Swami Vivekananda- A soul who enshrined India, every Indian

Many view him as a scholar, many as a philosopher, many as a spiritual leader, for me, he was a guide, a guide who nobly exhibited the road to principled life, a life worthy enough for the society and the economy even. We cherish the lives of our sacred Gods and worship Him for the want of eternal fortune. Present, however, not just demands our remembrance of God, but also seeks our works devoted to the world we live in, for the progress of humans and humanity. Swami Vivekananda endorsed those elementary moralities, which if followed by every human on earth, would reverse all the evils. National Youth Day, as cherished on the 12th of every January, the birth day of Swami Ji, was declared in 1984, with the Government quoting, ‘It was felt that the philosophy of Swami Ji and the ideals for which he lived and worked could be a great source of motivation for the Indian Youth’. Three decades of this ‘Youth Day’ and abundance of literature with the ideals of Swami Ji, however, aren’t ample for the young blood of the country to live up to the path displayed by this esteemed soul; just because the passion of patriotism lacks. Not all of us are guilty; not everyone has disremembered the vitality of Karma, but in a country drowned in curses, fractional labors cannot be ample.

Motive is not to write the same words that are accessible to us all in the libraries and over the internet, the aim is to let people realize that past has done what it could have, now we have to live the present, shape a robust tomorrow. Whenever the legacy of Swami Ji is talked about, many of us affiliate him with furtherance of Hinduism, Gita, Vedanta, and Yoga. Do we remember that this person travelled thousands of kilometers and delivered hundreds of lectures emphasizing that service to God can be rendered by service to mankind? The person, who lived for just 39 years, the age when many of us are busy arranging for just our own families, was able to move the entire world with his awareness and approach towards life, towards religion and towards Karma. What if he had accepted the lucrative and honorable positions offered by the Harvard University and Columbia University? He turned down the proposals saying that his duties at the university would conflict with his obligations as a monk. His duties were to persuade the youth to work for the advancement of humankind, and the book ‘Karma Yoga’, which embraces his lectures on the significance of ‘work and duty’, tells us that this form of yoga is nothing other than dedicated mental discipline that allows us to carry out our services to the world, as a path to enlightenment.

I have much more to tell, his delivering of thoughts at the platform of the Parliament of World Religions in Chicago in 1893, his founding of the Vedanta Society of New York that promotes holiness and social service, his founding of the Ramakrishna Mission for communal welfare, and his advices to the followers to be holy, unselfish and to hold Shraddha, being some of them. On the occasion of Youth Day, however, I will confine my writing to his much-treasured work, the Karma Yoga. Youth of India has the highest sharing in the country’s population and hence bears the liability to take forward the pluses and overcome the minuses of the society. Yet again, I would synonymize country with economy; economic dexterity and equal income dispersion can turn any stressed country into a prosperous one. Shouldn’t I then also relate economy with the amount and eminence of labors done by the workforce; the same has a very deep linkage with the Karma Yoga as described by Swami Ji and holds that each one is great in his own workplace, showing us the path to attaining our goals through Karma, and advising us that non-attachment is complete self-abnegation. Swami Vivekananda’s life and works have plenteous for the youth to study and imbibe in their doings, but the real essence lies in execution, to put it right, in honest and generous execution.

There is so much to be done; so much for yourself, your family, your country, and for the entire world. For yourself, spare some time and think what are the aims that you have always dreamt of and why haven’t you attained them until now; nothing is above your approach and courage, defeat all the hindrances then. For your family, think for a while how your parents fulfilled their duties and what now their expectations from you are. For the country, think of what all are the bottlenecks, why your contribution is indispensable and how your partaking can bring a revolution. Swear not to be idle when time demands work, swear not be silent when situation demands retaliation, and swear not to be desirous when you know that resources are for all hence everyone has to be the recipient. It’s time to live up to the legacy of Swami Vivekananda, as for afterwards we would complain of old age factors affecting our throughput. Get a book of ‘Karma Yoga’ authored by Swami Ji and know the secret of work, know how we help ourselves, not the world and that the path to enlightenment is service towards the whole world. He was an influential orator, a renowned writer; his writing ‘Bartaman Bharat’, a Bengali language essay, was a simple message to all the readers to honour and treat every Indian as a brother irrespective of whether he was born poor or in lower caste.

