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                         Vivekananda’s  Vision for Modern India

“Arise! Awake! And stop not till the goal is reached.” These inspiring words from Upnishads were the watchwords of Swami Vivekananda. He would often say these words to remind himself and others of the Herculean tasks that were unfinished at his time. The first goal that he yearned for India was to achieve freedom from the British. Though spiritual, he sensitized thousands of young men to get involved in the freedom movement.

When a struggling monk, he had to travel a lot from one part of the country to another; during these travels he saw India riddled with many problems of social injustice, political subjection and economic deprivation. He longed all these problems to be wiped from the face of not only India, but the entire world. What pained him the most was the exploitation of the poor and underprivileged classes by not only the foreigners, but the rich people of his own country.

Vivekananda believed education to be the panacea for all ills ailing his mother land. His target was to bringing political, social, economical, scientific, and spiritual revolution by bringing revolution in education. The young of the India were his best bet. He often gave the following message to his disciples in his discourses: “Teach yourself, teach everyone, call upon the sleeping soul and see how it awakes. Power will come, glory will be 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 often appealed to the youth to be strong by possessing “muscles of iron and nerves of steel..’’ After being a great success at Parliament of Religion in America and West, Swami Ji was greatly influenced by the technological and scientific advancement of the western countries. He wanted India to be prosperous and advanced in science and technology too. On 1 May 1897 in Calcutta, Vivekananda founded the Ramakrishna Mission for social service. Vivekananda also founded two other monasteries: one in Mayavati in the Himalayas (near Almora), the Advaita Ashramaand another in Madras.

In order to promote scientific attitude and temperament he was instrumental in getting the Research Institute of Science opened by Jamshedji Tata. He did not accept the offer of becoming the head of the institute as he wanted to focus on his specialized field—spiritual awakening of the masses.

He gave the Indians visions and goals. He inspired the youth to chase those dreams. Even after his passing away, his rich literature, teachings keeps guiding the Indians towards the right path. He wished India to be again a world leader in all the spheres. The country and its people will always be grateful to this great legend of India who attracted the world’s attention towards her unique spiritual heritage. If the great soul had lived a little longer in the mortal flesh and blood form, he would certainly have contributed to India’s development and transformation in million more ways. India will always remain proud of her great son, Vivekanada.

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