Treasure Island

Rajaram Ramachandran

(13-7-31 (see reverse) / Chennai born, now at Juhu, Mumbai, India)

##01 (Vivekananda) The Birth of Hinduism

SWAMI VIVEKANANDA (A brief introduction)

Swami Vivekananda (Narendranath Datta) was born on 12-01-1863 at Kolkata and died on 04-07-1902 at 39 years of age. He was a disciple of Guru Ramakrishna Paramahamsa, who worshiped Mother Kali. Swamiji was the first religious ambassador to America, in which land he was recognized for his talents and deep knowledge in the Hindu ancient scriptures and religion. He was advocating for Universal Religion. Every world citizen should read his speeches in 9 Volumes released by the Ramakrishna Mission Association.. His life story starts with the Birth of Hinduism.


When did Hinduism begin?
Still, the exact date is unknown.
It’s such an ancient religion,
Grown on a solid foundation.

It’s a religion of tolerance,
And with all its patience,
It respects other religions,
For their religious doctrines.

In Bhagavad-gita Krishna says
“There may be many ways,
But all the paths lead to me,
Whatever path it may be.”

Religion is the backbone
Of national life of Indian,
And was nurtured by Great Sages
From time immemorial, of all ages.

At every time of spiritual crisis,
In this Indian soil, there arose
An Ascetic, a Sage, or a Saint,
From the danger, to protect it.

Rama, Krishna, Buddha,
Adi Sankara, Nanak, Chaitanya,
Like this, came messengers, one by one,
All of them sent by the Heaven.

Names many, there may be,
But the Hindus ever see
God as one Supreme,
Not many, but as same.

A man is not only a father,
But also a son to his father,
A teacher, when he teaches,
A customer, when he buys.

He’s a seller, when he sells.
A preacher, when he tells.
When he sails, he’s a sailor.
When he stitches, he’s a tailor.

As a King, he’s a ruler,
As a mendicant, a beggar,
When he wins, a winner,
When he sins, a sinner.

This one man, who’s the same
Takes up many karmic names,
Thus, Gods many have come
But they’re one and the same.

Brahma is the creator,
Vishnu is the protector,
Siva is the destroyer,
*Karmic names, they bear.

(*Karmic = action)

Just like one Sun reflects,
And shines in all reflectors,
God is one, but projects,
All o’er, as various objects.

A compendium of Truths,
The Hinduism gave as Vedas,
Which lead one to the goal,
That is sacred and spiritual.

This is the salient truth
That exists from its birth,
Which had no beginning,
Nor will it have an ending.

Submitted: Sunday, October 25, 2009
Edited: Sunday, October 25, 2009

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  • Ritty Patnaik (12/22/2009 12:49:00 PM)

    rajaram sir......i hope to learn a lot from these lovely poems you have written on swami vivekananda.when one thinks that all gods are but one, and all paths lead to same destination....then we understand the principle of one in many and many in one.god bless you for this good wishes.
    ritty (Report) Reply

  • Raj Nandy (12/2/2009 6:59:00 AM)

    Rajaram Sir,
    -RAJ NANDY (Report) Reply

  • Nivedita Bagchi SPC UK (10/31/2009 12:52:00 PM)

    Sir humbly I start with your write, ‘…When he sins, a sinner….’
    Swami Vivekananda [SV] never accepted the ‘sin’ concept. SV very rigorously disapprove it
    SV said: no sin there is. It is Ascent from lower truth to higher truth [opposite to Christian faith of Original Sin]. Indeed a mind blowing concept.

    In Vedanta [end part of Vedas = Jnana] where no mention of Hindu Dharma is found [so far I know] intelligently the sages avoided any nomenclature. Alternatively ‘Sanatana Dharma’ [anadi = beginingless] instead of Hinduism [Dharma] is better option.

    Revered Srimat Swami Bhueshanada-ji Maharaj [12th President of Ramakrishna Math and Mission in a talk [video available with R.K.Mission] in US said in Vedanta there is no mention of any sect.
    I congrat you for such noble effort and for which ten++
    Ms. Nivedita
    Invite you to read my poems and comment if you please. (Report) Reply

  • Chitra - (10/31/2009 9:55:00 AM)

    Sir, your introductory poem is religious, historical discourse...really enjoyed reading this profound poem (Report) Reply

  • Mehta Hasmukh Amathalal (10/29/2009 7:25:00 AM)

    When did Hinduism begin?
    Still, the exact date is unknown.
    It’s such an ancient religion,
    Grown on a solid one knows about its exact original but it is know to be age old and very feel proud of and feel pulse in every moment of life is called hinduism....10 (Report) Reply

  • rajagopal haran (10/26/2009 8:04:00 PM)

    creation and creator are two lines, without beginning and without end, zoning parallel to each other. God is the ever-active providence, by whose power systems after systems are being evolved out of chaos, made to run for a time, and again destroyed.
    these are from Vedas...the same theory of Chaos was wonderfully used by Kamalahasan in his film ' Dasavatharam'

    you are a great creator by yourself; because of great contributions by people like you, we have the everlasting Hinduism...the universal way of Life

    wonderful piece for peace sir (Report) Reply

  • Kranthi Pothineni (10/26/2009 12:25:00 PM)

    The core of this write is scripted cleverly. Like the verses in which you showcased different face and ended by merging them into one (it's really true) . Very nice composition and quite informative too. (Report) Reply

  • Ravi A (10/26/2009 12:03:00 PM)

    Dear Sir, Your introductory poem is very very fine indeed. Good, simple verses with enough depth. Wishing more to read about Swamiji in your ucceeding poems. (Report) Reply

  • Kesav Easwaran (10/26/2009 9:40:00 AM)

    Very good introductory discourse Sir...the explanation you provide there on the Thrimoorthi Dharshanam (Trinity Perception) is excellent...thanks...10 (Report) Reply

  • Dr. A.celestine Raj Manohar Md (10/26/2009 9:14:00 AM)

    An excellent introduction to a poetic series on a great religion and an erudite scholar by a great poet with a compassionate and God-fearing heart that's bound to hold the readers spell-bound as it unfolds in the days to come.I wish poet RR a great time and ideal health of body and mind to fulfill this added dream of his earthly life.
    with warm wishes to this great Indian soul,
    dr john celes (Report) Reply

  • Vinod Kumar (10/26/2009 9:04:00 AM)

    Good research oriented poems it is very helpfull to us to understanding, beyond hinduism is the main extract of arsha bharatha there we could get all the answers of our inner questions instead of a normal lifestyle text, if we are not satisfy these texts there is no way to find out our questions, but our ancient saints gaves us all..thanks, (Report) Reply

  • Seema Chowdhury (10/26/2009 7:18:00 AM)

    very nice and descriptive poem. thanks alot for sharing.
    i am looking forward to read more of these poems. (Report) Reply

  • Sandra Fowler (10/25/2009 9:14:00 PM)

    Your introduction is very vivid and interesting.
    It makes me want to learn more about the
    first religious ambassador to the United States
    from India. Apparently, he sought to build
    a bridge of understanding between our two
    countries. Excellent write, Rajaram.

    kind wishes,

    Sandra (Report) Reply

  • Lady Grace (10/25/2009 8:40:00 PM)

    this legend-history is nicely expressed as nice to read..we can learn many things out of this revelation, , , this is educational..nicely done.. (Report) Reply

  • Nalini Hebbar (10/25/2009 7:56:00 PM)

    thank you sir for this wonderful wholesome compilation...the essence of Hinduism in a well rhymed poem....great read (Report) Reply

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