Dharamshala, Jan 13: Swami Vivekananda was responsible for the revival of Hindu spiritualism and established Hinduism as a revered religion on world stage, working tirelessly towards the betterment of the society, in servitude of the poor and needy, Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur said here on Sunday.
Addressing the gathering on Swami Vivekananda Jan Mahothsav Samaroh, held at Palampur on the occasion of 150th birth anniversary of Swami Vivekananda, organised by Kayakalp Himalayan Research Institute for Yoga and Naturopathy, this day is celebrated every year as the National Youth Day throughout the country.
The Chief Minister said that Swami Vivekananda was not just a spiritual mind, but also a prolific thinker, great orator and passionate patriot. Swami Ji carried on the free-thinking philosophy of his guru, Ramakrishna Paramhansa and converted it into a new paradigm.
His message of universal brotherhood and self-awakening remains more relevant today, especially in the current backdrop of widespread political turmoil around the world, he added. The Chief Minister said that Swami Vivekananda succeeded in constructing a virtual bridge between the culture of East and the West. Swami Ji interpreted the Hindu scriptures, philosophy and the way of life to the Western people.
He made them realise that in spite of poverty and backwardness, India had a great contribution to make the world culture, Mr Thakur added. He said Swami Vivekananda travelled the length and breadth of the country, absorbing much of the social, cultural and religious aspects of the people he came in contact with.
Swami Ji witnessed the adversities of life that the common people faced, their ailments, and vowed to dedicate his life to bring relief to these suffering, he added. (UNI)