Swami Vivekananda- As the Pioneer of Saints Poetry


  • Shaleen Kumar Singh


Indian English poetry, mythology, mysticism, spirituality, cultural heritage.


The majestic heritage of transcendental and spiritual saint poetry had a major impact on Indian literature. Spiritual, devotional, and mystical Indian Saint Poetry Swami Vivekananda and Swami Ramtirtha, two illustrious saints who were well versed in the use of English, composed beautiful poems in keeping with India's spiritual and mystical genius. Swami Vivekananda is a forerunner of spiritual poetry and the ritual of saint-poetry that dates back to the Vedas, Upanishads, and the great epics—the Ramayana and Mahabharata—written by Rishis, India's rich spiritual heritage. Their uplifting words, infused with radiant wisdom, have influenced Indian literature throughout the ages. His verses are steeped in Hindu doctrines and deep Advaita Vedanta, the practical and dynamic vision of philosophy capable of conquering the entire world. His poems, songs, and hymns are infused with mysticism, spiritual yearnings, artistic expressions, and prayers for peace, love, meditation, yoga, Brahma, Shiva, Goddess Kali, and soul liberation. The paper attempts to examine the tradition of saints’ poetry in IWE and its relevance in contemporary times.


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How to Cite

Shaleen Kumar Singh , translator. “Swami Vivekananda- As the Pioneer of Saints Poetry”. Creative Saplings, vol. 2, no. 1, Aug. 2009, pp. 37-44, https://creativesaplings.in/index.php/1/article/view/60.

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