15 Uplifting Swami Vivekananda's Teachings For A Better Life

15 Life Lessons By Swami Vivekananda

Every life that lives on earth has a purpose. We all have a wishes, and everyday we take a step ahead in accomplishing them. 

Though, it is always easier said than done. From facing the lack of resources to criticism from people who doesn't believe in you. The struggle before the success, always confronts you with numerous adversities. 

But if you believe that it's just happening with you then wait a second. Every successful man have gone through this phase and it is after facing this situation and problems, one gets succees in achieving his goal. Therefore famous personalities are inspiration to you and me.

One of such is Swami Vivekananda. Swami Vivekanand is certainly the most significant source of accomplishment, pride, and motivation. 

Swami Vivekananda was one of India's most revered spiritual leaders. He was a brilliant thinker, great orator, and passionate nationalist, in addition to being a spiritual genius. He carried on his master Ramakrishna Paramhansa's free-thinking philosophy into a new paradigm. In service to the poor and needy, he worked diligently for the benefit of society. His spiritual teachings are still considered as best disciplines and Vivekananda life story can inspire and help every one of us to be a better person.

Life and work of Swami Vivekananda

Swami Vivekanand (real name Narendranath) was born on 12th January 1863 in the city of Kolkata. His father, Vishwanath Dutt was a lawyer by profession, and his mother, Smt. Bhuvaneshwari Devi a housewife.

Since Swami Vivekananda's mother was devotee of Lord Shiva; there was intellectual and religious environment in the home. Daily preachings of priests and mother's regular routines of prayer, listening Puranas made Swami Vivekananda as a child to ingrain deep notions of religiousity and spirituality.

Since childhood, he had a quest on knowledge. His mind was filled with the queries related to existence of god, and other mysticism. Even small things would create questions in his  mind.

Along with school, he also joined spiritual classes where he would get learnings on spirituality, noble character and meditation.

In the year 1884, Swami Vivekananda passed Bachelor's degree in Arts from The Scottish Church College. He was educated in Western philosophy, Christianity and Physics.

Swami Vivekanand was fascinated with the knowledge he imparted about Western philosophy. 

However, it was a meeting with Ramakrishna Paramhansa, (a religious leader) that changed the entire life of Vivekananda. Although he initially refused to accept Ramakrishna as his teacher and opposed his beliefs, but it was his persona that attracted him the most. 

Swami Vivekanand, initially misunderstood the opinion of Ramakrishna as he always found them as illustrative. But it was after getting into knowing him personally he realised that the main teachings of Ramakrishna Paramhansa was - God's most effective worship was service to mankind. He was impressed with this ideology of his master and accepted him as his Guru.

Vivekananda's personality was purportedly influenced by Ramakrishna, who prepared him to devote his life to serving humanity.

After the death of Ramakrishna, in 1897, Swami Vivekananda as his chief disciple along with others founded Ramakrishna Mission. The main purpose behind founding Ramakrishna's mission or Ramakrishna Math was to spread the teachings (Advait Vedanta philosophy) of Guru Ramakrishna Paramhansa in the world and secondly, to serve the mankind.

Vivekananda, decided to travel across world to spread the teachings of his Guru. Apart from India, he traveled to USA, New York, England to deliver lectures on Ramakrishna mission.

It was after the awakening speech that Swami Vivekananda delivered on 11th September 1893 at World Religion Conference in Chicago, he gained overnight popularity. He spoke about the basic things one should follow in their life. His speech was full of wisdom that briefed upon the nation's development and noblest ideals that would help humans to develop.

The 11th of September has since then been designated as 'Universal Brotherhood Day,' and it is commemorated every year to remember Swami's world-famous powerful speech. You can hear the speech below.

After spending two years in USA, he returned back to Belur Math, spending rest of his life guiding people and inspiring Indians. His health started getting worse soon and he left for heavenly abode on 4th July 1902.

Swami Vivekananda was effective in building a virtual bridge between East and West culture. His lectures gave him an extraordinary sense of self-respect, self-reliance, and self-assertion from people. And of course, he was instrumental in bringing India's cultural isolation from the rest of the world to an end.

Swami Vivekananda's birthday, January 12, was named National Youth Day by the Government Of India in 1985 to honor Swami Vivekananda's work for society as a philosopher and social reformer.

Lessons from the Life of Swami Vivekananda

Swami Vivekananda lived for 40 years but his teachings have inspired millions around the world and have relevance even today. There are 15 things that we can learn from him and easily imply in our life for becoming a better human.

1. Compassion

Being kind to other human beings is one of the main teachings that Swami Vivekananda has taught his preachers. In real life, Swami Vivekananda always had empathy for people. He always felt bad for the situation in which people were living. 

Compassion is a trait that every individual has in themselves. In a world where people don't bother about another human being. Compassion is a need of an hour.

Compassion fosters emotional intelligence and well-being by allowing us to connect with people, restore connections, and move forward. Compassion goes a step further than empathy since it is motivated by a wish for all people to be free of pain and a desire to help.

