Voice Of Freedom by Swami Vivekananda Book Review

By Sanjib Mukherjee,

Indian spirituality is blessed to have been graced by so many enlightened masters, who have tirelessly devoted themselves to helping mankind reach their highest state of spiritual awareness.

One of the most influential and coveted saints of recent times has been Swami Vikekananda, the foremost disciple of Sri Ramakrishna.

Swami Vivekananda was a visionary; his writings are filled with passion, vigour and a call to action for everyone to take full responsibility for their lives.

He was quite often very outspoken in his quest to spread the eternal truths of Vedanta philosophy, and thus, become an enormously respected individual across the globe.

Of the many books written by Swamiji, perhaps “Voice of Freedom” would be the easiest one to get started with. The book is a collection of Vivekananda’s work over a period of time; where his devotees transcribed his public speeches and collected them for future reference. The writings are very clearly presented in a manner easily digestible for both a complete spiritual beginner and those who are further advanced on their journey.

Practical issues such as: work, family, knowledge, meditation and faith are covered in great detail, and provide a wonderful introduction to the finer aspects of spiritual awakening. The book will only take a week or so to read, and can be constantly referred to as a point of reference.

This book was first recommended to me around ten years ago by a priest. It set me up beautifully for understanding how ancient yogic philosophies can practically be utilised for the modern day lifestyles we live today. I thoroughly enjoyed reading the simplicity of Vivekananda’s message, and had an intense yearning to read and learn more once I had finished the book. Very few scriptures have had this kind of an effect on me, and that is why I wanted to bring this little known treasure to your attention.

Reading “Voice of Freedom” serves as the perfect introduction to understanding the many other great texts written by Swami Vivekananda. I hope you get as much enjoyment and fulfillment from the book as I experienced all those years ago.


  1. Sanjib Mukherjee

    Thank you Hiral, yeh the book is amazing….do share with us how you found the book once you have started reading it..hope you enjoy it as much as I did:)

  2. Sriju Rimal

    Thank you,Sanjib.Let me see if I can fine this Great Book of Swamiji here in Kathamndu.
    Highest regards,

  3. Sanjib Mukherjee

    Hi Sriju, you can order the book from my site…under the artilce there is a link to amazon bookstore. They ship worldwide..I hope this helps…Thanks, Sanjib

  4. Rekha Malhotra

    really inspiring…u get inspired by readings of Enlightened Maters n then give inspiration to others to go through that n learn ancient wisdom…Gr8 job Sanjib….keep it up…!!!

  5. Swami Vivekanand’s deep spiritual insight, eloquence, brilliant conversation, and inspirational personality make an irresistible appeal to any one who goes through his teachings, discourses, talks and lectures. In the course of a short life of just 39 years, he wrote a treasure on so many different aspects of human philosophy – simply, a spiritual genius.

  6. Vibhu Rathee

    I wish I had it in me to read… I miss out on so much… but then nice people like yourself concise so many things into short points that it makes up :)

  7. Umesh Ananth Nayak

    True Sanjib,
    What Swamiji’s Writing are .. Today in TOI Sacred Space,with Title,

    Look Inside

    Shattered be the little Self,Hope Name and Fame; /
    Set up a Pyre of them and make Thy Heart/..
    A burning Ground / and Let “SHYAMA” dance There.
    Swami Vivekananda

  8. aarti jain

    you are doing great service ,sanjib!let me see if i can find the book at crosswords in pune.

  9. Umesh Ananth Nayak

    True Sanjib,
    What Swamiji’s Writing are ..

    Shattered be the little Self,Hope Name and Fame; /
    Set up a Pyre of them and make Thy Heart/..
    A burning Ground / and Let “SHYAMA” dance There.
    Swami Vivekananda

  10. Julia Lad

    Have some of Swami Vivekananda’s books in Russian (PDF format) If somebody reads in russian :)
    And thank You Sanjib for your great posts! Very well written.

  11. Luiz Antonio Monteiro

    From Rio de Janeiro, with love.
    Yes Sanjib, you are right. Actually the great task ahead is to read “The Complete Works of Swamiji”. Meanwhile, try to read “What Religion Is”.
    Congratulations for spreading such noble ideas.

    Luiz Antonio

  12. Kalyani Sengupta

    Thank you Sanjib… You have inspired me to buy this book and read it …


  13. Neera

    Thanks Sanjib, you are right Swami Vivekananda’ s teachings are very simple to read, very practical, brilliant and Inspirational.


    Jai Gurudev

    Dear Sanjib

    The review is great. Your thoughts are touching everyone like a breeze of happiness.

    Sundaram Iyer

  15. Neera Gandhi

    Thanks Sanjib…..Swami Vivakananda and his writing has a connection with me from the very early childhood. His teachings are always true to heart……..

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