To all my young friends and also to India’s future shoulders- The country seeks your active partaking in the path that can lead to sustainable evolution and dignified life for all. Unify all the scattered drops of energy lying within and aim for a better India, just to all and heaven on earth for all, indeed, achievable through devoted Karma.

“All power is within you; you can do anything and everything. Believe in that, do not believe that you are weak; do not believe that you are half-crazy lunatics, as most of us do nowadays. You can do anything and everything, without even the guidance of any one. Stand up and express the divinity within you.”  – Swami Vivekananda

100 thoughts on “Swami Vivekananda- A soul who enshrined India, every Indian

  1. A.K. Choudhary

    Karma Yoga is a book that should be added in the course of every school, even in madarsas.
    Only when people become a part of the economy by way of performing constructive acts we can think of India’s development.

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  2. Ram Prasad

    There should be a lesson on the life of Swamiji in schools We study about mughal and other emperors in history and stories related their invasion in India.
    The government should add Swamiji’s thoughts and philosophy in every school across India.

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  3. Anukul

    I can bet that not even 20 percent of youth know about youth day celebrated on 12 January and that this is the birth anniversary of Vivekananda.
    Governments advertise silly things and not those things which can improve our social lives.

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  4. Soumitra

    There is so much literature available on Swamiji but the youth of today is either busy studying technology or science.
    Along with if everyone reads the lectures of this great person, our society will become a better place to live in.

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  5. Anil

    All thanks to our present PM who is at least careful about these days and even the importance of Yoga.
    He should promote these things through public speeches and other platforms.
    Swami Vivekananda is an inspiration for every Indian and even foreigners.

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  6. Jitendar Kumar

    I am thankful to you for sharing such nice facts.
    The life of Swami ji has so much that you can write pages and pages.
    But only writing will not do any good, we have to follow the path shown by him.
    All Indians should follow his path despite of any religion or caste.

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  7. K.S. Panchal

    You can also see a glimpse of Vivekananda in Modi, the way he talks and handles basic issues.
    But only one person or his ministers cannot bring the change that we look forward to.
    Get up everyone, especially the youth o that we can build a better India.

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  8. Mohan Ji Saxena

    Swami Vivekanand ideology need to be encoded in every individual who deserves and desires to be called Human. The global conflicts and unrest will come to an end and peace will prevail all over. Let’s start by giving and to those who needs utmost . Temples, Mosqueand Churches have already plenty but poor people need support

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  9. D.K. Saxena

    There are so many volumes of the book that is legally published and contains the sayings of Vivekananda.
    We should read all these to get an insight on how to live meaningful life and how to contribute to the nation and its economy.

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  10. Namo Narain

    His thinking of God was different to very extent right.
    He said that to serve God we should serve humans as God rests in every human.
    But today we have taken a wrong route and are worshipping self-styled godmen.

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  47. Narendra Ch

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  48. G.Srinivasan

    The surprise is that Swami Vivekananda spoke on Sankhya by Kapillamuni in glowing terms, extolling the scientific basis for the manifestation process based on numbers and this important and vital fact has been completely ignored. WHY?. I ask the author to immediate visit website www kapillavastu dot com and the see the theory of theories called Sankhya which Swami extolled as Vedanta and its axiomatic derivation made it perfect and flawless, which fact made it PREDESTINED the very soul of KARMA. Sankhya is so perfect that all the masses of particles is derived from the numeral two as advaita . Sankhy is the source of all science in this world.

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