Rajendra Prasad (3 December 1884 – 28 February 1963) was the first President of Independent India. A detailed biography of Rajendra Prasad may be read in Wikipedia. In this article we’ll make a collection of Rajendra Parasad‘s quotes and comments on Swami Vivekananda.
Not only Indians but Westerners too stand indebted to Swami Vivekananda. . .
Rajendra Prasad told—
Men who lead their fellow beings in any sphere of life are rare and those that lead their leaders are rarer still. These superguides come not very often upon this earth to uplift the sinking section of humanity. Swami Vivekananda was one of these super souls.
It was he who could set the sceptic mind of the West at the rest in the spiritual arena. Ambassadors of spiritual missions had risen before him in the East, but none could speak to the West as he did with that voice of conviction, keeping audiences spellbound and enthralled. The worthy disciple of the worthy Master rose to the pinnacle of spiritual eminence, preaching the gospel of the innate oneness of the human race, and preaching universal love and the affinity of all human souls.
Not only Indians but Westerners too stand indebted to Swami Vivekananda for the bequest of viveka (wisdom) to posterity.
Universal brotherhood of man. . .
He also told—
The ideal he stood for made universal brotherhood of man an understandable proposition to a world which was wedded to colour prejudice, having its route in the slavery of man. His spiritual approach roused the conscience of the thinking section of the human community all over the world and he succeeded in bringing home to the West the greatness of the Vedic civilization.
The great disciple of the great Master immortalized the fame and prestige of the land of his birth in a way which remains unrivalled even in the annals of Indian spiritualism in modern times. The sceptical youth with the intrepid spirit rose to be the ablest and wisest heir to the legacy of spiritual wealth of the great enlightened one.
- Prabuddha Bharata, May 1963, p: 318
- Vivekananda O Samakalin Bharatvarsha, Basu, Sankari Prasad, Vol:7, p: 196