Swami Vivekananda, a captivating saint of India. His 157th birth anniversary celebrated recently

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Swami Sri Vivekananda, Baranagar,WB en.wikipedia.org

Above image: Celebration of Swami Vivekananda's 156th birthday at Baranagar Ramakrishna Mission of West Bengal, India in 2019.................
Swami Vivekananda was born as Narendranath Dutta on 12th January 1863. Swami Vivekananda, a disciple of Sri Ramakrishna Paramahamsa,  was the first person to introduce Indian Philosophy and its key elements of Vedanta and Yoga to the western world which, at that point of time, was quite ignorant of India's frontiers in the realm of metaphysics. He also emphasized the importance of interfaith and created an awareness  among other religious groups for peaceful coexistence.  Being  the foremost disciple of  the 19th century saint Sri Ramakrishna and founder of Ramakrishna Math and Ramakrishna mission, Swami Vivekananda has become an integral part of India's deep-rooted Indian culture and its ethos. His inspiring quotes and ideals have reached very nook and corner of India. 

Every year birth anniversary of Swami Vivekananda is celebrated all over the country imparting his teachings and messages  to the youth so that they will stick to the lofty ideals that will make India a better country in future. Many educational institutions in the south observe it as the National Youth Day  as in other parts of India and the  the primary aim  is to  create an awareness among  the young students about the philosophies, principles and ideas of Swami Vivekananda that will make them men of good character and patriotic citizens. This motivation is a necessity to prepare the young mind who could be leaders of our country to-morrow and engage in nation building. Due credit is given to cultivate clean habit and character in public life that will help them develop India free from evil of  linguistic chauvinism, corruptions, scams, lies, etc.  Sri Vivekananda remained a great Vedantist, inspiring and captivating people till his death. 
His birthday 157th birth day  celebrations were held  on the 12 of January, 2020 in the interior villages of Tamil Nadu as well. It was
Sri Swamiji Vivekanand's quote. .india.com
in 1984,  the Government of India declared this day as National Youth Day and since 1985 onward  every year this event  has been  celebrated  across India.
 Swami Vivekananda is well known for his spell-binding  speech that began with “Sisters and Brothers of America” at the Parliament of World’s Religions in Chicago in 1893.  His speech gave inspirations to many clear headed mind in the western world.
Wherever  Swami Vivekananda traveled  across  India his aura, clear mind and inspiring speeches attracted people from all walks of life.  When he saw the poor condition of the Indian people in the colonial era , he wanted to motivate them mentally and metaphysically  so that they could face challenges in life with courage and faith.
Very much inspired by his electrifying speeches, the Raja of Ramnad (South Tamil Nadu)  Sri
Bhaskara Setupati  urged  Sri Vivekananda to travel to America to participate in the World religious conference in Chicago, Illinois.  Swamiji  himself said that it was  ruler ''Bhaskara Setupati that first put this idea into his head''. Besides, the Raja of Ramnad, a trusted disciple of Swamiji, an ardent Hindu, sponsored his trip to the US with  the notion that Swamiji's lofty and noble  ideals  should not be confined to within the four boundaries of India  and  they should  reverberate across the globe.  Yes, they impacted intellectuals of many faiths from several countries.
Some quotes of Swami Vivekananda:
'01. 'Take up one idea, make that one idea your life. Think of it, dream of it, Live on that 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.”
02.''If you think yourselves strong, strong you will be.”
03. “Experience is the only teacher we have. we may talk and reason all our lives, but we shall not understand a word of truth.”
04. ''Stand up, be bold, and take the blame on your own shoulders. Do not go about throwing mud at other; for all the faults you suffer from, you are the sole and only cause.”
05. ''Meditation can turn fools into sages but unfortunately, fools never meditate.”
06. ''You cannot believe in God until you believe in yourself.”
07. ''We are what our thought have made us; So take care about what you think. Words are secondary. Thoughts live; They travel far.”