Swami Vivekananda is still alive ?
Relevance of Swami Vivekananda as a youth icon in modern times
India is one of the youngest countries in the world with about 67.53% of the population under 28 years of age. He was a monk and founder of Ramkrishna mutt. Once Swami Vivekananda said, “Whatever you think, that you will be. If you think yourselves weak, weak you will be; if you think yourselves strong, strong you will be.” If you are not determined to do something so can’t do it because your mind is connected with your body. If you want to make a change in this universe you have to take initiative only. The world will follow you. If you lose your hope or think it’s out of your range. So, you can’t do it. Swami Vivekananda was not only a monk but also a philosopher who set some rules and ethics for people.
Who is Swami Vivekananda?
Swami Vivekananda was a monk and a great intellectual personality. Swami Vivekananda was born in 1863 in a Bengali family. At the age of 28, he left the monastery and travelled for five years. First-time swami Vivekananda introduced Hinduism and India in Chicago. He studied in Vedanta society and propagated the value of Vedanta. One of the great achievements, he introduced Indian philosophies to the western countries which were the value and importance of Vedanta and yoga. Once he said, “Life is short, but the soul is immortal and eternal, and one thing being certain, death, let us, therefore, take up a great ideal and dedicate to our whole life to it.” He shared theinevitable reality of life and emphasized that the death is supremacy therefore none can dare to ignore it.
Swami Vivekananda was a great personality and icon for people. But if we talk about the presence of Swami Vivekananda as a youth icon in modern times so, still our constitution has a major place and importance for Swami Vivekananda’s moral values and thoughts. India is a developing country full of diversity in people based on language, gender, religion, and culture that is why it’s very important to create a feeling of nationalism and patriotism. We will see the values and ethics which are set by Swami Vivekananda.
Swami Vivekananda always believed that education must be the priority for everyone. Education is the base of everyone which creates and improves our intellectual capacity, and enhances our skills. He believed that education and other community should have no monopoly. These organizations should be represented or run by people.
One of the best quotes which I also preferred is “You will be nearer to heaven through football than the study of the Gita.” The meaning of this quote is basically if you are not well, your physical strength is low or weak so whether you read Gita but you can’t go to heaven or can’t find happiness. So, priority should our physical strength or games which will give us the energy to read “Gita” and its values.
Swami Vivekananda was against or didn’t believe in superstition, Astrology, and cow worship.
Swami Vivekananda believed that one of the reasons for inequality in our society is classification or division. “Caste Problem” we can’t solve this problem by degrading higher castes but we should raise the level of low caste. We can still find class division in our society which can be solved by the participation of all the people and most important through our government. Indian government always tries to introduce new plans and event at the various moment especially on the birth date of Swami Vivekananda on 12 January to spread and represent the values of Vivekananda as a youth icon.
According to Swami Vivekananda Purity, perseverance and patience are most important for every person to get success in life.
Importance of Vivekananda in modern time
Swami Vivekananda believed that social change comes from inside not from outside. It’s is connected to our willing power and determination if we are ready to make the change from inside so outside will be automatically changed. In the 21st century, people are suffering from covid 19 and on the other hand poverty, unemployment, corruption, hunger, and terrorism are increasing day by day. With these problems, it is difficult to follow the values and ethics of Swami Vivekananda. But still, our government is trying to implement every possible step to spread positive thoughts among people.
The youth of India in the trap of modern lifestyle that is increasing various mental disorders, depression, mental fatigue, purposelessness, etc. They are using all the ways for earning money whether it is ethical or not. The Indian government has taken many steps to illuminate the light of socialism and nationalism. Our government has started “Digital India” to make India digitalized and advancement in the science and technology sector. “Skill India” to decrease the number of unemployed people. “Swachh Bharat Abhiyan” and “Clean Ganga” missions are improving the efficiency of Agriculture, Education, Health care, Surface transport, infrastructure, information, and technology methods. The motive of Vivekananda was to represent our country on the international level with our values and ethics. He said, “It is the young, the strong, and healthy, of sharp intellect that will reach the Lord.” Nothing can be done by individual we need the support and contribution of all the people of India to complete our vision of “Digital India” or “Swachh Bharat Abhiyan”. So, thought and slogans have always deep value and are based on one’s experience which can be a way of leading a group of people.
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