Saturday, 29 August 2015

Nation's aspirations

|| योग: कर्मसु कौशलम् ||

While describing about what makes society a nation, Mananeeya Eknathji says : It is the capacity and desire to interpret the world around us and this life itself is yet another aspect that needs to be given attention to.  The people, through their group-consciousness, evolve a philosophy of life. They formulate metaphysics and ethics and they have a common ideal. When was this world created, who created it and why, and such other topics and discussed by them and conclusions are arrived at. They develop as a nation marching towards a goal in one direction.
Swamiji said, 'Each nation has a destiny to fulfil, each nation has a message to deliver, each nation has a mission to accomplish. Therefore, from the very start, we must have to understand the mission of our own race, the destiny it has to fulfil, the place it has to occupy in the march of nations, the note which it has to contribute to the harmony of races.'
In this light each nation has its distinct personality, aspirations, beliefs, modes of thinking notions of propriety etc. Americans and Indians differ to a great extent in many of these matters. This mission is not created or produced; it is handed over to the nation from generation to generation. The ancient seers had given up their entire worldly life and devoted themselves to this thought of the mission. It was through their austerity and penance, discrimination and thorough search that the mission dawned upon them and they have given it to us.
People who aspire and desire to serve this nation must learn this mission, goal, destiny, and message and must realize the field of their work. They should be conscious of the arena in which they have to work.