Shivaji was one of those national leaders whose stature can be compared with only a few in human history. His name evokes in us the spirit of valour, fearlessness, and energy, and above all, love for one’s Motherland and Dharma.
Swami Vivekananda had great admiration for him. His legacy as an ideal human being, an ideal king, a relentless nation-builder, and an ideal servant of his subjects will inspire generations of humanity to come. Deeply rooted in his own Dharma, and yet with widest sympathies for other religions, he was duty-bound to protect his Dharma against the onslaughts of bigoted invaders. This was the striking feature of his character.
He became a legend during his lifetime, and this legend keeps growing, even after three centuries. “Shivaji The Great” presents to us Swami Vivekananda’s views about this great national leader as heard and recorded by Dr. M.C.Nanjunda Rao.