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1.  Swami Vivekananda- January 12, 1863

 

Swami Vivekananda, born Narendranath Dutta was one of the most admired spiritual leaders of India whose invaluable life and teachings enthralled the whole world. Born in an aristocratic middle-class Bengali family of Calcutta, this blithe spirit garnered the portrait of an inspiring Hindu monk in the world and was one of the main representatives of Neo-Vedanta, a modern interpretation of selected aspects of Hinduism.

Vivekananda manifested the idea of freedom in the pre-independent India, trapped in communal disharmony and sectarianism. He advocated that all sects within Hinduism (and all religions) are different paths to the same goal.

America’s Bicentennial Celebration in 1976 witnessed the National Portrait Gallery in Washington D C, mounting a large portrait of Swami Vivekananda as part of its exhibition ‘Abroad in America: Visitors to the New Nation’.

In his 39 years of life, Vivekananda suffered from various ailments as a result of tireless service to man and God. His motto was, “One has to die…it is better to wear out than to rust out.” (picture courtesy: indiawires.com)

 

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Rahul Gandhi Remembers Swami Vivekananda on His 156th Birth Anniversary

His birth anniversary is also celebrated as National Youth Day

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Congress President Rahul Gandhi remembered Swami Vivekananda on his 156th birth anniversary on Saturday and also addressed the youths on the occasion of National Youth Day.

“I want to tell the youth of this country: you are at the foundation of the dreams of this nation. You are at the very source of its courage. You are its ability. And, you are its future,” Rahul Gandhi posted on Facebook.

Swami Vivekananda was born on January 12, 1863, into an affluent Bengali family in Calcutta. Wikimedia Commons
Swami Vivekananda was born on January 12, 1863, into an affluent Bengali family in Calcutta. Wikimedia Commons

“So, go follow your dreams with all your might. You can achieve anything. We are there for you. We will always be.”

Vivekananda was born as Narendranath Datta in the then Calcutta on January 12, 1863. He died on July 4, 1902.

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His birth anniversary is also celebrated as National Youth Day. (IANS)

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