Swami Vivekananda was a Hindu monk and an important disciple of 19th century mystic Rama Krishna Parmahansa. He introduced the world to the Indian philosophies of Vedanta and yoga.
Vivekananda was born on January 12, 1863 in an elderly family in northern Calcutta, Narendra Nath Dutt. He is seen as one of the major forces behind the revival of Hindu religion in India and is given the privilege of creating interfaith awareness. Swami Vivekananda's birth anniversary is also celebrated in India as Youth Day.
In 1881, he first met Ram Krishna Paramhansa, after which he embraced the path of spirituality. Vivekananda, who founded Ram Krishna Math and Ram Krishna Mission, is also credited with cultivating nationalism in the people of colonial India.
On his 156th birthday, Swami looks at some of Vivekananda's teachings and sayings that helped shape the minds of the youth of the nation.
When he talked about the path to success
"Pick an idea. Make this idea your life. His dream; think about it; stick to this idea… this is the way to success, and these are the spiritual giants.
When he described the development of the Spirit
"You have to move from the inside out. No one can teach you, no one can make you spiritual. There is no other teacher besides your own life.
When he opened the way to success
"The true secret, the greatest secret of true happiness, is this: The man or woman who is not asking for anything but the most innocent person is the most successful."
When he reminded that anyone can do anything and everything
"You can do anything and everything without the guidance of anyone. Stand up and express your divinity.
When he dared people to be free
"Dare to be free, dare to go as far as you can think, and dare to pursue it in your life."
When he praised love
"All love is expanding; all selfishness is shrinking. Love is the only law of life. He who loves life, who is selfish, is dying.
When he revealed that the power to change is within us
"We are responsible for what we are, and we have the power to make ourselves whatever we want to be. If what we are now is the result of our own past actions. So, it certainly follows that whatever we want to be in the future can be produced by our current actions. So we have to know how to act. "
When he talked about work
"Everything has to go through these steps: sarcasm, opposition and then acceptance. Those who think ahead of their time will certainly be subject to misunderstanding.
When he explained that the basis of misunderstandings is
"The reason for every misunderstanding is that we see people as we are but not as we are."
When he taught the crowd how to stand up
"Learn all the good from others but bring it in, and absorb it in your own way. Don't be the other.
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