Swami Vivekananda: A Spiritual Powerhouse Who Really Understood The Potential Of Youths!

Author of this post with Swami Nihilatmanandaji, President, Ramakrishna Mission, Allahabad. Absolutely Overwhelmed That I Received His Blessings!

Author of this post with Swami Nihilatmanandaji, President, Ramakrishna Mission, Allahabad. Absolutely Overwhelmed That I Received His Blessings!

(These are excerpts from the speech delivered by Arvind K.Pandey at Jagat Taran Girls Degree College, Allahabad,  on January 12, 2014 in a programme organised by Kritisankalpa Society to celebrate birth anniversary of Swami Vivekananda. Other notable speakers who expressed their views on this occasion included Swami Nikhilatmananda, President, Ramakrsihna Mission, Allahabad; Justice Rajesh Tandon, Chairman, National Human Rights Commission, Uttarakhand;  Justice. Palok Basu (Retd.), Allahabad High Court;  Dr. Milan Mukherjee; Devendra Tiwari and Senior Advocate Ashok Mehta.)


 Today we find that youths are at the receiving end of so many challenging issues.The transition phase has introduced them to complex living patterns, which has left them high and dry. They not only remain the most exploited lot but also remain frustrated and depressed. That’s because pressure to perform is at its peak in materialistic times. They are unable to choose right means of survival. Worse, imposition of outdated patterns of living by the silver hairs has made youths a sorry figure. Against this backdrop, the values shared by Swami Vivekananda seem to be last ray of hope as they infuse within the being supreme confidence and positive feelings.

Swami Vivekananda truly recognized the potential of youths. He always believed that “strong, vigorous, believing young men, sincere to the backbone” can change the face of globe. “A hundred such and the world becomes revolutionized.”  However, when we look at the state of affairs prevalent in their lives, it leaves any thinking soul quite worried and sad. Very recently, police entered inside the campus of Allahabad University and students got beaten black and blue with laathis as if they were hardcore criminals and not innocent students. If you hear about the experiences of these youths, you would be in great pain to hear about their exploitation. Acharya Manu rightly states that silver hairs alone do not constitute wisdom but in Kaliyuga the white hairs have become confirmed sign of knowledge! No wonder they are always in conflict with younger generation. They are more often than not involved in quashing the innovative spirit of youths, leading to dissipation of enthusiasm from the lives of youths.

Swami Vivekananda believed that each soul is a “potentially divine soul” but misguided silver hairs with their outdated notions have turned these younger souls, bubbling with optimism, into a potentially destructive soul. Swami Vivekananda possessed a revolutionary spirit who had dared to ask uncomfortable questions from older lot. He rightly believed that “each generation should be inspired afresh” and “men should not be taught to imitate a personal ideal, however great”. One of the fatal errors committed by older generation is that it tries to impose its views all in name of sharing experience.

Some of the well-made flicks like Three Idiots, Rang De Basanti, Bhaag Milkha Bhaag, and Paan Singh Tomar, to name a few, capture well the conflicts generated by old minds in the lives of youths. It’s evident that optimism and energy found in youths deeply impresses any conscious thinker of Vivekananda’s stature interested in creating new order of things.” My faith is in the younger generation, the modern generation, out of them will come my workers. They will work out the whole problem, like lions.” It’s another thing that in a nation which prefers argumentative tradition-something highly praised by Amartya Sen-the youths get tamed on one pretext or another.

Swami Vivekananda's Thoughts Would Never Lose Their Lustre..

Swami Vivekananda’s Thoughts Would Never Lose Their Lustre..


The lives of youths seem to have got trapped in ills of modernity. Or, why else are we seeing advertisements related with prevention of AIDS on National Youth Day? Isn’t this sad reminder of the fact that there has been erosion of values among the youths? Or is this indicative of fact that things have gone out of control since what was once upon a time treated as immoral has gained some sort of acceptance in Indian society? Whatever it is, it indicates crisis of values. We also need to accept that priorities of youths have changed and their role models have also changed. Their role models are the ones which do not inspire them to be do good and be good. They are the ones which encourage them to earn name and fame within short span of time. So what’s the role of a spiritual powerhouse amid this new set of perceptions?

Even if we take into account new changes that have hit the lives of youths, there is still much space left for spirituality. That’s because materialism cannot give them real peace of mind. It cannot quench the thirst which exists  inside our soul. No wonder youths have been hit hard by giant dragon called depression. Let’s also not forget that India is land of discovering inner peace. It’s not the land to multiply external source of happiness. And so likes of Swami Vivekananda would always be influencing our lives. They are the ones who keep us above from the realm of negativism. Youths are depressed because external world has limited means of satiating one’s desires, wherein seekers are more than suppliers! On the other hand, the inner world is infinite in nature and the competition to own this inner world is less. So people in race of inner peace have greater chances to remain happy than the majority which is in the race to conquer external world.

