Palampur: Swami Vivekananda was responsible for revival of Hindu spiritualism and established Hinduism as a revered religion on world stage, working tirelessly towards betterment of the society, in servitude of the poor and needy. This was stated by the CM Jai Ram Thakur while addressing the gathering on the occasion of Swami Vivekananda Jan Mahothsav Samaroh held at Palampur in Kangra district on the occasion of birth anniversary of Swami Vivekananda organised by Kayakalp Himalayan Research Institute for Yoga and Naturopathy, today. This day is celebrated every year as the National Youth Day throughout the country.
CM said that Swami Vivekananda was not just a spiritual mind, but was also a prolific thinker, great orator and passionate patriot. He said that Swami Ji carried on the free-thinking philosophy of his guru, Ramakrishna Paramhansa and converted 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. He said that Swami Vivekananda succeeded in constructing a virtual bridge between the culture of East and the West. He said that Swami Ji interpreted the Hindu scriptures, philosophy and the way of life to the Western people. He made them realize that in spite of poverty and backwardness, India had a great contribution to make the world culture, he added.
Jai Ram Thakur said that organising such an event to educate the younger generation about the teachings and life of Swami Vivekananda was really a commendable endeavour. He said that the teachings of Swami Ji were inspiration to many, and his words became goals of self-improvement, especially for the youth of the country. He said that Swami Ji was against caste discrimination and believed in universal brotherhood and equality.
Former CM and Chairman Vivekananda Trust Shanta Kumar while welcoming the CM and other dignitaries said that Vivekananda Trust was working with dedication and commitment to disseminate the teaching of Swami Vivekananda amongst the students. He said that the Declamation contest life and teachings of Swami Vivekananda was held in educational institutions of the State except Lahaul and Spiti District, in which over 30,000 students participated. He said that this was aimed at motivating the students to read about life and teaching of Swami Vivekananda.