India celebrates National Youth Day on 12 January. This date was chosen to honor the birthday of Swami Vivekananda, one of India’s greatest spiritual and social leaders.
You cannot believe in God until you believe in yourself.
This is said by the great social reformer and a very inspiring personality of India Swami Vivekananda.
The thoughts of Swami Vivekananda are very impressive, so the people have made him their mentor.
Vivekananda’s mind was sharp in childhood, He excelled in his studies as well. He was also interested in Hindu religious texts.
Swami Vivekananda and Ramakrishna Paramhansa
In this period he met Ramakrishna Paramhansa, who was Vivekanand’s first teacher. Both talked about spiritualism.
Ramakrishna convinced Swami that God is real, and man can find God with his Karma, Truth, and Honesty.
Swami Vivekananda’s childhood name was Narendra Datta.
Within a few years, Narendra’s father Vishwanath Datta died. The entire financial burden of the house fell on his shoulder, and the condition of the house was going down.
In this situation the banker started demanding to return the loan given and also his authority was removed from the parental house by his relatives.
Then Vivekananda tried to find a job but failed there too.
Then, Vivekananda started getting very upset and he started questioning the existence of God.
But, his guru Ramakrishna explained and asked him to go to Maa Kali temple and pray.
Narendra went to the temple three times, but he did not ask for happiness and wealth but instead demanded his own dedication to God.
Now Vivekananda began to feel that he is not interested in pleasures and wealth but he is interested in helping the people.
Then he started living with his Guru Ramakrishna and he started Spirituality searching.
After a while, Ramakrishna Paramhansa had cancer, and he knew that this was the last moment of his life.
Then he told Narendra to take care of all the monastery and he wanted to see Narendra as a guru. He died on 16 August 1885.
After his death, Narendra decided to live like Ramakrishna Paramhansa.
In 1888, he left the monastery and went all over India and gave knowledge, and motivation and also performed yoga and meditation.
World Parliament of Religions
Further, Vivekananda left the math and decided to attend the World Parliament of Religions.
When he came to know about the World Parliament that was organized in Chicago, America.
He was really interested to attend the meeting, to represent India and his Guru’s philosophies. Finally, he attended the Religious meeting on 11 September 1893.
Then he came upon the stage and stunned everyone while saying “My brothers and sisters of America”. For this, he received a standing ovation from the audience.
He described the principles of Vedanta, their spiritual significance, etc.
He stayed around two and a half years in America itself and founded the Vedanta Society of New York.
He also traveled to the United Kingdom to preach the philosophies, spiritualism, and principles of Vedanta.
When Vivekananda returned to India in 1897, everyone in India started liking him and his ideas.
After that Vivekananda traveled all over the country and gave lectures on Hinduism and Vedanta.
He has dedicated his life to guiding others for the pure and true spiritual path.
On 1 May 1897, he founded the Ramakrishna Mission which is Belur Math near Kolkata.
The goal of the mission based on karma yoga.
And its main objective was to serve the poor and disturbed population of the country and also performed social services like establishing schools, colleges, and hospitals.
He predicted that he will not live till the age of 40 and on 4 July 1902 he died at Belur math while doing meditation.
No doubt, Swami Vivekananda’s teachings not only motivated the youth but also the whole world.
He played a key role in isolating India’s culture from the rest of the World.
On his birthday, here are some of his memorable quotes to understand for a better life
“A man is not poor without a rupee but a man is really poor without a dream and ambition.”
“Talk to yourself once in a day, otherwise you may miss meeting an intelligent person in this world.”
“You have to grow from the inside out. None can teach you, none can make you spiritual. There is no other teacher but your own soul.”
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