Swami Vivekananda Jayanti
Swami Vivekananda Jayanti
Born on 12th January 1863 into an aristocratic Bengali family, Swami Vivekananda showed and inclination towards spirituality and higher learning from an early age. He was highly influenced by the teachings of Ramakrishna, who later became his mentor and teacher. He believed that service to mankind was akin to service to God as all living things were embodiment of God. After saint Ramakrishna’s death, Swami Vivekananda toured India extensively. Later on he also travelled abroad to the United States as an Indian Delegate. He also spread his teachings throughout the United States, Europe and the United Kingdom.
He was a monk in the true sense, his contribution to spreading the Indian philosophies of the Vedanta and Yoga to the western world are unparalleled. He was also responsible for spreading the spirit of nationalism in colonial India and contributed largely in reviving Hinduism in the country. He is also the founder of the Ramakrishna Mission and Ramakrishna Math.
His birthday is celebrated as Swami Vivekananda Jayanti every year, but this day has also been celebrated as the National Youth Day since 1985. The day is celebrated to honour Swami Vivekananda and his teachings. He has contributed greatly to various topics of various fields by giving a spiritual outlook on these topics.
The celebrations take place on a very large scale in the Ramakrishna Missions and Ramakrishna Math’s all over the country. Educational institutions also celebrate this day with gusto as it is also a day celebrating the youth. The main focus in the celebration is on education and service to the marginalised. Swami Vivekananda believed that education not only empowered but also helped students to become better human beings and as education may help in attaining a certain level of spirituality it would always be easy for them to judge the right path. Service to the marginalised is the other point of focus as Swami Ji believed that humans are the embodiment of God and serving our fellow human beings we will in turn be able to serve God.
Among other celebrations, the missions and math’s hold bhajans, Kirtans, puja’s, aarti’s; which are joined in by people from all over the country of all age groups and also by people from other countries as well. Swami Vivekananda was a monk who ensured that his teachings reached the maximum number of people and as a result followers from all around the world participate in the celebration.
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