National Youth day | Swami Vivekananda birthday

National Youth Day also known as Yuva Diwas and  Swami Vivekananda Birthday is celebrated on 12th of January every year. It is celebrated to honor the birthday of Swami Vivekananda. National Youth Day was announced by the Government of India in 1984 to celebrate the birthday of Swami Vivekananda.

About Swami Vivekananda


Swami Vivekananda was an Indian Hindu monk, a chief disciple of the 19th-century Indian mystic Ramakrishna. He was a key figure in the introduction of the Indian philosophies of Vedanta and Yoga to the Western world and is credited with raising interfaith awareness, bringing Hinduism to the status of a major world religion during the late 19th century. He was a major force in the revival of Hinduism in India, and contributed to the concept of nationalism in colonial India. Vivekananda founded the Ramakrishna Math and the Ramakrishna Mission. He is perhaps best known for his speech which began, "Sisters and brothers of America ...," in which he introduced Hinduism at the Parliament of the World's Religions in Chicago in 1893.

Born into an aristocratic Bengali family of Calcutta, Vivekananda was inclined towards spirituality. He was influenced by his Guru, Ramakrishna Deva, from whom he learnt that all living beings were an embodiment of the divine self; therefore, service to God could be rendered by service to mankind. After Ramakrishna's death, Vivekananda toured the Indian subcontinent extensively and acquired first-hand knowledge of the conditions prevailing in British India. He later travelled to the United States, representing India at the 1893 Parliament of the World Religions. Vivekananda conducted hundreds of public and private lectures and classes, disseminating tenets of Hindu philosophy in the United States, England and Europe. In India, Vivekananda is regarded as a patriotic saint and his birthday is celebrated there as National Youth Day.(Source)

Swami Vivekananda quotes and thoughts

Here I have collected some best Swami Vivekananda thoughts and Swami Vivekananda quotes.
Experience is the only teacher we have. We may talk and reason all our lives, but we shall not understand a word of truth until we experience it ourselves. - Swami Vivekananda

“Stand on your own feet, and assimilate what you can; learn from every nation, take what is of use to you” - Swami Vivekananda

Experience is a far more glorious teacher than any amount of speculation, or any amount of books written by globe-trotters and hasty observers. - Swami Vivekananda

“You are the greatest book that ever was or ever will be, the infinite depository of all that is. Until the inner teacher opens, all outside teaching is in vain.” - Swami Vivekananda

“Work purifies the heart and so leads to Vidyâ (wisdom)…Virtuous deeds take off the veil from knowledge, and knowledge alone can make us see God.” - Swami Vivekananda

“Education is the manifestation of the perfection already in man. Religion is the manifestation of the Divinity already in man. Therefore the only duty of the teacher in both cases is to remove all obstructions from the way. Hands off! as I always say, and everything will be right. That is, our duty is to clear the way. The Lord does the rest.” - Swami Vivekananda

“Education is not the amount of information that is put into your brain and runs riot there, undigested, all your life.” - Swami Vivekananda

“Knowledge is nothing but finding unity in the midst of diversity.”- Swami Vivekananda

“We want the education by which character is formed, strength of mind is increased, the intellect is expanded, and by which one can stand on one’s own feet.” - Swami Vivekananda

You know but little of that which is within you. For behind you is the ocean of infinite power and blessedness. - Swami Vivekananda

The aim of education is to manifest in our lives the perfection, which is the very nature of our inner self - Swami Vivekananda

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Top 3 Swami Vivekananda's Books

Here I have collected Top 3 swami Vivekananda books

  1. The Life of Swami Vivekananda (click here)

  2. Inspiring Thoughts (Click here)

  3. Karmyog - Hindi (Click here)



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