By Acharya Sachidananda on 06-10-2017
All the Pundits in and around Cossipur heard that Swami Vivekananda is at his friend’s house at Cossipore. They gathered around him there to hear his philosophy. All these Pundits were well versed in Sanskrit and began conversing with him in Sanskrit. Swamiji but was away from India for long and had not used the language anywhere there. As the discussion went on, Swamiji used Asti instead of Svasti, at which all the pundits laughed out. Swamiji quickly admitted the mistake and continued the discussion.
After all the Pundits left the place, quite happy, Swamiji told his disciples that in the West no one would make a big point of the small grammatical mistake which he made. Instead, they would give more importance to the point which he intended to assert. Pointing at similar silly mistakes deviate general attention from the real topic. He further said that in our country, all the fighting is going on over the husk; nobody searches for the
The disciples learned a great lesson. Even those among them, who thought that their Master was squeezed for the best of advices, could realize that the Pundits have taken out nothing, except a knowledge that philosophical discussions are possible in Sanskrit too.
“Sisters and brothers of America!” A crowd of seven thousand, listening to these words, responded with a standing ovation which lasted for two minutes. Swami Vivekananda’s talk in Chicago in 1893 brought to him world attention. Narendranath Dutta (Swami Vivekananda: 1863-1902) was born in an aristocratic Kayastha family of Calcutta
(West Bengal. He later became the best disciple of Ramakrishna Paramahansa and continued to live as his Master’s voice all the life. Swami Vivekananda is regarded as one of India’s foremost thinkers.
About The Author
Swami Sachidananda Bharathi is an Indian Air Force officer turned spiritual guide and an apostle of peace and love. He is the patron of 'Indian Thoughts'. He represented India in the 'Millennium World Peace Summit of Religious and Spiritual Leaders' held under UNO, in 2000. He has founded Dharma Bharathi Mission.