SWAMI VIVEKANAND'S inspiring personality has been well known in
India and abroad from decades to come. This unknown monk of India
suddenly rose to fame at the Parliament of Religions held in
Chicago (America) in 1893, representing Hinduism. His vast
knowledge of Eastern and Western culture as well as his deep
spiritual insight, brilliant conversation skills, empathy and
colorful personality made a mark on the hearts of many. People who
ever happen to see or hear Swami Vivekanand even once still cherish
his memory after a lapse of more than half a century.
Before leaving for abroad for the first time to preach Hinduism,
Vivekanand's mother wanted to know whether he is all perfect for
this mission or not, she invited him for dinner. Vivekanand enjoyed
the food that had the additional flavor of his mother's special
love and affection. After the delicious dinner, Vivekanand's mother
offered Vivekanand a dish of fruits and a knife. Vivekanand cut the
fruit, ate it and after that his mother said, "Son, can you please
give me the knife, I need it." Vivekanand immediately responded by
giving the knife.
Vivekanand's mother calmly said, "Son, you have passed my test
and I heartily bless you for going abroad." Vivekanand surprisingly
asked, "Mother, how did you test me? I did not understand."
Mother replied, "Son, when I asked for the knife, I saw how you
handed it to me, you gave the knife by holding its sharp edge and
kept the wooden handle of knife towards me. This way, I would not
get hurt when I take it and this means you took care of me. And
this was your test in which you passed.
The person who thinks of others welfare rather than thinking
about self has got the right of preaching the world and you have
got that right. You have all my blessings."
This was the most important mark he left in the hearts of many
he met in his lifetime - to think of others before thinking for
Moral: There are some qualities which
draw the difference between a common man & an uncommon man. To
think about the welfare of everyone falls under an extraordinary
quality. The true noble person is the one who thinks of others'
happiness even if it is in little matters to our day to day life.
The one who thinks of himself alone is considered selfish &
will not be valued by the world in the long run. It is the law of
nature that as the bigger hearted & noble you are, the more you
will keep receiving & as the narrower minded you become, the
less you will receive.