Swami Vivekanand: the eternal guiding force

Tapan Misra

I wonder why God gave such a short life to a beautiful mind that has no parallel. It is unbelievable what this great man could achieve in such a short span of life – just 39 years.

Today is the 159th birth Anniversary of the Swamiji who continues to inspire generation after generation to rise for action instead of passivity. I feel blessed that my parents gave me an opportunity to spend my formative years in the environments of his teachings in the Ashramas of the Ramakrishna Mission Order, he established. I still cherish the most wonderful years I spent in his eternal glow.

I believe the following few quotes from the treasure trove of Swami Vivekananda’s lectures, writings, letters can be the guiding principles of any aspiring leader in any field of human activity. They summarise all the tomes that have been taught in the management schools all around the world.

“Take Risks in your life If you win, you can lead! If you lose, you can guide!”

“In a day, when you don’t come across any problems- you can be sure that you are travelling in a wrong path”

“In a conflict between the heart and the brain, follow your heart”

“Take up one idea. Make that one idea your life; dream of it; think of it; live on that idea. Let the brain, the body, muscles, nerves, every part of your body be full of that idea, and just leave every other idea alone. This is the way to success, and this is the way great spiritual giants are produced”

“The greatest religion is to be true to your own nature. Have faith in yourselves”


The author, Tapan Misra is a distinguished scientist, who has been Director of India’s Space Applications Centre. Given his leading contribution, he can be called the father of the Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) and the S-band technology that’s at the core of NISAR, the joint Mission of NASA and ISRO scheduled for launch in 2023.

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  1. Tapan Misra, the father of SAR (Synthetic Aperture Radar and the S-band technology) that’s at the core of NISAR, the joint Mission of NASA and ISRO scheduled for launch in 2023, deserves more than a Padma Vibhushan or a Padma Bhushan that the decision makers have denied him till now.

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