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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  • Venugopal N.V.

    Nearly in all Hindu book says every soul can give up their body at will. According to upanishats every soul is a part of Brahman & there is need to know atma ( soul) to give up their body. Who ever knows the atma will automatically change the way of living; that is the character forgiveness , patience , purity, perseverance , inspiring etc & wants & will do good to humans,animals etc everything in the universe.

    But further in Upanishats as said ‘ those who know the atma or jnana will have awareness of the importance of everything & will not harm to any including of his own body ; because of that body only will be able to attain Jnana.

    In Rigveda there is a hymn ” Triayambkam yaja mahe…….. ” . In that shloka says a cucumber after full ripe will drop down from the clutch of creeper , like that human body as to be free from clutches of works results; & they call Amruta to it & bless us.

    Without questioning & experiments do not agree any . Swami Vivekananda & Shri Ramakrishna paramahamsa are best example to it.

    Swami Vivekananda has not came here after attaining enlightenment to give up his body. After enlightenment only the works starts as i think.

    I think Swami Vivekananda attained enlightenment at his boy age but was not sure of it & Shri Ramakrishna paramahamsa helped & guided him to attain jnana. And after Swami Vivekananda spread this jnana to the world with his teachings & conversation.

  • Pranav

    If Swami Vivekananda who was the disciple of sri ramakrishna paramahamsa, could live only upto 39 years, then what about his guru, mentioned above could live upto 50 years!?. As far as I know, swami vivekananda used to consider his guru as the embodiment of knowledge and one of the descendent of god. Perhaps there must be someother explanation.

  • rajkumar

    U dumb idiots haha…..

    • sachin

      Pulkit yes your study is right……………………….

  • 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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