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January 12 is observed and celebrated to mark the teachings and philosophy of Swami Vivekananda. Swami Vivekananda is one of the greatest philosophers and spiritual leaders, and his ideas focus on how the young should participate in the modern world while upholding their values.
History of National Youth Day
It was decided to celebrate Swami Vivekananda’s birthday as National Youth Day in the year 1984, and it was first marked on January 12, 1985. The then government had said that the philosophy of Swami Vivekananda, and the ideals for which he lived and worked “could be a great source of inspiration” for the Indian youth.
About Swami Vivekananda
Swami Vivekananda was a Hindu monk and an Indian philosopher. He was a chief disciple of Ramakrishna, a 19th century Indian saint. Not only this, Swami Vivekananda played a significant role in the introduction of the Indian darsanas (teachings, practices) of Vedanta and Yoga to the Western world. He is credited with raising interfaith awareness and highlighting the beliefs of Hinduism around the world in the late 19th century. Moreover, Swami Vivekananda played a key role in the concept of nationalism in colonial India. He is known worldwide as the founder of ‘Ramakrishna Math’ and ‘Ramakrishna Mission’. Swami Vivekananda organised hundreds of public and private lectures and classes, disseminating tenets of Hindu Philosophy in the United States, England, and Europe. Interestingly, he is best remembered for his speech delivered in the year 1893, where he talked about Hinduism to the Western world in Chicago.
Swami Vivekananda at the World Parliament of Religions, USA in 1893. Photo by Wikimedia Common
Teachings of Swami Vivekananda
During his lifetime, Swami Vivekananda delivered beautiful golden lessons and teachings which are and will always be relevant. Here are some of the teachings of Swami Vivekananda:
1. “If you ever feel afraid of anything, always turn around and face it. Never think of running away.”
2. “Arise, awake, and stop not till the goal is reached.”
Subhash Chandra Bose called Swami Vivekananda as “the maker of modern India”.Photo by Pixabay
3. “In a day, when you don’t come across any problems – you can be sure that you are travelling on a wrong path.”
4. “The great secret of true success, of true happiness, is this: the man or woman who asks for no return, the perfectly unselfish person, is the most successful.”
5. “Soul has no sex, it is neither male nor female. It is only in the body that sex exists, and the man who desires to reach the spirit cannot at the same time hold sex distinctions.”
Legacy and Influence of Swami Vivekananda
It must be noted that Swami Vivekananda’s writings and teachings had a long-lasting impact on many of India’s nationalist leaders who were fighting against the colonial rule. In fact, Subhash Chandra Bose called Swami Vivekananda as “the maker of modern India”, and, Mahatma Gandhi credited Swami Vivekananda with increasing his “love for his country a thousand-fold”. Till date, the legacy of Swami Vivekananda lives on the land of India and even abroad.
On the birth anniversary of Swami Vivekananda, let us remember the golden and valuable teachings of this great individual!
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"Life is not a problem to be solved, but a reality to be experienced."
– Soren Kierkegaard
No matter what obstacles life throws at you, it always creates a means to overcome them, whether via determination, persistence, or both. With so many things going on in our lives, it is easy to forget to be grateful for the valuable life that we have been given. To remind people of the value of life, it was determined that there should be a day when people take a close look at their lives and be appreciative of the experiences and memories it has brought us.
Celebration of Life Day, which occurs on 22nd January, was established to recognize and celebrate newborns. | Unsplash
In case you haven't heard of, or celebrated Life Day before, read the article below to learn more about the celebration of life.
When is the Celebration of Life Day celebrated?
Celebration of Life Day, which occurs on 22nd January, was established to recognize and celebrate newborns. But, it has evolved to represent everything that is beautiful about being alive and breathing. The day serves as a reminder that every child and every life should be treated with the highest compassion and respect. The fact that we are alive is something which is easy to underestimate. Take a moment to reflect on how much more there is to be thankful for in this life than there is to be sad about. Take some extra time today to enjoy your life since it is valuable, one-of-a-kind, and a tremendous gift.
