The youth today celebrates Rose Day, Valentine’s Day, Friendship Day and much more but the National Youth Day is barely given notice. “Youth life is the most precious life. Youth is the best time. The way in which you utilize this period will decide the nature of coming years that lie ahead of you,” said the great philosopher Swami Vivekananda. As the nation celebrates the National Youth Day on 12 January, the birthday of Swami Vivekananda, it’s time to draw inspiration and look at what the youth around the world can learn from his teachings.
What the youth can learn from youth icon Swami Vivekananda?
The youth is what a nation has, which will pave its path into the future. But, with the recent number of cases of crime such as rape, etc coming into light, it has certainly raised an alarm on what the youth of the nation is heading towards. In a sad state where rape by juveniles has become a trend, what is it that can draw them back on track? It must be inculcated in the people and the youth that women must be respected.
Swami Vivekananda said in his biography that “Americans look with veneration upon women, who play a most prominent part in their lives. Here this form of worship has attained its perfection — this is the long and short of it. I am almost at my wit’s end to see the women of this country. They are Lakshmi, the Goddess of Fortune, in beauty, and Sarasvati, the Goddess of Learning, in virtues — they are the Divine Mother incarnate. If I can raise a thousand such Madonnas — incarnations of the Divine Mother — in our country before I die, I shall die in peace. Then only will our countrymen become worthy of their name.”
He once had said “To all women every man save her husband should be as her son. To all men every woman save his own wife should be as his mother. When I look about me and see what you call gallantry, my soul is filled with disgust. Not until you learn to ignore the question of sex and to meet on a ground of common humanity will your women really develop. Until then they are playthings, nothing more.”
The right direction to guide the youth from straying
In recent times the increasing crime rate by the juveniles in the country has alarmed the nation. It was noted that in 2011, around 34,000 criminals held were juvenile, which is a 10 percent jump from 2010.
Swami Vivekananda was a youth saint and is an example to the world with the teachings he shared. The youth can know and learn about his ideals, life and achievements.
A generation exposed to drug abuse calls for a savior!
Substance abuse is another trend seen among the youth, not just in India but around the world. It is seen that there is an increased number of minors addicted to drugs. Many of them use their money to buy cigarettes, tobacco, alcohol, and drugs.
Swami Vivekananda was once quoted saying “This wonderful period of the first state of your life is related to you as the soft wet clay in the hands of the potter. Skillfully the potter gives it the right and correct shapes and forms, which he intends to give. Even so, you can wisely mould your life, your character, your physical health and strength, in short your entire nature in any way in which you make up your mind to do. And you must do this now.”
The final message
Rabindranath Tagore had said “If you want to know India, study Swami Vivekananda- in him everything is positive and nothing is negative.” The message of the youth icon Swami Vivekananda would be to spread the message of positivity.
“You cannot teach a child any more than you can grow a plant. All you can do is on the negative side — you can only help. It is a manifestation from within; it develops its own nature — you can only take away obstructions,” said the great philosopher.
- Swami Vivekananda: Youth icon at 150 years (ktrmurali.wordpress.com)
- Five Initiatives Inspired By Swami Vivekananda (ktrmurali.wordpress.com)