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National Youth Day 2022: It is celebrated on January 12 to honor Swami Vivekananda’s birthday. This year, the 25th National Youth Festival is observed and will be inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and is a five-day festival. It will be held in Pondicherry on January 12, 2022. The main objective of the festival is to ignite, motivate and activate Indian youth towards nation building. On January 13, 2022, the National Youth Summit will also be held. Tomorrow, on the special occasion of Swami Vivekananda’s Jayanti, I will be addressing the 25th National Youth Festival being held in Pondicherry. The program starts at 11 a.m. https://t.co/WOyKqvRBuu — Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) January 11, 2022 At 4 p.m. tomorrow January 12, 11 new medical colleges will be inaugurated in Tamil Nadu. These medical colleges will increase health infrastructure and ensure affordable health care for the people of Tamil Nadu. https://t.co/s1JWwelAo3 — Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) January 11, 2022 Swami Vivekananda is a name that needs no kind of introduction. He is an influential figure who is credited with enlightening the western world on Hinduism. He represented Hinduism in the Parliament of Religions in 1893 in Chicago and thanks to this, an unknown monk from India suddenly became famous. National Youth Day is celebrated on January 12 to commemorate Swami Vivekananda’s birthday. Swami Vivekananda founded the Ramakrishna Mission on May 1, 1897 for his own salvation and for the welfare of the world. Do you know that his lectures, writings, letters and poems are published under the title The Complete Works of Swami Vivekananda? It always focuses on teaching universal principles rather than personalities. He had tremendous intelligence. His unique contributions always enlighten and awaken us. He was a spiritual leader and a social reformer. “All the powers of the universe are already ours. It is we who put our hands before our eyes and cry out that it is dark.”- Swami Vivekananda If anyone wants to study the origin of the Vedanta movement in America , so study Swami Vivekananda travels across the United States. He was a great thinker, a great speaker and a passionate patriot. It is not wrong to say that he was more than a spiritual spirit. READ| National Youth Day 2022: Wishes, Messages, Quotes, WhatsApp & Facebook Status, Speeches, Slogans, Theme and much more to share Born: January 12, 1863 Place of Birth: Kolkata, India Bhuvaneshwari Devi Education: Calcutta Metropolitan School; Presidential College, Calcutta Religion: Hinduism Guru: Ramakrishna Founder of: Ramakrishna Mission (1897), Ramakrishna Math, Vedanta Society of New York Philosophy: Advaita Vedanta Literary works: Raja Yoga (1896), Karma Yoga (1896), Bhakti Yoga (1896 ), Jnana Yoga, my master (1901), Lectures from Colombo to Almora (1897) Death: July 4, 1902 Place of death: Belur Math, Belur, Bengal Memorial: Belur Math. Belur, West Bengal Swami Vivekananda was born on January 12, 1863 in Kolkata (formerly Calcutta). He was a spiritual leader and a social reformer. His lectures, his writings, his letters, his poems, his ideas have motivated not only Indian youth but also the whole world. He is the founder of Ramakrishna Mission and Belur Math in Kolkata who are still working to help the needy. He was a wise man and a very simple human being. “Get up, wake up and don’t stop until the goal is achieved” – Swami Vivekananda READ | National Youth Day 2022: 25 Powerful and Inspirational Quotes and Poems by Swami Vivekananda Swami Vivekananda: Life Story and Education Source: www. medium.com Vivekananda’s childhood name was Narendranath Dutta, belonged to a wealthy Bengali family in Calcutta. He was one of eight children of Vishwanath Dutta and Bhuvneshwari Devi. On the occasion of Makar Sankranti, he was born on January 12, 1863. His father was a lawyer and an influential figure in society. Vivekananda’s mother was a woman who has faith in God and has a great impact on her son. At the age of eight in 1871, Vivekananda was enrolled in the Institution of Ishwar Chandra Vidyasagar and later in the Presidency College in Calcutta. He was exposed to Western philosophy, Christianity and science. He had an interest in both instrumental and vocal music. He was active in sports, gymnastics, wrestling and bodybuilding. He also loved reading and until he graduated from college, he had acquired a vast knowledge of various subjects. Do you know on the one hand that he read Hindu scriptures like Bhagavad Gita and Upanishads and on the other hand western philosophies and spiritualities of David Hume, Herbert Spencer etc. ? “Be an atheist if you want, but don’t believe in anything without asking questions.” – Swami Vivekananda READ | Why is Swami Vivekananda’s birthday celebrated as National Youth Day? Spiritual crisis and meeting with Ramakrishna Paramhansa Source: www. swamishivapadananda.typepad.com He had grown up in a religious family but studied several religious books and his knowledge led him to question the existence of God and sometimes he believed in agnosticism. But he could not completely deny the fact of the supremacy of God. In 1880 he joined Keshab Chandra Sen’s Nava Vidhan and also became a member of Sadharan Brahmo Samaj led by Keshab Chandra Sen and Debendranath Tagore. Brahmo Samaj recognized only one God, unlike idol