January 12 is the day that marks the 159th birthday of one of India’s greatest philosophers, Swami Vivekananda. He was a wandering monk and was a chief disciple of the 19th-century Indian mystic Ramakrishna. He was considered a scholar, spiritual leader, and intellect.
On the same day, India celebrates the national youth day and is observed all over India at schools and colleges, with processions, speeches, music, youth conventions, seminars, Yogasanas, presentations, competitions in essay-writing, recitations, and sports on 12 January every year. The Government of India quoted that ‘the philosophy of Swamiji and the ideals for which he lived and worked could be a great source of inspiration for the Indian Youth Day.
Swami Vivekananda was born on January 12, 1863. He always followed a particular pattern of life and was credited for bringing Hinduism to the status of one of the major world religions in the late 19th century. The spiritually sound philosopher’s books and quotes were praised by many people and were followed by a set of other philosophers also.
In India, the teachings, practices of Vedanta and Yoga to the western world have been done by Vivekananda and he was a key figure in the introduction of it where he gained global recognition.
Vivekananda”, literally meaning “the bliss of discerning wisdom,” is best known for his ground-breaking speech to the 1893 World’s Parliament of Religions in Chicago in which he called for religious tolerance and an end to fanaticism. In India, Vivekananda is remembered as a reformer and patriotic saint, and his birthday is celebrated as National Youth Day.
As Swami Vivekananda traveled on foot throughout the country, he picked up knowledge about life, journey, and the soul, he saw the world through the eyes of love and empathy and passed on the knowledge to his followers as well.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi took his Twitter account to post his tribute to the greatest philosopher, Swami Vivekananda. “I pay tributes to the great Swami Vivekananda on his Jayanti. His was a life devoted to national regeneration. He has motivated many youngsters to work towards nation-building. Let us keep working together to fulfill the dreams he had for our nation,” the Twitter post read.
Here are some of Vivekananda’s quotes that continue to inspire the world today:
- “The greatest religion is to be true to your own nature. Have faith in yourselves.”
- “A brave, frank, clean-hearted, courageous and aspiring youth is the only foundation on which the future nation can be built.”
- “Great work requires great and persistent effort for a long time. The character has to be established through a thousand stumbles.”
- “Talk to yourself once in a day, otherwise you may miss meeting an intelligent person in this world.
- “Face the brutes.’ That is a lesson for all life-face the terrible, face it boldly. Like the monkeys, the hardships of life fall back when we cease to flee before them.”
- “The great secret of true success, of true happiness, is this: the man or woman who asks for no return, the perfectly unselfish person, is the most successful.”
- “ In the conflict between your brain and heart, follow your heart.”
- “In a day, when you don’t come across any problems – you can be sure that you are traveling in a wrong path.”
- “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.”
- Take risks in your life, If you win, you can lead! If you lose, you can guide!
- “Stand up, be bold, and take the blame on your own shoulders. Do not go about throwing mud at other; for all the faults you suffer from, you are the sole and only cause.”
- “You should work like a master and not as a slave; work incessantly, but do not do a slave’s work.”
- “If I love myself despite my infinite faults, how can I hate anyone at the glimpse of a few faults”..!
- “ Dare to be free, dare to go as far as your thought leads, and dare to carry that out in your life.”
- “Neither money pays, nor name, nor fame, nor learning; it is CHARACTER that can cleave through adamantine walls of difficulties.”