National Youth Day 2021/Yuva Diwas2021/Birthday of Swami Vivekananda


National Youth Day 2021

National Youth Day 2021


National Youth Day or Yuva Diwas is a day dedicated to the youth of India. Every year on 12th January Govt of India, many educational (School, College, etc.) and other Institutes (Ramkrishna Mission and Maths, Local clubs, etc.) organize National Youth Day with great enthusiasm throughout India.

To celebrate the day dedicated to youth and young people who are future of Country Government chose birthday of Great monk and motivator Swami Vivekananda as they thought that Philosophy, Ideology, speeches of Swamiji, and the way he lived each of those can be the inspiration of Youth of Nation.



So, before going far with National Youth day we need to know about Swami Vivekananda to understand why Government thought that His birthday would be the perfect day for National Youth Day. 


National Youth Day

National Youth Day


National Youth Day

National Youth Day


Swami Vivekananda Birthday

Swami Vivekananda Birthday


Youth Day and Swami Vivekananda

Youth Day and Swami Vivekananda 


Youth Day


Swami Vivekananda 


Swami Vivekananda popularly known as Swamiji is one of the greatest Indian monks and spiritual masters. His life, his philosophy, wisdom, teaching, and messages inspire millions of people generation through generation. 


Early Life of Swami Vivekananda:

Swami Vivekananda was known as Narendranath Dutta in his pre-monastic life. He was born in the Dutta family of Kolkata on 12th January 1963. His father Viswanath Dutta was a successful attorney and had interests in various subjects.

His mother Bhuvaneswari Devi was a kind-hearted, strong, devoted, and spiritual woman. He was popularly known as Bille in his childhood. He practiced meditation and yoga from childhood. 

Narendranath was a brilliant student. Except for Academics he excelled in music and gymnastics. He graduated from the University of Calcutta. He inherited his interest in various subjects and acquired vast knowledge in western philosophy, history, and Yoga. 


Influence of Sri Ramkrishna:

At the threshold of his youth or adolescence, Narendranath met spiritual Guru Sri Ramkrishna when there was lots of doubt and questions in his mind. On one fine day of 1981 November Narendranath went to meet Sri Ramkrishna at Dakshineswar Kali Temple. 


He asked the famous question to Ramkrishna

have you seen God?” and surprising him Ramkrishna said “Yes, I have. I see Him as clearly as I see you, only in a much more intense sense.”


Sri Ramkrishna not only successfully removed doubts and answered spiritual questions but also earned his pure love and respect. Naren accepts Ramkrishna as his Guru or spiritual teacher. There Naren met with a bunch of young people who were devotees of Sri Ramkrishna and became great pals. 

 After a few years, two incidents happened which left marks in Narendranath’s life. First is his father’s death leaving the responsibility to support his family on Naren in 1884.

And the second one is Sri Ramkrishna being seriously ill and diagnosed with Throat cancer. That time instead of his family and a personal problem he devoted himself to nurse Sri Ramkrishna along with few other young Disciples. 


Beginning of becoming a Monk:

Sri Ramkrishna installed brotherly love and strong spiritual value among his young disciples. In their mind, he planted the seed of a monastic order and ideology of serving society.


After Sri Ramakrishna's death on 16th August 1886, his 15 young disciples started to live together in a building at Barahnagar of Kolkata. There only in 1887, they took vows of Sanyas under the leadership of Narendra. After taking Sanyas Narendranath became Swami Vivekananda. 

 
Exploring India


Developing his spiritual power or finding his peace of mind only were not Swamiji’s mission of life. He felt an inner call to know his country and society more and do something for the greater good was his goal of life. 

He also wanted to discover the meaning of his Guru Sri Ramkrishna’s message for mankind and spread it among people. So in the middle of 1890, he decided to explore the real-life of India alone. After taking the blessing of Sarada Devi, divine wife and companion of Sri Ramkrishna who was popularly known as Ma or divine mother he started his journey to explore and discover India.

 
Discovering India:

During his journey to explore India Swamiji saw the condition of Indian mass. He observed their lack of education, superstitious nature, backwardness, and poverty. A maximum of them is not earning enough to support their family and themselves. 


He realized that the main reason for India being a backward country is negligence towards these millions of people and their condition.


He felt the immediate need was to provide food and other basic necessities to these people and teach them to improve themselves.


His solution was the ancient Hindu Philosophy Vedanta which can teach people live-giving and use the principles of Vedanta in their practical life to improve themselves. He came to the conclusion that people need to kind of knowledge.


But he noticed that people don't have their confidence and believe in themselves and their capacity to improve but they have belief in spirituality then he got the solution to teach people lessons of life through Spirituality specifically through Vedanta Vad. 


