Are Ideologies of Swami Vivekananda Still Relevant To Changing Times In India?
“Arise! Awake! and Stop not until the goal is reached” this was, is and probably will always be one of the famous quotes by Swami Vivekananda, who tirelessly worked for the upliftment of youths especially. Although Swami Sri Ramakrishna Paramahamsa was one of the pioneers to bring the spiritual awakening amongst people across the country, it was Swami Vivekananda who spread the ideologies of Sri Ramakrishna like a wildfire across the country and even abroad.
Another of his famous quote was. “When an idea exclusively occupies the mind, it is transformed into an actual physical or mental state.” How relevant it is in the times when our mind is occupied with kinds of stuff that are mostly irrelevant for our goals. Swami Vivekananda firmly believed that one must have a goal in life and after setting a target, one must pursue undauntedly and tirelessly to achieve it. Hindrances are bound to come in the way, but we must not be bogged down by those. He started the mission at the time when India was beginning to inherit the youth power fighting for Independence. This laid the foundation for future India when it would consist majorly of the youth population.
Nowadays as we see there are a lot of distractions for us as youths. We struggle to stay on the course of our goal with too many distractions available nowadays. Like for example if you are a student and aiming for good grades, you have hindrances in form of entertainments like theatre, television, internet and so on. Easily we succumb to the evil of killing time which is easier with these distractions. Time is of precious importance even if we are addicted to unwanted things.
Another form of distraction is in the forms of drugs and related stuff. Majority of Indian youths are slaves to drugs and alcohol. They are wasting most of their youth addicted to it and face diseases in their old age or lose their life even before reaching mid-age. We, many times, forget our sole purpose, our only goal. Maybe your goal is to be a successful painter, novelist, musician, philanthropist, businessman etc. But out of millions only a few of us make it.
One of the other reasons is that we get demotivated soon enough when we face an initial hurdle ends up making it tough to pursue our goal. What we need to realize is that most of the hindrances are intrinsic in nature. Like ego, laziness, lack of motivation, lack of dedication, jealousy, anger etc which we develop on our own.
The best of these is a set of questions we ask ourselves every day? “What will people say? What will society think of me if I did this?” This one question has ruined much creativity for centuries. Swami Vivekananda tried to preach the solution to this problem. One of the incidents of Swami Vivekananda depicts that. The incident of him visiting a temple and being followed by a herd of monkeys. Swami Vivekananda admitted he was a little scared when pursued by monkeys. But upon a sage’s instruction that instead of fearing and running away, face the monkeys and they would retreat, he did so and they indeed retreated. This indicates a valuable lesson for all of us that when we face our fears instead of running away maybe at first we may not succeed. But you may succeed as well. If you won’t try at all, it is guaranteed you won’t succeed.
The whole secret of existence is to have no fear. Never fear what will become of you, depend on no one. Only the moment you reject all help are you free – Swami Vivekananda.
So, now does the question arise in mind- ‘are the ideologies of Swami Vivekananda still relevant?’
Written by: Ram Koppar; in his own words, a larger than life thinker, who believes in spreading peace and harmony. He believes the pen is mightier than the sword and believes in bringing the change by being the change.
Edited by: Lipi Gupta