Swami Vivekananda’s ideas on India and his call to the youth of India are spread across his various talks, writings, interview and epistles. The core of his ideas was written in his letters to his disciples and brother disciples in India, and in the series of talks that he gave when he reached India. Here is a selection from his talks given at Colombo, Kumbhakonam, Madras (Chennai) and Lahore, which covers almost all the important ideas. This is intended to serve as an appetizer to help people get an overview and encourage to probe further
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Swami Vivekananda was born to Vishwanath Datta and Bhuvaneshwari Devi, in Kolkata on 12th January, 1863. During his education in the Calcutta University, he acquired vast knowledge of various subjects, especially Western philosophy and history. Since his childhood, he was inclined towards spirituality. His Guru, Ramakrisna Deva had great influence in his early life. His Guru taught him that all living beings were an embodiment of the divine self; therefore, service to God could be rendered by service to mankind. Swami Vivekananda, known for his spiritual genius, is an inspiring personality who is widely known for introducing Indian philosophies of Vedanta and Yoga to the Western world.  

He is also famous as the founder of Ramakrishna Mission. He interpreted Hindu sculptures and Hindu way of life to the Western people and thus helped in building bridges between the East and the West.  He was India’s first great cultural ambassador to the West. During his travels all over India, Swami Vivekananda was deeply moved by the backwardness and the poverty that the Indians lived in. He realized the immediate need to provide basic necessities to the people including food. In order to fight the backwardness, Swami ji realized how important it was to instill self-faith and belief in one’s capacity in the minds of those who have been downtrodden since ages. He decided to educate the masses, inspire them to improve their living conditions and to strengthen their moral sense through spiritual knowledge.

Swami Vivekananda had tremendous faith in the youth of the country. He vehemently asked the youth to strive to build a high moral character and be kind and helpful towards the less privileged.  In one of his inspiring massages to the youth, he says: “Teach yourself, teach everyone, his real nature, call upon the sleeping soul and see how it awakes. Power will come, glory will done, goodness will come, purity will come, and everything that is excellent will come when this sleeping soul is roused to self-conscious activity.’’ He considered them as the greatest asset and believed that only the young generation has the potential to change the face of society. He urged the youth of the country to become strong – physically, spiritually and intellectually so that the future of the society is safe and secure. He firmly believed that his vision of a new society where every man enjoyed his freedom and individuality, his strength and his capacity to love and serve human beings can come true only when the youth of the country joins his mission.  “Neither money pays, nor name, nor fame, nor learning, it is character that can cleave through admantine walls of difficulty. Bear this in mind’’ was his earnest advice to the youth.
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