Secular knowledge to improve their economic condition and day to day life. And spiritual knowledge to make them believe in themselves. 


Thought of Founding of Ramakrishna Mission:


Swamiji realized that to spread education and improve the lives of poor people he needs to establish an organization of dedicated and loyal people who will focus and dedicate their lives to serve people.


So after a few years to serve this goal and spread a message of his Guru Ramakrishna Dev Swami Vivekananda established Ramakrishna Mission and Math. 


The parliament of Religion: 

While Swami Vivekananda was visiting various parts of India, he heard about The parliament of Religion which was about to be held in Chicago of America in 1983.

His admirers and disciples wanted him to go there and represent India, Sri Ramkrishna’s message for humans and Hinduism.

But he wasn't sure about that though he thought that it would be a perfect platform to inform the world about the richness of Indian philosophy and his master’s thoughts.

He also thought that it would be helpful for him to get financial aids to his project of working for the masses of India and uplifting their lives. 

Still, he needed some divine call and guidance of his descended master and he got it when he was meditating on the rock of Kanyakumari.

He started his speech in Parliament of Religion by addressing people as “Sisters and Brothers of America” from there, he started to win the hearts of the people. After the event, he became famous as ‘orator by divine right’ and as  ‘Messenger of Indian wisdom to the Western world’ Swamiji spends nearly three and a half years in eastern parts of India and London spreading the philosophy of Vedanta. 

After that, there was no stopping and he went to Chicago with the help of the fund collected by his disciples of Chennai, and King of Khetri Swami Vivekananda went to America from Mumbai on 31st May 1983. 


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Youth Day and Swami Vivekananda picture


Awakening India:


After coming back to India in 1897 Swamiji gave lectures and speeches in various parts of India. His lectures awaken a few aspects in the minds of the People of India.


Through his lectures he wanted people to feel pride about their culture and history, to make educated people aware of the plight and condition of poor uneducated mass and inspire educated people to help in his mission of uplifting lives of mass. 


Ramakrishna Mission: 

On 1st May 1987, Swamiji established Ramakrishna Mission in Belur. Here monks and volunteers join hands in the practice of Vedanta and serving people.


This organization is involved in various kinds of social work. They run hospitals, schools, colleges, rural development centers, do relief and rehabilitation work during the natural calamity of time of emergency. They also spread the education of philosophy and value in young people. 


The departure From Earth: 


  Excessive work and giving lectures took a troll in Swamiji’s health and it started deteriorating. On 4th July 1902, his soul departed his mortal body at the age of 39. 


He may leave his mortal body but he stayed among us through his teaching, books, and philosophy which still now also inspire people. 


Few Quotes from Swami Vivekananda: 


“Religion is not in books, nor in theories, nor in dogmas, nor in talking, not even in reasoning. It is being and becoming.”

“Be an atheist if you want, but do not believe in anything unquestioningly.”

“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.”

“I do not believe in a God or religion which cannot wipe the widow’s tears or bring a piece of bread to the orphan’s mouth.”

“This life is short, the vanities of the world are transient, but they alone live who live for others, the rest are more dead than alive.”

“He who has no faith in himself can never have faith in God.”

“The living God is within you.”

Few Books by Swami Vivekananda :


Karma Yoga, Raja Yoga, Jnana Yoga, Bhakti Yoga, Lectures from Colombo to Almora,

My Master, Swami Vivekananda on Himself, Teachings of Swami Vivekananda, Meditation, and its Methods.




National Youth Day History :

The Government of India thought that the biography of Swami Vivekananda, his philosophy, Ideology, Quotes from Swami Vivekananda, and books by Swamiji is a great inspiration for people of all ages. That's why on 1984 India Govt. 

declared to celebrate National Youth Day on Birthday of this great motivator Monk i.e. 12th January. From then on, every year people of India celebrate this day as National Youth Day. 


 National Youth Day Celebration :

 National Youth Day is celebrated all over India in schools, colleges, other educational institutions, and local organizations. They organize processions, speeches, seminars, youth conventions, music, presentations, competitions in essay-writing, recitations, and sports. 


Various branches of Ramakrishna Missions and Maths and Vivekananda Institute of Culture and Human excellence organize processions, many programs to spread teaching, philosophy, life, and beliefs of Swami Vivekananda among school and college students and organize a program for the betterment of youth and future. 



Why National Youth Day is Important:


Inspiring for young people to honor and offer our respect to the great monk Swami Vivekananda Encourage to know Vivekananda and his life more among young students to use the philosophy of Swamiji in practical life. 




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