Vivekananda Yuva Jagruti Vedika
Since independence India has made tremendous progress in the material well being of its people. However, a large section of the youth amidst the progress and growth in science and technology feel that there is a dearth of values in individual and social lives. Several thinkers feel that modernization does not mean the neglect of spiritual values and self-discipline in the educational system. Today ‘we require that education’, in swami Vivekananda’s own words, ‘by which character is formed, strength of mind is increased and by which one can stand on one’s own feet.’
A new trust and inspiration has to be given to the youth in various educational institutions, irrespective of the background. The youth have to be trained to discover their own hidden potential and help them convert it to “Excellent Performance ”. For this, each youngster has to develop a healthy self-image of oneself. As the great writer Emerson says, “What lies before you and what lies behind you are tiny matters compared to what lies within you and you are the only one who can use your own ability. It is an awesome responsibility.” The potential of an average person is like a huge ocean un-sailed, a new continent unexplored, a world of possibilities waiting to be released and channeled towards some great good.
Such training is being provided at the Vivekananda Institute of Human Excellence at the Ramakrishna Math. Every Sunday hundreds of youngsters participate in the training program under the banner of Swami Vivekananda Yuva Jaagruti Vedika, which includes programmes like devotional singing, lessons in meditation and from our scriptures and the lives of great leaders, how to cultivate self-discipline, service and the spirit of sacrifice. All the youth studying in Senior Secondary Schools and colleges are welcome to be the members of this dynamic youth group and get inspired and help others get inspired.