Swami Vivekanand Delivered a Speech at World Parliament Of Religious On This Day

Recently, Prime Minister Narendra Modi talked about the great Swami Vivekananda who delivered a speech at the World Parliament of Religions in Chicago, USA on 11th September 1839. He was the first Indian to do so. He stood on a global stage and talked about Indian values and ethos to give a glimpse of Indian culture. Swami Vivekananda became widely popular after this speech which he gave with utmost enthusiasm and authenticity.

The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi has remembered Swami Vivekananda, on his Jayanti.

“Arise, awake and stop not till the goal is reached. Remembering these powerful words, and the rich thoughts of the venerable Swami Vivekananda on his Jayanti. He emphasized the ideals of service and renunciation. His belief in Yuva Shakti was unwavering.

The thoughts and ideals of Swami Vivekananda inspire and energize crores of Indians, particularly our youth. It is from him that we draw the motivation of building an India that is strong, vibrant, and inclusive and an India that takes global leadership in several areas”, the Prime Minister said.

The name of Swami Vivekananda, given by his parents, was Narendranath Datta. He was born on 12 January 1863. He was born in an aristocratic family in Calcutta. His family belonged to the Kayastha caste. His father was Vishwanath Datta who was an attorney at the Calcutta High Court while his mother, Bhubaneshwari Devi, was a housewife. In his early childhood days, Narendranath was deeply inspired by the progressive and rational thinking of his father and the spiritual temperament of his mother.

Narendra was well-known for having an incredible memory and his capacity for rapid reading. Examples of many instances have been offered. He once used two or three pages from The Pickwick Papers verbatim in a speech. Another instance is when, during a dispute with a Swede, he brought up some historical facts about Sweden that the Swede initially disputed but eventually agreed with. In a different event, Vivekananda was reviewing some poetical writing with Dr. Paul Deussen at Kiel, Germany, and he did not respond when the professor spoke to him. Later, he expressed regret to Dr. Deussen, explaining that he had been too preoccupied reading to hear him.

Swami Vivekananda received his education at a university structured in the Western tradition, where he was exposed to science, Western philosophy, and Christianity. Vivekananda’s ideas on social reform began to take center stage, and he joined the Brahmo Samaj (Society of Brahma), a group committed to ending child marriage and illiteracy as well as promoting education for women and members of lower castes. Later, he rose to prominence as Ramakrishna’s most illustrious disciple, proving the fundamental similarity of all religions.

After the death of Ramakrishna in 1886, he became a monk and went by the name of Swami Vivekananda. He decided to travel all over India and abroad and spread the philosophy of Indian Vedas and ethos in the Western world. When he returned to India after three years, he laid the foundation of Ramakrishna Math and Ramakrishna Mission at the monastery of Belur Math on the Ganges River near Calcutta. He strongly believed that youth is the future of this country and that India can only move forward when its youth is educated and skilled. He worked tirelessly for the upliftment of women in our society.

Swami Vivekananda told his disciplines that he will not live beyond the age of 40. And he died at a very young age of 39 on July 4th, 1902. To commemorate this day, we celebrate it as National Youth Day because Swami Vivekananda worked extensively for the betterment of youth irrespective of their religion or caste. His life is an inspiration to the youth worldwide.

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