Swami Vivekanda was one of the most inspiring personalities born in India, who on the first instance will be remembered as the man who shook the western world with his inspiring speech at the World’s Parliament of Religions held in September 1893.
In his speech he showcased the real wisdom of Sanadhana Dharma which changed the perception of the west who otherwise considered India as a dark spot in the world. Born to Vishwanath Datta, and, Bhuvaneshwari Devi on 12 January 1863, his childhood name was Narendra Nath Datta. From childhood itself he showed affinity toward spirituality and meditation, which was also helped by his mother’s deep devotional nature. In 1881, soon after graduating from Calcutta University, he met Sri Ramakrishna Paramahamsa who accepted Narendra as his discipline. In 1887, after realizing his life’s mission, he decided to take up the monastic way and took the name Swami Vivekanda. The intense Guru Shisya Association later resulted in the formation of Sri Rama Krishna Mission by the latter, after the Samadhi of his Guru on 16 August 1886. Swami Vivekanda travelled across India enlightening and inspiring people of all class and age including masses struck by poverty and backwardness. He struck the balance between Vendantic philosophies and the real world problems, handled both with amazing skills and ease and urged the youth of India to Arise and Awake. In one of his travels across his mother land, he mediated at the Southern tip of India at Kanyakumari where he experienced enlightenment. Vivekanda Rock memorial was later erected in commemoration of this incident. He also connected spirituality with science and was an inspiration for great scientists like Nikolas Tesla. His association with JRD Tata inspired the latter to establish the Tata Institute of Fundamental Science. He traveled to UK and US spreading the message of Dharmic philosophies which laid the foundation of Indian spirituality in the West. Swamy Vivekananda attained Mahasamadhi on 4th July 1902. Despite having a short lifespan of 39 years, the spiritual revolution he launched 100 years back still resonates and inspires the world, especially the Youth. As a mark of respect to the great son of mother Bharat, every year January 12 is celebrated as National Youth day in India.