A Concordance to Swami Vivekananda is not
simply a collection of quotations culled from the vast Vivekananda corpus.
Rather, it is a useful guide that enables scholars and general readers to
ascertain what Vivekananda said on different subjects and where those statements
can be found. We often need this sort of ready reference for locating a
quotation or for studying a particular issue in depth. We hope this Concordance
will save those, who are eager to know Vivekananda's thoughts on various issues
much time and labour.
A distinctive feature of this Concordance is its emphasis on
projecting Vivekananda's ideas, rather than his words. The entries were
chosen so that the reader can form a fairly clear picture of what Vivekananda
wanted to convey.
All three volumes are primarily based on The Compete Works of Swami
Vivekananda, with additional material being drawn from the Reminiscences
of Swami Vivekananda by His Eastern and Western Admirers, The Master as I
Saw Him by Sister Nivedita, Letters of Sister Nivedita edited by
Prof. S.P. Basu, and the six volumes of Swami Vivekananda in the West: New
Discoveries by Marie Louise Burke.
The first volume of the Concordance does not includes entries from
volume IX of The Complete Works of Swami Vivekananda, as it was published
after its release. But the second volume of the Concordance includes two
appendices of entries, drawn exclusively from volume IX of the Complete
Works. The first appendix (Appendix A : A-H) corresponds with the first
volume of the Concordance, while the second appendix (Appendix B : I-M)
corresponds with the second volume. In the third volume of the Concordance, the
entries from volume IX are incorporated in the body of the Concordance
Swami Vivekananda on:
Ever rising, ever falling with the waves of time,
still rolling on I go.
From fleeting scene to scene ephemeral,
with life's currents' ebb and flow...
I am in every body. Through all hands I work; through all feet I walk, I
speak through every mouth; I live in every body.
Whom to seek, whom to avoid? I seek none, nor avoid any, for I am all the
universe. I praise myself, I blame myself, I suffer for myself, I am happy at my
own will, I am free.
Man has infinite power within himself, and he can ....realize himself as the
one infinite Self.
Man is man's brother because all men are one. A man is not only my brother,
say the Vedas, he is myself.
Not politics nor military power, not commercial supremacy nor mechanical
genius furnishes India with that backbone, but religion....
This is the motherland of philosophy, of spirituality, and of ethics, of
sweetness, gentleness, and love... India is still the first and foremost of all
the nations... in these respects.
The philosophy of India percolates throughout the whole civilized world,
modifying and permeating as it goes.
Excerpts from Review:
'The most eminent of modern Indian thinkers is Vivekananda and he should
- Leo Tolstoy, Tolstoy and Vivekananda, quoted in
Yasnopolyanskie [Notes from Yasnaya Polyana], Vol. IV
'.... if you will read anything of Hinduism, read Swami Vivekananda's works.
- Mahatma Gandhi, The Collected Works of Mahatma
Gandhi, Vol. 81
'The great-souled Vivekananda....had the genius to accept, harmonize and
recreate, and he dedicated himself to the exchange of ideals between India and
- Rabindranath Tagore, Towards
'His words are great music, phrases in the style of Beethoven, stirring
rhythms like the march of Handel choruses. I cannot tough these sayings of his,
scattered as they are through the pages of books at thirty years' distance,
without receiving a thrill through my body like an electric shock.'
- Romain Rolland, The Life of Vivekananda and
the Universal Gospel
' Vivekananda was a soul of puissance if ever there was one, a very lion
among men, but the definite work he has left behind is quite incommensurate with
our impression of his creative might and energy.'
- Sri Aurobindo, The Hour of God and Other Writings
' I cannot write about Vivekananda without going into raptures... Reckless
in his sacrifice, unceasing in his activity, boundless in his love, profound and
versatile in his wisdom, exuberant in his emotions, merciless in his attacks but
yet simple as a child-he was a rare personality in this world of ours.'
- Subhas Chandra Bose, Prabuddha Bharata, July
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