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India's pride the great Swami Vivekananda, who was a symbol of India's cultural heritage, was born on 12 January 1863 in a Kayastha family in Kolkata.
His childhood name was Narendranath Dutt. Father Vishwanath Dutt was a famous advocate of the Calcutta High Court. His mother Bhuvaneshwari Devi was a woman of religious views.
Narendra's father and his mother's religious, progressive and rational attitude helped shape their thinking and personality. He used to spend most of his time in worshipping Lord Shiva.
Who can forget the historic date of September 11, 1893, when Swami Vivekananda addressed the World Religions Conference in Chicago.
Swami Vivekananda began his speech with 'my American brothers and sisters', after which the whole auditorium cheered with joy.
Swamiji said, my heart is filled with great affection, and I thank you on behalf of the oldest saint tradition of the world.
I thank you on behalf of the mother of all religions, and I express my gratitude to millions of all castes, sections and millions of Hindus.
Thanks to some of those speakers, who said in this forum that the idea of tolerance in the world is spreading from the Far East countries.
I am proud that I am from a religion that taught the world the tolerance and universal acceptance.
We do not believe in universal tolerance only, but we accept all religions of the world as truth.
After that, the people of that region were greatly influenced by their views on religion, civilization and Indian culture.
Gurudev Rabindranath Tagore who received Nobel Prize for Indian Literature once said, "If you want to know India, then know the principles of Vivekananda as he is full of positivity and righteousness ."
Swami Ji also said I am proud that I am from the country who gave shelter to all the religions and the persecuted people of all the countries here.
I am proud that we have kept the holy memories of Israel in which our religious places have been destroyed by the Roman invaders and then they have taken refuge in South India.
I am proud that I am from a religion that has sheltered people of Parsi religion and is still continuously helping them.
Swami Ji once said, “Arise, awake and stop not till the goal is reached.”
His thoughts and visions are very motivating. He emphasised on the ideals of service and renunciation. His belief in Yuva Shakti was unwavering.
Remembering these powerful words, and the rich thoughts of the venerable SwamiVivekananda on his Jayanti.