The fact that we are alive is something that is easy to underestimate. | Unsplash
When was the Celebration of Life Day established?
Originally known as 'National Sanctity of Human Life Day,' Former US President Ronald Reagan established Life Day in 1984. As a result of people's hectic modern lifestyles, it became essential to offer those living in the modern lifestyle a day on which they may reflect on their past and appreciate it rather than looking ahead and becoming concerned about their future. On Celebration of Life Day, people may take a day off and rejoice with those close to them.
On Celebration of Life Day, people may take a day off and rejoice with those close to them. | Unsplash
How can I celebrate this day?
1. Jar full of gratefulness: Write about the things you are grateful for in life on chits of paper, fold them, and keep them in the jar. Whenever you feel ungrateful about your life, you can pick a piece of paper and remind yourself about the blessings in your life.
2. Bake a cake: Watch an easy tutorial to bake a cake or cookies with your family and make sure that everyone participates and contributes to the overall baking process.
3. Take a walk: Wear your mask, take a walk in a nearby park with your family, and indulge in activities that you enjoyed as a kid, like playing jump rope, badminton, handball, or even cricket.
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External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar on Friday instructed Indian envoys to Canada and the US, Ajay Bisaria and Taranjit Singh Sandhu, "to urgently respond to the situation" where four Indian nationals including an infant have lost their lives on the US-Canada border. The minister said this in a public tweet. Neither of the two missions have responded on the microblogging site till the time of filing of this report.
In a statement Thursday without identifying the victims, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) stated that "on the morning of January 19, 2022, RCMP officers with the Integrated Border Enforcement Team received concerning information from their counterparts in the United States".
RCMP officers received concerning information from their counterparts in the United States.Wikipedia
"Specifically, the information outlined that officers with the US Customs and Border Protection had apprehended a group of individuals who had crossed into the US from Canada, near the town of Emerson, Manitoba. Further, it indicated that one of the adults had items meant for an infant but that no infant was with the group."
"Upon receiving this information at 9.23 a.m., a search was immediately launched on both sides of the border.
RCMP officers were already patrolling the area and the search began at 9.24 a.m. Extensive patrols were conducted and, at approximately 1.30 p.m., the bodies of three individuals were located on the Canadian side of the border, approximately 10km east of Emerson.
RCMP identified the group as: an adult male, an adult female, and an infant.
At this very early stage of the investigation, it appears that they all died due to exposure to the cold weather. Work is underway to identify the victims and an autopsy has been scheduled.
The search for any possible survivors or additional victims continued throughout the evening of Wednesday, January 19, and RCMP officers continue to patrol the area today. To date, no other victims have been located."
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US authorities said border patrol officials stopped a 15-passenger rental van Wednesday driven by Steve Shand with two undocumented Indian nationals inside, less than a mile south of the border in a rural area between Lancaster, Minnesota, and Pembina, North Dakota. Shand and the Indian nationals were arrested.
Officials also intercepted another group of five Indian nationals nearby who were walking in the direction of where the van was located, according to the court documents.
The RCMP said it will be conducting an investigation and is working in close collaboration with US Customs and Border Protection and the US Department of Homeland Security.
"All of our agencies are committed to a thorough and comprehensive investigation," the statement said. (IANS/PR)
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The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) successfully fired the high thrust Vikas engine that would power India's first rocket that would carry humans. The Indian space agency said, already two engines have undergone tests under nominal operating conditions for a total duration of 480 seconds. The test carried out on Thursday was to verify the robustness of the engine by operating beyond its nominal operating conditions (fuel-oxidiser ratio and chamber pressure).
The performance of the engine met the test objectives and the engine parameters were closely matching with the predictions during the entire duration of the test.
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Further, three more tests are planned for a cumulative duration of 75 seconds under varying operating conditions. Subsequently, another high thrust Vikas engine will undergo a long-duration test for 240 seconds to complete the Vikas engine qualification for Gaganyaan Programme, ISRO said.
(Keywords: ISRO, Human Rocket, Vikas engine)