Swami Vivekananda loved and inspired all, especially the youth. To help cultivate the life-giving teachings of the Great Swami the Vedanta Society encourages youth by inspiring them and organizes functions from time to time. The interested youth are welcome to contact the minister.
Need of cultivating higher ideals:
Swami Vivekananda said - “Unfortunately in this life, the vast majority of persons are groping through this dark life without any ideal at all. If a man with an ideal makes a thousand mistakes, I am sure that the man without an ideal makes fifty thousand. Therefore, it is better to have an ideal. And this ideal we must hear about as much as we can, till it enters into our hearts, into our brains, into our very veins, until it tingles in every drop of our blood and permeates every pore in our body. We must meditate upon it. "Out of the fullness of the heart the mouth speaketh," and out of the fullness of the heart the hand works too.”
As we all know, our youth are our next citizen and are the most important members in their families. They are the source of joy, strength, continuation of family-line, traditions and every conceivable aspect. So the respective families invest their maximum available resources in order to give the young members the best of education and upbringing even sacrificing their other immediate needs. The spiritual upbringing is as much essential as the educational, if not more, because that gives them a strong footing to be a better human being and fulfill their goal of life and then only expectations of elders are realized.
Channelizing youth power overcoming various obstacles:
Abounding in talents, energy and willingness to contribute something noble to the family and society the youth also have a genuine aspiration to be better human beings. However, still being young, they have many questions, doubts and uncertainties regarding the purpose and goal of life, and the way to perform their duties. The East-West cultural variance and religious practices vis-à-vis universal ideal are some of many issues that fox them.
At this age of information-boom and melting borders, when diverse cultures and ways of life are put in the same crucible, our youth have an extremely wide range of options in front of them to choose from. Many a time they are hesitant to approach their elders in order to discuss their priorities and doubts and thus become vulnerable to choosing an inappropriate course of action. Sometimes peer pressures also influence them to discontinue their cultural and spiritual linage. The ill-effect is seen everywhere due to split personality, breaking of social systems, families, lack of values and sensitivity etc.
Therefore, the cultivation of the life-giving thoughts that Swami Vivekananda taught will equip them to uphold and spread the universal values and culture of brotherhood among others. The Youth Program hopes to address these issues, through the teachings of the great Swami to those who regard him as their guide. The Iconic Monk taught all, irrespective of color, creed and country and other man-made barriers, how to be a better human being and transcend all limitations imposed by the circumstances.