Shri Shankar Abhyankar’s Lecture on Swami Vivekananda

Last week in Kolhapur, a city from Maharashtra, there was a lecture by Shri Shankar Abhyankar, popularly known as ‘Gurudev Abhyankar’. Though he doesn’t needs introduction, I will try to put it in few words. He is one of most well known personalities in whole India. He is holding Masters Degrees in English and Sanskrit languages, a very rare combination. He is very popular due to his knowledge about Bhagvad Gita, Indian History, knowledge about Vedas and Upanishads. He holds Ph.D. on Swami Vivekananda’s educational philosophy. His elocution is really enchanting. He is a good singer, has good understanding about music and extremely intelligent.

His lecture was on Swami Vivekananda’s famous speech which he gave in Chicago in the year of 1893. Gurudev first explained the condition of India in year 1893 and then explained about how Swami Vivekananda became Swami Vivekananda.  That was a really difficult time for India and Hindu religion. Swami Vivekananda, who earlier was completely against idol worship later come to believe that it is the feelings and respect that Hindus give to idol is important not the clay or material used to make that idol. His mentor and spiritual guide ‘Shri Ramkrishna Paramhans’ gave all his learning’s to Swamiji. Swamiji used that knowledge to revive Hindu religion and make people from all the worlds respect it and believe in it. Swamiji’s speech on Hindu culture and Hindu religion still inspires millions of people every day. He won everybody’s heart and respect with his speech in 1893, in the ‘World Parliament of Religion’. Gurudev also talked about Indian History and Indian culture. He explained so many other things as well, such as how Hindu religion is shining in the world even after surviving most of number of attacks on it, how Indian culture is unique and has inclusive tendency to involve everyone, what is real Indian heritage, how other religions are born from it and Hindu is the most ancient religion in the world.

Gurudev Abhyankar talked for only one and a half hour but his elocution was really mesmerizing. Everybody turned all ears to listen carefully his words and save them in their hearts. It was truly amazing experience to listen to him.

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One Response to “Shri Shankar Abhyankar’s Lecture on Swami Vivekananda”

  1. Ajay Vibhute Says:

    Hey, I am from Kolhapur too! I was there also with my grandpa as he was honored as one of the oldest bank members. Yes it was a great speech and really an eye opener!

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