The Timeless Teachings Of Swami Vivekananda
India; The land of spiritual and moral ethos has never faced any shortage of humanitarian leaders. Swami Vivekananda, the epitome of wisdom and selflessness has given countless teachings to the world. If analysed on a serious note, his guidance is enough to change the world. The yogic temperament of swami Vivekananda made him associate with the Brahma movement when he was merely a small child. He has a tremendous knowledge about various subjects, especially about history and philosophy.
To sum up the teachings of Vivekananda in a single article is rather a challenging task. His teachings are not just limited to the Indian sub-continent or a particular subject. But, they have an enormous horizon that has inspired various followers thereby enlightening them dramatically.
Swami Vivekananda traveled the world despite much sufferings and hardships. He revived the world with the spiritualism of Vedanta and other genres of education. Vivekananda once said, “Education displays the perfection which already exists in a man”. He taught that education not only helps one to stand in their own feet, but also imparts a great deal of self-confidence and self-respect. An education which fails to restructure the human brain is absolutely worthless and futile. The primary use of education is man-making, character building and life giving. Children should be bestowed with a positive education so that they get nurtured in a right direction. Mere repetitions of the same lessons are not education. Instead, implementation of the learning’s is what education in real sense is.
About religion, Vivekananda taught the world “to be good and to do well to others”-he said that the essence of all religions is to serve mankind. There should be a tolerance towards others and their religions-be it Christianity, Islam, Hinduism or any other religion.
Talking about character, Vivekananda says “jiva is Shiva” which means that every person surviving on earth is part of divine. A man should extract the negativity from his heart and should fill it with love and purity. Patience, hard work, courage and common good are the way to success. He furthermore taught that the virtues of perseverance, sanctity, and compassion have the capability to win over lifelong obstacles.
On charity, Vivekananda says, “It’s not the taker who is blessed, but the giver who is bestowed”; he says that one must believe in giving and serving the poor and the underprivileged ones. Their blessings of poor have a direct connection with divinity. By helping the poor, a man can help himself. He asks to give away jealousy and greed for all the humans must learn to love unconditionally.
Perhaps one of the best teachings of Vivekananda that I personally cherish is “Atma does not has any caste or sex. Hence, it is absolutely wrong to discriminate people on the basis of sex”. He suggested that all humans have an equal disposition. There must not be any bias based on any particular gender. The world shall not witness any progression if they continue to toil women. Vivekananda equated womanhood with motherhood and Goddess. He mentioned that the world can attain glory only if the importance of feminism is valued.
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