretentions to Sanskrit learning, and set free by the great kindness of my superiors to pursue my social, literary and educational work and studies, entirely outside their direction and supervision.
He wanted her to be a Hindu in thoughts and actions. He encouraged her to visit Hindu ladies to observe their way of life. You have to set yourself to Hinduize your thoughts, your needs, your conceptions and your habits.
Your life, internal and external, has to become all that an orthodox Brahmana Brahmacharini's ought to be. The method will come to you, if only your desire it sufficiently. But you have to forget your own past and to cause it to be forgotten. You have to lose even its memory. After worshiping Ramakrishna she consecrated the school and blessed it, saying: Nivedita wrote in a letter to her friend Nell Hammond about Sarada Devi after her first few meetings with her, "She really is, under the simplest, most unassuming guise, one of the strongest and greatest of women.
She never considered anything too much that she might do for me. She would often come to see me at night. Once seeing that light struck my eyes, she put a shade of paper on the lamp. She would prostrate herself before me and, with great tenderness, take the dust off my feet with her handkerchief.
I felt that she not even hesitated to touch my feet. The Mother now and then expressed her feelings towards the Sister. She said at last, "The inner soul feels for a sincere devotee. This helped her in connecting to the Indian masses, Indian culture, and its history.
She also went to the United States to raise awareness and get help for her cause. From Nainital, they travelled to Almora. She wrote about this experience, "A mind must be brought to change its centre of gravity From Almora, they went to Kashmir valley where they stayed in houseboats.
In the summer ofNivedita travelled to Amarnath with Swami Vivekananda. She often used to refer to Swami Vivekananda as "The King" and considered herself as his spiritual daughter Manaskanya in Bengali. However, when his disciples took their meal, he himself served them joyfully. After the meal, Vivekananda poured water over Nivedita's hands, and dried them with a towel.
Not you, for me! But his answer was startling in its solemnity — " Jesus washed the feet of His disciples! For here also, the last time had come. On that night, Nivedita dreamed Sri Ramakrishna was leaving his body a second time. Instantly everything around Nivedita's eyes became blank.
She immediately rushed to the Math and reached the place around 7 a.
There is a relationship between Nivedita and Vivekananda - Short Biography
There she found Swamiji's body was laid on the floor. She sat near Vivekananda's head and fanned his body with a hand fan until his body was taken down at 2 p. Vivekananda's body was wrapped in a saffron cloth.
Nivedita wished to take a small portion of that cloth so that she could send it as a memento to Josephine MacLeod. Understanding the mind of Nivedita Swami Saradananda asked her to cut a small portion of the Swami's cloth. But, Nivedita was unsure whether the act would be proper or not and decided not to take it.
When Vivekananda's body was being cremated she sat all the while looking at the burning pyre. Around six o'clock in the evening, the burning flame was about to go out. Suddenly Nivedita felt somebody had pulled her sleeve. She turned around and found a small piece of saffron cloth which had somehow come out of the pyre during cremation.
Nivedita lifted and took the cloth considering it as a message from the Swami. But your real message came at the burning pyre itself I took it as a Letter from Him to you, from beyond the grave. Ramakrishna Sarada Mission Sister Nivedita Girls' School Nivedita was planning to open a school for girls who were deprived of even basic education. This is why, when Nivedita informed Vivekananda about her planning, he felt very excited. He organized a meeting at Balaram Bose's house on this issue.
In this meeting, Nivedita explained her plan of the proposed school and requested everyone to send their girls to the school to study. During her speech, Vivekananda entered the room and took a seat behind everyone.
Nivedita did not notice it.
But, when Nivedita appealed to collect girl students for the school, she suddenly discovered Vivekananda in the room pushing others and prompting — "Ye, get up, get up! All of you must cooperate in the matter of their education as per national ideals. Stand up and commit. Reply to her appeal. Say, 'We all agree. We shall send our girls to you. Finally, Vivekananda forced Haramohan to agree to the proposal and behalf of Haramohan Vivekananda promised to send her girls to the school. In many cases, she encountered refusal from the male members of the girl's family.