Swami Vivekananda advocated secularism, ‘analyzed the dangers posed by meaningless and sectarian strife’ and ‘believed that the true essence of religion is the common good’, India’s Chief Justice N.V. Ramana said on Sunday. .
Addressing an event marking the 22nd Foundation Day celebration of the Vivekananda Institute of Human Excellence in Hyderabad, CJI said the teachings of Swami Vivekananda are of great relevance for all times to come. . “Swami Vivekananda, in his speech (at the World Parliament of Religions, Chicago, in 1893), propagated the idea of tolerance and universal acceptance. He analyzed the dangers posed by senseless and sectarian conflicts in society to nations and civilizations,” the CJI said.
Emphasizing that “it is more necessary today, in contemporary India, to pay attention to the words spoken by Swami Vivekananda as early as 1893”, CJI Ramana declared “that he was prophetic. Long before the painful churning that took place in the subcontinent during the struggle for freedom, culminating in the crafting of an egalitarian Constitution of India, he advocated secularism as if he foresaw events to unfold. would unfold. He firmly believed that the true essence of religion was the common good and tolerance. Religion should be above superstitions and rigidities”.
Swami Vivekananda’s participation in the World Parliament of Religions “gave respectable recognition to India which at that time was simply identified as one of the colonies. His speech drew world attention to the ancient Indian philosophy of Vedanta. He popularized practical Vedanta by preaching love, compassion and equal respect for all,” the CJI said.
Stating that the ideals of Vivekananda should be instilled in today’s youth, the CJI said, “Young minds are usually the most thoughtful. The young hearts, the most reactive. These emotions can often be shaped to achieve greatness, but the biggest challenge along this path is the ability to tell the difference between good and bad choices.
History, he says, testifies to the power wielded by youth. Recalling the role of young leaders such as Birsa Munda, the trio of Bhagat Singh, Sukhdev and Rajguru and Alluri Sitarama Raju in the struggle for freedom, the CJI stated that “the democratic rights that we take for granted today are the result of the struggles of the thousands of young people who took to the streets to fight authoritarian figures, either during the struggle for freedom or during the dark days of the emergency. Many have lost their lives, sacrificed lucrative careers, all for the greater good of the nation and society. Trust young people to check the deviations in a society’s journey towards peace and progress”.
Unlike in the past, today there is unlimited access to a world of information, Ramana said, and stressed that “with these benefits comes a heavy burden. The hyper-awareness that modern society allows, with the ease of information flow, forces students to be more socially and politically aware. You must know the social ills and contemporary issues facing society and the regime.”