Physical growth alone is not a sign of real youth. There are hundreds of such youth, but their faces do not reflect the qualities that every youth should possess. Will you call him a youth who is chicken – hearted, with a pale and long face, sickly in appearance, undisciplined senses, restless mind, dull intellect and an incarnation of laziness ? Never ! Never !
We want the youth of Swami Vivekananda’s dream. He said, :Arise, awake, for your country needs this tremendous sacrifice. It is the young men that will do it.
The young, the energetic, the strong, the well-built, the intellectual, for them i the task.”
Development of these qualities will certainly transform our so-called youth into real youth, then alone will they be able to break all the barriers that hamper their progress. Swami Vivekananda was confident about such transformation when he said, “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.”
He himself was a lion and came to this world to transform everyone into lions. The effect of his thunderbolt-like words was such that many youth who fought for the country’s freedom were transformed into real lions; to mention a few names – Subhash Chandra Bose, Lokmanya Tilak, Aurobindo, Sister Nivedita, Mahatma Gandhi – Who made India free.
His only mission in life was to awaken the youth of this country, to bring back the lost glory of our motherland. His life and message are a perennial source of inspiration to our modern youth. This is not a mere Exaggeration but testimony of facts. His biographers did not fail to notice the youthful qualities of young Narendranath (later, Swami Vivekananda)
They said – “His mind filled with a hundred soaring visions, heart soaked in affection, intellect razor sharp, courage boundless, inventive genius astounding working capacity unreckoned and enthusiasm irrepressible – Narendra was peerless even from Childhood. Above all was his spontaneous inclination towards These shining qualities made Vivekananda a renowned figure.
The world recognized him as a great, inspiring personality when he appeared as a delegate at the famous parliament of religions held in 1893 at Chicago. These qualities of young Narendranath convinced the Government of India to announce his birthday, 12th of January, as the National Youth Day.