Swami Vivekananda Message on Youth By:Lalthlamuana Darlong
 

Swami Vivekananda Message on Youth

By:Lalthlamuana Darlong 

In spite of youth being the potential source of energy, society is not benefitting enough from its youthfulness because youth as a whole do not find any constructive role in the development process. The world is passing a rapid changes and this transformation has immensely influence on people and youth in particular. Young people become vulnerable and problems of economy like corruption, political scams, poverty, unemployment, changing climate, inflation, lack of contribution in society, frustration, insecurity and inability to cope with the change. Therefore, it is importance as well as necessary to harness their energies towards economic development for positive transformation of the society. Understanding Swami Vivekananda and his message and putting it across to youth could play an important role for economic development of the society.

The life and message of Swami Vivekananda is highly inspired for the youth. He is a great sage, visionary, thinker and leader; is one such hypnotic personality that continues to live with us through his ripple creating, man making, revivalist thoughts, affecting the generation of today, previous generations and many more generations to come. Driven by a missionary zeal, and a deep faith and conviction in his ideas, Swamiji devoted his entire life in the pursuit of creating a revived and evolved nation with its strong, fearless and spiritually enlightened citizens. In the present era of chaos and disorder, it becomes more and more a necessity, to understand the life and ideals of Swami Vivekananda and find the applicability of his thoughts and philosophy in the present context to live a more purposeful and healthier life. He strongly felt that inactivity is the cause of all our miseries. Ending with the words of Swami Vivekananda (Mandal-2012:V), “My whole ambition in life is to set in motion, machinery which will bring noble ideas to the door of everybody, and then let men and women settle their own fate. Let them know what our forefathers as well as other nations have thought on the most momentous questions of life. Let them see especially what others are doing now, and then decide. We are to put the chemicals together; the crystallisation will be done by nature according to her laws. Work hard, be steady, and have faith in the Lord. Set to work, Keep the motto before you”.

With his revolutionary ideas and endless faith in youth power, Swami Vivekananda emerged as an unparalleled youth icon in the history of the world. He believed that the unlimited potential inside the youth must be channelised and directed towards positive, nation building work. “I have done nothing as yet; you have to do the task. If I die tomorrow, the work will not die. I sincerely believe that there will be thousands coming up from the ranks to take up the work and carry it further and further, beyond all my most hopeful imagination ever painted. I have faith in my country, and especially in the youth of my country”.

The young today are extremely result oriented and need to understand the reasons for what they need to do as well as the benefits of what they do. To them Swami Vivekananda had a simple formula. He was a great observer of the human mind and the human society at large. He understood that undertaking any social change needed enormous energy and will. Hence he called upon the youth to not only build up their mental energies, but their physical ones as well. What he wanted was to prepare the youth both physically and mentally to face the challenges that would lie ahead of social workers. He was also practical enough in warning the young of the pitfalls ahead and the way Society reacts to such endeavours. To quote him: All good work has to go through three stages. First comes ridicule, then the stage of opposition and finally comes acceptance.

An analysis and suggested solution of the youth problem in the light of the teachings of Swami Vivekananda is that one of the most commonly made distinctions is participation as a means and as an end. Youniss and Yates (1997:36) point out that when young people are able to participate in and reflect on voluntary activities within their communities they develop a sense of responsibility for the well-being of that community.  It is crucial that we engage the young social development of tomorrow in the development decisions of today.

About the Author:Lalthlamuana Darlong, Assistant Professor, Ambedkar College,   Fatikroy,           Unakoti, Tripura.He has He writes on economics, current affair and politics. He has many published papers to his credit in prestigious journals.

 

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