Friday, 14 September 2012

“Dear Students! You Have the Power Within You!” - Professor M.S.Rao

“The greatest sin is to think yourself weak. The remedy of weakness is not brooding over weakness, but thinking of strength.” – Swami Vivekananda

When we talk of ‘power of youth’ we quickly recall Swami Vivekananda who is associated with Indian youth and India celebrates ‘national youth day’ as a mark of respect to Swami Vivekananda. Nowadays, some youth are misled due to degeneration values and ethics. They are often clouded by impatience and intolerance.  They must draw inspiration from Swami Vivekananda whose speech on September 11, 1893 at Parliament of Religions in Chicago is memorable in the history of India. The speech has made a profound impact on the West. The speech symbolizes India’s tolerance toward other religions and communities, and India’s acceptance of all religions in its fold. 

Swami Vivekananda was the first Indian who highlighted Hinduism in a true perspective to the West, and the West accepted his views wholeheartedly.  The American newspapers praised Swami Vivekanada’s speech.  The New York Herald wrote, "Vivekananda is undoubtedly the greatest figure in the Parliament of Religions. After hearing him we feel how foolish it is to send missionaries to this learned nation." 

Swami Vivekananda represented India’s face globally.  He preached for universal brotherhood.  Commenting on his perspectives and presentation, French Nobel Laureate, Romain Rolland said, "Swami Vivekananda’s words are great music, phrases in the style of Beethoven, stirring rhythms like the march of Handel choruses."

At times some youth are beset with pessimism and cynicism.  They must realize that they have a huge potential lying hidden.  They must know how to realize and channel it effectively. When others can do it why not they? They must come out of their mental limitations and barriers. They must be positive, and must have an open mind.  

Convert your weaknesses into strengths. Don’t look at the door that is closed. Look at the door that is opened. Remember what Swami Vivekananda said, “All great undertakings are achieved through mighty obstacles. Keep up the deepest mental poise. Take not even the slightest notice of what puerile creatures may be saying against you. Arise, awake and stop not till the goal is reached.”

Dear students, stay inspired from the messages of Swami Vivekananda.  You are rightly placed in the history of India! Mother India is calling you to shoulder leadership roles and responsibilities. Make your mother India proud by unlocking your hidden potential. You have the power within you. Unlock your potential, explore, experiment and grow. Prove yourself the best. Make your parents proud, and make your country proud.  Remember the sage words of spiritual teachers, Ed and Deb Shapiro: "In every moment, no matter what is going on, you have the power within you to transform both yourself and your life.'" 

You Have the Power Within You!

Stay inspired!


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