We all should have some ideas about Swami Vivekananda. A Patriot-Saint ...! A prophet with a mission...! A lover of the human being...! A Divine Being...! Vivekananda the writer...! Vivekananda the 'Orator by the Divine Right...! Vivekananda the Singer...! Vivekananda the Socialist...! Vivekananda the Poet...! Vivekananda the 'Cyclonic Hindu Monk’...! Vivekananda the mystic...! Vivekananda the philosopher ...! The list is unending! Swami Vivekananda seems to elude our grasp indeed. We find it impossible to catch him. It is like a blind man’s trial to find out what an elephant is, touching its parts and say elephant is like a big fan, big pillar and so on. He pervades everywhere and had realized the Atman in everything. So He is living in everybody’s heart!

Swami Vivekananda’s love on humanity is immeasurable. He told in utter kindness, “May I be born again and again, and suffer thousands of miseries so that I may worship the only God that exists, the only God I believe in, the sum total of all souls—and above all, my God the wicked, my God the miserable, my God the poor of all races, of all species, is the special object of my worship.”

Bhagavan Shiva Himself incarnated in human form, worked tirelessly and forfeited his whole soul and life for our nation’s upliftment. He especially loved this 'Punya Bhoomi’ – the Bharath like anything.

Swami Vivekananda awakened the whole nation from common man to the great national leaders, implanting the self confidence in all their minds. Inspired by Him everyone of our Indians realized the greatness of our nation. Indians felt very proud that our nation is unique and incomparable to any other one.

Swami Vivekananda revitalized the dignity of Indians in the world’s stage and propagated the pride of Hinduism through his firing speech in the Parliament of Religions in Chicago. Being the greatest spiritual leader of our nation, he loved our countrymen unconditionally without any distinction. During the time of our slavery to British, Only because of Swami Vivekananda, our heads were held high in the world. He raised the prestige of India in the eyes of Western people and changed their views about India with the compelling spiritual force.

Swami Vivekananda told, “Neither politics nor politician could make a good society. The Tyagis who shoulder the responsibilities based on spirituality alone could raise our nation. India has its own vitality. The reason for all its problem is that we do not know which is our vital power and not igniting it to glow. The Indian’s vitality is nothing but spirituality”.

He showered his great love on Tamilians. He told, “ I had always great hopes for Madras, and still I have the firm belief that from Madras will emerge the spiritual wave that will deluge India.” Swami Vivekananda had deep faith on Tamils and said, “My future successors will be from the Madras state”. Thus the opportunity has come to make it real and to work for it. The grand celebration of 150th birth anniversary of Swami Vivekananda is the greatest opportunity before us as a starting point.

This year is momentous and noteworthy in the Indian history since the Patriotic Monk Swami Vivekananda’s 150th year birth anniversary is being celebrated in a grand manner. The whole nation is charged with the spirit of Swami Vivekananda’s ideals and the Ratha Yatra of Swami Vivekananda is being conducted through out the country.

In commemoration of Swami Vivekananda’s 150th Jayanthi Celebration, a grand Ratotsav was inaugurated by Sri Ramakrishna Math and Tamilnadu Sri Ramakrishna Vivekananda Bhavaprachar Parishad in 13th April. Since then Swami Vivekananda Ratha is travelling throughout Tamilnadu.

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