Wednesday 13 December 2017

Sister Nivedita: The Dedicated - Who gave her all to India – 13

यतो धर्म: ततो जय:

Training of Nivedita – 5

How could a proud and an accomplished British woman see the beauty of Indian life? She had to undergo a painful process of transformation to be the fit instrument in the service of India? Firstly, she had open mind and integrity. She was in search of truth and though she was a daughter of Christian parents and a proud British citizen still she accepted the truth from a Hindu who was from a country, which was under British rule. Secondly, she had sincerity of purpose, once she realized that the Vedantic truth of oneness is to be realized in life, she dedicated herself for it. There was no hypocrisy in her that 'accept it in private but to continue doing as before in public'. Of course she was intelligent and courageous enough not to fall prey to the propaganda of Christian Missionaries (which even now goes in rural and tribal areas) that, 'Once you are Christian you cannot pray to God by any other name; because except Jesus all others are Satan. If you do that then you will burn in the hell.' For such childish propaganda, she did not fall a prey. Thirdly, though the path was difficult, the training was difficult she never thought of giving it up. The 'stay-put' attitude, Dhairya in her did not allow her to doubt her path even once. Her only question to herself in those difficult days was, 'What should I do so that I understand what my master is trying to tell me. Fourthly, the most important thing, she came to India because of Swami Vivekananda but gradually it was Mother India that became her primary reason for service. Initially, a person gets inspired by other person and wants to work but personal ideal may not motivate for long, it is the impersonal ideal, which can be perennial source of inspiration. Nivedita got rooted into that and that is how she give her all to India. 

Years later Nivedita was to write, "Swamiji, gave me a unified purpose. I am rich!" And that unified purpose was India and India alone. Her sincerity of purpose and utmost efforts ultimately transformed her completely. She became one with India to serve in total surrender. It is said that to truly offer worship to Siva you have to be Siva. 'Sivo Bhutva Sivam Yajet'. Nivedita so to say became one with Mother India. She understood India in all her dimensions and loved Indians with all their faults.

As Swamiji had told her, she was without any European comforts but that hardly mattered for her. In her diary, one noting was, 'Today I had a comfort of my life, my friend gifted a pillow for me!' Imagine if an accomplished woman for whom people, weather, culture everything was so different could come here and dedicate herself completely in the service of nation why cannot we transform ourselves and serve our Mother India. Thus, Sister Nivedita is a great source inspiration to all who want to merge in the organizational discipline and work for nation-building.

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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