Saturday 11 May 2024

Shrunvantu Vishwe Amritasya Putrah!

 – Dr. M. Lakshmi Kumari (Yuva Bharati, 50th Year Special Commemorative Volume, July 1987)

"Hear, Ye, Children of immortal bliss!.... What a sweet, what a hopeful name.... allow me to call you brethren by that sweet name, heirs of immortal bliss.... Ye divinities on earth. Sinners! it is a sin to call a man so. It is a standing libel on human nature. Come up, Ob lions, and shake off the delusion that you are sheep. You are souls immortal, spirits free, blessed and eternal, Ye are not matter. Ye are not body; matter is your servant, not you the servant of matter".

Thus spoke Swami Vivekananda at the Parliament of Religions on September 19, 1893. These electrifying words of Swamiji, endorsing and relaying the time tested message of the Vedas and the Upanishads not only shook the most modern of nations of his time, but also sent an energizing quiver through his ancient motherland which woke her up from her centuries' old slumber and made her shake off the yoke of dishonor and slavery. The power behind his words and their relevance have only increased with time.

Today, when man's shameless surrender to 'matter' and the consequent decay in his moral and ethical caliber are getting expressed outside as hatred, intolerance, violence and destruction converting our beautiful earth into a massive grave- yard, how else can we create in human minds a reverence for LIFE in all its glory and totality but by calling upon man to recognize and revere the golden thread of Immortal Life which binds him and the entire universe into ONE!

When all avenues, including that of education and religion, have failed in their mission of providing man with a unifying and universal vision, how else can his eyes be opened to the beauty and harmony in creation but by lighting the Eternal Flame of Spirit with which the whole universe is illumined!

When the human mind has become small, shrunken, parched and broken, from where can the fountain of sense and sensibility and love and understanding be brought to inundate it but by enlivening the spring of Immortal Bliss within!

Therein lies the great relevance of Swamiji's clarion call.

Would the world and more urgently our own countrymen pause for a moment in their mad rush towards the self- annihilating fire of materialism and ponder over this profound life giving message of our great Rishis which was echoed through the words of this modern Seer!

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Freed from attachment, non-egoistic, endowed with courage and enthusiasm and unperturbed by success or failure, the worker is known as a pure (Sattvika) one. Four outstanding and essential qualities of a worker. - Bhagwad Gita : XVIII-26

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