FOREWARD

“I have a message for the world, which I will deliver without fear and care for the future. To the reformers I will point out that I am a greater reformer than any one of them. They want to reform only little bits, I want root-and-branch reform.”

— Swami Vivekananda

It is an irony of fate that posterity deifies the Cross on which contemporaries feel no scruple to nail a prophet. A prophet’s message is always based on a clear, deep and far-reaching vision of things, which arc much beyond the ken of his contemporaries. This is why humanity is always late in accepting him.

Swami Vivekananda, the illustrious apostle of Sri Ramakrishna, was endowed with a prophet’s vision. He has delivered unto the world his message, and it behoves us that we become wiser by history and lose no time in making an earnest effort to understand, appreciate and carry out his message.

His message is not for the hour, but for the age, not for the nation only, but for humanity. So far as India is concerned, his message is not meant for little bits of social or religious reform, but for complete rejuvenation of her national life in all its phases.