Swami Vivekananda

(12 January 1863 - 4 July 1902 / Calcutta / India)

A Blessing

Poem by Swami Vivekananda

The Mother's heart, the hero's will,
The softest flowers' sweetest feel;

The charm and force that ever sway
The altar-fire's flaming play;

The strength that leads, in love obeys;
Far-reaching dreams, and patient ways,

Eternal faith in Self, in all,
The light Divine in great, in small;

All these and more than I could see,
Today may 'Mother' grant to thee!


Poet's Notes about The Poem

The poetry is a selection from the works of Swami Vivekananda and was written to Miss Alberta Sturges from Perrors Guirec, Brittany, France, on September 22, 1900.

Comments about A Blessing by Swami Vivekananda

  • Geeta Radhakrishna MenonGeeta Radhakrishna Menon (6/27/2020 3:34:00 AM)

    A mother's heart as soft as a flower so beautiful! ....10(Report)Reply

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  • Prabir GayenPrabir Gayen (6/22/2020 10:03:00 AM)

    The charm and force that ever sway
    The altar-fire's flaming play;
    ....////(Report)Reply

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  • Prabir GayenPrabir Gayen (6/22/2020 9:59:00 AM)

    The Mother's heart, the hero's will,
    The softest flowers' sweetest feel;(Report)Reply

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  • j.karthikeyan (5/30/2018 3:20:00 PM)

    faith never fail(Report)Reply

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  • Jayatissa K. LiyanageJayatissa K. Liyanage (2/4/2018 9:06:00 PM)

    Mother's love, second to nothing. A perfect thought wrapped in a hearty poem. X(Report)Reply

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  • Douglas Scotney (2/4/2018 7:00:00 PM)

    It'd be pretty good to have all those and more.(Report)Reply

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  • Susan WilliamsSusan Williams (2/4/2018 4:09:00 PM)

    A blessing every Mother would want to confer upon her child- simply and lovingly written. Thank you, PH, for posting this today..(Report)Reply

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  • Bree Z LoveBree Z Love (2/4/2018 2:56:00 PM)

    A Mother's Love is an God sent Blessing, A Wonderful Gratitude Poem and show of admiration!(Report)Reply

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  • Bipasha DBipasha D (2/4/2018 7:49:00 AM)

    a beautiful blessing from a great spiritual figure(Report)Reply

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  • Bharati NayakBharati Nayak (2/4/2018 6:17:00 AM)

    The Mother's heart, the hero's will,
    The softest flowers' sweetest feel;

    The charm and force that ever sway
    The altar-fire's flaming play;
    - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
    All these and more than I could see,
    Today may 'Mother' grant to thee! - - - - -A blessing from the pen of a great spiritual leader from India.(Report)Reply

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  • Edward Kofi LouisEdward Kofi Louis (2/4/2018 4:14:00 AM)

    The hero's will! ! Thanks for sharing this poem with us.(Report)Reply

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  • Gajanan MishraGajanan Mishra (2/4/2018 12:43:00 AM)

    In love, far reaching dreams(Report)Reply

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  • amaira sheikh (1/7/2018 8:11:00 AM)

    beautiful awsm sweet poem(Report)Reply

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  • Ratnakar Mandlik (2/4/2017 9:10:00 AM)

    Eternal faith in self, in all,
    The Divine light in great, in small
    Great blessing by one of the greatest sons o mother India. Thanks for sharing it here.(Report)Reply

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  • Savita TyagiSavita Tyagi (2/4/2017 8:22:00 AM)

    Faith, strength and love. May mother bless us with it always.(Report)Reply

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  • Edward Kofi LouisEdward Kofi Louis (2/4/2017 6:19:00 AM)

    Far-reaching dreams! ! Thanks for sharing.(Report)Reply

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  • Tom Allport (2/4/2017 4:57:00 AM)

    lovely poem to be passed around.(Report)Reply

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  • Bisy UntanBisy Untan (2/4/2017 3:38:00 AM)

    Let the eternal faith in all of us leads us to salvation. Pranamam to the guiding thought of Swamiji.(Report)Reply

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  • Rajnish MangaRajnish Manga (2/4/2017 2:14:00 AM)

    Great spiritual message from Swami Vivekanand. Guiding principles of life emanating from faith.
    Eternal faith in Self, in all,
    The light Divine in great, in small;(Report)Reply

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  • Ramesh T ARamesh T A (1/27/2016 11:00:00 PM)

    Sure, Swami Vivekananda has a flame of tongue to utter truths like this in poems pure from the heart!(Report)Reply

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Poem Submitted: Sunday, April 26, 2009

Poem Edited: Sunday, April 29, 2012