Monday 7 May 2018

Sister Nivedita: The Dedicated - Who gave her all to India – 51

यतो धर्म: ततो जय:

Nivedita as admirer of Indian womanhood - 4

Today, our country and her Dharma are in a sore plight, and in a special manner he calls on her daughters at this moment to come forward, as those in the ages before, to aid her with a great Shraddha.  How shall this be done?  We are all asking.  In the first place, let Hindu mothers renew in their sons the thirst for Brahmacharya.  Without this our nation is shorn of her ancient strength.  No country in the world has an ideal of the student's life so high as this, and if it be allowed to die out of India, where shall the world look to restore it?  In Brahmacharya is the secret of all strength, all greatness.  Let every mother determine that her sons shall be great.  And secondly, can we not cultivate in our children and ourselves a vast compassion?  This compassion will make us eager to know the sorrows of all men, the griefs of our land and the dangers to which in these modern days the religion is exposed; and this growing knowledge will produce strong workers, working for work's sake, ready to die, if only they may serve their country and fellow-men.  Let us realise all that our country has done for us, - how she has given us birth and food and friends, our beloved ones, and our faith itself.  Is she not indeed our Mother? Do we not long to see her once more Mahabharata? 

Such are a few of the things, beloved mothers and sisters, that I think my Guruji would have said to you in so much better words than I have been able to find.  I thank you once more for the reverence you have shown him in the honour done to me, so unworthy self.

I beg of you always, - for his sake, who made me his daughter and, therefore, your country-women, - to think of me and pray for me as your little sister who loves this beautiful and holy land, and who longs only to be shown how to serve you more and more effectively.  And may I remind you also of his who stood behind the Swami Vivekananda, his Guru Ramakrishna Paramahamsa, and Kali, the Great Mother, whose power worked through both of these great souls, and will yet work doubtless in any of us who will but lend ourselves to Her influence.'

To be continued...

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