Swami Vivekananda’s Birthday

Today is 153rd birth anniversary of Swami Vivekananda a great icon and inspiration to millions of Indians, Swami needs no introduction he is one of my role models and inspiration. This post is to celebrate and remember this great man and his words.

Every year since 1985, the Birth Anniversary of Swami Vivekananda is observed as National Youth Day. According to Government of India’s Communication, “it was felt that the philosophy of Swami ji and the ideals for which he lived and worked could be a great source of inspiration for the Indian Youth.”

“Arise! Awake! And stop not till the goal is reached”

Swami Vivekananda


“Take up one idea. Make that one idea your life; dream of it; think of it; live on that idea. Let the brain, the body, muscles, nerves, every part of your body be full of that idea, and just leave every other idea alone. This is the way to success, and this is the way great spiritual giants are produced.”

“Be not Afraid of anything. You will do Marvelous work. it is Fearlessness that brings Heaven even in a moment.”

“Anything that makes weak – physically, intellectually and spiritually, reject it as poison.”

“Strength is Life, Weakness is Death.Expansion is Life, Contraction is Death.Love is Life, Hatred is Death.”

“Whatever you think, that you will be. If you think yourselves weak, weak you will be; if you think yourselves strong, strong you will be.”

“See for the highest, aim at that highest, and you shall reach the highest.”

Swami ji keeps us inspiring through his immortal words,this exam is a journey and it have highs and lows, to sustain in all phases we need to stay motivated and by making his words constant companions in our journey, helps us sail through difficult times and celebrate the journey.

“Democracy involves hardship – the hardship of the unceasing responsibility of every citizen. Where the entire people do not take a continuous and considered part in public life, there can be no democracy in any meaningful sense of the term. Democracy is always a beckoning goal, not a safe harbor. For freedom is an unremitting endeavor, never a final achievement. That is why no office in the land is more important than that of being a citizen.”

Atlas Shrugged the man who refuses !

“The man who refuses to judge, who neither agrees nor disagrees, who declares that there are no absolutes and believes that he escapes responsibility, is the man responsible for all the blood that is now spilled in the world. Reality is an absolute, existence is an absolute, a speck of dust is an absolute and so is a human life.”

Atlas Shrugged

“I started my life with a single absolute: that the world was mine to shape in the image of my highest values and never to be given up to a lesser standard, no matter how long or hard the struggle.”

David Foster Wallace on Voting Apathy.

“If you are bored and disgusted by politics and don’t bother to vote, you are in effect voting for the entrenched Establishments, who please rest assured are not dumb, and who are keenly aware that it is in their interests to keep you disgusted and bored and to give you every possible reason to stay at home. By all means stay home if you want, but there is no such thing as not voting: You either vote by voting, or you vote by staying home.”

Swami Vivekananda

Take up one idea. Make that one idea your life think of it, dream of it, live on idea. Let the brain, muscles, nerves, every part of your body, be full of that idea, and just leave every other idea alone. This is the way to success.

Carl Schurz

Ideals are like stars you will not succeed in touching them with your hands, you choose them as your guides, and following them, to reach your destiny.

Dag Hammarskjold

“It is when we all play safe that we create a world of utmost insecurity.”

Eric Hoffer

We feel free when we escape even if it be but from the frying pan to the fire