Tuesday marks the 153rd birthday of Swami Vivekananda. Vivekananda has carved the spirit of India from the esoteric and epiphanic traditions of the Vedic ages, the music of nature, the mystical allure of the Himalayas and the cultural ingenuity of age-old civilizations.
As the Prime Minister prepares to deliver a speech to mark National Youth Day on Vivekanand’s birthday, we give you some quotes from the visionary that best describe his relevance in today’s times.
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1 The Christian must not become a Hindu or a Buddhist, nor a Hindu or a Buddhist become a Christian. But each must assimilate the spirit of others while preserving his individuality and grow according to his own law of growth.
Communal harmony is one of the fundamental requirements for the peaceful existence of a country as diverse as India. Yet we continue to live in a time when communalism is one of the greatest threats. The coexistence and acceptance of various religions is one of the best lessons that Vivekananda has taught us.
2 You can’t believe in God until you believe in yourself.
Self-confidence and self-confidence are the building blocks of a strong personality. In a country ruled by gods, we must certainly learn to keep people above deified figures.
3 We are what our thoughts have made us; so be careful what you think. Words are secondary. Thoughts live; they travel far.
Masks for our professional and social life do not change the real person we are.
4 The truth can be stated in a thousand different ways, but each can be true.
We don’t need to quarrel over every difference of opinion in life: different opinions must co-exist for the sake of a free world.
5 Whatever makes you weak physically, intellectually and spiritually, reject it as poison.
Whether it’s an abusive relationship or a degrading atmosphere at work/home, we need to take responsibility for what’s going on around us and change it for good.
6 You have to grow from within. No one can teach you, no one can make you spiritual. There is no other teacher than your own soul.
Hundreds of lectures and books cannot teach us what we don’t believe in. Our own consciousness is what really matters.
seven The world is the great gymnasium where we come to strengthen ourselves.
The experience of going through life, of meeting different people, shapes our personality.
8 Do not condemn anyone: if you can reach out, do so. If you can’t, cross your hands, bless your brothers and let them go their own way.
Judging people is the favorite “recreational” activity these days. But should we form perceptions without knowing what people have been through before they get to where they are? Certainly not.
9 Get up, wake up and don’t stop until the goal is achieved.
The one and only way to achieve our goals is to work for them, consistently.
(With ANI inputs)
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