On the Birth Centenary of Swami Vivekananda, I am admiring the Great Visionary Bhaskara Sethupathi, The Rajah of Ramnad who was responsible in sending Swami Vivekananda to the World Conference on Religions in USA in 1893!
Thanks to the generosity of Bhaskara Sethupathi, Swamiji lands in July 1893 for the World Conference of Religions, uninvited!
Swamiji with limited means finds Himself penniless, starving for a few days. A benevolent American Lady, Clarence, takes pity and accommodates Swamiji in her house in Chicago. She is fascinated by Swamiji’s Vidwath on The Omnipotent God. Fights for Him to be included as an Indian Representative Speaker in the rescheduled September Conference.
Reluctantly the authorities accommodates Him as a Guest Speaker, after the Sessions on 9/11@5PM!
Swamiji startles the World with that epoch making speech of “Brothers and sisters!”
I don’t know whether to thank Bhaskara Sethupathi or Clarence, more, to have given this World, a True Rishi, who spread our Advaithic Philosophy all over the world in the 19th century! Swamiji Himself thanks profusely Bhaskara Sethupathi for making Him known to the World in His lecture at Pamban, on landing on His mother land on 26th January 1897 from Colombo!
Swamiji being a Bengali Cd have landed either in Calcutta or Bombay.. He Cd have got astonishing reception but He wanted to pay His respects to Bhaskara Sethupathi by choosing Pamban as the First Sacred Soil to set foot on His Beloved Bharat!
I was fortunate in 2012 to have been invited by the class of 1971 Alumini of our School, Rajah’s High School, Ramnad to be the Chief Guest and the present Sethupathy was presiding and unveiling the portrait of my father, Sri M. Rajah Iyer, whose contribution for the education of the entire area is being remembered even after so many years of his demise!
On reaching Ramnad, I was informed that due to some Examns in the Rajah’s High School, the venue is shifted to the near by Vivekananda House. I was thrilled to be there in the newly renovated Vivekananda House, where Swamiji had stayed in 1897 as Bhaskara Sethupathy ‘s Guest of Honour!
I cannot forget the days I used to play around in this beautiful Villa overlooking the Ramnad Tank with Jamun and Mango trees all around!
In 1950 my father started a Hostel for poor village boys all around Ramnad, named it Vivekananda Hostel. Many brilliant students benefitted as it was completely Free. Karmegam and Mayalagu are two of my classmates(please see links below)Karmegam
who still remember with gratitude those days, like many more from Nasa to Nasscom!
I feel proud that Ramnad has given to this World, a Seer of unimaginable Vidwath. A great Sanskrit Scholar, though not a Brahmin!
Youngsters of Today shd Remember Birthdays like Swamiji s than some unknown Actors!
ARISE! AWAKE! My dear youngsters, don’t allow your mind to be Corrupted with ideal less Idiots!