worship. Several questions raced through Vivekananda’s mind and during his spiritual crisis, he first heard of Shri Ramakrishna from William Hastie, the headmaster of Scottish Church College. He finally met Shri Ramakrishna Paramhansa at Dakshineshwar Kali temple and Vivekananda asked him a question: “Have you seen God? which he had asked of so many spiritual leaders but was not satisfied. But when he asked Ramakrishna, he gave such a simple answer as “Yes, I have. I see God as clearly as I see you, but in a much deeper sense.” After that, Vivekananda started visiting Dakshineshwar and got several answers to the questions he had in mind. When Vivekananda’s father passed away, the whole family faced a financial crisis. He went to Ramakrishna and asked him to pray for his family but Ramakrishna refused and told Vivekananda to pray before Goddess Kali himself. He could not ask for wealth, money but instead he asked for conscience and seclusion. That day was marked by a spiritual awakening and an ascetic way of life began. This was the turning point in his life and accepted Ramakrishna as his guru. “Take risks in your life. If you win you can lead, if you lose you can lead. Swami Vivekananda In 1885 Ramakrishna developed throat cancer and was transferred to Calcutta and later to a garden house in Cossipore. Vivekananda and other disciples of Ramakrishna took care of him. On August 16, 1886, Shri Ramakrishna left his mortal body. Narendra learned that service to men was God’s most effective worship. After Ramakrishna’s disappearance, fifteen of his disciples, including Narendranath, started living together in Baranagar in North Calcutta, which was called Ramakrishna Math. In 1887, all the disciples took monk vows and Narendranath emerged as Vivekananda which is “the bliss of enlightened wisdom”. All practiced yoga and meditation. Moreover, Vivekananda gave up mathematics and decided to walk all over India, known as “Parivrajak”. He saw several social, cultural and religious aspects of people and also saw what ordinary people face in their daily lives, sufferings, etc. Swami Vivekananda attended the World Parliament of Religions Source: www. indiatvnews.com When he heard about the World Parliament which was organized in Chicago, America. He was eager to attend the meeting, to represent India and the philosophies of his guru. After various troubles, he attends the religious meeting. On September 11, 1893, he took the stage and stunned everyone by 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 about two and a half years in America proper and founded the Vedanta Society of New York. He also traveled to the UK to preach the philosophies, spiritualism and principles of Vedanta. “Learn all that is good from others, but bring it in and absorb it in your own way; do not become others. Swami Vivekananda READ | Ramakrishna and Vivekananda Mission: Contribution to Social Reform He founded Ramakrishna Mission Around 1897, he returned to India and reached Calcutta where he founded Ramakrishna Mission on May 1, 1897 at Belur Math. The aims of the mission were based on Karma Yoga and its main objective was to serve the poor and suffering or troubled population of the country. Several social services are also executed within the framework of this mission, such as the establishment of schools, colleges and hospitals. Vedanta teachings were also imparted through lectures, seminars and workshops, rehabilitation works across the country. Let us tell you that Vivekananda’s teachings were mainly based on Ramakrishna’s spiritual teachings on divine manifestations and his personal internalization of Advaita Vedanta philosophy. According to him, the ultimate goal of life is to achieve freedom of the soul and this encompasses the entirety of his religion. Death He predicted that he would not live until he was 40 years old. That is why, on July 4, 1902, he died while doing meditation. He would have reached the “Mahasamadhi” and would have been cremated on the banks of the Ganges. “A man is not poor without a rupee but a man is truly poor without dreams or ambitions.” Swami Vivekananda Key Works of Swami Vivekananda – The Complete Works of Swami Vivekananda – Speech by Swami Vivekananda at the Parliament of Religions, Chicago, 1893 – Letters of Swami Vivekananda – Jnana Yoga: The Yoga of Knowledge – Yoga: The Yoga of Love and Devotion – Yoga: The Yoga of Action – Raja Yoga: The Yoga of Meditation Key Works on Swami Vivekananda – Vivekananda A Biography, by Swami Nikhilananda – Swami Vivekananda by Eastern and Western Disciples – The Master as I I saw it, by Sister Nivedita – Reminiscences of Swami Vivekananda – The life of Vivekananda, by Romain Rolland There is no doubt that the teachings of Swami Vivekananda have motivated not only young people but also the whole world. He laid the true foundations of India’s unity as a nation. He taught us to live together with so much diversity. He succeeded in building a virtual bridge between the culture of the East and that of the West. He played a key role in isolating Indian culture from the rest of the world. “Take an idea, make that idea your life, think about it, dream about it, let your brain, your muscles, your nerves, every part of your body be filled with that idea, and just leave all other ideas alone. This is the path to success.” Swami Vivekananda READ | Important days and dates in January 2022


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