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Year : 2013  |  Volume : 1  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 53-55

Unearthing the upanishadic roots for "The Song of Sanyasin" of Swami Vivekananda

Swami Vivekananda Yoga Anusandhana Samsthana, Bengaluru, Karnataka, India

Correspondence Address:
Ramachandra G Bhat
Dean of Academics, Swami Vivekananda Yoga Anusandhana Samsthana, Eknath Bhavan, #19, Gavipuram Circle, K.G. Nagar, Bengaluru - 560 019, Karnataka
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DOI: 10.4103/2347-5633.123293

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The vigorous life of a Sannyasin, an ascetic, seems to be practically difficult in this modern age. But Swami Vivekananda affirms that a life of spiritual enlightenment is very much possible in his "The Song of Sannyasin", which he had composed with 13 stanzas in July 1895 at Thousand Island Park, New York. The powerful words of Swamiji echoes the profound wisdom base from the Upanishads motivating even a normal man towards renunciation to attain the higher goal of spiritual perfection. A scholar of Vedanta, who reads this poem, will be fascinated to see how the Upanishad mantras have got translated into English through the poetic words of Swamiji. Hence this research tried to bring out the Upanishadic connection for all 13 stanzas of this poem and to establish the relevance and practical application of the age old Upanishadic wisdom.

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