Thursday, 7 April 2016

Up India! Conquer!!

Swami Vivekananda has told us, "Up India! Conquer the world with your Spirituality."
Said he,
Everything looks propitious and Indian thought, philosophical and spiritual, must once more go over and conquer the world. The problem before us, therefore, is assuming larger proportions every day. It is not only that we must revive our own country —that is a small matter; I am an imaginative man- and my idea is the conquest of the whole world by the Hindu race.  There have been great conquering races in the world. We also have been great conquerors. The story of our conquest has been described by that noble Emperor of India, Ashoka, as the conquest of religion and of spirituality. Once more the world must be conquered by India. This is the dream of my life, and I wish that each one of
you who hear me today will have the same dream in your minds, and stop not till you have realized the dream. (CWSV, vol. III, p. 276)

Swami Vivekananda was once asked in an interview in 1898: "What do you consider the distinguishing feature of your movement, Swamiji?"
"Aggression," said Swamiji promptly, "aggression in a religious sense only. Other sects and parties have carried spirituality all over India, but since the days of Buddha we have been the first to break bounds and try to flood the world with missionary zeal." (Prabuddha Bharata, vol. V, p. 225, September,1898)