In over 3 decades since its inception, National Youth Day is celebrated each year on 12th January to pay homage to one of India’s greatest thinkers and revolutionaries, Swami Vivekananda. It feels like that today, more than ever, the youth of this country could benefit from his guidance to find their inner voice and love for their own nation.
The Government of India quoted that ‘ the philosophy of Swami Vivekananda and the ideals for which he lived and worked could be a great source of inspiration for the Indian Youth Day. born Narendranath Datta, Swami Vivekananda was an Indian Hindu monk, a chief disciple of the 19th-century Indian mystic Ramakrishna. He was a 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. He was a major force in the revival of Hinduism in India and contributed to the concept of nationalism in colonial India. Vivekananda founded the Ramakrishna Math and the Ramakrishna Mission. He is perhaps best known for his speech which began with the words – “Sisters and brothers of America …,“ in which he introduced Hinduism at the Parliament of the World’s Religions in Chicago in 1893.
Around 125 years ago, on September 11, Swami Vivekanand delivered an iconic and eloquent speech at the Chicago Convention of Parliament of Religions. Introducing Hinduism to the world in 1893, Swami Vivekanand spoke about intolerance, religion and the need to end all forms of fanaticism. Such was the effect of the remarkable message that he was given a two-minute standing ovation. His words would certainly find bearing in today’s context as the youth of this country look disillusioned and misguided, playing a pawn to various political motivations. On the occasion of National Youth Day, we wish all our readers to visit the teaching’s of Swami Vivekananda and draw inspiration from his life.