Tuesday 26 December 2017

Sister Nivedita: The Dedicated - Who gave her all to India – 17

यतो धर्म: ततो जय:

'Now, He shall work through us, we have no time to rest'  - 1

When Swami Vivekananda started on his second tour to West, few disciples accompanied him. Nivedita was one of them. His health was not so well but the sea voyage did him good. Everyday morning and evening he would come on the deck from his cabin and talk with Nivedita and others. Nivedita would take notes and then later write it down in detail. She wanted to share all the joy and wisdom with others by writing it down. 'Even a journey round a world becomes a pilgrimage if one makes it with the guru,' she wrote.

Nivedita was going to the West for two main reasons. One was to collect funds for the school and second reason was she had to attend her sister May's marriage. To the great joy of Noble family, Swami Vivekananda also decided to stay for few days with them.

The personality and message of Swamiji's thought was very intense. Her sister May was overwhelmed with Swamiji's thoughts, so worried she said to Nivedita, 'I feel that if I give way to Swamiji's power, then I shall never marry. I must not listen to him, for I have already given my word.' Richmond her brother also felt the power that radiated from the Swami Vivekananda's spirit and personality. He later wrote to his sister, "To have known the Swami was to have known something of what Christ was." After staying there for few days, Swamiji left with his other disciples. Nivedita stayed till the marriage day. Same night of marriage, she left though her mother was tearful. She said to herself, 'The work of the Divine Mother is all I have to think of.'

In London, the people were struck by her simple dress. She wore an extremely simple gown of white flannel with a girdle fastened at the waist. A rosary of beads always adorned her neck. Just few years before, they had seen her dressed like any other English woman. Secondly, they saw her praising the people of the India – the subject people! The people did not like it. However, her relentless work for the people of India earned her the name, 'A Champion for India'. A London Correspondent wrote, "There has arisen, a champion for India from an unexpected quarter, as was the way with champions of the old. Not from a far country, however, nor from a strange people, not from masculine ranks, has this new champion come. She is a lady, belonging to the Ruling Power of India, a lady of exceptional ability, who has given up a promising career in England to devote herself to the service of women of India. Miss Margaret Noble is her name, and though she has been only eighteen months in India, she has learned more of real Indian life during that time than have others who have passed as many years there."

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 : http://www.sisternivedita.org
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