Every year July 4 marks the death anniversary of Swami Vivekananda, who is counted as one of the finest spiritual leaders and intellects India has produced. Vivekananda played a very essential role in introducing the philosophies of yoga and Vedanta to the West. Born on January 12, 1863, Swami Vivekananda was known by the name Narendra Nath Datta in his pre-monastic life.
Swami Vivekananda is also known for his lecture at the World Parliament of Religion in Chicago in 1893. Apart from spirituality, Vivekananda also had great knowledge about science and religion. Swami Vivekananda’s father was Vishwanath Datta, an attorney at the Calcutta high court, whereas his mother Bhubaneswari Devi was a homemaker. From a young age, Vivekananda showed his interest in spirituality. He was also a disciple of Sri Ramakrishna.
Vivekananda’s secular ideals became the part of Indian Constitution. Every year, 4 July is marked as the death anniversary of the youth icon of India, Swami Vivekananda.
Swami Vivekananda is remembered for his contribution to the society. It was Swami Vivekananda who gave the direction to the country towards modernity with religion. At the young age of 30, he introduced the world to Hinduism in Chicago during the Parliament of Religions.
Swami Vivekananda believed in the comprehensive upliftment of society. He advocated women empowerment and meditation. He aspired for a social order where the feelings of religion and spiritual traditions combine with science and technology. Swami Vivekananda was a modern thinker and thus advocated education as a fundamental right of the masses.