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Swami Vivekananda

    Swami Vivekananda was one of the most famous spiritual leaders and exponents of Indian culture and spiritualism. His inspiring message is, "Arise, awake and stop not till the goal is reached."

    Swami Vivekananda was born in 1863 in Calcutta. His real name was Narendranath Dutt. From his very childhood, he was sharp mind. He passed the college with high marks. During his student life, he was very inquisitive. Philosophy and spiritualism stirred his heart and soul. He was educated in English fashion and became a blend of east and west. He also studied yoga seriously and practiced it.

    Vivekananda had keen interest in literature, philosophy and history. He was also gifted with oratorial power. He had no interest in worldly pleasures. He devoted his life championing the supremacy of Vedantic philosophy. After his meeting with Ramakrishna Paramahansa, he felt that he had found his goal of life. He toured the length and breadth of the country and kindled the flame of spiritualism among his countrymen.

    He sailed to America in 1892 and went to Chicago as an Indian representative at the 'Parliament of all Religions of the world'. Vivekananda declared that Indian culture is based on spiritualism while western culture is founded on materialism.

    In 1897, Swami Vivekananda founded Ramkrishna Mission for the service of the Indian society and spread of spiritualism. He was a dedicated Indian who toiled for the cause of Indian culture. He wrote books like 'Yoga', 'Rajyoga' and 'Gyanyoga' and showed a new path to the Younger generation. He died in 1902. National Youth Day (January 12) coincides with his birthday.

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