When Swami Vivekananda’s honesty stunned his teacher

When Swami Vivekananda’s honesty stunned his teacher

During the childhood of Swami Vivekananda, who was called Naren them, he was once narrating an interesting incident to his classmates in school. They were so engrossed in the discussion that they didn’t realize when the teacher entered the class and started teaching.

After a while, while teaching, the teacher noticed Naren and his friends busy in a discussion. This angered the teacher and he asked them few questions on the topic he was teaching. None of Naren’s friends were able to answer the questions.

The teacher then asked the same questions to Naren. But he was easily able to answer them. Hence, the teacher thought he might not be the one who was talking while he was teaching. So, the teacher made Naren’s friends stand on the bench as punishment while he was asked to sit down.

This hurt Naren and he confessed to the teacher that it was he who had kept his friends engaged in his talks and that it was his fault. The teacher and the rest of the class were amazed to see the honesty showed by Naren aka Swami Vivekananda.

— The incident is taken from the book Swami Vivekananda: The Friend Of All.


At a time when people are hell-bent in saving themselves from trouble, this incident comes as a breath of fresh air. These days, some people are so selfish that they won’t even feel a thing even if someone else is punished for their mistake. But then people like Swami Vivekananda are a rare species.

The little Naren just couldn’t see his only his friends being punished for talking in the class when it was he who initiated it. This is because he believes in having a clear conscience, even at such a young age.

People like him start being examples to the world right from the time they were kids. Here’s hoping people would learn a thing or two from this incident of Swami Vivekananda.

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