The Hidden Reason Behind the Early Death of Swami Vivekananda

by Pulkit Mathur, The Spiritual Bee

“I am making ready for death. A great tapasya (penance) and meditation has come upon me, and I am making ready for death.” – A quote concerning the death of Swami Vivekananda from the book “The Master as I Saw Him” by Sister Nivedita.

Swami Vivekananda’s words to Sister Nivedita, on the Wednesday before his MahaSamadhi (passing).

Swami Vivekananda, one of India’s greatest teachers of Vedanta Philosophy, left his physical body on July 4th, 1902. He was just 39 years of age.

Many people have wondered – what caused an evolved soul like Swami Vivekananda to die at such a young age? Aren’t yogi’s able to extend their own life-span and live for very long periods of time?

Actually, behind the passing of every realized soul such as Swami Vivekananda, there is an immense spiritual reality hidden, which we ordinarily do not grasp. Luckily for us, Swamiji (as he was called), himself revealed the truth in great detail. His amazing answer in the video below!

Have some questions after watching this video?
Do read the answers to FAQs.

Note: The blackboard quote of Swami Vivekananda, at the top of this page, has been taken from Sister Nivedita’s book: The Master as I Saw Him (Free E-Book!).

“Nature, body, mind, go to death, not we. We neither go nor come. The man Vivekananda is in nature, is born and dies; but the Self (soul) we see as Vivekananda is never born and never dies. It is the eternal and unchangeable Reality.”
- Swami Vivekananda

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  • Amit

    what is the aim/purpose of a human being on this planet? please reply wisely

  • Ravi.

    Adi Sankara also left His body at 32. But Paramacharya, the 68th Peetathipathi of Kamakoti lived for 100 years! He is said to be the reincarnation of Adi Sankara Himself and seen as Siva. He was a Jeevan Muktha, or a realized soul. How He was able to contain the expanded soul in His body for 100 years? So there must be some other explanation for this. May be that He was a Peetathipathi and had to do lot of work to uphold the tradition of Vedas for the betterment of mankind and needed time for that. That is why He was able to contain the soul in His body for 100 years. The passing away of Mahans is their choice I guess.


    • Pulkit Mathur

      Yes, these Yogi’s give up their body at will, when their work is done. Swami Vivekananda’s work was done as he himself said and his mind was once more reverting to a state of pure Sattva (meaning his consciousnesses was once more expanding towards the infinite creator (Brahman)) and his mind’s Rajsic tendency of doing work was diminishing and getting replaced by Sattva. So he choose to give up his body as did Shankaracharya. Others like Sri Aurobindo lived till the age of 80 to finish the work the came to do and then gave up the body.

      • Ravi.

        I agree with you Pulkit Mathur. They give up their body after the purpose of the avatar is fulfilled. The timing varies. They come to the earth with realization either at birth or shortly after. So their conscience is already full and big. They live and do the work with full realization all the time with the sole purpose of benefit to the world. We don’t know the reason for all the happenings in the world. Our duty is to accept that we don’t know and play our part without asking why.

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