Bangalore: Swami Vivekananda spent his entire life uplifting mankind, attaining perfection and personifying the power of will. He was a devotional man who chose his unique path in life after being enlightened by his guru RamaKrishna in 1818. After his training under Ramakrishna, he went on his path imparting his wisdom and teachings to the inquisitives in India and the world alike. Most importantly Swami Vivekananda has been a role model or an icon for the many youth of the country who seek wisdom and empowerment in his words. Even though he has been largely adored by the youth, he is much admired by men and women of all ages in the country and the world.
He believed in a constant process of personal development, growing without knowledge seemed incomplete to him and it can only be attained by oneself. On this note he said. “You have to grow from the inside out. There is no other teacher but your own soul.”He constantly strived to show the youth the power of being an individual with a strong frame of mind, one that is decisive and persuasive and to be focused, never letting go of one’s sight from the goal. He is the real guide for encouragement, his words still and always will bring solace and strength to those who find the wisdom and truth that lies in it. As seen in his quotes like, “See for the highest, aim at that highest, and you shall reach the highest,” and “Things are not bettered, but we are bettered, by making changes in them.” These words speak volumes of his belief and the importance of encouragement to the youth.
The need to render and keep the spirits of Vivekananda’s teachings alive is immense. There are many organizations and youths in the country who are connected and moved with the profound insightful teaching of Swami Vivekananda and constantly do their share to spread his word to the many in India and in the world.
Some of the youth in India have expressed their opinion on Swami Vivekananda and his teachings. Considering that it is his 150th birth anniversary on 12 January 2013, celebrated as the National Youth Day, many see it as a celebration of invincible spirit and undying passion to attain their goals and success in life.Some find resolution in his teaching to fight many social menaces in the country. As said by one of the contributor on the CNN-IBN Yuva speak, Mukunda Rao, who said, “I can say, we are in half way to catch up the great teachings of Vivekananda, his ideals need be injected among the youth to build better and corruption free India.” He further said, “If we read above some of the quotations and practice them most of our problems will be solved, like corruption and poorness. The ideas of Swami Vivekananda need to be outspread more intensely to Indian’s irrespective of religion, caste and creed,” as reported by ibnlive.com.
Many youth in the country believe his work to carry a positive and constructive effect and have requested to add his teachings and work in the educational curriculum.
Another youth contributor, Ankon Bhattacharya said, “His message target the youth especially and is still the youth icon of India. His messages and teachings are still significant and will help us to overcome difficulties in our life.”
Another one of the contributors, Vivek, said that all the students and youth in the country could benefit from the teachings and wisdom of Vivekananda. Rahul Gandhi is one of the youth icons of India, and said about Vivekananda - “great souls like Swami Vivekananda can conceive any spontaneous sensible response without getting upset or emotional.”
The mark of wisdom that Vivekananda has showered over the country can create a country where the youth have the discretion and potential not only to guide their own path but also to build a country with power and high quality of living.
While describing youth Swami Vivekananda said “Youth is the best time. The way in which you utilize this period will decide the nature of coming years that lie ahead of you. Your happiness, your success, your honor and your good name all depend upon the way in which you live now, in this present period.”
He represented India for what it was and what it could be, by constantly stimulating the potential of the youth and creating a country which shines with the power of knowledge, wisdom and decisiveness, where every youth is the icon of virtue, sensibility and determination. Many believe in his lessons of living and some do follow, however only a few can attain the supremacy he delivered with ease.