Sister Nivedita Biography
Born with the name Elizabeth Margaret Noble in Ireland, in the year 1867, Sister Nivedita was one of Swami Vivekananda’s most cherished disciples, who devoted her life to social service, serving mankind and her contributions to spirituality.
It was Swami Vivekanada, who gave her the name “Nivedita” which in English means, “someone who is highly devoted and dedicated to the Almighty.” It was during her childhood days, that her father, Samuel Richmond Noble, inculcated in her the belief that the truest service to god can only be achieved through service to mankind, the ones who are in extreme need.
Having a heart for art and music, she took her father’s words very seriously and right after she finished her schooling and higher education, she began teaching in Ireland for a long time, i.e. from 1884 to the year 1894.
She had realized from a very tender age that the journey to the find enlightenment, serve others, that is what religion truly is, not blindly following doctrines. After 10 years of pursuing her job of teaching, she took immense interest in Buddhism, and it was during this period, that she came across the renowned Hindu monk, Swami Vivekananda, who saw in her the potential to bring a change in the world.
He encouraged her to work towards the welfare and empowerment of women in the world, and his influence made a great impact in her mind, leading her to leave all her luxuries behind and live a simple life of a common human being.
She started meditation, beginning with her journey of true enlightenment to find peace and began working towards the welfare of women. In 1898, she helped the girls who couldn’t get basic education by setting up a school for them. She took initiatives to lessen the gap between social classes and made her students participate in a lot of cultural and artistic activities, along with academics.
She also wrote nationalistic pieces, promoting national movements to strive for independence, and also shared good terms with famous Nobel laureate Rabindranath Tagore. Throughout her life, she encouraged and motivated people to live a positive life. Her enthusiasm, energy and zeal always impacted her listeners and readers.
She passed away on October 13th, 1911.