Saturday 27 April 2013

Love India - 2

वीरेश्वराय विद्महे विवेकानन्दाय धीमहि । तन्नो वीर: प्रचोदयात् ।

Thus, Loving India for him was to imbibe her philosophy which was as deep as the ocean, as high as the Himalayas and as vast as the Indian plans. Karma - Bhakti - Jnana Yogas illustrate the wide scope and opportunities available to man to experiment with his own life. This understanding made Swamiji carefully scrutinize and practise the four yogas and update them, so as to explain them in modern times, to the modern man, in modern language and idioms. That is what made Swami Vivekananda's teachings so very unique, practical and universal.Our Dharma sastras, after thoroughly analyzing the human possibilities came to the conclusion that every human being is endowed with three instruments for the manifestation of Divinity in one's life. They are body, mind and intellect and through them flow actions, thoughts and knowledge. Knowledge in the intellect manifests in the mind as thoughts and as actions in the body. Action, thought and knowledge of a wise person will ever be illumined with wisdom and that of an ignorant person will always be under the shadow of ignorance. Sruti provides three means of enriching and fine tuning these three instruments with knowledge. They are Karma, Upasana and Jnana or in other words Karma Yoga, Bhakti Yoga and Jnana Yoga. Sruti adds that a person can attain perfect gnosis when he is able to practise simultaneously Karma Yoga at his body level, Bhakti Yoga in his mind and Jnana Yoga in his intellect. It is this philosophical Truth that our sages discovered through their own magnificent super human, cognitive powers. This has been endorsed by Swami Vivekananda in all his teachings. 
Therefore, in tune with the teachings of our great sages who brought out this Eternal Wisdom to the notice of the suffering humanity through their immortal words “Srinwanthu vishwe amritasya putrah”, so did Swamiji, through his immortal messages bring this Eternal Wisdom to eradicate the sufferings of the modern man. Swamiji scrutinized each and every declration of the great rishis, contemplated upon it and made them part of his life's experience before sharing it with humanity at large. That is why his words fell like sparks of fire destroying the ignorance of the listeners and igniting in them the thirst for knowledge.

The future expansion of India certainly lies in continuing our efforts in the glorification of human life pursuing the path of Satya and Dharma. Even a little knowledge of this, as Sri Krishna puts in Gita can save us from great calamities in life. In fact it is these values, which have preserved India throughout her incomparably long existence. These values, more than ever need perpetuation today, not through books,dogmas, rituals, temples or constitutional amendments, but through throbbing vibrant human lives so that they stand renewed and revived, simultaneously, rejuvenating our great Motherland and enriching the world civilization. To restore our Mother back to her vigour, health and glory we have to make use of the most modern scientific knowledge blending it with our ancient wisdom. This tonic has to be mixed with a portion of our hearts' aspirations. It also needs curing in the fumes of our self-sacrifice. Definitely it is a better way of living than wasting our precious lives through addiction to drugs, alcohol or other varieties of self-destroying influences.

Swamiji firmly believed that “On our work depends the coming of the India of the future. She is there ready waiting. She is only sleeping. Therefore to make a great future India, the whole secret lies in organization, accumulation of power, co-ordination of wills. Already before my mind rises one of the marvelous verses of the Rig-Veda Samhita which says, “Be thou all of one mind, be thou all of one thought”……. Being of one mind is the secret of society…. That is the secret-accumulation of will-power, co-ordination, bringing them all, as it were, into one focus.

Our Youth should strive for Eternal Life through their selfless surrender to the ideals our nation has always upheld. This is the challenge, which the Indian youth faces today. If we cling on to the old without allowing it to become our own lives' experience we would become “kupamandukas” (frogs in the well) which sooner or later would lead to our cultural and spiritual death. That would also mean closing our doors on expansion, growth and freedom. Those who adore Swamiji have to see that these universal values in life are restored and not lost forever. Otherwise it would also mean the death of the most unifying and Universal Spiritual Tradition in the world. Such a thing can never be…..

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