Having compassion for others helps you in giving satisfaction and improving relations with others. Actively listening to others and realizing what they are going through and encouraging them by giving the best direction from your side can help to minimize their suffer.

Many of the people are having stress and are dealing with mental illness because they have many things in their mind to share and they don't find anyone with whom they can express their concerns.

Having compassion towards one another and practicing it in our daily life will help society or the people to become emotionally strong and lead a better life.

2. Praise others

Sincere, thoughtful praise is like magic; it has the power to transform someone's day and make them feel proud, joyful, and valued in an instant.

It's no secret that praising makes people happy. When you receive a compliment or positive feedback, you may experience feelings of pride, joy, and elevated self-esteem. This is because praise causes the release of dopamine, a neurotransmitter that aids in the control of the brain's reward and pleasure centres.  

Praising others even for their small achievements or their sweet gestures can help them to make them be motivated and carry on the good work they are doing.

Same way, if we praise children, it has the potential to motivate kids to be more loyal, persistent,  hardworking, and skillful in their life.

Therefore, praise is a good approach to reinforce good behavior in any human being of any age.

Swami Vivekananda always believed in praising people for their kind acts and good behavior. He always felt every person who does something good, deserves a compliment. Encouraging those doing good will make the world better.

3. Never give up

Swami Vivekananda often believed that every individual has difficulties in their life. And the real man is the one who doesn't get distracted due to problems. Distraction often keeps you away from achieving your goal. And then we keep giving excuses or blaming others for our failure. 

Instead, Swami Vivekananda said, we should not stop progressing or working no matter where we are. We must persevere in our fight. When we are confronted with failures, we should never become discouraged or despondent. We should just keep moving ahead and not stop till we attain our goals.

4. Live and laugh

According to Swami Vivekananda, we get busy into our life so much that we forget to enjoy the life. Problems that arise one after another keeps us so much stressed that most of the time we forget laughing.

He said, it is always good to have a humorous behaviour. Having silly conversation and laughing on the conversation makes you forget the pain you are struggling through. Cracking jokes when you are in the middle of tensed situation helps in making the environment lite and makes people laugh.

When you create a humorous environment, it relieves you from the stress and diverts your mind which makes you feel better. 

When you laugh, it doesn't simply make you feel better mentally; it also causes physical changes in your body. It leads you to get rid of the mental stress and calm down your heart, body and mind.

Therefore, never loose a chance to laugh when you have.

World Brotherhood Day

5. Respect women

Swami Vivekananda always supported and believed in giving respect and dignity to women. In olden times, atrocities against women were common. Lack of proper education had made women undervalued. 

Vivekananda, in a speech once said that, "All nations have attained greatness by paying proper respect to women. That country and that nation which does not respect women has never become great”.

Once in a letter he wrote to Swami Ramakrishnanda, he expressed his views on Indian women as, "pure, self-reliant, and kind! The women of our country are the heart and soul of the nation. They are the centre of all learning and culture."

In India, the mother is the center of the family and our highest ideal. She is to us the representative of God, as God is the mother of the universe. It was a female sage who first found the unity of God, and laid down this doctrine in one of the first hymns of the Vedas. Our God is both personal and absolute, the absolute is male, the personal, female. And thus it comes that we now say: 'The first manifestation of God is the hand that rocks the cradle' - Swami Vivekananda

6. Meditation 

It is well known that Swami Vivekananda spent most of his time meditating. According to him, meditation helps in increasing brain power and thereby increasing concentration. 

We can remember anything quickly if our brain is concentrated as much as possible. For controlling our behaviour, it is concentrated mind that helps the most. Swami Vivekananda famously claimed that if someone had taught him about meditation when he was a child, he would have meditated instead of reading hundreds of books.

Even we will all agree that practicing meditation in daily routine helps us in numerous ways. There are many health fitness trainers who advocate the advantages of meditation.

Meditating not only helps you physically, but it also helps you mentally.

7. Have faith in yourself

As Vedanta teaches, men must first have faith in themselves than in God. According to Swami Vivekananda, The notion of self-belief is the most beneficial to us. He further says that, if you don't have faith in yourself, there won't be any salvation.

If you want your God to protect you, the first thing you'll need to do is get courageous, be strong, trust your belief.

In modern world, self belief is the core to everything that leads you to success.

When you have faith in yourself, you vet 

confident about the opinion and voews you have. You overcome the doubt and you develop can do abilities in you.

In Swami Vivekananda's words, if you don't have faith in yourself and you have faith in God and you kept thinking that God will help you whenever you are in difficult situation. Gou will face the disappointment because God helps those who help themselves.

8. Follow your heart

In a famous quote said by Swami Vivekananda he said, "In a conflict between the heart and the brain, follow your heart."

It is the heart that can be inspired and not the brain. A man who is smart yet heartless will never be motivated. In a man of love, it is always the heart that speaks; it discovers a greater instrument than knowledge can provide, the instrument of inspiration. The heart is the instrument of inspiration, just as the brain is the instrument of knowledge.

