Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu today called upon the youth of the country to take inspiration from the life and teachings of Swami Vivekananda and dedicate their lives for the progress of the country, welfare of the downtrodden and upliftment of the poor.
Speaking at the Centenary Celebration of ‘Sri Ramakrishna Vijayam’ Tamil Monthly Magazine of Sri Ramakrishna Math & Ramakrishna Mission in Chennai today, he said that the timeless vision and teachings of Swami Vivakananda would continue to be the guideposts for our individual growth and collective advancement.
Asserting that that there was a need to bring down walls that create differences among people in the name of religion, bigotry, caste or region, today more than ever before, the Vice President said that religious tolerance was of paramount importance for peaceful co-existence of people of all faiths and for the celebration of religious diversity.
Describing Swami Vivekananda as a great saint, teacher and social reformer and that he was against religious dogmas, M Venkaiah Naidu said that Swami Ji believed in the uplift of humanity, irrespective of caste or creed and emphasized the importance of spiritualism for the survival and progress of mankind.
Swami Vivekananda believed in the religion of humanity. His heart pained at the miserable living conditions of his fellow countrymen. He prioritized “first bread and then religion” and felt that no amount of politics would be of any avail until the masses in India are well educated, well-fed, and well cared for.
Talking about the importance of holistic education that takes care of the physical and mental wellbeing of the children, the Vice President said “ For Swami Ji education did not mean academic pursuits alone, he stressed equally on physical fitness and bodily health. Very few of us know that Swami Vivekananda was a good player of football as well.”
He called upon the youth to take a pledge on the Birth Anniversary of Swami Vivekananda, and follow his clarion call “Arise, awake, and stop not till the goal is reached,” and work towards making India free of hunger, discrimination, and inequalities based on caste, creed, and gender.