Today - January 12, 2013 - is the Birthday of Swami Vivekananda



Today January 12, 2013 is the birthday of Swami Vivekananda as per English calendar or the Gregorian calendar. Swami Vivekananda was born on January 12, 1863. This year is the 150 birth anniversary of Swami Vivekananda.

Based on traditional Hindu lunar calendar, Swami Vivekananda's birthday falls on the Paush Krishna Saptami, the 7th day after the full moon day in the Hindu month of Paush. This is observed as Swami Vivekananda Jayanti and it is on February 3, 2013.

Saints associated with Sanatana Dharma never sought blind followers. Their sole aim was to initiate a discussion on a particular topic. They wanted each individual to arrive at a conclusion through a healthy debate. They wanted each individual to realize his/her potential. Swami Vivekananda was one such modern saint who kindled the passion of enquiry in the mind of people.

The ideal way or remember or honor a saint is by understanding his/her teachings. Swami Vivekananda has given his valuable opinion on several topics. It is for us to pick up these pearls of wisdom and apply it in our daily life. This can be done not just on his birthday but on all days of the year.

The day is observed as youth day in India. This year also marks the beginning of the 150 birth anniversary of Swami Vivekananda.