Swami Vivekananda- A Creative Genius

  • By Gururaj Karjagi
  • January 2014

Editor – This article  was published in the January 2014 issue of Prabuddha Bharata.

Excerpts from article

Though creativity is a spontaneous mental process, it  requires continuous enquiry, expertise in a particular domain, and a  kind of developed intuition. Creativity transforms the mind and  creative people transform themselves during times of creativity.  There is a rush of energy during creative periods that lifts a person  far above the ordinary world. One can be actively creative while  talking, walking, thinking, speaking, or writing, as creativity has  to do with the quality of intuition that one brings into the work.  However, being creative does not always require external  actions. Imagine Buddha meditating under the Bodhi tree; although he  may have appeared to be idle, he was actually exercising one of the  greatest creative brains the world has ever seen.

To be creative means to  be courageous, to experiment, to take risks, and create something  new. Creativity is the ability of the mind to have a keen sense of  curiosity and therefore is not confined to any particular area. Many  psychological processes are involved such as cognition, problem  solving, emotion, memory, and so on. Creative people tend to be  multifaceted and, by harmonizing the various aspects of their being,  they can develop an admirable character. Very spiritual people are  generally creative and Swami Vivekananda was unequivocally a creative  genius.

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Also read
1. Address to Parliament of Religions 1893
2. Vivekananda’s Vision for Women
3. Travel to Mayavati Ashram Uttaranchal where Swamiji stayed and meditated

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