Swami Vivekananda Jayanti + National Youth Day – Jan 12, 2018
Swami Vivekananda was an Indian Hindu monk and one of the greatest spiritual leaders from India. He is seen as a key figure in the introduction of Indian philosophies of Vedanta and Yoga to the western world and it was his speech at the World’s Parliament of Religions in 1893 in Chicago that made him popular as “Messenger of Indian wisdom to the Western world”. He was the chief disciple of the 19th-century Indian mystic Ramakrishna and founder of the Ramakrishna Math and the Ramakrishna Mission. He was considered a major force in the revival of Hinduism in India and bringing it to the status of a major world religion in the late 19th century.
To honour Swami Vivekananda, National Youth Day is celebrated every year on his birth anniversary; January 12 since 1985. It was in 1984 that the Govt of India declared it. The government felt that the philosophy of Vivekananda and his ideals are a great source of inspiration for the Indian youth. So, it was declared that his birthday will be observed as National Youth Day.
Birth and Early Life: He was born in Kolkata on January 12, 1863. His original name was Narendranath Datta. His parents were Vishwanath Datta and Bhuvaneswari Devi.
He was an extraordinary child. He had deep interest in spiritual thoughts. He cleared the entrance exam from Metropolitan School. He completed Bachelor of Arts from Scotish Church College in Kolkata.
At a young age, he got the opportunity to meet Ramakrishna. This was an important event of his life. He started visiting Ramakrishna at Dakshineswar. Later on, he became a disciple of Ramakrishna. Ramakrishna was a priest of Kali Temple at Dakshineswar.
Vedanta Movement: The famous Vedanta movement was led by Swami Vivekananda. He introduced the Indian philosophy of Hinduism in the western countries.
Contribution: In a short span of time, he established Hinduism as an important world religion. He had in-depth knowledge of Hindu scriptures such as the four Vedas, Upanishads, Puranas and Bhagawata Gita, etc. He defended Hinduism before the world audience and successfully revived the ancient wisdom these scriptures. The major works of Vivekananda includes Karma Yoga, Raj Yoga, Bhakti Yoga and Jnana Yoga.
Teachings: He asked young men and women to come forward and help the society. He asked them to selflessly discharge their duties.
He taught people to become fearless. He told that there are unlimited powers within every human-being.
People still recalls his famous quote, “Arise, awake and stop not till the goal is reached”. His thoughts inspired the youth
Conclusion: His message influenced many of India’s leaders in the national awakening in the 20th century. He asked his countrymen to cultivate faith in themselves. He died on July 4, 1902, at the age of 39.
He says, “Take up an idea, devote yourself to it, struggle on in patience, and the sun will rise for you.” So, dear aspirants, make an idea and live that idea then only you can achieve your ultimate goal.
Be a hero. Always say, “I have no fear.” Tell this to everyone-“Have no fear.” – Swami Vivekananda