The Monk as Man: The Unknown Life of Swami Vivekananda

The Monk as Man: The Unknown Life of Swami Vivekananda The Monk As Man The Unknown Life was published in the year , and this biography of Swami Vivekananda is written by the renowned Bengali author Sankar It is an English translation of the same book in BengaliFounder of the renowned Ramakrishna Mission, Swami Vivekananda reconciled religion with scientific enquiry He emphasised on inculcating, within one s self, an unwavering faith and an insatiable thirst for knowledge He never propagated blind belief and was a successful ambassador of India s spiritual side to the westSwami Vivekananda was also a mystic who traveled extensively, and on these journeys, which were no less than epiphanies to him, he came face to face with the stark poverty of India, which affected him deeply and defined him as a man It turned him into a champion of the cause of the poor and made him a role model philanthropistWe are all aware of these aspects of the Swami s life Numerous books have been written about him by his brothers, disciples, and students, and by those who simply knew him and benefited by interacting with him Swami himself wrote various letters and gave speeches, which also serve as a peek in to his life and endeavoursKeeping all these aspects into account and indulging further into his history, Sankar has attempted to chronicle the lesser talked aspect of his life Swami Vivekananda as a human being in his book The Monk As Man The Unknown LifeJourneying through the pages of these books, readers will be confronted with the tumultuous family ties of his life and his relationship with his mother will be brought to light After Swami Vivekananda cut all family ties and set out on his mission, his brothers never as much as bothered to enquire after him Why so Also, as the rumours go, did Swami s sister really kill herself Did the tedious disputes over matters of family property affect Swami s health and psychology to the point of taking a toll on his life All these questions that had never been associ


About the Author: Sankar

Shankar s real name is Mani Shankar Mukherjee Sankar is a very popular writer in the Bengali language He grew up in Howrah district of West Bengal, India.Shankar s father died while Shankar was still a teenager, as a result of which Shankar became a clerk to the last British barrister of the Calcutta High Court, Noel Frederick Barwell The experience of working under Mr Barwell provided the material for his first book Koto Ojanare , translated as The Great Unknown.During 1962, Shankar conceived the idea of writing the novel Chowringhee on a rainy day at the waterlogged crossing of Central Avenue and Dalhousie a busy business district in the heart of Kolkata Many of Shankar s works have been made into films Some notable ones are Chowringhee, Jana Aranya , translated as The Middleman and Seemabaddha , out of which the last two were directed by Satyajit Ray.



10 thoughts on “The Monk as Man: The Unknown Life of Swami Vivekananda

  1. says:

    The monk as man the unknown life of swami Vivekananda sankar 2003 2011 , The monk as man the unknown life of swami Vivekananda sankar 2003 2011 ,,,,, , , ,, , ,, , , , ,


  2. says:

    Fascinating We frequently hear about quotes attributed to Swami Vivekananda, his address in the parliament of religions and his contribution to Sanatan Dharma and India But, never knew that this great man faced many troubles medical, financial and even legal The great personalities that I read about know have been majorly defined by struggles with their external environments class wars freedom struggle social movements etc But, here is a soul who did so much, in a span less than 40 yea Fascinating We frequently hear about quotes attributed to Swami Vivekananda, his address in the parliament of religions and his contribution to Sanatan Dharma and India But, never knew that this great man faced many troubles medical, financial and even legal The great personalities that I read about know have been majorly defined by struggles with their external environments class wars freedom struggle social movements etc But, here is a soul who did so much, in a span less than 40 years, with all the medical ailments and financial legal struggles his family was facing Probably, many other monks faced similar issues and I haven t read autobiographies of any other, but it is humbling to know how much can be achieved despite major limitations.I found the narration a little difficult in the beginning in particular and that is why it isn t a 5 star


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    This book brings out the vulnerabilities and challenges in Vivekananda s life What I like is, the book demystifies the Swami and presents the idea that we all have weaknesses What distinguishes an evolved soul from the rest is how one lives through these weak moments.Sankar presents well the idea that the path to self realization is the path to reach higher consciousness It is through relationships that we see the divine in other beings It is through relationships that we pay our karmic This book brings out the vulnerabilities and challenges in Vivekananda s life What I like is, the book demystifies the Swami and presents the idea that we all have weaknesses What distinguishes an evolved soul from the rest is how one lives through these weak moments.Sankar presents well the idea that the path to self realization is the path to reach higher consciousness It is through relationships that we see the divine in other beings It is through relationships that we pay our karmic debts, we learn, we forgive and become better versions of ourselves The manner in which Vivekananda expressed his love, for the family in which he was born and the universal family he lived in, is brought out very well in the book Personal life and vedanta are not at odds with each other in Vivekananda s life and that is what makes him a Swami , an enlightened one I assumed that one has to hit the pause button in life to step onto the ladder of spirituality As I read this book I understand, being spiritual is not a one time mystic experience It needs constant devotion and practice in the face of all kinds of worldly struggles poverty, sickness, relationships Sankar did a good job teasing out these aspects and a clear picture of what made Vivekananda the man, a Swami


