In the last two centuries, no other individual has captured the hearts of the youth of Bharat, the way Swami Vivekananda did. He blew energy into the Hindu race which was indulging in self-loathe. He exhorted people of Bharat with his words ” “This is the ancient land, where wisdom made its home before it went into any other country… Here is the same India whose soil has been trodden by the feet of the greatest sages that ever lived… Look back, therefore, as far as you can, drink deep of the eternal fountains that are behind, and after that look forward, march forward, and make India brighter, greater, much higher, than she ever was.”
The youth of Bharat must put their entire energy for these two years to learn and educate themselves regarding our Vedic roots and heritage. These are years of preparation during which all of us need to spread out wide to spread the message of Swami Vivekananda – The message of Shakti, Seva and Samskar.
“My faith is in the younger generation, the modern generation out of them will come my workers. They will work out the whole problem, like lions. I have formulated the idea and have given my life to it. If I do not achieve success, some better one will come after me to work it out, and I shall be content to struggle.”
CW : VOL 5 : Interview : the missionary work of the first hindu sannyasin to the west and his plan of regeneration of India : p. 223
Where are the men? That is the question. Young men, my hope in you. Will you respond to the call of your nation? Each one of you has a glorious future if you dare believe me. Have a tremendous faith in yourselves. Ay, we will then go to every country under the sun, and our ideas will before long be a component of the many forces that are working to make up every nation in the world. We much enter into the life of every race in India and abroad; shall have to work to bring this about. Now for that I want young men. “It is that young, the strong, and healthy, of sharp intellect that will reach the Lord”, say the Vedas.CW : VOL 3 : Lectures from Colombo to almora: The future of India p: 303 – 304.
The 150th Jayanti is a great occasion to remind ourselves of his thoughts and vision for Bharat and dedicate ourselves to the cause of dedicating ourselves to the glory of our motherland and Dharma. An article giving various programs that are being held in the year is at the link below
A website has been launched by Vivekananda Kendra to document the various activities commemorating Swamiji’s Jayanti. http://www.vivekananda150jayanti.org/
1. Two Links are given below introducing his Life & Teachings
3. Swamiji’s famous speech at Chicago which catapulted him to the World Stage is below
Audio of Swami Vivekananda’s speech ( though the voice is not his )
4. During the course of his tours and writings, Swamiji wrote on a number of subjects related to the problems before Bharat and how to tackle them. A few are documented Below.