Birthday of Swami Vivekananda: National Youth DayOn 12th January, 1863, the great man was born in North Calcutta. He was a brilliant student, completed his Graduation from Scotish Chuch College of Calcutta. Leaving aside material life, he became a disciple of Ramkrishna Paramhansa. After the death of his Guru, he travelled all over India and went to the USA and England to make people aware of the glory of 'Sanatan Dharma'. He was fearless. His writings in Bengali and English havee been permanent source of inspiration to the youth of the country. He formed Ramkrishna Mission. The Mission has now spread all over the world and is engaged in the service of humanity.
Since 1985, 12th January is celebrated as National Youth Day. Ministry of Youth Affairs, Government of India, organises a Youth Festival for three days every year which commences on 12th January.
On this day, I quote Swami Vivekananda's favourite quote from the Katha Upanishada: "Arise, Awake and stop not till the goal is reached".