Born at Dunganon, County Tyrone, Ireland-eldest daughter
Noble, a Congregational minister and Irish nationalist,
Isabel Hamilton. (Younger sister May (Mrs. Wilson), and
brother Richmond (Rev. Richmond Noble) born between
1877 : Father
dies of tuberculosis.
: Passes her final examination from Halifax College –
teacher at a school at Keswick.
a school at Rugby.
a school at Wrexham – Falls in love with a young engineer
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.
at a school at Chester.
Madame De. Leeuw’s school at Wimbledon, London – Founds
Opens her own Kindergarten school at Wimbledon, follows
and Pestalozzi methods – Moves away from orthodox
deep in scientific ideas and politics, becomes a ‘London
journalist.’-One of the founders of the Sesame Club, a
body comprising both sexes. Lectures here on educational
reads papers like ‘Teaching the three Rs on Modern
meets G.B. Shaw, T.H. Huxley, W.B. Yeats- Recognised as a
. well established in a brilliant career as journalist,
lecturer and fighter for every kind of emancipation.’
1895 November :
Meets Swami Vivekananda t Lady Isabella Margesson’s
West End, London. – Vivekananda brings to her ‘news from a
land’, full of ‘gentleness and loftiness’. He ‘lives much
meditation’, bears ‘that look. .that Raphael has painted
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.
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
London Vedanta activities to Bramhavadin of Madras-Wants
to come to
India to take up Indian work-Vivekananda at first
agrees ‘I am now convinced that you have a great future in
1898 January :
Leaves England for India-January 20. Reaches Madras –
Reaches Calcutta – Vivekananda receives her at the docks –
stays for some time at a mansion at Chowringhee-Visits
attends lectures, takes lessons in Bengali, cultivates
with Dr. J.C. Bose, the scientist, Rabindranath Tagore,
the poet, and
other prominent men of Calcutta.
The main theme of my life is to take the
message of Sanatana Dharma to every home and pave the way for
launching, in a big way, the man-making programme preached and
envisaged by great seers like Swami Vivekananda. - Mananeeya Eknathji