I found meaning to my life when i first discovered Swami Vivekananda and his message of self discovery as a young, impressionable 17 year old. From then on, till today his life and message has been my guiding compass. It is as though, he sits on my shoulder watching and guiding my every move. Words indeed, are inadequate to describe the unlimited inspiration that I get from the ‘presence’ that one needs to experience first hand. Though i tried to capture some of my thoughts in my book about him, I know how they are only a snapshot of how I felt then. Some of my thoughts and views are shared in this freewheeling conversation that I had with Ramesh Venkataram, the Director of Vivekananda Institute for Leadership Development, Mysuru. Listen on: https://anchor.fm/v-lead/episodes/Swami-Vivekananda-and-his-enduring-message-ehlgu1
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