12th of January is marked as national youth day to celebrate Swami vivekanand birthday.
Swami Vivekananda was a great Hindu saint and religious leader. His real name was Narendranath Datta.
It’s celebrated because
1. Swami Vivekanand believes in the power of the youth.
2. Government felt that the youth can be encouraged and inspired by the life of Swami Vivekanand
3. Swami held strong views of the youth and felt they are the solution to the various problems in our country. “My hope of the future lies in the youths of character, intelligent, renouncing all for the service of others, and obedient – good to themselves and the country at large.”
4. Swami Feels today’s youth is becoming more and more cynical. “It is very easy to point out the defects of institutions, all being more or less imperfect, but he is the real benefactor of humanity who helps the individual to overcome his imperfections under whatever institutions he may live.”
5. Swami has inspired people to live for themselves. “My boy, when death is inevitable, is it not better to die like heroes than as stocks and stones? And what is the use of living a day or two more in this transitory world? It is better to wear out than to rust out — specially for the sake of doing the least good to others,” he said.
Apart from that he has contributed immensely to spreading Hinduism all around the globe.
Not only that he has defended before the world audience and successfully revived the ancient wisdom these scriptures. He had in-depth knowledge of Hindu scriptures such as the four Vedas, Upanishads, Puranas and Bhagawata Gita, etc. His major works are Karma Yoga, Raj Yoga, Bhakti Yoga and Jnana Yoga.
In his sort life of 39 years, he has contributed and inspired the youth to the extend that they
still recalls his famous quote,”Arise, awake and stop not till the goal is reached”. His thoughts inspired the youth.