Sunday, 29 October 2017

Chronology of Sister Nivedita's Life - 1

यतो धर्म: ततो जय:

1867 October 28 : Born at Dunganon, County Tyrone, Ireland-eldest daughter of Samuel Noble, a Congregational minister and Irish nationalist, and Mary Isabel Hamilton. (Younger sister May (Mrs. Wilson), and younger brother Richmond (Rev. Richmond Noble) born between 1870-74)

1877 : Father dies of tuberculosis.
1884
: Passes her final examination from Halifax College – Joins as teacher at a school at Keswick.

1886
Joins a school at Rugby.

1886 – 89
: Joins a school at Wrexham – Falls in love with a young engineer from Wales. (He died before the engagement could be announced) – Busy in social, philanthropic and literary works-Welfare work in slum areas – Writes articles in journals under different pen names.

1889 – 91
: Teacher at a school at Chester.

1891 – 94
: At Madame De. Leeuw's school at Wimbledon, London – Founds Wimbledon Literary Society.

1894
: Opens her own Kindergarten school at Wimbledon, follows there Froebel and Pestalozzi methods – Moves away from orthodox Christianity, deep in scientific ideas and politics, becomes a 'London journalist.'-One of the founders of the Sesame Club, a cultural body comprising both sexes. Lectures here on educational theories, reads papers like 'Teaching the three Rs on Modern Principles', meets G.B. Shaw, T.H. Huxley, W.B. Yeats- Recognised as a 'woman. . . well established in a brilliant career as journalist, educationist, lecturer and fighter for every kind of emancipation.'

1895 November :
Meets Swami Vivekananda t Lady Isabella Margesson's residence at West End, London. – Vivekananda brings to her 'news from a far land', full of 'gentleness and loftiness'. He 'lives much in meditation', bears 'that look. .that Raphael has painted on the brow of the Sistine Child'.

1896 April-December :
Listens to Vivekananda's lectures and talks, accepts Vedanta as her own philosophy and Vivekananda as her Master.

1897
: Organizes Vedanta Movement in London in absence of Vivekananda with the help of E. T. Sturdy and others-Raises money for famine relief work in India, started by the newly founded Ramakrishna Mission – Sends reports of London Vedanta activities to Bramhavadin of Madras-Wants to come to India to take up Indian work-Vivekananda at first reluctant, then agrees 'I am now convinced that you have a great future in the work for India.'

1898 January :
Leaves England for India-January 20. Reaches Madras – January 28. Reaches Calcutta – Vivekananda receives her at the docks – She stays for some time at a mansion at Chowringhee-Visits places, attends lectures, takes lessons in Bengali, cultivates acquaintances with Dr. J.C. Bose, the scientist, Rabindranath Tagore, the poet, and other prominent men of Calcutta.



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