Swami Vivekananda’s views will always remain relevant among youths since they enable the youths to rectify their approach towards life. They rejuvenate our dull spirit, by making us shift attention from the external world to inner world and in the process this great truth gets revealed: “The aim of life is to realize God…He alone is real and everything else is false…Religion is realization.”  And once you attain realization you come to feel every moment that” all power is within you, you can do anything and everything.”

Other notable speakers who expressed their views on this occasion included Swami Nikhilatmananda, President, Ramakrsihna Mission, Allahabad; Justice Rajesh Tandon, Chairman, National Human Rights Commission, Uttarakhand;  Justice. Palok Basu (Retd.), Allahabad High Court;  Dr. Milan Mukherjee; Devendra Tiwari and Senior Advocate Ashok Mehta.

Other notable speakers who expressed their views on this occasion included Swami Nikhilatmananda, President, Ramakrsihna Mission, Allahabad; Justice Rajesh Tandon, Chairman, National Human Rights Commission, Uttarakhand; Justice. Palok Basu (Retd.), Allahabad High Court; Dr. Milan Mukherjee; Devendra Tiwari and Senior Advocate Ashok Mehta.

P.S.: This post also appeared in Northern India Patrika On January 18, 2014.

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First and last picture have been clicked by the author of this post.

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15 responses

  1. Nikhil Garg, Noida, Uttar Pradesh, said:

    You deserve it dear…..


    Author’s Response:

    Really glad that Lord allowed me to express my views amid so many distinguished speakers belonging to judiciary and spiritualism.

  2. Aniruddh, Mumbai, said:

    Some people think spiritual thought means naked and blind faith into good. That needs to be separated. We need good spiritual thoughts with quick action.


    Author’s Response:

    Really happy that I got an opportunity to express my views in front of such an enlightened audience…I have always been in awe of Vivekananda’s views..If you came to read my full speech then you would have read that I have referred to argumentative tradition..I have also referred to conflicts between old people and young people on this very issue, arsing out of former’s insistence on obeying certain rules unquestionably!!

  3. Kusum Upadhyaya, Allahabad, Uttar Pradesh, said:

    Very well written indeed! Would like to hear you too..

    Author’s Response:

    Actually, you would have certainly got an opportunity to hear had I invited you on this occasion..However, I got invited at the function at the eleventh hour and so I failed to inform all of you..That’s the speech I gave on this occasion..Don’t be tempted by the desire to hear me since I am not an orator at all :-)..By the way, I have presented this speech in a write-up form to send it for publication in newspapers… Lastly, thanks for your appreciation..It means a lot to me…

  4. Dr. Ponnappa, Surgeon, Mysore, Karnataka, said:

    Very good article sir…You have done extensive research. It may not make difference to bigots but it definitely awakens the somnolent….


    Author’s Response:

    Thanks a lot Dr. Ponnappa…I have personally met you and so I realize well the worth of encouraging words flowing from your end..I know we are living in times wherein it’s very-2 tough to bring positive changes ..However, I am firm believer of philosophy shared by Lord Krishna: Keep doing good work without worrying about the results…That’s why irrespective of what’s the outcome I keep playing my role..Keep moving ahead, being affected least by the pros and cons of deeds done in past..Let’s others spend time on its analysis..I simply move ahead after my part ends!!

  5. Author’s words for some of the readers:

    Author’s words for Carmen Ampuero, Lima, Peru:

    Many thanks for being here…You know I was asked to speak on this occasion almost all of a sudden…I had no written material with me the way others have come to draft for this occasion. I cannot afford to be on the wrong side of the fence since all other speakers were very knowledgeable souls from judiciary and religion! The Lord of wisdom rescued me from this impending crisis and I managed to steal the show with a perfect rendering..Like always I was acidic in tone and since I came to target older generation-the silver hairs- I was not taken in good spirit by the organizers who happened to be mostly older lot. However, the audience greatly appreciated me just for the fact that what I came to speak was not premeditated but it was something which reflected the ironies of young people straight from the heart..

    Author’s words for Ashish Nigam, Advocate, Allahabad High Court, Allahabad:

    It was my first experience to publicly speak before judges, senior advocates, distinguished citizens and religious stalwarts.. Happily, everything went quite well…And , above all, it was a great experience to speak exactly from the same spot wherein barely few days back President of India, Pranab Mukherjee, addressed the audience!!

    Author’s words for Susheel Tiwari, Advocate, Allahabad High Court, Allahabad:

    It’s hard to believe that I managed to speak few words amid such distinguished speakers!!

