Swami Vivekananda was born as Narendra Nath Datta on January 12th, 1863 in Kolkata. He used to stay bewildered about the existence of God. It was only after meeting with his mentor Shri Ramakrishna he realized the actual meaning of God. He got to know that all living beings are an embodiment of God itself. Therefore, service to God could be rendered by service to mankind. On 12th of every January, we celebrate his birthday as National Youth Day to commemorate him. Today, you will get to know some of the teachings of Swami Vivekananda that we would otherwise learn the hard way. Every child should be taught these lessons when they are growing up.
10 of the most valuable teachings of Swami Vivekananda
This is the gist of all worship – to be pure and to do good to others
Indian families teach their children about prayers, religion, God, visit temples, gurudwaras, masjid or church. But sometimes, the child fails to get why exactly we are praying, what exactly we are getting in return from the God? We should teach them the purpose of our worship, that is the power and energy we get, to beat the darkness, to help others always without the expectation of getting something in return. This reminds me the famous dialogue from the movie Jai Ho, “help 3 persons and tell them to help another 3 persons” the world will then become a better place to live in. Instead, these days people pray for extra marks, job security, and whatnot.
Anything that makes you weak physically, intellectually and spiritually, reject as poison
We are responsible for things that bring us down. We smoke cigarettes, do not work out, sometimes do not help those who are in need, and then after some years, regret the choices we made in the past. Cigarettes and not working out make us weak physically, not helping others will make us weak spiritually, and by wasting precious time we become weak intellectually. All these choices haunt us in future, and that is why, reject what makes weak immediately, as poison.
We want that education by which character is formed, the strength of mind is increased, the intellect is expanded, and by which one can stand on one’s own feet
If Swamy Vivekananda happened to say these words, then it is sad to see such a disastrous education system we still have. Colleges are filling up the seats, using theoretical approaches, not providing the exposure and skill we need. Though we are trying to change that, the fact that it’s still there, makes me doubt the capabilities and priorities of the governments. Parents should also think in these lines when they make important decisions for their child’s future. Skill is what your child needs and school/colleges are the only sources to get it. Encourage your children to take part in extracurricular activities, leadership programs, learn something new and never stop. Get a Qriyo home tutor for guitar, and get the music classes going for your kid today.
So long as the millions live in hunger and ignorance, I hold every man a traitor who, having been educated at their expense, pays not the least heed to them
It kills me to see beggars when I am out having fun with friends and eating junk food. It kills me more to notice everybody telling those beggars to work hard and earn for themselves. To those people, I ask this: Why don’t you offer them food when you can easily overspend on yours? What was the purpose of your education? There is more than one way to help a perfectly capable beggar, not because he is capable of earning, but because he is poor and may not ever enjoy the luxury we do. We teach our children “sharing is caring”, but do we actually share? This is one of the most valuable teachings of Swami Vivekananda.
Like me or Hate me, both are in my favor. If you like me I am in your Heart. If you hate me I am in your mind
When someone hates you or disrespect you, it should not bother you. Firstly, what other people think of you is none of your business and secondly, you cannot escape haters. Haters are motivators for those who see them that way. Those who get bothered by their haters will get subdued by them.
Strength, strength it is that we want so much in this life, for what we call sin and sorrow have all one cause, and that is our weakness. With weakness comes ignorance, and with ignorance comes misery
This is the consequence of the 2nd point in this list of Teachings of Swami Vivekananda. If you let weakness grow, it will soon translate into ignorance and then finally culminate into misery where you regret your past choices.
All the powers in the universe are already ours. It is we who have put our hands before our eyes and cry that it is dark
We often blame our failures on other factors because they are not in our control but fail to look our own shortcomings. Time and again, people from around the world remind us that nothing can stop you realizing your dream if you truly work hard for it.
Whatever you think, that you will be. If you think yourselves weak, weak you will be; if you think yourselves strong, strong you will be
It is our minds that either restricts us or push us beyond limits. Even in bodybuilding, there is this thing called, “mind-muscle connection”. Every task, dream, sport or academic, is really a mind game. No one (probably) runs for 42 km every day but they still manage to run marathons, not because their bodies allow, but because their mind pushes the body. To be strong, you have to first believe you are strong.
If you have faith in all the three hundred and thirty millions of your mythological gods, … and still have no faith in yourselves, there is no salvation for you. Have faith in yourselves, and stand upon that faith and be strong; that is what we need
Exactly! It is not wrong to worship God, nor it is to be inspired by God to do good. But, people often tend to bet everything (their goals and aspiration) on the power of God. Don’t say I have faith in God and that is why I will score good marks. Say that I worked hard, and I have faith in myself and that is why I will score good marks.
Who is Helping You, Don’t Forget them. Who is Loving you, Don’t Hate them. Who is Believing you, Don’t Cheat them.
Three of the most powerful lessons you must teach your children that come straight out of the teachings of Swami Vivekananda.
In the race of getting ahead, people forget these small but crucial lessons of life. Make sure your parenting include these valuable teachings of Swami Vivekananda.
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