Sunday, August 21, 2011


" I have SUCCEEDED in whatever I have undertaken, because I have WILLED it. I have NEVER HESITATED which has given me an ADVANTAGE over the rest of mankind "


Swami Vivekananda on Napoleon Bonaparte : -
From " Swami Sadashivananda's reminiscences with Swami Vivekananda ]

He said of the french revolution and Napoleon. From the ordinary soldier, Napoleon raised himself to the pinnacle of glory through self - reliance and strong character. This topic again changed his countenance and bearing completely. He had become another person, as if had gone to the time of Napoleon in France.

He was full of vigour and vitality. His face become set with a purpose, the voice assumed a strong volume and pitch, eyes become large, and they shone with a glim of steel. He was so much excited that sometimes he knelt on the pillow and again on the caret and sometimes leapt up even in that sitting posture. Speaking of napoleon, he himself had become like Napoleon. It was as if he himself were directing the fight of Jena and Austerlitz.

" There goes the enemy - far away - they are flying - stop them - forward the eastern brigade - do not let a soul leave the field alive ..." We have won the battle - we have conquered, " he cried in joy and somethings with one hand and sometimes with both hands raised he expressed his joy at the imaginary conquest and sang the French battle songs of victory.

His acting of Napoleon left his audience inspired and feeling as if they were his generals - Marshal Ney, Soult, Victor, Marmont, MacDonald, etc. Sadashivananda felt : " We were convinced of the Napoleon's power in us which could conquer the world against very heavy odds. "

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