Swami Vivekananda was an Indian Hindu Monk and chief disciple of the 19th century saint Shri Ramakrishna Paramahansa. He was a key figure in the introduction of the Indian Philosophies of Vedanta and Yoga to the western world.
The entire life of Swami Vivekananda teaches us. But here are 7 things we must learn from his life.
1. Strength is life, weakness is death.
Swami Vivekananda always wanted everyone to be strong physically and mentally, because strong people can only fight for the truth.
He believed that strength is the medicine for all the evils of the world. If someone is weak, he can not stand for himself and can be oppressed easily.
2. Women deserve and are fit for everything.
Swami believed that women are equal to men. They have the power to do all the work, men can do.
Women don’t need anyone’s sympathy for living their life. They must be treated equally in a society.
3. Religion is divine.
Vivekananda said- Religion is the manifestation of the Divinity already in man. No man is born without any religion.
He has a religion in his own soul. We need not go anywhere to find God, if we can’t see God in our own heart and in every living being.
4. Believe in yourself.
Swami Vivekananda strongly advocated that first we should believe on ourselves. You cannot believe in God until you believe in yourself.
The whole secret of existence is to have no fear. Whatever you think, that you will be. Never think there is anything impossible for the soul.
5. Work with determination.
Arise! Awake! And don’t stop until the goal is reached.
Once you have set some goal, you should work with all the resources you have got in order to achieve that goal. You should be strongly determined until that goal is reached.
6. Serving man is serving God.
Swami Vivekananda said- So long as the millions die in hunger and ignorance, I shall hold every man a traitor who, having been educated at their expense, pays not the leas heed to them!
He considered that every one who is educated and has money, is useless if people around us have to die beacuse of startvation.
7. Love you country.
Vivekananda considered the motherland as a living being. He asked the countrymen to believe in themselves and the nation.
About India, he was certain that no outward power can hold her back and India would become a world leader risen to her feet.
He is perhaps best known for his inspiring speech which began with “Sisters and brothers of America….”. He introduced Hinduism at the parliament of the World’s Religions in Chicago in 1893.
His birthday 12th January is celebrated as National Youth Day.
Mahatma Gandhi said- “After reading the works of Swami Vivekananda, My love for the nation became a thousand-fold.”