Swami Vivekananda: Remembering his Remarkable Contribution on his 160th Birthday

Swami Vivekananda was born in 1863. Today on his 160th birthday, let us remember his remarkable contribution to society.

Narendra Nath Datta, whose name later became Swami Vivekananda, was a follower of Ramakrishna Paramhansa. He introduced the Indian philosophies of Vedanta and Yoga to the entire world. Swami Vivekananda initiated awareness regarding Hinduism worldwide in the late 19th century. 

He actively participated in establishing Ramakrishna Mission, which he named after his mentor and teacher, Swami Ramakrishna Paramhansa. The institution is famous for providing educational and philanthropic knowledge to the world’s people. He believed that a nation could only grow if every citizen were educated. According to him, education is a man-making character-building source. 

Swami Vivekananda spoke in the first Parliament of Religion held in Chicago (U.S.) representing India in 1893, and gave a remarkable speech. His ideologies in life mostly revolved around fighting the fear of societal censure. However, Swami Vivekananda presented a new theory of ethics and a new principle of morality that highlights the purity of the soles. 

Following are some of Swami Vivekananda’s inspiring quotes that can uplift the thoughts of the Youths of this generation and the generations to come:

  • “Strength is Life, Weakness is Death. Expansion is Life, Contraction is Death. Love is Life, Hatred is Death.”
  • “The greatest religion is to be true to your own nature. Have faith in yourselves.”
  • “Talk to yourself once in a day, otherwise you may miss meeting an intelligent person in this world.”
  • “Truth can be stated in a thousand different ways, yet each one can be true.”
  • “In a day, when you don’t come across any problems – you can be sure that you are travelling in a wrong path.”

The great Swami Vivekananda existed during the 19th century. However, his messages and ideologies are much more relevant in current-day situations and will be helpful in the future. 

He might have departed from the world due to physical death. But his thoughts, version, and contribution towards the world will always keep him alive among us till infinity. 

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