August 17, 2022

There is an immortal voice of Indian self-respect, Swami Vivekananda

Author: Jeetesh KumarPublish Date: Tue, 11 Jan 2022 02:57 PM (IST)Updated Date: Tue, 11 Jan 2022 03:13 PM (IST) For a long time in the western world, there was a perception towards India that India was a ‘thinking East’ ‘ is in the center. He meant that this former only thinks, does nothing. The Western world combined with the Industrial Revolution, the innovation of science and technology had surprisingly engulfed the whole world. In such a situation, it was a part of his neglectful behavior to dismiss the contemplative India by calling it ‘pre-considered’, but India has given that voice to its self-respect even in the most difficult times, which goes beyond the flow of time and leaves an indelible mark. has left. Swami Vivekananda is an immortal voice of Indian self-respect in a subjugated India, the pride with which he shared the influence of the precarious East is marvelous. A small incident in London explains the firmness of his tone to a great extent. Swami Vivekananda ji was putting the glorious story of Indian thought in front of the western world through his speeches in London. In such a situation, an intellectual there often used to argue with him. He used to say that if India had invaluable achievements of knowledge for thousands of years, then why did India never come to England to share them? The answer given by Swami Vivekananda to him is very meaningful. Swamiji laughed and said to him, India would have come to England thousands of years ago to share its knowledge, but my friend, tell me, where was England thousands of years ago? What England is today, there was only forest thousands of years ago. When England did not exist, where did India come to impart knowledge? On hearing this answer, those Western intellectuals became unanswered, but Swami Vivekananda always appreciated the efforts of the West and he always talked about taking inspiration from him. The feeling of universal brotherhood that was in his heart, that feeling is representative of the thinking of India. After that period of independence has passed, now in the Amrit Mahotsav of independence, when we are discussing the trilogy of self-reliance, independence and self-respect in the center, then to put before the excerpts of some letters written by Swami Vivekananda to different people. would be relevant. In a letter to Mr. E. T. Sturdy, who lives in New York, he wrote, ‘Listen to my personal experience. When my Gurudev left his body, we were 12 poor and unknown young men. There were many powerful organizations against us, who were trying their best to destroy us in the infancy of our success. But Shri Ramakrishna Dev ji had given us a big donation. It was charity – the desire for real life, not just talking, but inspiration for lifelong industry and non-stop practice. Today the whole of India knows my Gurudev and considers him revered. Ten years ago I could not even gather a hundred people to celebrate his birth and now the situation is that last year fifty thousand people came.’ This letter is very important because it creates a unique formula of self-reliance. The sutras given to Swami Vivekananda by his guru Ramakrishna Paramhansa ji have three main points: the desire for real life, lifelong industry and non-stop practice. If these three things are included in anyone’s life, then they will provide that path of self-reliance, which creates the highest dimension of success and reaches the summit. Parts of his second letter are also very important in the context of independence. In a letter to Alasinga Perumal, he wrote, ‘No progress is possible without independence. Our ancestors gave freedom in religious thought and out of that we have got a wonderful religion. The first condition of progress is freedom. Just as a man should be given the freedom to think and express, so he should be given freedom in food, dress, marriage, everything, so long as that freedom does not harm others. He does not have the right to get freedom, who is not ready to give freedom to others. Suppose the British gave you all the rights, but what will happen to that? Some class will prevail and take away all rights from all the people. Just like Shankaracharya, Ramanuja and Chaitanya etc. had declared equal right to liberation by considering everyone as equal in earlier times, similarly try to re-constitute the society, fill your heart with enthusiasm and spread everywhere. Be everyone’s slave while leading, have infinite patience, only then will success come to you.’ This letter is very important, because while defining liberty, he has also mentioned a limitation that freedom should not be injurious to others. He also showed the way to achieve this, which fills the heart with enthusiasm and talks about the leadership who treats those who follow him not as a master but as a servant. At the same time, he knew that the first condition to tread a difficult path is infinite patience, so he also mentioned this with utmost steadfastness. It is also a wonderful experiment that keeping in mind the tradition of thinking of India, he also linked freedom with liberation, because he knew that the Acharya tradition of India has not seen freedom in a limited sense, but it has also been considered a vast meaning of liberation. is assigned. As in another letter Swami Vivekananda wrote to Sarla Ghoshal ji, in which he talked about the awakening of the sleeping Brahma. In fact, waking up this sleeping Brahman is the self-respect that makes a man the son of nectar. Swami Vivekananda ji talked about this self-respect many times, because it is this self-respect that connects man to that self-reliance, which creates such a freedom that it becomes liberation in its fullness. Swami Vivekananda ji is such a symbol of our contemplative tradition, who has narrated the glorious saga to the whole world, in contrast to the concept of ‘Contemplative East’ even in the subjugated India, which made the Himalayas of the advanced head of the East revered by all. Ashok Jamnani, a scholar of spiritual subjects, litterateur Edited By: Jeetesh Kumar

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