Monday 11 December 2017

Sister Nivedita: The Dedicated - Who gave her all to India – 12

यतो धर्म: ततो जय:

Training of Nivedita – 4

More Nivedita got rooted in Upanishadic wisdom and in the impersonal Vision of Bharat-bhakti, she understood what her master was trying to tell her all these days. She remembered what he had said once during the journey, 'Though I often say strange things and angry things, yet remember that in my heart I never seriously mean to preach anything but love'. This was so well internalized by Nivedita that much later when some of the disciples were discussing that which main trait they remember of Swami Vivekananda, Nivedita said, 'for me he was tenderness personified'.

Through this tough training, Sister Nivedita emerged as an ardent devotee of Mother India. It is this total transformation of Nivedita, which is a great example for Macaulay Educated Indians. If a proud and accomplished British woman can shake off all her prejudices and misconceptions, her western mind set and then with total paradigm shift can become a true Indian, a great admirer, worshiper and servant of Mother India, then why not we? We the Macaulay educated can also shake off our biases and ignorance and become true Indians. When she could get insight into the depths of Indian wisdom why not we? When one wants to serve Motherland one has to change oneself so as to become the right instrument in the hands of God.  Sister Nivedita is thus an inspiration for all those who want to serve our society.

Nivedita became so one with the people, their aspirations that her life, her actions, her words reflected that oneness which she experienced. She always said our people, our country. We see many a times that those who go to 'serve' the people in villages and in tribal areas with the sense that they are going to 'civilize' and to 'develop' these people use words like 'this society', 'these people'. They force their ideas and world-views on those simple people. This is what Swami Vivekananda did not want to happen with his foreign disciples. He wanted them to accept India as she was; he wanted them to learn from India. Sister Nivedita internalized it so fully that Bipin Chandra Pal said, "Nivedita came to us not as a teacher but as a learner, not as an adept but as a novice and she loved India more than even we Indians love her."

To be Continue

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 :
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