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                                                                       ÀNANDAMÀNANDAKARAÜ PRASANNAÜ
                                                                      J¤ÀNASVARÅPAÜ NIJABHÀVAYUKTAM |
                                                                      YOGÃNDRAMÃÏYAÜ BHAVAROGAVAIDYAÜ
                                                                      RÃMADGURUÜ NITYAMAHAÜ NAMÀMI ||


                                                    I CONSTANTLY PROSTRATE MYSELF BEFORE THE BLESSED GURU, WHO IS THE
                                                     PHYSICIAN FOR THE DISEASE OF SAMSARA, WHO IS THE ADORABLE LORD OF
                                                   YOGIS, WHO IS BLISSFUL, WHO IS THE SOURCE OF HAPPINESS, WHO IS ALWAYS
                                                   PLEASED, WHO IS THE ESSENCE OF KNOWLEDGE, WHO IS IDENTICAL WITH THE
                                                                               REAL EXISTENCE.




                                                                                   Index

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                                                                      Article                         Author                   Page No
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                                                                     Editorial                                                     4

                                                             India’s Gift To The World         Dr M. Lakshmi Kumari                8

                                                       The Inexpressible - Beyond Experience       Hari krishnan                  13
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                                                                Goal Of Human Life             Bijay Kumar Banerjee               16

                                                                   Young India                 Swami Narasimhananda               19


                                                          The World Longs – India Dreams         N. Krishnamoorti                 24



                                                                      आचरण                            च                र          30



                                                             Making Sacrifice With Joy                                            32


                                                                   Subhashitam                                                    34


                                                                  Shanti Mantra                                                   36


                                                                About The Authors                                                 37


                                                                    Feedback                                                      38




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                                                                                                            EDITORIAL
                                                                                        DEVELOPMENT OF INDIA IN INTERNET AGE

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                                                   Unity is the strength of any society and it (society) is weak without it. Hence those who wish the good of the nation strongly praise
                                                   unity.


                                                            There is a very insightful story in the Hitopadesha (an ancient Indian book written as a guide to young
                                                   princes). There was a hare sleeping peacefully on a tree when suddenly a thought occurred to him that he will die if
                                                   the earth under him were to split into two. The thought frightened the hare so much that he woke up from his sleep.
                                                   At the same time, he heard a big thud sound behind him. Already frightened beyond his wits, the hare started running
                                                   without even looking back. While running, he saw another hare who asked him why he was running. Still frightened,
                                                   the hare replied, "Don’t you know, the earth is cracking into two and we are all going to die." Hearing this, the
                                                                                                         second hare also started running and soon all the hares in the
                                                                                                         jungle were running for their lives. Seeing the hares running,
                                                                                                         other animals, including deer, wolves, birds, elephants etc.
                                                                                                         started running until they came to the lion, who lived at the
                                                                                                         edge of the jungle. Seeing all his citizens frightened, the lion
                                                                                                         asked them the reason for their fear. Someone mentioned
                                                                                                         about the earth cracking open into two pieces. The lion,
                                                                                                         realizing what was happening, inquired about the source of this
                                                                                                         rumour which was finally traced back to the hare. The lion
                                                                                                         ordered the hare to take him to the place and took everyone to
                                                                                                         the place where the hare was sleeping. He found that a coconut
                                                                                                         had fallen on the ground where the hare was sleeping and the
                                                                                                         noise had scared the hare. The lion scolded the hare for
                                                                                                         frightening everyone and sent all the animals back to their
                                                                                                         respective abodes. Thus the power of rumours and mis-
                                                            ” The lion ordered the hare to               information is demonstrated through this tale.
                                                             take him to the place and took                                The age we are living in today has been rightly termed
                                                             everyone to the place where the                     as the information age. There is no topic on which information
                                                             hare was sleeping. He found                         is not instantly available today. At our fingertips, we have
                                                                                                                 access to any piece of information, whether good or bad,
                                                             that a coconut had fallen on                        helpful or harmful, true or false about any topic we wish.
                                                             the ground where the hare was                       There is no information continuously hidden anymore. Thanks
                                                             sleeping and the noise had                          to the internet and the round the clock news channels, any
                                                                                                                 event occurring in any corner of the earth is known throughout
                                                             scared the hare.”
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                                                   in a matter of minutes. As a result of this, opinions, rumours and interpretations are abundant and often truth is sadly
                                                   the victim. Any event, however simple, is filtered through the lens of those who are observing it, reporting it and
                                                   watching it. Behind the series of multi-coloured lenses it is impossible to see the true meaning of anything. With this
                                                   level of spread of information it is easy to lose track of what real and unreal about anything.

