Hindu monk Swami Vivekananda who was born on January 12, 1863 has transformed millions of life. His teachings taught many generations the way of life. National Youth Day is celebrated on January 12 to commemorate the birthday of the great saint. He has transformed lives of people taking inspiration mainly from Sri Ramakrishna Paramahans. He was 33 years old when an incident occurred that changed his perspective towards various things and made him more generous. Vivekananda was still immature and not a perfect sannyasin yet when the incident occured.
Vivekananda had stayed in Jaipur for quite sometime before he went to America. When he was in the Pink city, the King of Jaipur had organised a dance festival which also included a prostitute. On learning about the sex worker’s presence, Vivekananda refused to attend the programme saying that he being a saint should not indulge in such an event. ALSO READ: National Youth Day celebrated to commemorate Swami Vivekananda anniversary
According to ‘The Immortal Philosopher Of India Swami Vivekananda by Bhawan Singh Rana’, he refused to attend the event and locked himself in a room. Although the King sought forgiveness from the Vivekananda, he refused to attend the event. The King was in a dilemma as the woman was known in his Kingdom and it would be a shame if the King send her back.
Vivekananda’s decision made the woman upset and she decided to sing a song for Vivekananda to change his mind. She is believed to have recited a poem written by the great poet Surdas. Vivekananda was greatly moved by the song and met the woman and sought forgiveness from her. The song that the woman sung meant that a person who is great by his virtues would never be affected by worldly affairs. Through the song, she asked him why he feared her despite being a saint. ALSO READ- Swami Vivekananda 154th birth anniversary: 9 quotes from the great spiritual mind that have inspired generations!
Once when he was in America, he is believed to have said, “Do not frown at the sight of a prostitute. In fact, they are acting as a shield safeguarding the chastity of virtuous women. Hence, we should not hate them but be grateful towards them.”