It was on 17th October 1984 that the Government of India took the decision to celebrate 12th January as the National Youth Day every year. On this occasion let us remind ourselves of the ideals of India that is Bharat and realize that to guide people towards the higher is our obligatory duty:
- That is the one great first step – the real desire for the ideal. Everything comes easy after that.
- The miseries of the world cannot be cured by physical help only. Until man’s character changes, these physical needs will always arise, and miseries will always be felt, and no amount of physical help will cure them completely.
- The only solution of this problem is to make mankind pure. Ignorance is the mother of all evil and all the misery we see. Let men have light, let them be pure and spiritually strong and educated, then alone will misery cease in the world, not before. We may convert every house in the country into a charity asylum, we may fill the land with hospitals, but the misery of man will still continue to exist until man’s character changes.
If you really want to judge of the character of a man, look not at his great performances. Every fool may become a hero at one time or another. Watch a man do his most common actions; those are indeed the things which will tell you the real character of a great man.
- Have faith in man first, and then believe that if there are defects in him, if he makes mistakes, believe that it is not from his real nature that they come, but from the want of higher ideals.
You give him the truth, and there your work is done. Let him compare it in his own mind with what he has already in him; And if you have really given him the truth, the false must vanish, light must dispel darkness, and truth will bring the good out.
Put the good before them, see how eagerly they take it, see how the divine that never dies, that is always living in the human, comes up awakened and stretches out its hand for all that is good, and all that is glorious.
- If a man with an ideal makes a thousand mistakes, I am sure that the man without an ideal makes fifty thousand. Therefore, it is better to have an ideal.
- The road to the good is the roughest and steepest in the universe. It is a wonder that so many succeed; no wonder that so many fall. Character has to be established through a thousand stumbles.
- Teach yourselves, teach everyone his real nature, call upon the sleeping soul and see how it awakes. Power will come, glory will come, goodness will come, purity will come, and everything that is excellence will come when this sleeping soul is roused to self-conscious activity.
- The ideal of all education, all training, should be this man-making. But, instead of that, we are always trying to polish up the outside. What use in polishing up the outside when there is no inside? The end and aim of all training is to make the man grow and manifest his divinity. And for this, he has to learn to control his mind and a pure and moral man has better control over himself.
- Everything that is strong, and good, and powerful in human nature is the outcome of that divinity, and though potential in many, there is no difference between man and man essentially, all being alike, divine. So, potentially, each one of us has that infinite ocean of existence, knowledge, and bliss as our birthright, our real nature; and the difference between us is caused by the greater or lesser power to manifest that divine.
Be possessed of Sraddha, of strength, attain to the knowledge of the Atman, and sacrifice your life for the good of others – this is my wish and blessing.
- First deluge the land with spiritual ideas. The first work that demands our attention is that the most wonderful truths confined in our Upanishads, in our scriptures, in our Puranas must be brought out from the books, brought out from the monasteries, brought out from the forests, brought out from the possession of selected bodies of people and scattered broadcast all over the land, so that these truths may run like fire all over the country from north to south and east to west.
- No books, no scriptures, no science can ever imagine the glory of the Self that appears as man, the most glorious God that ever was, the only God that ever existed, exists, or ever will exist.
Some are afraid that if the full truth is given to all, it will hurt them. They should not be given the unqualified truth – so they say. But the world is not much better off by compromising truth. What worse can it be than it is already. Bring truth out! If it is real, it will do good.
- This is the need of this age – the synthesis of yoga, knowledge, devotion, and work – the propagation of knowledge and devotion to all, down to the very lowest, without distinction of age or sex.
- Practice is absolutely necessary. If you do not practice, you will not get one step further. It all depends on practice. Simply listening to explanations and theories will not do.
- Stand up, be bold, be strong. Take the whole responsibility on your own shoulders, and know that you are the creator of your own destiny – Vivekananda.
Views expressed above are the author’s own.
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