Swami Vevakanand’s thoughts are of great importance for the youths of India and the world. He is credited
with contributing to a revival of modern Hinduism and inspiring nationalist consciousness during colonial rule.
The most important contribution of Vivekanand is the Philosophy of Education. He defines education as
‘the manifestation of perfection that is already in man.
About education he says, education must provide ‘life-building, man-making, character-making assimilation
of ideas”. The ideal of this type of education would be to produce an integrated person.
Self Confidence and Self Realization: Man has intrinsic power to cope with any problem thus he should
have full confidence in himself and strive to reach the highest goal of his life, self-confidence leads to self –
Character or Personality: According to Vivekananda, personality is two – third and his intellect and words
are only one – third in making the real man.
Brotherhood or fraternity: Through education, we should gradually reach the idea of universal
brotherhood by flinging down the walls of separation and inequality.
Physical and Mental Development: The aim of education should include that the child should able to
promote national growth and advancement as a fearless and physically well developed citizen of
We can see the influence of this in our education system in the form of New Education Policy (NEP). Nowadays,
schools are focusing on physical development. For Ex. Central Government initiative of KheloIndia.
For mental and character development, Dalai Lama rightly said – “When educating the minds of our youth, we
must not forget to educate their hearts.”