Following your emotions can open up many doors that might otherwise be closed to you if you followed your brain. When you follow your heart, you opt to make a decision before considering the implications, which allows you to take advantage of possibilities that would otherwise be missed if you took the time to think about it. When your head becomes interested in something, you lose the spontaneity and delight that comes from simply following your heart.

Your heart is the carefree, easygoing aspect of your mental process that allows you to pursue a passion or take a path that may or may not make reason but feels right.

9. Ideas helps you to succeed

Ideals are the foundation of success. When you get ideas, never leave them. Instead, think on them. Think how you can make them reality. Create a path that will help you to make idea as goal and ultimately achieve it.

The majority of brilliant ideas doesnt become reality because people lack the confidence, resources, time, and/or money to put them into action.

Though, making a idea a reality is never so easy. It needs alot of time, and attempts after failure.

If you feel demotivated anytime, do look up at all the successful entrepreneurs. It is their ideas that have made them successful.

Proper planning, proper execution along with sufficient resources often helps in making an idea a reality. 

10. Be curious

Swami Vivekananda since his childhood had a quest for knowledge. His questions would many a times stump his parents as well as teachers.

He was always curious about the existence of God. He was agitated by the question. Ultimately, he wouldn't stop before getting the answers to his curiosity.

The most important life lesson to take away from this is that curiosity frequently leads to the most wholesome and holistic answers and outcomes.

Curiosity often leads to success. Curiosity is essential for achieving in any job and doing it better, because it allows you to ask questions, learn from others, and seek out new methods to improve your work.

Curiousus people's minds are active. They want to be informed and comprehended. Unlike someone who lacks interest, they are in a better position to learn a profession and execute it better and more creatively.

When curious people fail, they study their mistakes because they want to know why they failed so they may improve next time. This improves their chances of being successful.

Intellectual curiosity is necessary at all ages for keeping your mind sharp and agile. It keeps you young by stimulating your intellect.

Belur Math - Ramakrishna mission

11. Humility

When Swami Vivekananda attempted to correct someone who was speaking incorrect English, the guy answered that he couldn't correct him because English was his mother tongue. Swamiji, on the other hand, modestly stated that he understands how to use the language because he learnt it himself rather than from his siblings.

As a result, when others ask us questions and we try to correct them, we should always respond and resply with humility.


12. You get comfort when you make yourself comfortable

Since problems are part and parcel of life, facing a stressful situation is common among many. Though no one likes to have a problematic life. But even after trying your  best to tackle the tough time is important.

But even then, nothing works out, accepting the way your life is.

At the same time, there is no way to grow as an individual if you always stay in your comfort zone and avoid circumstances where you might fail or feel uncomfortable.

It won't be simple to embrace discomfort, but it's vital if you want to experience personal progress. Recognize the things that make you uncomfortable and understand how they make you feel is the first step. This will help you figure out what kinds of experiences you should seek out. Knowing your personal triggers for discomfort and confronting those issues rather than avoiding them is the most effective method to learn and grow.

13. Never expect in return

What will we gain by being decent in a world dominated by greed, corruption, and dishonesty? Why should we do good for others when it is so much easier and frequently more profitable to be selfish?

The most successful manner of living a life, according to Vivekananda, is to help others and be selfless.

Working and helping society is the main motto of our life. According to him, when a person thinks about getting something in return, he acts selfishly and then he losses the joy of giving others and gaining happiness. 

Another reason he gave to be selfless and work towards society is we can pick away at the shell of impurities that confines our soul by performing repeated acts of kindness, goodness, and selflessness, allowing our consciousness to evolve from a lower state (where we are only aware of ourselves and our need) to a higher state of Universal Consciousness (called God), where we see the entire world as one.

14. Do one thing at a time 

We multitask in order to get a lot of things done. Multitasking in today's modern world has become the most important skill that any person should have. People who doesn't do multi tasking are called as "incompetent".

Swami Vivekananda preached the need of concentrating our resources on completing a single task properly. He saw the path to success as something that arose from a task in which both the objective and the methods were considered. For him, quality was not only a goal to strive for, but also continuous process of expressing one's inherent divinity.

Living and working in the present allows them to devote 100% of their attention and effort to the task at hand, which aids their achievement.

Giving our whole selves to whatever we're doing is not only beneficial to our achievement, but it's also spiritually enriching. It gives us the opportunity to experience the oneness of existence by allowing us to become one with the work at hand.

15. Patience and perseverance 

All problems can be conquered by purity, patience, and perseverance. There is no work in the world that happens smoothly.

Every work has hundreds of difficulties that we should overcome before getting succeeded. Therefore, having patience and endurance is essential if you want to achieve you goal in life.

If you make patience as your strength, nothing in the life will hold you back.

Take Away

Some lessons are taught to us by our life experiences, while others can be learned from others.

Inculcating the lessons and Swami Vivekananda's teachings in our daily life and following them daily will help us and others live happier lives and it will help to make a society better and prevail peace, kindness and love in humankind.

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