Among all young generation monks in world, the name of Swami Vivekananda flashes bright and clear. He was one of the most influential monks of all times. Hailing from India, Swami Vivekananda’s life was not a smooth ride at all. As a matter of fact, he had to sail through tremendous difficulties in life. In this article titled 20 interesting Swami Vivekananda facts, we are going to explore some of the most interesting facts about this inspiring monk who inspired millions of men and women across the world.
Interesting Swami Vivekananda Facts: 1-10
1. Swami Vivekananda’s pre-monastic name was Narendra Nath Datta. He was born with a temperament of yogis and used to meditate at a very early age.
2. He was born in a financially well-off family. His father, Vishwanath Datta was an attorney who excelled in his career. His mother’s name was Bhuvaneshwari Devi.
3. Swami Vivekananda’s birth place was Kolkata (previously known as Calcutta) and he was born on January 12, 1863. He died on July 4, 1902 in Kolkata.
4. When it came to academics, Narendra Nath Datta wasn’t great at scoring marks. He scored a mere 47% in the entrance level examination of university, followed by just 46% in FA, which was later named as IA or Intermediate Arts. In B.A. however, he performed slightly better by scoring 56%.
5. Swami Vivekananda’s father died suddenly when he was young. This broke the financial backbone of his family and the whole family was pushed into poverty.
6. Because of financial instability and scarcity of food, Narendra Nath Datta would often lie to his mother about lunch invitation from his friends. In reality there were no such invitations and he would simple get out of house so that the other members of his family could eat his share of food. He used to literally starve himself.
7. Coming back to academics, we need to mention that the though Narendra Nath Datta failed to score high marks, he was no less than a brilliant student. Back in those days, it was really difficult to score marks and what he scored was considered as brilliant.
8. Despite being a good student, he failed to get a job for a very long time. That’s when he went through a period of spiritual crisis.
9. Swami Vivekananda used to ask for job from door to door. When he failed to get a job, he gradually turned into an atheist and would openly say that there was no such thing as god.
10. Many people considered him to be a very proud person because he held a BA degree. Not only that, because he had a BA degree and because he was a proud person, he would literally smoke cheroot in front of elders. He was also arrogant.