The Youth Leader - Swami Vivekananda

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The Youth Leader

”We are what our thoughts have made us; so take care about what you think. Words are secondary. Thoughts live; they travel far.” – Swami Vivekananda

We all have been flamboyant about the fact that we have entered adulthood, we gain the power to know what we have achieved and what we all can but we lack to possess the courage to do it. We all become very lethargic in our own atmosphere at we do not make a move. Youth is a boon to all of us. It is the gift of time and age where we have the power to make our self better for our future. Swami Vivekananda had been regarded as the youth leader by many. He had done lot of work for the improvement of youth.

Narendra Nath Datta was the name of young Swami Vivekananda to Vishwanath Datta and Bhuvaneshwari Devi, in Kolkata. Swamji had a peculiar experience since his childhood; he felt that certain events which had had happened his life were mere repetition of something he was already acquainted with.

Here is the account of the same in his words:

From my very boyhood, whenever I came in contact with a particular object, man or place, it would sometimes appear to me as if I had been acquainted with it beforehand. But all my efforts to recollect the particulars were unsuccessful, and yet the impression persisted. I will give you an instance: One day I was discussing various topics with my friends at a particular place. Suddenly something was said, which at once reminded me that in some time past in this very house I had talked with these friends on that very subject and that the discussion had even taken the same turn. Later on I thought that it might be due to the law of transmigration. But soon I decided that such definite conclusions on the subject were not reasonable. Now I believe that before I was born I must have had visions somehow, of those subjects and people with whom I would have to come in contact in my present birth. Such memories have come every now and then throughout my life.

Swami ji had manifested bonding with the youth. The youth of India have great positive potential to take them to spiritual heights with their outmost energy. If we take creativity as a special quality, then ‘Never say die!’ is the zenith. If we see demographically, today’s India is at its youngest and it has the power to meet any challenge with the collective consciousness and efforts of young people. This is the time that our youth has to be alert and be aware and provoked by the lack of values. India as a developing nation is facing incredible challenges. This is all quite evident from the utter lack safety and security for the girl child and women anywhere in the country.  On the one hand, people can see huge wealth and on the other, one-third of the people go without a second meal every day. We have examples of the very affluent as well as the extremely poor. And millions of children in our country have no access to education, even at the primary level. And we are still tussling with the issue of child labour.

Swami Vivekananda delivered a lecture on the issue of difficulties in life.

He made a appeal for the need of nationwide renovation keeping in mind the ideals of ‘tyaga’ or sacrifice and ‘seva’, selfish service, the most crucial aspects of shaping the life of young people. What he challenged us to do was to give ourselves a noble reason to live, a lofty ideal to live for and a higher state to reach within the boundaries of human existence. The outmost qualification that Swami ji wanted for youngster was to cultivate and nurture the ability to ‘feel’. He offered his potential ‘mantra’ and desired to take solid action so that those who wanted to go beyond just feeling could do so. The most influential P’s arePurity, Patience and Perseverance. The P’s are the great traits that the youth of today are rich in and this is evident from their keenness to be part of positive change that will have impact on entire society.  

Swami ji believed that to get social change we require massive energy and spirit. 

What Vivekananda had expected from the youth were ‘muscles of iron’ and ‘nerves of steel’. Today, the youth are going in the direction where the result are not very positive, the youth needs to realize that they are exceptionally responsive and they just need to be encouraged in their quest for justice for common benefit. Swami Vivekananda was and is not only the medium; he is himself the message as well for the youth of India. We all need to work towards the goals of becoming the nation with the youth leading themselves in the right direction. A nation where there is equality and conciseness.

Jan 12, Swami Vivekananda’s birthday, is celebrated as National Youth Day. It is his 150thbirth anniversary this year.




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