    Author’s words for Manish Tripathi, Allahabad, Uttar Pradesh:

    Although I was seeing stars in day just before the speech, but once I started speaking I took five minutes extra than the allotted time to each speaker

    Author’s words for Manoj Joshi, BJP Leader, Udaipur, Rajasthan:

    Glad that not only I came to speak few words but also got an opportunity to listen to such terrific souls…


    Author’s words for Vinay Vishwakarma, Advocate, Allahabad High Court, Allahabad:

    Senior advocates were present but my eyes searched for familiar faces like you..It was a programme which saw intense participation of lawyers…

    Author’s words for Garima Sharma, The Times of India, Chandigarh:

    Although I am never caught on the wrong foot, I got trapped in catch 22. No preparation at all yet I had to address such a conscious audience..However, like always, mysterious hand of nature gave me some thoughts to articulate..Now I begin to realize that it’s not necessary to prepare heavy documents..If you are conscious, you will always find words to speak..


    Author’s words for Prassoon Suryadas, USA:

    It was a high-profile event..Luckily, I did not appear to be a disgrace the way I was imagining before the start of the event 😛


    Author’s Words For Lalita Jha, New Delhi:

    I was more interested in playing the part of audience but providence compelled me to play the part of speaker as well 😛

    Author’s Words For Dilip Kawathekarji, Indore, Madhya Pradesh:

    It was a great feeling for me to speak something before enlightened audience which included notable figures from world of religion and judiciary…


    Author’s words for Radhakrishna Lambu, Bangalore, Karnataka:

    The “silver hairs” want that youths should always be involved in parroting worn out ideals instead of experimenting with new ideas…

    Author’s words for Parul Sood, Chandigarh, Punjab & Haryana:

    The lives of youths, whether boys or girls, have new set of challenges…They need fresh approach…Mere articulating the great thoughts will not work wonders…We need to understand how old order of things can be introduced in modern generation..


    Author’s words for Mayank Mishra, Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh:

    Had you been in Allahabad, I would have certainly given you a chance to hear me 😛

    Author’s words for Prakhar Pandey,Katni, Madhya Pradesh:

    Many thanks..It was indeed a wonderful experience to be part of such a glorious event….I not only came to play the role of listener but also got an opportunity to express myself 🙂

    Author’s words for Anurag Sharma,Pittsburgh, PA, United States:

    It’s a great feeling to address such an informed crowd in your own city..Allahabad holds a dubious distinction of not honouring its own intellectuals living in the city. It’s infamous for that. I should feel myself very-2 fortunate that I am getting few opportunities to create certain good impressions in Allahabad even as I continue to live here against all odds. Just like to inform you that I was not at all taken in good spirit since I targeted “silver hairs” for setting bad precedents for younger lot eager to establish new methods (most of the society members were silver hairs 😛 ). Only youths, who attended the event in huge number, and Swami Nikhilatmanadaji, the Chief Guest, appreciated my “outrageous” interpretation of Vivekananda’s thoughts!

  6. Many thanks to readers for registering their presence on this post:

    Anand Bankar, Nagpur, Maharashtra; Kripashankar Pandey, Mumbai; Himanshu B.Pandey, Siwan, Bihar; Sc Mudgal, New Delhi; Rekha Pandey, Mumbai; Shanthi Daivi, Greater Noida, Uttar Pradesh; Radiodost Snd, Ranchi, Jharkhand; Ranjeet Singh, Noida, Uttar Pradesh; Ebizer Gulshan Singh, Ranchi, Jharkhand; Rekha Pandey, Mumbai, Maharashtra; Rajeev Mishra, Ranchi, Jharkhand; Niranjan K. Singh, Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh; Vijaya Kumar, Tampines, Singapore;Swati Kurundwadkar, Bangkok, Thailand; Sozol Khan; Ghazi Danish Ahmed, Vaishali, Bihar; Niketan Magadh; Mohammad Shahab, Ernakulam, Kerala; Vishnu Datt, Allahabad, Uttar Pradesh; Anal Kant Jha and Deepak Sareen, New Delhi.

  7. Dharmendra Sharma, United Arab Emirates, said:

    Great Thoughts !!!


    Author’s Response:

    The very next day i.e. on January 13, 2014 when I read newspapers in Allahabad a news item in “Hindustan” caught my eyes which said that four youths committed suicide in Allahabad on National Youth Day including one girl student’s suicide in Allahabad University’s hostel. That’s the scenario which prevails in lives of youths. In fact, you will find it ironical that a bridge constructed over Yamnuna has become suicide point of youths!! That’s why I decided to be bold while speaking about relevance of Swamiji’s thoughts..Unfortunately, organizers wished to hear mere repetition of Vivelkananda’s thoughts!!

