Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Swami Vivekananda and the social networking generation

"Take up one idea. Make that one idea your life - think of it, dream of it, live on idea. Let the brain, muscles, nerves, every part of your body, be full of that idea, and just leave every other idea alone. This is the way to success." - Swami Vivekananda.



It is Swami Vivekananda's birth anniversary today. But does this matter to we the facebook, twitter generation of young Indians? Pity is, many amongst us don't even understand what he was and what he did for our nation, for our spirituality. That our government has labelled this day as National Youth Day is ironic at best!

I'll keep this post short, very short. All i would request you, my young friends is to study some works by him. Because if you are an Indian, if you've to know and understand the idea of India, and if you are interested in the spiritual aspect of Hinduism (though you don't have to be a Hindu to appreciate him!) you've to know, understand, study, the life and works of Swami Vivekananda. I've read some of his works, that's why i can say this with surety.

And maybe, by the time we celebrate the next youth day, we'll have better understanding of him and his contribution towards the making of India.

6 comments:

Danish said...

True on both accounts. One doesn't have to be a Hindu to learn,appreciate Swami Vivekananda's writings. He was a spiritualist par excellence and probably the biggest champion of the mature and incluvist Hindu ethos and India's pluralistic culture.
So,when you pity the newer generations oblivious of his contribution, the debt that they owe to him, i cannot but agree absolutely.

Rohit said...

Liked the write up very much. How nice it would be if you include links to some web resources of Swamiji...

Good one!

How do we know said...

YES! YES! YES! totally second u on this.. ur posts are very thot provoking Adee..and in that, they are rare..not many posts make one think these days..

Adee said...

danish, rohit sir: thanks. thanks a lot for your comments.

so glad to find kindred souls. as u can see, not many have visited this post, but for my previous post: a 'sardiyon mein nahana' satirical poem i got lots of feedback both here n on fbuk :)

howdy: thank u N. u, the mothers r my hope, because you hold the key to the new generation :) hope you'll take him through some of Swami ji's thoughts n works. thanks again for ur generous comments.

shadows said...

I may agree on most counts, but i actually think it was good that the indian govt marked this day as "youth day" sometimes these days just let us make that extra effort in knowing... like valentines day and friendship day... for someone who has grown up in a family of people talking and reading about both Vivekanand and Ramakrishna, it makes even more sense. for things i take for granted, coz i have always heard about it and i know... such days make me do that search again and read. you should probably listen to some of the songs he wrote...

shadows said...

P.S. the more i read your blog or anything you write in general the more i realise you need to learn bangla

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