01 April 2014

Arcot Ramasamy Mudaliar On Swami Vivekananda

Arcot Ramasamy Mudaliar (Tamil language: ஆற்காடு ராமசாமி முதலியார், 14 October 1887 — 17 July 1976) or A. Ramasamy Mudaliar was a lawyer, politician and a statesman. In 1918 he became the General Secretary of the Justice Party. He was a leader of All India Non-Brahmin Movement  and assisted in coordinating between non-Brahmins in different parts of India. He was India's delegate to the San Francisco conference and in 1945 he served as the first President of United Nations Economic and Social Council. Between 1946—49, he was the diwan or the Chief Minister of Mysore. He was awarded the Padmabhushan in 1954 and the Padmavibhushan in 1970. His (literary) works include Searchlight on Council debates: speeches in the Madras Legislative Council, Mirror of the year: a collection of Sir A. Ramaswami Mudaliar's editorials in Justice. A detailed biography of Mudaliar is available at Wikipedia. In this article you'll find Arcot Ramasamy Mudaliar's quotes and comments on Swami Vivekananda.

Arcot Ramasamy Mudaliar told—
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I have come under no greater influence than the influence of the life and teachings of Swami Vivekananda. ... I have spoken of that life and have testified to the great influence that that life has had on the generation which immediately succeeded the premature departure of the Swamiji from this world.

After I began to study in the college, there were friends and elders of mine who used to tell us stories of the days in 1893 when Narendra Datta (Swami Vivekananda)—as he then was — often sat on the pials of the houses of Triplicane and began to discuss with learned pandits in Sanskrit — and some of them in Madras were very learned indeed — the great truths of our religious teaching. The exposition, the dialectic skill he showed, and the masterly way in which he analysed what even to those well-educated and learned pandits were unfathomable depths of Sanskrit literature and law, greatly attracted attention from all and sundry.

Swami Vivekananda was a fighter himself. He was one who knew not any kind of physical cowardice or moral cowardice. ...He is a citizen of the world. His contribution will stay on forever. His immortal soul pervades the whole universe.


  • Prabuddha Bharata, June 1940, pp.280-83.

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