  8. Ajeet Singh, Noida, Uttar Pradesh, said:



    Author’s Response:

    Thanks …But it was a tense situation as I came to express these views 😛

  9. Sudhir Dwivedi, New Delhi, said:

    Great Arvind Bhai….Happy to see you….

    Author’s Response:

    Yes, it was a great event..Great saints, high profile judges, legal luminaries, teachers and students came to hear the speech..So it was a perfect beginning for me with the arrival of New Year…

  10. Prakhar Pandey, Poet, Katni, Madhya Pradesh, said:

    You have your own views and having also the right to express it and you have the good language. Good to see you on stage go ahead….. Best wishes for any further events….

    Author’s Response:

    Thanks a lot for your wishes…

  11. Very well write up,I love the subject spirituality,Swami Vivekanad was indeed the best preacher and source of inspiration for the youths.

    1. Yes, he was a true spiritual person..He always tried to lead by example in a most sincere way possible….

  12. Author’s words for Pradeep Verma, Senior Advocate, Allahabad High Court, Allahabad, Uttar Pradesh:

    Swami Vivekananda was a true spiritual representative in modern India…


  13. युद्धवीर सिंह लांबा “भारतीय” | Reply

    Swami Vivekananda: The forerunner of Indiana renaissance and youth icon of India”

    Swami Vivekananda, the great Indian philosopher, great patriotic, philanthropist and social reformer was born at 3 Gour Mohan Mukherjee Street, Kolkata on Monday, 12 January 1863, during the eve of Makara Sankranti festival. He was the eldest son of Vishwanath Datta and Bhuvaneshwari Devi. His father Vishwanath Dutta was an attorney of Calcutta High Court. His mother Bhuvaneshwari Devi was house wife.

    Shri Ajit Singh, Maharaja of Khetri in Rajasthan gave name of Swami Vivekananda, to Narendra. Vivek literally means “intelligence” or knowledge whereas Anand stands for bliss or joy.

    Swami Vivekananda, an inspiration to the youth is best known for his inspiring speech beginning with “sisters and brothers of America”, through which he introduced Hinduism at the Parliament of the World’s Religions at Chicago in 1893. No doubt Swami Vivekananda is an eternal source of Inspiration to the Modern Youth in India.

    American newspapers reported Vivekananda as “the greatest figure in the parliament of religions” and “the most popular and influential man in the parliament”.

    The New York Herald noted, “Vivekananda is undoubtedly the greatest figure in the Parliament of Religions. After hearing him we feel how foolish it is to send missionaries to this learned nation”. The New York Critique wrote, “He is an orator by divine right, and his strong, intelligent face in its picturesque setting of yellow and orange was hardly less interesting than those earnest words, and the rich, rhythmical utterance he gave them”. The Boston Evening Transcript reported that Vivekananda was “a great favourite at the parliament… if he merely crosses the platform, he is applauded”.

    Nobel Laureate in Literature for Gitajali in 1913, Rabindranath Tagore told Romain Rolland, “If you want to know India, study Vivekananda. In him everything is positive and nothing negative.” Chakravarti Rajagopalachari, popularly known as “Rajaji, the first Indian Governor General of India said “Swami Vivekanand saved Hinduism, saved India. Subhash Chandra Bose, generally known as Netaji has wrote “Swami Vivekanand is the maker of modern India” The Indian nationalist extremist leader, poet, and philosopher Shri Aurobindo Ghose (1872-1950) regarded Vivekanand as his spiritual mentor.

    He died at a very tender age of just 39 years on the 4th of July 1902. He lived young and died young — he lived for 39 years, five months and 24 days. Uttisthata Jagrata Prapya Barannibodhata a Sanskrit Sloka taken from Katha Upanishad meaning in English Arise, awake, and stop not till the goal is reached. Swami Vivekananda used the Sanskrit sloka so widely in his speeches and lectures.

    Teachings of great philosopher Swami Vivekananda were more relevant today than when he had addressed the conference in 1893 in Chicago where he gave the call for universal brotherhood. The philosophy and teaching of Swami Vivekananda are remaining an inspiration for modern youth. Really Swami Vivekananda inspired many young people and his speech is an ideal inspiration for the youth.

    Yudhvir Singh Lamba Bharatiya working as an Administrative Officer at Haryana Institute of Technology, Bahadurgarh, Distt. Jhajjar 124507 (Haryana).

    1. @ Yudhvir Singh Lamba Bharatiya….

      Wonderful write-up 🙂 Many thanks for this insightful information 🙂 Hope to find you often 🙂

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