With the incoming of Britishers in our country and conquering every inch of the Indian soil, they were also successful in sowing the seeds of western culture in our minds. They did this by introducing the English educational system and banishing the Indian Traditional arts and literature.
Indian minds were slowly being dominated and were being directed to cultural slavery. Under the influence of British education, our countrymen started following the foreign culture and became doubtful of their own.
It was at this phase in the last decades of the 19th century when the two saintly personalities came into light to blow away the storm of Western culture and bring back India’s Traditional heritage and spiritual wealth. Swami Vivekananda was one of those who took this initiative to guide our countrymen in the right path. He was a shining star in the fields of education, philosophy and cultural field, and he used these as tools to inculcate the Indian values back into the Indian Minds.
Swamiji was drenched deep in the nectar of Indian spiritualism. He was an epic scholar, teacher, philosopher, a saint, a revivalist of Indian culture. According to him ‘Education means that process by which a character is formed, strength of mind is increased, and intellect is sharpened, as a result of which one can stand on one’s own feet’.
His teaching included some very in-depth meaning proverbs such as “Like me or Hate me, both are in my favor. If you like me, I am in your Heart. If you hate me, I am in your mind.”, “Whatever you think, that you will be. If you think yourselves weak, weak you will be; if you think yourselves strong, strong you will be.” and many more such motivational lines.
All these ethics according to Swamiji was nothing but a code of conduct to help a person to carry themselves well in life and be a good citizen. He believed that we should be pure because purity is our real nature, our true divine Self.
Contributed by Soujanya Mudliar, Content Writer at Mitti Ke Rang
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