Swami Vivekananda’s disciple, sister Nivedita’s 150th birth anniversary
The monks of Ramakrishna Mission will celebrate the 150th birth anniversary of Sister Nivedita on Saturday. Sister Nivedita was Swami Vivekananda’s disciple and made India her home. Born as Margaret Noble at Tyrone, Ireland, on October 28, 1867, Nivedita was the eldest daughter of Samuel and Mary. Her father was a priest of an Irish Church. In 1892, at the age of 25, she opened a school of her own in Wimbledon. Margaret was endowed with a sharp intellect, an enquiring mind, and a deep insight of love.
According to historical records, she was a religious seeker, whose search for the truth led her away from the strict dogmas of Christianity. Her search for truth led her in 1895-96 to Swami Vivekananda’s teachings of the Vedanta (Complete Works of Sister Nivedita’, II 471). Later in India, she followed the teachings of Sri Ramakrishna and was particularly devoted to Kali and Shiva of the Hindu deities. She breathed her last on the 13th October 1911 at Darjeeling, West Bengal.
She wrote expansively and has left behind a legacy of works which are praiseworthy of study today. Her countless articles were published in journals like the Review of Reviews, the Prabuddha Bharata, the Modern Review, etc. Courtesy: Hinduhistory.info
She came to Calcutta on 28 January 1898, was initiated into Brahmacharya (a celibate yogic order) and was given the name `Nivedita’ by Vivekananda on 25 March. Courtesy:hinduhistory.info
Nivedita started her school at No.16, Bosepara Lane in Bagh Bazar, Kolkata on November 13,1898 with the blessings of Holy Mother. Parents in the Orthodox Indian society at that time hesitated to send their daughters to school and more so to a school run by a woman of an alien culture.
Sanjay M Bhaire
(The author is Editor-In-Chief, Across States News)
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