National Youth Day: Blog post by Dr. Latha Prakash
"Arise, awake and stop not till your goal is reached."
Swami Vivekananda born as Narendranath Datta was an Indian monk and philosopher. He was a chief disciple of Ramakrishna Paramahamsa, influenced by Western esotericism he was the key figure in the introduction of Vedas and yoga to the western world. He was a major force in the contemporary reform movements in India and contributed to the concept of nationalism in colonial India.
National Youth Day is also known as Vivekananda Jayanti is celebrated On the 12th of January every year. In 1984 the Government of India declared the birthday of Swami Vivekananda as National Youth Day and since 1985 the event is celebrated annually. The Government of India quoted that the philosophy of Swamiji and the ideals for which he lived and worked could be a great source of inspiration for the Indian Youth Day.
On 12th January 2013, former Indian Prime Minister Mr Manmohan Singh told in his address at the inauguration of four-year-long celebrations of Swami Vivekananda's 150th birth anniversary., "What Gandhiji said captures the great importance of spreading Swami Vivekananda's ideas and ideals among the youth in our country today. He personified tge eternal energy of the youth and their restless quest for truth. We must work to rekindle the eternal message of this great patriot and son of India.
The National Youth Day is observed all over India at schools and colleges, with processions, speeches, music, youth conventions, seminars, yogasana, essay writing competitions on January 12th every year.
Swami Vivekananda\"s lectures and writings deriving their inspiration from the broad outlook of his master Sri Ramakrishna Paramahamsa has inspired several youth organisations and study circles.
Remembering one of his quotes One infinite pure and holy - beyond thought, beyond qualities I bow down to thee.
The team of The Pink Comrade remembers Swami Vivekananda on his birth anniversary.