Tuesday, 8 January 2019

Social-Political Philosophy of Vivekananda in English

Social-Political Philosophy of Vivekananda in English

"I have faith in my country and especially in the youths of my country. With an immense amount of feeling and enthusiasm in the blood come heroes who will march from one corner of the earth to the other, preaching and teaching the eternal spiritual truths of our forefathers."

Swami Vivekananda firmly believed in the spiritual and physical awakening of the Indian youths for their achievement of a glorious future ahead. He had all throughout his life spoken to boost the youths from the core so that they could become the vehement catalysts in shaping the destiny of the holy nation, India. Vivekananda wanted the youths to instill tremendous faith in them such that India could be revived to the fullest and Indian ideas spread far and wide and be a component of the many forces that are working to make up every nation in this world."

It is universal to believe that youth is that period of time when the reservoir of energy flows perpetually, creativity is at its zenith and the indomitable spirit never appears thrashed and exhausted. These are the actual resources for the building of a nation. The Swami's clarion call to the youths is that they must invest their collective energies into the restructuring of this nation and place it at a sky-high pedestal. He calls upon the youth to set off and conquer the world with Indian spirituality and philosophy and he convinced everyone that it is condition of do or die.

Vivekananda inspires the Indian youths to be dauntless in their approach to the world. The moment one fears, he is nobody. Fear, he believed, is the greatest cause of misery and woes in this word. Of all superstitions, fear is the greatest. A man with no fear can even bring down heaven at his threshold. The holy ascetic asked the youths to be morally so affluent that they could live for the sake of others because life is too transient and the vanities of the world would not be hovering for long. He believed that one really lives who lives for the others, the rest are more dead than alive. The youths must at the inception realize what there is within them, the power to do anything and everything; what is considerably indispensable is merely the belief that the self is not weak and can at any time stand up and express divinity.

Youth is the only time when the future is decided and the future could be decided only when there is freshness and vigor, rather not when one is jaded and worn out. Like the Vedas, the Swami also believed that "It is the young, the strong, and healthy, of sharp intellect that will reach the Lord.” Of many things spoken by the Swami, the focus and internalization on the three H's apparently proves pertinent for the youths. The first H is the heart which is very necessary to feel for the poor, the downtrodden and the marginalized. It is only with the driving force of the emotions that one can inspire oneself and the others to think beyond the ordinary mundane existence. But there may still be limitations at times when the emotional reaction acts in isolation. Thus there is a second H, which refers to the head. For sorting out solutions to the intricate political, social, economical and poverty issues, the youths need a healthy head to think and strategize upon the problems afflicting India. And only feeling and thinking upon the problems would not suffice. They must be accompanied by the hands, the third H, to implement the plans and strategies into concrete structures. With utmost discipline and strong will, the youths must work their hands to translate emotions and thoughts into pragmatic actions. Only then can the youths help in realizing Vivekananda dreams of a strong and better India.

And the youths really responded. The anti-corruption demonstrations in India in the recent past were witness to the very fact. But had that been carried out through an organized procedure of the three H's as shown to us by Vivekananda, it would have made a huge difference and a far better impact. To honor this great ascetic and sincere well-wisher of the Indian youths, the Indian government had in the year 1984 declared 12th of January, the day of birth of the Swami, as the National Youth Day and since 1985 it has been celebrated every year. The inspiring, poignant words spoken to the convened youths by the former Indian Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh on the occasion of the National Youth Day in 2011 are worth noting, "What Gandhiji said captures the great importance of spreading Swami Vivekananda’s ideas and ideals among the youth in our country today. He personified the eternal energy of the youth and their restless quest for truth... We must work to rekindle the eternal message of this great patriot and son of India."

The message is like crystal, the only prerequisite is the sole aspect of awakening, the belief in the power of the self, the belief of rendering the fearless hero what Vivekananda preached years ago in his seminal speeches. Above all the youths, to bring forth their inert power and to keep marching forward inevitably, must only recollect the simple, plain words spoken by the great Swami, "Arise, awake and stop not till the goal is reached."



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