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Swami Vivekananda Jayanti 2008

In 2008, the birth anniversary of Swami Vivekananda is on January 29, 2008. Based on Hindu 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. Therefore the date varies from year to year. According to the English calendar or the general Indian Calendar, Swami Vivekananda was born on January 12, 1863. Numerous programs are being organized in India and in several countries around the world on the day.

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.