“Similarly, instead of complaining about the problem of climate change, India went for a solution in the form of the International Solar Alliance,” the PM said while speaking on the 125th anniversary celebrations of ‘Prabuddha Bharata’, a monthly journal of the Ramakrishna order started by Swami Vivekananda.
The PM said Swami Vivekananda named the journal ‘Prabuddha Bharata’ to manifest the spirit of the nation. “Swami ji wanted to create an ‘Awakened India’, beyond just a political or territorial entity. Swami Vivekananda saw India as a cultural consciousness that has been living and breathing for centuries,” he added. Referring to Swami Vivekananda’s letter to the Maharaja of Mysore and to Swami Ramakrishnananda, the PM underlined two clear thoughts in Vivekananda’s approach to empowering the poor.
“First, he wanted empowerment to be taken to the poor, if the poor themselves cannot easily go to empowerment. Second, he said about India’s poor that they are to be given ideas, their eyes are to be opened to what is going on in the world around them, and then they will work out their own salvation,” Modi said. The Prime Minister said this was the approach with which the country was moving ahead and cited schemes like Jan Dhan Yojana and Ayushman Bharat.
He expressed happiness that Swami Vivekananda’s big dreams for India and his immense faith in India’s youth was reflected in India’s business leaders, sportspersons, technocrats, professionals, scientists, innovators and so many others.
The PM asked the youth to move ahead by following Swamiji’s advice in his lectures on Practical Vedanta where he talks about overcoming setbacks and to see them as part of the learning curve.