Every year we celebrate 12th January as National Youth Day which is birth anniversary of Swami Vivekanand ji. But have you ever wondered why we celebrate his birth anniversary as National Youth Day. Let me enlight to some really important facts that will add value to you and make you understand the reason behind it.
Why 12th January is celebrated as National Youth Day (Rashtriya Yuva Diwas)
Swami ji was born on 12 January 1863 in Kolkata, West Bengal. He was one of nine siblings and belonged to a traditional family. His interest toward spirituality was from his early age and he used to mediate before the images of deities such as Shiva, Rama, Sita and Mahaveer Hanuman.
He was restless and his mother used to say that, she had to prayed to Shiva for son but he sent her a demon. He had great interest in reading and read a wide range of subject including Philosophy, Religion l, History, Social Science, Art and Literature.
Swamiji always highlighted the thoughts of appreciating youth and showed tremendous faith in youth.
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He inspired youth to have confident attitude and to not lose hope in a problematic situations. He gave message to youth l, “what I want is muscles of iron and nerves of Steel inside which dwells a mind of the same material as that of which the thunderbolt is made”. He believed, weak thoughts should be replaced with optimism with help of yoga and meditation.
In 1984 the government of India declared 12th January as national youth Day and since 1985 we celebrate 12 January as national youth Day.
Some of his Quotes..
“All the powers in the universe are already ours. It is we who have put our hands before our eyes and cry that it is dark.”
“If faith in ourselves had been more extensively taught and practiced, I am sure a very large portion of the evils and miseries that we have would have vanished.”
“You have to grow from the inside out. None can teach you, none can make you spiritual. There is no other teacher but your own soul.”
“The whole secret of existence is to have no fear. Never fear what will become of you, depend on no one. Only the moment you reject all help are you freed.”
“Our duty is to encourage every one in his struggle to live up to his own highest idea, and strive at the same time to make the ideal as near as possible to the Truth.”
“The more we come out and do good to others, the more our hearts will be purified, and God will be in them.”
“Arise! Awake! and stop not until the goal is reached.”
He was a cricketer also