On the photo, Swamiji has written in Bengali, and in English:”One infinite pure and holy– beyond thought beyond qualities I bow down to thee.”
Government of India has declared January 12th as ‘National Youth Day’. Because, on this day in the year 1863, was born the great philosopher, an inspiration to the youth, the embodiment of Indian culture and intelligence Sri Swami Vivekananda.
He stands as a role model for generations in various respects. The path laid by saintly philosophers, for leading a truthful and purified life is hardly followed by the materialistic society of today. Swami Vivekanada inspired many people including great leaders like Nethaji Subash Chandra Bose through his works. Sri Aurobindo Ghosh, actually considered Swamiji as his mentor. He inspired Jamshedji Tata to set up Indian Institute of Science, one of India’s finest Institutions.
Swami Vivekananda’s works and knowledge is an ideal and inspiration for the youth to achieve greater things in life. Though it may not be obvious, he inspired India’s freedom struggle movement.
After Sri Ramakrishna’s death, Swami Vivekananda renounced the world and criss-crossed India as a wandering monk. His mounting compassion for India’s people drove him to seek their material help from the West. Accepting an opportunity to represent Hinduism at Chicago’s Parliament of Religions in 1893, Vivekananda won instant celebrity in America and a ready forum for his spiritual teaching.
For three years he spread the Vedanta philosophy and religion in America and England and then returned to India to found the Ramakrishna Math and Mission. Exhorting his nation to spiritual greatness, he wakened India to a new national consciousness. He died on July 4, 1902, after a second, much shorter sojourn in the West.