Swami Vivekananda Jayanthi

published on January 12, 2009

Nationalistic youth today celebrates National Youth Day – Birthday of the greatest son of
Bharath Swami Vivekananda.

Although January 12th has been
declared as ‘National Youth Day’ to honor the great leader of Bharath,
Still majority of the youth is not even aware about this! The list of
various days in our National calendar goes endless like Children’s day,
Teacher’s day, Martyr’s day and so on.The whole administrative
machinery makes sure those days are celebrated with various programs
across the Nation, But unfortunately ‘National Youth Day’ seems to be

Without second thoughts one can easily say that
Swami Vivekananda was the most famous and influential Hindu spiritual
leader who instilled the sense of Pride and Nationalism among

Swami Vivekananda gave the clarion call to all
Bharatheeyas , especially to the youth to be proud of their great
culture and propagate the noble ideals of Sanathana Dharma across the
globe. Swamiji’s call came at a time Indian youth were developing
fascination for alien cultures. Vivekananda’s message of courage,
self-confidence and social service to the society is still the guiding
force for thousands of Nationalistic Youth.

Swamiji introduced
the world of Yoga and principles of Adwaitha infront of whole world ,
which still draws people from all walk of life across the globe towards

Swamiji was one of the first to refute Aryan invasion
theory propagated by Christians to divide Indians. Although we had many
takers for Max Muller’s theory, especially among Communist
Historians-The truth was now proved infront of the whole world
byvarious scholars.

Swamiji rose into fame when he attended
World Parliament of Religions at Chicago in 1893. Unstoppable
thereafter, he spiritually conquered the colonial conquerors of India!
Swamiji won the heart of millions of world audeinces with his matchless
intellect and oratory.

Inspired from Swamiji’s teaching,
Thousands of youth made themselves destined for the freedom of the
nation and nation-building tasks as their prime aim. Best part of the
great freedom fighters of Bharath drew inspiration from the life of
this Saffron clad youth.

Swamiji was instrumental in Hindu
Revivalism in Kerala by his sarcastic comment that Kerala-the land of
Lunatic Asylum –witnessing the caste based atrocities prevalent then ,
Swamiji sowed the seeds of Hindu revival. The Hindu Soceity was forced
to introspect and Swamiji’s shock treatment acted as a catalyst to
future Hindu revival movement in Kerala.

Nine Volumes of
Vivekananda’s complete works is still considered as the fundamental
texts for anyone interested in Hindu Philosophy . The need of the Hour
for our youth to look forward to mould the coming generation is to know
who he was, what he did, and why he is important to us today.

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