Jun 24, 2010

Swami Vivekananda - A Role Model to Youth

Swami Vivekananda is widely considered to have inspired India's freedom struggle movement. His writings inspired a whole generation of freedom fighters including Subhash Chandra Bose, Aurobindo Ghosh and Bagha Jatin. Aurobindo Ghosh considered Vivekananda as his spiritual mentor.  He said, “Vivekananda was a soul of puissance if ever there was one, a very lion among men, but the definitive work he has left behind is quite incommensurate with our impression of his creative might and energy. We perceive his influence still working gigantically, we know not well how, we know not well where, in something that is not yet formed, something leonine, grand, intuitive, upheaving that has entered the soul of India and we say, "Behold, Vivekananda still lives in the soul of his Mother and in the souls of her children”.  Vivekananda inspired Jamshedji Tata to set up Indian Institute of Science, one of India's finest Institutions.
Several leaders of 20th Century India and philosophers have acknowledged Vivekananda's influence. The first governor general of independent India, Chakravarti Rajagopalachari, once observed that "Vivekananda saved Hinduism, saved India." According to Subhas Chandra Bose, Vivekananda "is the maker of modern India" and for Mahatma Gandhi, Vivekananda's influence increased his "love for his country a thousand fold."  This was a most fitting gesture as much of Swami Vivekananda's writings concerned the Indian youth and how they should strive to uphold their ancient values whilst fully participating in the modern world.
Abroad, he had some interactions with Max Müller. Scientist Nikola Tesla was one of those influenced by the Vedic philosophy teachings of the Swami Vivekananda.   The French Nobel Laureate, Romain Rolland writes, "His words are great music, phrases in the style of Beethoven, stirring rhythms like the march of Handel choruses. I cannot touch these sayings of his, scattered as they are through the pages of books, at thirty years' distance, without receiving a thrill through my body like an electric shock. And what shocks, what transports, must have been produced when in burning words they issued from the lips of the hero!"
In 1984, the Government of India declared and decided to observe the Birthday of Swami Vivekananda (12 January, according to English calendar) as National Youth Day every year from 1985 onwards. To quote from the Government of India’s Communication, ‘it was felt that the philosophy of Swamiji and the ideals for which he lived and worked could be a great source of inspiration for the Indian Youth.’

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germansubbarao said...

Dear Swamiji,
The article is really inspiring. Your talk on Swami Vivekananda is really superb. Every student should listen to it.

M. Shivalli said...

Sir, Really inspiring.

M. Shivalli

Anonymous said...

I must say that Swami Vivekananda was an institution in himself.His ideals for life had a new youthful energy which when unlaeshed had a reformatory action in the society.This article clearly highlights this great person's vision.My salute to this hero on the ocassion of his 150th birth anniversary and to the people of this site.
Pratik Agarwal.