Influence of Swami Vivekananda on Anna Hazare

Anna Hazare was greatly influenced by Swami Vivekananda’s teachings. It was at that particular moment that Hazare took an oath to dedicate his life in the service of humanity, at the age of 26. He decided not not to let go of a life time by being involved merely in earning the daily bread for the family. That’s the reason why he pledged to be a bachelor.

At times, Hazare used to be frustrated with life and wondered about the very existence of human life. His mind yearned to look out for a solution to this simple and basic question. His frustration reached the peak level and at one particular moment, he also contemplated suicide. For this, he had also penned a two page essay on why he wants to live no more.

Fortunately for him, inspiration came from the most unexpected quarters ?at the book stall of the railway station of New Delhi, where he located then. He came across a book of Swami Vivekananda and he immediately bought it.
He was inspired by Vivekananda’s photograph on the cover. As he started reading the book, he found answers to all his questions, he says. The book revealed to him that the ultimate motive of human life should be service to humanity. Striving for the betterment of common people is equivalent to offering a prayer to the God, he realized.


  1. While I was hospitalized at Indraplastha Apollo Hospital 2011, I was facinated by Anna Hazare campaigns. I heard him quoting a book but could not capture the tilte. Now I have know, SWAMI VIVEKANANDA. I want to lay hands on that book. Advice me how I can get a copy I salute Anna Hazare. You are a hero and you are my HERO!


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