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    A big Kudos to the author for such an effort to bring out a detailed description of Vivekananda s personal life.It s so painful to read about the mental and physical agony that Vivekananda had to go through.For someone who put forth our religion,culture and tradition to the western world,its heart breaking to read that he almost starved to death Nowadays, people who call themselves as saints just because they talk philosophies seem to live a rich and luxurious life whereas he lived the way a sa A big Kudos to the author for such an effort to bring out a detailed description of Vivekananda s personal life.It s so painful to read about the mental and physical agony that Vivekananda had to go through.For someone who put forth our religion,culture and tradition to the western world,its heart breaking to read that he almost starved to death Nowadays, people who call themselves as saints just because they talk philosophies seem to live a rich and luxurious life whereas he lived the way a saint should.Coming back to the book,the author seems to be so fascinated that he describes the history of tea in India just because Vivekananda likes tea.Such things really tests the patience of the reader.If not for this drawback this book would have got a five star from me.A good read for those who follow Vivekananda s ideas and teachings


  5. says:

    This is really worst book The author goes to nuances of his life but ulitmately losing the very purpose of describing the main pictures.The author has no idea of where to start and where to end just like I write this comment.Plethora of unnecessary information irrelevant to the situations are presented.


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    The Monk As Man The Unknown Life Of Swami Vivekananda by Shankar On 25 February 1897 , after his return from the United States Swami Vivekananda wrote from Culcutta to Sara bull , Iam almost die.I am so , so tired I do not know wheter I would live even six monthsor not , unless I have some rest The Monk As Man The Unknown Life Of Swami Vivekananda by Shankar On 25 February 1897 , after his return from the United States Swami Vivekananda wrote from Culcutta to Sara bull , Iam almost die.I am so , so tired I do not know wheter I would live even six monthsor not , unless I have some rest 1 Severe headaches migraines 2 Tonsillitis3 Diphtheria and influenza cough4 Asthma5 Typhoid6 Malaria7 Other kinds of persistent fevers8 Liver disease9 Indigestion and other stomach ailments gastroenteritis10 Accumulation of water in the stomach11 Dysentery and diarrhoea12 Dyspepsia and abdominal pain13 Gallstones14 Lumbago lower back pain 15 Neck ache16 Bright s disease acute nephritis 17 Kidney ailments18 Dropsy19 Albuminuria20 Bloodshot eyes21 Loss of vision in the right eye22 Insomnia23 Premature greying of hair and beard24 Neurasthenia25 Body heating up after dinner26 Inability to tolerate heat27 Excessive fatigue28 Sea sickness29 Sunstorke30 Diabetes31 Heart problems.1902 12 o , , , 1907 2 1924.Page 238


  7. says:

    It gives immense personal touch while reading Author has very deep study and had given very unknown aspect of Swami His life is example of what can be achieved in 39 Years 5 months life He has introduced Hinduism to west He had deep love for his mother and as a monk he could not renounce completely the attachment for his mother My take away is being fearlessness and ability to give even though you have very little to offer Must read.


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    Rating 4 5 A man who is not afraid of starvation is afraid of nothing Remain pure Maintain your self esteem, and never hurt another s Remain calm, but be firm if necessaryLife is a constant attempt to express one self and fulfill one s goal against all oddsThis Book is really worth giving your time A rare account of Swami Vivekananda about his personal life, readers get to see another side of revolutionary monk of India who put India into globe.


  9. says:

    Before you read this read, you need to know about Swami Ji The author jumps here and there for a reason The author presents facts about Swami Ji with proper references I would definitely recommend this book.


  10. says:

    This book has covered all the aspects and periods of Swamiji life and enlightened us and helped us to know him as a human being what were his likes and dislikes, his interest and knowledge I am thankful to the writer for giving us such a wonderful book.


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