Indian History: Vivekananda’s Advice!

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Compiled by London Swaminathan
Post No.1345; Dated 13th October 2014.

Swami Vivekananda has given a very good advice to Indian students regarding the study of History:

“Study Sanskrit, but along with it study western sciences as well. Learn accuracy, my boys, study and labour so that the time will come when you can put our history on a scientific basis. For now Indian history is disorganised.

“The histories of our country written by English writers cannot but be weakening to our minds, for, they talk only of our downfall.

“How can foreigners, who understand very little of our manners and customs, or of our religion and philosophy, write faithful and unbiased histories of India? Naturally many false notions and wrong inferences have found their way into them. Nevertheless they have shown us how to proceed making researches into our ancient history.

“Now it is for us to strike out an independent path of historical research for ourselves, to study the Vedas and Puranas and the ancient annals (Itihasa) of India, and from them make it your life’s ‘sadhana’ (disciplined endeavour) to write accurate, sympathetic and soul inspiring histories of the land. It is for Indians to write Indian history.

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“Therefore set yourselves to the task of rescuing our lost and hidden treasures from oblivion. Even as one’s child has been lost does not rest until one has found it, so do you never cease labour until you have received the glorious past of India in the consciousness of the people. That will be the true national education, and with its advancement a true national spirit will be awakened.

“When the real history of India will be unearthed, it will be proved that, as in matters of religion, so in fine arts and sciences, India is the Primal Guru of the whole world”

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From Life of Swami Vivekananda (Mayavati Edition, 1961;pages 213,214 Instructions given to a group of University students of Rajaputana in 1891)
Also Complete Works of Swami Vivekananda –Vol.5, page 534(Mayavati Edition, 1961)

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