Swami Vivekananda believed that knowledge exists in the mind like fire in a piece of flint, friction brings it out and hence “education is the manifestation of the perfection already in man,” said Swami Samagrananda, senior monk at the Sree Ramakrishna Ashram at Thukalassery, near Thiruvalla, on Saturday.

Swami Samagrananda was delivering the benedictory speech at the National Youth Day celebrations, jointly organised by the Sree Ramakrishna Mission and the Kerala Youth Welfare Department at the Ashram temple hall at Thukalassery.

According to him, each human being is naturally growing and developing according to his or her nature and a teacher’s job is only to remove the obstructions on the path of development of the children.

The youth of India should take Swami Vivekananda as their role model. They should learn to concentrate and for this they have to make their mind calm. Good character, broad-minded attitude, obedience, and hard work are the qualities that need to be nurtured in the youth who are the hopes of India, Swami Samagrananda said.

Aim of nation

K.K.N. Kurup, former Vice Chancellor of Calicut University, delivered the keynote address at the forenoon session.

According to him, the aim of a nation is to create a culture and civilization of its own and India is a country that has achieved this. However, foreign invasion of the country for about 150 years had affected the culture.

Swami Vivekananda stood for universal brotherhood and the universal religion of Hinduism.

Vivekananda was of the opinion that the mind of students should be controlled and trained through meditation, concentration and practice of ethical purity. He had exhorted his countrymen to accept new ideas and scientific knowledge and showed the way for nation-building on a sound foundation, Dr. Kurup said.

Presiding over the inaugural function, Swami Golokananda, the Ashram president, said Swami Vivekananda’s primary role as a religious leader has made him the undisputed spiritual father of the Indian freedom movement. N. Lakshmikutty, History Professor at Union Christian College, Aluva, delivered the keynote address in the afternoon.

As many as 500 students from Vivekananda High School at Pandanad, Vivekananda High School at Pullad, National High School at Vallamkulam, and the B.A. English students at NSS College, Pandalam, attended the day-long function.