Friday, 26 October 2018

India : Our Motherland

Shall India die? Then from the world all sprituality will be extinct , all moral perfection will be etinct, all sweet - souled sympathy for religion will be extinct , all ideality will be extinct , and in its place will reign the daulity of lust and luxury as the male and female dieties , with money as its priest, fraud , force and competition its ceremonies, and the human soul its sacrifice. Such a thing can never be .... Will she die? This old mother of all that is noble or moral or spritual , the land which the sages trod,the land in which Goldlike men still live and breathe? I will borrow the lantern of the Arthenian sage and follow you , my brother ,through the cities and villages , plains and forests , of his broad world - show me such men in other lands if you can .

Can you adduce any reason why India should lie in the ebb tide of the Aryan nations? Is she inferior in intellect? Is she inferior dexterity? Can you look at her art , at her mathematics , at her philosophy , and answer 'yes' ? All that is needed is that she should de-hypnotise herself and wake up from her age - long sleep to take her true rank in the hierarchy of nations ..... The national ideals of India are RENUNCIATION and SERVICE . Intensify her in those channels , and the rest will take care of itself .

Now you understand clearly where the soul of this ogress is : it is in religion . Because no one was able to destory that , therefore the Hindu nation is still living , having survived so many troubles and tribulations . Well , one Indian scholar asks ,'What is the use of keeping the soul of the nation in religion ? Why not keep it in social or political indepedence , as is the case with other nations?' It is very easy to talk like that......The fact is : that the river has come dawn a thousand miles from its source in the mountains , does it , or can it , go back its source? If it ever tries to trace back its course , it will simply dry up by being dissipated in all directions . Anyhow the river is sure to fall into the ocean , sooner , or later , either by passing through open and beautiful plains or struggling through grimy soil. If our national life of these ten thousand years has been a mistake , then there is no help for it , and if we try now to form a new charcter , the inevitable result will be shall die .

Wednesday, 24 October 2018

Max Muller

You know how some of the best talent and the noblest genius of our age has been devoted to the study of the development of the outward or material world , the growth of the earth , the first appearance of the living cells , their combination and differntiation , leading up to the begining of organic life , and its steady progress from the lowest to the highest stages . Is there not an inward intellectual world also which has to be highest stages. Is there not an demonstrative roots , their combination and differenition roots ,leading up to the beginings of rational tthought in its steady progress from the lowest to the highest stages? And in that study of the history of humaan.
The persent piece has been taken from the collection of lectures India: What Can It Teach Us? Max Muller, the great admirer of Indian Culture , history and literature , delivered them at the University of Cambridge where he portrayed India , specially , the Vedic India as an greatness of India and maintains that it has solutions for many problems that confront mankind and cites various examples in support of his view.

Friedrich Max Muller ( 1823 - 1900 ) , a German born philologist and Orientalist , lived and studied in Britiain and became a professor of Modern Euorpean Languages at Oxford University . He translated , edited and commented on numerous Sanskrit texts.

Tuesday, 23 October 2018

VISION 2020

When the India Today Conclave posed the question 'India Tomaarow :Global Griant of Pymgy?' I recalled an event that occurred while meeting students in Nagaland during my recent visit there .  A Class V student asked me , ' I would like to live in a happy , prosperous , peaceful and safe India. Tell me ,what will you do Mr President? Also , tell me what I should do for that?' During my interactions with school children of 17 states and three Union territories which I have visited , a seires of similar questions was raised.

     Sometimes, I feel , a nation of billion people think like a nation of million people. Why is it so? I consider no other nation has got a civilisational heritage like India to live a near-peaceful life . Indian minds were capable of absorbing the best of indiviual fanaticism to endanger our nation . Beacause , the nation is more important compared to any individual or party or religion .

 Even the rich and developped nations , in spite of their wealth and militory strength , are afraid of virtual enemeis snd they live with the fear complex . Economic prosperity and militory strength alone do not bring peace to any nation , as we see from religious forces into spiritual forces . Evolution of spiritual forces in addition to economic prosperity and militory strength will bring happiness , peace and prosperity .

we got freedom in 1947 as a result of what I call the first vision for the nation .  This vision created the best of leaders in many aspects of life , in literacy , agriculuture products , stragiic areas , certain small and large - scale industreis . Now more than 50  years have gone by and we are called as one among the hundreds of developing countries and in a district way a separation from G-8 contries .  We have many challanges . Nearly 260 million people who are below the povertty line have to join the mainstream of good life . Hundred per cent literacy  , health for all , multiple inddustrial and agricultural productivity and a lifestyle with a value system have to emerge. Hance, we need the second vision for the nation to become developed. 

Monday, 22 October 2018

WHAT INDIA CAN TEACH US

IF I WERE TO LOOK OVER THE WHOLE TO FIND OUT THE COUNTRY MOST RICHLY ENDOWED WITH ALL THE WEATH, POWER AND BEAUTY THAT NATURE CAN BESTOW-IN SOME PARTS A VERY PARADISE ON EARTH -I SHOULD POINT TO INDIA.IF I WERE ASKED UNDER WHAT SKY THE HUMAN MIND HAS FULLY DEVELOPED SOME OF ITS CHOICEEST GIFTS, HAS MOST DEEPLY PONDERED ON THE GREATEST PROBLEM OF LIFE,AND HAS FOUND SOLOUTIONS OF SOME OF THEM WHICH WELL DESERVE THE ATTENTION EVEN OF THOSE WHO HAVE STUDIED PLATO AND KANT -I SHOULD POINT TO INDIA.AND IF I WERE TO ASK MYSELF FROM WHAT LITERATURE WE,HERE IN EUROPE, WE WHO HAVE BEEN NURTURED ALMOST EXCLUSIVELY ON THE THOUGHTS OF THE GREEKS AMD ROMANS,AND OF THE ONE SEMITIC RACE,