Monday, 15 January 2018

Sister Nivedita: The Dedicated - Who gave her all to India – 22


यतो धर्म: ततो जय:

Nivedita as ardent devotee of Mother India awakened national consciousness - 1

Nivedita inculcated Swami Vivekananda's deep love for India. She inculcated the crux of the message of Swami Vivekananda – what India needs is awakening of national consciousness. May be because of invasions after invasions the Hindu society which struggling for it's existence had lost the wider vision of Nation-Rashtra. The root all ills of the nation was this. Nivedita dedicated herself for this task. In every filed of national life her mission was to give national orientation to it. To create such institutions, practices where nation would be given the preference, where national genius and yearning would find place.

She had many invitations from different parts of the country and she used those opportunities for awakening the national consciousness. Her fiery speeches and nationalistic approach to everything inspired many. Rash Bihari Ghosh, a great national leader said in 1912, 'On one thing I can speak with confidence and that is this. If we are conscious of a budding national life at the present day, it is in no small measure due to the teaching of Sister Nivedita.'

In her lecture at Madras organized by the 'Young Men's Hindu Association' she emphasized the need to comprehend the essential unity of India. Unity, she said, was not a thing of past, nor of future, it was actual and living, only the children of the soil were not aware of it. She said, 'I see actually face to face as I see the sun in the sky at midday that we in India have a great synthesis, an unparalleled synthesis, full of strength, majesty and potentiality and hope that the day would come when we should understand and know that and act on the strength of it.'

India was a nation, one and undivided, and Nivedita brought to the minds of the audience but one word, and left it there that every breath as it was breathed out and every breath as it was breathed in, might breath in and out that word – nationality.

The English had taught the Indian to believe that it was only after the introduction of cheap postage, the extended railway travel and the common use of English language that India had been united. Unfortunately, even today there are persons in our country who believe this. That is why study of Nivedita is very essential to be able the see the deeper unity of Indian. Nivedita pointed out, 'If India had no unity herself, no unity could be given to her. The unity, which undoubtedly belonged to India, was self-born and has its own destiny, its own functions and its own vast powers; but it was the gift of no one. …Yet again shall come the great re-establishment of Dharma when the whole of this nation shall be united together not in common weakness, not in common misfortune or grievance but in a great, overflowing, complex, actual, ever strong, ever-living consciousness of the common nationality, the common heritage, the common struggle, the common life, aye the common destiny and the common hope. And so let me in all reverence and in all grateful memory and love repeat to you again these words that were spoken here in our midst a few years ago by a voice so dear, so well remembered by you all – those words that were the text of his message to his land for ever more – "Arise, Awake, struggle on and rest not till the goal is reached" . 


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हमें कर्म की प्रतिष्ठा बढ़ानी होंगी। कर्म देवो भव: यह आज हमारा जीवन-सूत्र बनना चाहिए। - भगिनी निवेदिता {पथ और पाथेय : पृ. क्र.१९ }
Sister Nivedita 150th Birth Anniversary : http://www.sisternivedita.org
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