Thursday, 1 December 2016

Hindu view of Life -7


Imbibing the Rishi tradition and carrying it forward Shri Guruji looked upon the Motherland as a manifestation of Divinity. This was a unique tradition from the dawn of history in Bharat. The 'Vedic Sooktaas' have hymns singing the glory of the Motherland. This reverential attitude continued, uninterrupted through the ages. Bamkimchandra's 'Vande Maataram' describing Bharat as Lakshmi, Durga and Saraswati was only a new version of the age long sentiment. Shri Guruji fully absorbed this. Every little drop of water from our rivers and every little bit of sand, every mountain and every lake – in fact everything related to and reminding us of the Motherland, was the flesh of his flesh and the blood of his blood. There was total identification. The various languages spoken, the various forms of worship followed, the variety of dresses and dishes conveyed to him the richness and colourfulness of the beauty of India's soul. The history – be it one of sorrow and shame or success and joy reverberated in his mind with the same resonance as it did at that time to the people who experienced it. All these together constituted Hindu nationalism, which was identical with 'Sanatana Dharma'.

It was the protection, preservation and promotion of this eternal nationalism that was the life mission, which Shri Guruji inherited and worked hard to carry forward.  More than everything else it was this undying spirit of Hindu nationalism that was dear to his heart, because he knew that it constituted the national soul. Economics and politics, state and its administration, Constitution and Governance, all the limbs and organs of the state were, in a sense, subservient to this great ideal. Not that they are unimportant or insignificant. Each of them has a vital role, but only if and when it serves the purpose of the health and vitality of the nation. Shri Guruji looked upon the work of the 'Rashtreeya Swayamsevak Sangh' as embodying the national identity. Every other activity started by Swayamsevaks is meant to serve one aspect are other of this all-embracing national pursuit.