India celebrates 156th Birth-anniversary of Swami Vivekananda
New Delhi: India remembers one of its beloved saint and mystic, Swami Vivekananda, today, on his 156th birth-anniversary. He devoted himself for the good of people and society.
As a spiritual leader and a reformer, he worked to combine Indian spirituality with Western material progress, maintaining that the two supplemented and complemented one another.
Swami Vivekananda was born on January 12, 1863 into an aristocratic Bengali Kayastha family of Calcutta as Narendranath Datta. He was an Indian Hindu monk and a chief disciple of the 19th-century Indian mystic Ramakrishna.
He also introduced Indian philosophies of Vedanta and Yoga to the Western world and worked to bring Hinduism to the status of a major world religion during the late 19th century.
Vivekananda always invoked Indian youths to work for their nation’s interest and always gave youth centered speeches. He instilled the idea of Nation building in young minds and always believed that Youths are the future of a country.
To honor his work towards youths, the Indian Government in 1984, declared January 12 as the National Youth Day and since 1985 the event is celebrated in India every year.
Some inspirational quotes by Swami Vivekananda
-You have to grow from the inside out. None can teach you, none can make you spiritual. There is no other teacher but your own soul.
-Never think there is anything impossible for the soul. It is the greatest heresy to think so. If there is sin, this is the only sin, to say that you are weak, or others are weak.
-The fire that warms us can also consume us; it is not the fault of the fire.
-Ask nothing; want nothing in return. Give what you have to give; it will come back to you, but do not think of that now.
-Condemn none: if you can stretch out a helping hand, do so. If you cannot, fold your hands, bless your brothers, and let them go their own way.
-All differences in this world are of degree, and not of kind, because oneness is the secret of everything.
-Where can we go to find God if we cannot see Him in our own hearts and in every living being.
Do one thing at a Time, and while doing it put your whole Soul into it to the exclusion of all else.