Chronology of Sister Nivedita's Life - 1

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यतो धर्म: ततो जय:

1867 October 28 : Born at Dunganon, County Tyrone, Ireland-eldest daughter of Samuel Noble, a Congregational minister and Irish nationalist, and Mary Isabel Hamilton. (Younger sister May (Mrs. Wilson), and younger brother Richmond (Rev. Richmond Noble) born between 1870-74)

1877 : Father dies of tuberculosis.
1884
: Passes her final examination from Halifax College – Joins as teacher at a school at Keswick.

1886
Joins a school at Rugby.

1886 – 89
: Joins a school at Wrexham – Falls in love with a young engineer from Wales. (He died before the engagement could be announced) – Busy in social, philanthropic and literary works-Welfare work in slum areas – Writes articles in journals under different pen names.

1889 – 91
: Teacher at a school at Chester.

1891 – 94
: At Madame De. Leeuw’s school at Wimbledon, London – Founds Wimbledon Literary Society.

1894
: Opens her own Kindergarten school at Wimbledon, follows there Froebel and Pestalozzi methods – Moves away from orthodox Christianity, deep in scientific ideas and politics, becomes a ‘London journalist.’-One of the founders of the Sesame Club, a cultural body comprising both sexes. Lectures here on educational theories, reads papers like ‘Teaching the three Rs on Modern Principles’, meets G.B. Shaw, T.H. Huxley, W.B. Yeats- Recognised as a ‘woman. . . well established in a brilliant career as journalist, educationist, lecturer and fighter for every kind of emancipation.’

1895 November :
Meets Swami Vivekananda t Lady Isabella Margesson’s residence at West End, London. – Vivekananda brings to her ‘news from a far land’, full of ‘gentleness and loftiness’. He ‘lives much in meditation’, bears ‘that look. .that Raphael has painted on the brow of the Sistine Child’.

1896 April-December :
Listens to Vivekananda’s lectures and talks, accepts Vedanta as her own philosophy and Vivekananda as her Master.

1897
: Organizes Vedanta Movement in London in absence of Vivekananda with the help of E. T. Sturdy and others-Raises money for famine relief work in India, started by the newly founded Ramakrishna Mission – Sends reports of London Vedanta activities to Bramhavadin of Madras-Wants to come to India to take up Indian work-Vivekananda at first reluctant, then agrees ‘I am now convinced that you have a great future in the work for India.’

1898 January :
Leaves England for India-January 20. Reaches Madras – January 28. Reaches Calcutta – Vivekananda receives her at the docks – She stays for some time at a mansion at Chowringhee-Visits places, attends lectures, takes lessons in Bengali, cultivates acquaintances with Dr. J.C. Bose, the scientist, Rabindranath Tagore, the poet, and other prominent men of Calcutta.


Sister Nivedita 150th
          Birth Anniversary

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