Today, these words inspired me to write this blog as I, an essay contest participant, prepare to attend HASC's event at the White House on July 29th and then at Georgetown University on July 30th and 31st.
Often our generation has become apathetic to the words of the divine because they are steeped in ancient traditions seen as archaic. Vivekananda has bridged the primeval to the modern. We have the ability to address our generation. To halt the defensive nature of our faith and be open to pluralism, acceptance, and spirituality. Now we can address our brothers and sisters of America on the issues of diversity and coexistence. As a youth, I have faith in my words and my actions thanks to the teaching of Swami Vivekananda. It was, after all, his inspiring words Arise, Awake and Stop not till the Goal is Reached! Those words reverberating in me, motivate me to strive every day for this goal. A goal that is beyond me or my community or this generation. This is the goal is sahishnuta, acceptance, so that we can address each other as our own. And as one.