Patriotic saint and Guru, Swami Vivekananda’s 153rd birth anniversary also known as ‘National Youth Day’ was celebrated by the whole nation on Tuesday 12th January, 2016.
Swami Vivekananda had a firm belief that nation’s youth held the key for solving various problems in the country. He repeatedly encouraged the youths to awake, arise, and work for the nation and its people.
Swami Vivekananda born Narendranath Dutta was an guru, patriot, monk and chief disciple of the 19th-century Indian mystic Ramakrishna Paramahamsa.
He is regarded as the key figure in the introduction of the Indian philosophies of Vedanta and Yoga to the Western world and is credited with raising interfaith awareness, bringing Hinduism to the status of a major world religion during the late 19th century.
Swami Vivekananda is considered a major force in the revival of Sanatana Dharma and also contributed to the concept of nationalism in colonial India. He also the founder of the Ramakrishna Math and the Ramakrishna Mission.
Vivekananda is best known for his speech in Parliament of World Religions in Chicago in 1893 which he began with :
“Sisters and brothers of America!”
Swami Vivekananda was born during the Makar Sankranti festival into an aristocratic Bengali family of Calcutta. His father, Narendranath Dutta was an lawyer at the Calcutta High Court and his mother, Bhubaneswari Devi, was a devout housewife. It is believed that progressive and rational attitude of his father and the religious temperament of his mother helped shape his thinking and personality.
Vivekananda was influenced by his Guru, Ramakrishna Deva, from whom he learnt that all living beings were an embodiment of the divine self; thus, service to God could be rendered by service to mankind.
After his Guru’s death, Vivekananda vastly toured the Indian subcontinent and acquired first-hand knowledge of the conditions of the people in British India.He also conducted hundreds of public and private lectures and classes,circulating doctrines of Hindu philosophy in the various countries such as US, England and Europe.
Some of Swami Vivekananda’s notable quotes :
“You cannot believe in God until you believe in yourself.”
“In a day, when you don’t come across any problems – you can be sure that you are travelling in a wrong path”
“Truth can be stated in a thousand different ways, yet each one can be true.”
“Arise,awake and donot stop until the goal is reached.”
“God is to be worshipped as the one beloved, dearer than everything in this and next life.”
“The greatest religion is to be true to your own nature. Have faith in yourselves.”
“Neither seek nor avoid, take what comes.”
“Do one thing at a Time, and while doing it put your whole Soul into it to the exclusion of all else.”
“That man has reached immortality who is disturbed by nothing material.”
“Anything that makes weak – physically, intellectually and spiritually, reject it as poison.”
PM Modi on Tuesday also gave his salutations to ‘venerable’ Swami Vivekananda on his birth anniversary. He also said that he will address the National Youth Festival in Chhattisgarh via video conference during National youth Day.
“I salute the venerable Swami Vivekananda on his birth anniversary,”
“Swami Vivekananda placed our timeless wisdom before the world… Swami Vivekananda’s vision was a deep reading of Indian and Western thought and drew its spirit from our ancient philosophy and knowledge,”