Sunday, January 10, 2016

12 JANUARY BIRTHDAY OF SWAMI VIVEKANANDA/NATIONAL YOUTH DAY



12th January 2016, Birthday of Swami Vivekananda also known as National Youth Day which was declared by the Government of India in 1984, to motivate youth to follow the principles and ideals of the great philosopher and scholar and to encourage the youth of the country to embark on a successful journey. 

Swami Vivekananda,  great man, who drew a road map for humanity and India, the chief disciple of saint Ramakrishna paramahamsa. He played an important role when India was in a complete darkness, in which all the citizens had lost their independence, their self confidence, their pride and the belief over their religion. In this utter darkness there comes a person holding a torch of the self confidence, faith on his religion and pride for his nation. He  played a major role in spiritual enlightenment of Indian masses; Spread Vedanta philosophy in the West; established Ramakrishna Mission for the service of the poor. He was the first religious leader in India to understand and openly declare that the real cause of India's downfall was the neglect of the masses.

 

 



The contribution of Swami Vivekananda needs to be viewed in three inter-related perspectives. First, he brought religion to the centre-stage and gave a new meaning to it. Secondly, he stressed the need for harmony among faiths. Thirdly, his teachings continue to be of relevance. His ideas emphasising dialogue among faiths and justification for plurality of faithsbelief patterns are of great relevance in today's strife-torn world.

The world today is passing through a very difficult period, characterized by a widespread feeling of insecurity caused by global terrorism. The advances in knowledge of science and technology, including the humanities has failed to arrest the social and economic confusion in human beings, leading to rapid decline of moral and ethical values.These days not just India, but half of the world is battling corruption and moral degradation, which have taken firm root across all levels of society. At this juncture, one feels the need to turn to individuals like Swami Vivekananda, so as to discover true serenity.

 

The youth of modern era are at cross roads, inclining towards globalization.The time is ripe for them to know that globalization stands for inculcating moral,spiritual&social values, and not disregarding them.Swami Vivekananda is universally recognized as having kindled the energy, enthusiasm, Patriotism, self confidence in people, which have led them to be acquainted with India's culture tradition, and the quest to preserve this rich heritage. He encouraged humanity to enter a new era of unity consciousness and let the regressive divisions disappear forever.


 

 

Vivekananda has given a new theory of ethics and new principle of morality based on the intrinsic purity and oneness of the Atman. We should be pure because purity is our real nature, our true divine Self or Atman. Similarly, we should love and serve our neighbours because we are all one in the Supreme Spirit known as Paramatman or Brahman. His ideas are still relevant at a time when the country is being challenged by pseudo-secularists and religious fundamentalists.


The lessons from the life of Swami Vivekananda especially teaches us to uphold moral values and teaches us that what ever happens in life we must not loss our values. standing up for what is right, for what is the truth, even if one has to bear unfavorable consequences as a result. Every quote and utterances of swami vivekanada has a great power. In many speeches he used to oft quote one of the sayings of his mother :

"Remain pure all your life; guard your own honor and never transgress the honor of others. Be very tranquil, but when necessary, harden your heart. 



 
As India celebrates the 153rd  birth anniversary of Swami Vivekananda, let us focus on and work towards making India a strong nation, and an equitable society and the world a better place to live in.Our true tribute to him can only be reflected if we honestly follow the path he has shown to us – the path of loving people, serving for the betterment of the society, then only we can attain true define solace.

we have responsibility to create environment where every one of us can think rationally and follow equality, humanism and see that principle of natural justice prevails.

 

Feeling proud to be an Indian, for this country has given birth to such a great soul.



Friday, December 4, 2015

SECULAR CHARACTER OF HINDU RELIGION


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Hinduism is secular, giving scope for one to follow any of the numerous Gods, before him, in any manner he likes. The Vedic scripts dins into us that all religions should be honoured.

Religion, which is eternal, is the property of all people. Any attempt to remove its influence from the masses will be only an exercise in futility. 
   Whether one likes it or not, it is soaked in most of us and cannot be       removed from us. For instance, one comes across a pavement dweller or a daily wage earner getting out of bed and worshipping even a brick or a stone   to which he applies vermilion powder. For such persons it serves as a symbol   of God and as the supreme power.



What is relevant to Hinduism, is the basic faith entertained by all, that God will definitely come to the succour of those who believe him. The intellectuals however visit the temples or scriptural texts and derive the benefit. We can go to the extent of saying that the world cannot thrive without religious activity in some way or the other.

The common factor in all religions is the belief that there exists in it Transcendental Truth, acceptable by all and applicable to all. This idea will continue to be entertained for all time to come. The purpose of religion is the creation of Divine Consciousness.


There is only one God, though He has many forms and there are different paths to reach Him. The comparison is, a woman can be a mother, daughter, wife, sister or a friend to various people depending on her relationship with them. But she remains the same individual. So the basic concept is oneness in diversity.




Why do Hindus worship God in different forms?

Actually, Hindus believe in only one formless and all-pervading, all-existing, and all-blissful God. That formless God, however, can best be realized by concentrating on various forms of ideal personalities as recorded in the scriptures. 



In other words, the Hindu religion is flexible and provides many ways to develop one's spiritual ideas in order to suit individual needs. "Unity in the diverse plan of nature" is recognized in the Hindu faith. Just as people tailor clothes to fit their needs, Hindus have different gods and goddesses for their religious needs. 



All these gods and goddesses resemble humans, animals or natural forces such as wind, water, fire, sun, and moon; each has different powers to bless the world. These godheads, when worshipped, fulfill people's desires in an easier way, but with the same qualities of blessings as from one God or Supreme Reality.




That the Supreme can be worshipped in any form is a concept unique to Hinduism. Such worship is truly a tribute to His greatness.The following verse in Sanskrit verse acknowledges the diversity of human society, practices and behavior.

“Varied are the tastes and many are the paths to a goal.

Some are righteous, some are not. 
Yet, all aim to reach the goal, 
just like all the rivers lead to the ocean. 
Similarly, man traverses to Thee.” 

It clearly shows that the ancient Indians had seen the virtue of secularism and forbearance. Secularism enhances freedom of not only religion but also complements reasoning and progress. It dispels the inflexibility and intransigence (die-hardism or stubbornness) of certain constricting religious beliefs and it is the greatest emancipator.


COURTESY:CHITRA VISWANATHAN


RELIGIOUS TOLERANCE QUOTES

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Sunday, November 29, 2015

GOOD QUOTES ON ETHICS

Ethics or moral philosophy is the branch of philosophy that involves systematizing, defending, and recommending concepts of right and wrong conduct.



Saturday, November 21, 2015

NICE QUOTE WORTH SHARING

KEEP THE LIGHT OF LOVE and
SPREAD ON EARTH!