National Youth Day: Some valuable lessons from Swami Vivekananda’s life

The philosophy of Swamiji and the ideals for which he lived and worked could be a great source of inspiration for the Indian youth. So on this youth day, here we list some of the most valuable lessons sermonised by Swami Vivekananda that continues to embellish our lives.

India is one such nation in the world which has a significant youth population and that’s the biggest and the most useful asset of our country. But the hustle-bustle and the turmoil of this unusually complex world that seemingly mires all our lives can often make us go through a maze of hardships where we tend to forget our crucial life values.

Since 1984, the birthday of Swami Vivekananda is observed as National Youth Day whose life draws many youth values that have consistently inspired generations across the span of time. In a nutshell, the philosophy of Swamiji and the ideals for which he lived and worked could be a great source of inspiration for the Indian youth. So on this youth day, here we list some of the most valuable lessons sermonised by Vivekananda that continue to embellish our lives.

1. Always have humility

Once when Swami Vivekananda tried to correct a person speaking in wrong English, the man retorted him saying that he cannot correct him as English is his mother tongue. But, Swamiji humbly replied that he knows the use of the language as he has learned it rather than attaining it from siblings.

So, at times when people ask us question while we try to correct them, there should always be a sense of humility in our replies and answers.

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2. Being curious is advantageous

Swamiji often use to ask his mentor if he has seen his god or not? In return, Ramkrishna retorted that he has seen the god just like he is watching him and that the god is present everywhere. The essential life lesson that is derived from this is that curiosity often leads us to get some of the most wholesome and holistic answers and results.

3. Being kind and compassionate

In this cruel and eccentric world, it’s very difficult to depict the values of kindness and compassion. But we can exhibit small acts of kindness around our loved ones and friends while encouraging humanistic values by praising their good deeds and qualities. Swamiji also emphasised that the precious values of kindness and compassion are innate and inherent within each one of us.

4. Should always encourage unity

Our words are often our tool as far as building relationships are concerned. Therefore, purity of speech along with pristine words is the most precious prerequisite for maintain cordial relations with myriad people. We should always remember that it is our words that may either build or break our relations with friends and siblings.

5. Having humour is being intelligent

Swami Vivekananda often said that intelligence has the ability to turn every conflict into humour because humour has another sign of intelligence it can help overcome the conflicting situation. Moreover, humour can easily make us overcome some of the most dramatic and adversarial circumstances in our lives.

6. Respecting our culture and beliefs

When a British man once said to Swami Vivekananda that Indian’s clothing sense is quite uncivilised, then he retorted saying that in our culture character builds a man instead of cloths. This reference makes a lot of significance as every culture and tradition is a melting pot of uniqueness in itself and having a sense of respect for them will further encourage their sustenance in the future.

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