Prime Minister Pays Tribute to Swami Vivekanand

Prime Minister Narendra Modi extended his reverential homage to Swami Vivekananda on the occasion of his birth anniversary in New Delhi. Recognizing Vivekananda’s pivotal role in elevating Indian spiritualism and culture to global eminence, the Prime Minister emphasized the enduring influence of the luminary’s ideas and messages, perpetually serving as a wellspring of inspiration for the youth. 

The birth anniversary of Swami Vivekananda, characterized by its vibrancy, is solemnly observed as the National Youth Day.

Marking the significance of the occasion, PM Modi is slated to inaugurate the 27th National Youth Festival in Maharashtra’s Nashik later today. An annual event coinciding with Swami Vivekananda’s birth anniversary, the festival promises to attract enthusiastic participation from young individuals across the nation.

About Swami Vivekanand

  • Born as Narendranath Dutta in Calcutta in January 1863.
  • Influenced by Guru Ramakrishna Paramahamsa.
  • Became a monk, traveled across India and the West.
  • Formally accepted monastic vows in 1886.
  • Established significant Mathas, including Belur Math in Howrah district.
  • Founded Ramakrishna Mission in May 1897.
  • Passed away in 1902 in Belur Math, West Bengal.

Contributions

  • Introduced West to Indian philosophies, especially Vedanta and Yoga.
  • Engaged in social service.
  • Advocated against the caste system, promoted science, and industrialization.
  • Inspired participation in the freedom struggle and national independence movement.
  • Urged youth to fight colonial oppression, emphasizing unity and social service.
  • Encouraged interfaith debates, opposed superstitions, and supported women’s upliftment.
  • Promoted equality and free-thinking.
  • Coined the term neo-Vedanta.
  • Worked towards a better understanding of Hinduism and nationalism.
  • Believed in service to people as the highest form of worship.
  • Stressed physical and moral strength.
  • Outlined four pillars of nationalism: consciousness of ancient Indian glory, development of moral and physical strength, awakening the masses, and unity based on common spiritual ideas.

Associated Organizations:

  • Revered as the chief disciple of the 19th-century mystic Ramakrishna Paramhansa, he founded the Ramakrishna Mission in 1897.
  • The Ramakrishna Mission dedicates its efforts to value-based education, culture, health, women’s empowerment, youth and tribal welfare, and relief and rehabilitation.
  • In 1899, he established the Belur Math, a place that became his permanent residence.

Death:

He passed away at Belur Math in 1902. Situated in West Bengal, Belur Math serves as the central hub for both Ramakrishna Math and Ramakrishna Mission.

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