Are you ashamed to speak Hindi? By reading this story of Swami Vivekananda, you will also be proud of your mother tongue

Both domestically and internationally, Hindi is becoming increasingly dominant. The term “language of the people” refers to Hindi. Only Hindi is spoken by about half of the country’s population. Both India and the rest of the world value Hindi highly. The third most widely used language worldwide is Hindi.

Swami Vivekananda

Got the status of official language in 1949

The official status of Hindi was granted on September 14, 1949. Given the significance of September 14th, India’s first prime minister, Jawaharlal Nehru, declared that Hindi Diwas would be observed on this day each year.

Throughout the nation, events are planned for Hindi Diwas. There are initiatives in place to promote Hindi. On the occasion of Hindi Diwas, we’ll share a story about Swami Vivekananda that would make you proud of Hindi as well.

swami ji had won the heart

This dates from 1899, the year Swami Vivekananda arrived in the United States. When an American arrived, he greeted Swami Vivekananda with, “How are you, Swami Ji?” I’m alright, Swamiji said with a smile. That American man believed Swamiji lacked English language proficiency. Then, in The Hindu, he inquired, “How do you feel about going to America?” The American man was astonished to hear Swamiji respond in English with, “I am feeling happy, your country is extremely beautiful.” He claimed that when I asked you a question in Hindi, you responded in English, and vice versa and that I was unable to understand either response.

When the American man raised a question, Swamiji said, “When you inquired in your mother tongue, I honored my mother tongue.” However, when you showed respect for my mother tongue by asking questions in Hindi, I showed respect for your mother tongue by responding in English, said Swamiji.

Swami Vivekananda had taught the lesson to those who thought of Hindi as inferior

There are many wonderful tales of Swami Vivekananda’s patriotism, but some of them show how proud he was of his mother tongue, his country, and his culture.

This narrative concerns a time when Swamiji was touring many nations. Swami Vivekananda was greeted by some individuals who extended their hands to shake his and greeted him in English. In response, Swamiji said a greeting to those magnificent guys with folded hands.

These individuals reasoned that Swamiji might not speak English, so they are making a hand-joining gesture and said Namaste in Hindi. One of them uttered the following Hindi question: “How are you?” Then Swamiji replied, “Thank you; I’m fine.”

Swamiji grinned and added, “When you honored your mother in English, I honored your mother in Hindi, but when you honored my mother, I also gratefully honored your mother.”

His original response astounded the foreigners. Prior to this experience, he believed that English was the best language in the world. However, following it, not only did his perplexity disappear, but he also began giving other languages the respect they deserved.

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