Swami Vivekananda Swami Vivekananda is just another name for the phenomenon that explored on the Indian scene towards the end of the 19th Century and restored the self-confidence and self-respect of a nation that had been badly moulded for a millennia. Born on the 12th January 1863, of an intellectual but compassionate father and a deeply religious mother, Narendranath - his original name - got a good education and cultural training under them. An innate desire for spiritual perfection  brought him into contact with Sri Ramakrishna in the early parts of 1882.

The next four and a half years until the Mahasamadhi of Sri Ramakrishna were marked by turbulence and turmoil, the direct result of the perfect Master chiseling and shaping the perfect disciple, but ending in total submission of the latter at the feet of the former. As per the specific direction of his guru, Narendra along with the other young men who were his co-disciples, took to monastic orders and founded a monastery in his guru's name at Baranagore (Calcutta) in 1886.  

Setting out on a pilgrimage, mostly as a wondered monk, he finally arrived at Kanyakumari, the southernmost tip of the Indian soil, some times during 1892. There, while meditating on the rock inside the sea, the mission of his life was revealed to him. Then, things moved quickly, setting sail for America on the 31st May 1893. He created history at the World Parliament of Religions held at Chicago during September of the same year. After whirlwind tours in America and England he triumphantly returned to India via Colombo on the 15th January 1887.