Tuesday, 9 January 2018

Sister Nivedita: The Dedicated - Who gave her all to India – 21


यतो धर्म: ततो जय:

Nivedita captured the fire of nationalism set alight by Swamiji and took it to all fields - 2

Nivedita always stressed that India is one and she felt if all Indians could pray and contemplate on the truth for everyday for few minutes then India would be great power and no one can harm her. Nivedita said, "I believe that India is one, indissoluble, indivisible. National Unity is built on the common home, the common interest, and the common love.

I believe that the strength, which spoke in the Vedas and Upanishads, in the making of religions and empires, in the learning of scholars and the meditation of the saints, is born once more amongst us, and its name today is Nationality.

I believe that the present of India is deep-rooted in her past, and that before her shines a glorious future. O Nationality, come thou to me as joy or sorrow, as honor or as shame! Make me thine own!"


Her deep love for India was expressed in all walks of life –politics, education, art, literature, sociology, spirituality etc. A spiritual person is all dimensional. That is how Sister Nivedita was. She was a revolutionary of great fire, Sri Aurbindo called her Agnishikha – the flames of fire. She was a Yogini too. She was an educationist and she was an art critic too. She was a writer and she was involved in rendering service to the people, be at flood time or plague time. She was at once a child at the feet of Holy Mother Sri Sarada Devi and also a Lokmata to all as she was called by Ravindranath Tagore and above all she was Sister of all.

As Swami Vivekananda had shed tears for the regeneration of India. There are incidents in the life of Nivedita too. When she was at Bodhgaya, Nivedita broke down and could not control her tears saying, 'The true spirit of India, - what once made India the glory of the world and the heart of Asia, has not been revived. When will the nation be conscious of its glorious heritage, and the distinct place it once occupied in the growth of human thought and human civilization? When will that life that spirit return?'
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