Vivekananda Archives
A Web Portal on Swami Vivekananda

Presented by The Ramakrishna Mission Institute of Culture, Golpark, Kolkata, with financial assistance from The Ministry of Culture, Government of India.


Swami Vivekananda, the yoga missionary19-11-2013   

Swami Vivekananda, the yoga missionary


By Emily Buchanan BBC world affairs correspondent



Swami Vivekananda had a huge following but died aged 39




Few in the west have heard of Swami Vivekananda, who was born 150 years ago this week. Yet this Bengali intellectual, still revered in India, introduced many people to yoga and meditation.


The crunch of car tyres on gravel, the heavy smell of an imminent thunderstorm, swaying elm trees - random childhood memories of my grandmother's house, Ridgely, in upstate New York.


I also dimly remember casual references to a Swami. "That was Swami's sofa." "The end room - that is where the Swami used to sleep."


I would collect fallen branches from a huge fir tree for the Alsatian dog to chew - it was known as "prophet Swami's pine".