                                                             The case in point is the recent occurrence of 'news' with images and stories that people from one region of
                                                   the country (North-East) were being violently targeted throughout
                                                   India as part of some systematic persecution scheme. Due to the fast
                                                   spread of such news, there was widespread panic and mass exodus.                  “Most of the confusion and
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                                                   Further investigation pointed that these stories might have been planted
                                                                                                                                     panic could have been
                                                   by foreign powers with the intention of causing mischief and unrest in
                                                   the country. Not only does such an event point to the sloppy standards            controlled if those giving
                                                   of journalism as well as the power of internet as an information-                 widespread publicity to the
                                                   emanating medium, but more importantly it also pointed out to the                 floating rumours had
                                                   insecurities that lie in the minds of the people of North Eastern states
                                                   vis-à-vis the rest of the country. Most of the confusion and panic could
                                                                                                                                     attempted to check their
                                                   have been controlled if those giving widespread publicity to the floating         sources and confirm their
                                                   rumours had attempted to check their sources and confirm their facts.             facts. A similar attempt
                                                   A similar attempt against people from some other state may not have
                                                                                                                                     against people from some other
                                                   been as harmful or divisive but it was helped by the already existing
                                                   feeling of separation the brothers and sisters from Northeast feel                state may not have been as
                                                   towards their country.                                                            harmful or divisive but it was
                                                             In such a state of confusion, what does a country and its                  helped by the already existing
                                                   citizens do to ensure law and order and harmony? Just like any other                 feeling of separation the
                                                   weapon the new information technology is being used by anti-social                   brothers and sisters from
                                                   elements for their gains, meanwhile causing widespread unrest and
                                                                                                                                        Northeast feel towards their
                                                   panic. It has also been used several times by terrorists for their activities
                                                   leading to deaths of scores of people. How do we as a nation survive                 country.”
                                                   this and several other threats to our unity as well as our existence as a
                                                   nation? More importantly, what does India need to do to survive in the
                                                   internet age?

                                                             The first and foremost defense against any weapon unleashed against a country is the unity of its
                                                   constituents. Just like the age-old metaphorical tale where a single stick is easily broken by even a small rat stepping
                                                   on it, but a bundle of sticks is unbreakable for even a mighty elephant; a country where there is unity among the
                                                   people is naturally strong from both internal and external attacks. The subhashitam at the beginning of the article
                                                   makes the same point. Unity is the biggest strength of society and it is weak without unity. When one makes that and
                                                   only that as the foremost point in any national decision, it is easy to characterize any political issue as patriotic or
                                                   unpatriotic and any decision as in favor of or against the country. The question asked on any topic of national
                                                   importance should be, "Is this in favour of the unity of nation?" It cannot be if it is good for my city or a state or good
                                                   for my section of people. It needs to be good for the entire country. A politician may be right in protecting the
                                                   interests of a section of people from a state or religion, but if while doing so the nation is suffering, then the decision
                                                   needs to be struck down. It is said that for a family a person should be sacrificed, for a city a family should be


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                                                   sacrificed and for the sake of a nation, a city should be sacrificed. This should make any patriotic person sacrificial -
                                                   namely if the nation is being served by the sacrifice of self, it needs to be done and so on.

                                                            The second requirement for unity in a country is acceptance. In India, there are often cases where we see
                                                   strangers helping strangers as that kind of help and service has been imbibed in the genes of this country through
                                                   countless examples of holy lives led by great men and women throughout the history. Every child is taught helping
                                                   others, especially those in need, is a good thing. 'Paropakaaray punyaay, papaya parapidanam' - To serve/help others is
                                                   meritorious, while hurting others is sin. Those are our guiding principles. We see these several times during
                                                   unexpected times. When the rains in Mumbai stopped the traffic and all activity for several days a few years back,
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                                                   strangers were seen helping stranded people with food, shelter etc. We often see in times of floods, hurricanes and
                                                   other natural calamities volunteers helping the affected people with basic necessities.

                                                            While these acts of generosity are good in times of calamities, it is not seen in the normal day-to-day life.
                                                   We are all untied when we cheer for the Indian team in a cricket match, or feel proud when an Indian wins a medal in
                                                   Olympics. However, the same sense of unity is not seen in daily lives. For example, it is extremely difficult for a
                                                   person from one state to find accommodation in a house in a different state. Even today, there is discrimination on
                                                   the basis of one's caste or gender when it comes to daily activities such as hiring a help or finding new tenants.
                                                   Marriages across castes, religions or even different states; while more common than a generation ago, are still not the
                                                                                                                 norm and are usually frowned upon. Surprisingly, this is
                                                                                                                 not the case only for the previous generations but also
                                                                ” If there is to be acceptance of                from the current generation to an alarming extent. In the
                                                                                                                 recently disturbing case of violence against people from
                                                                all Indians as our own, this                     North Eastern states, there were cases of discrimination
                                                                discrimination needs to stop.                    based on the appearance. If there is to be acceptance of all
                                                                There can be differences of                      Indians as our own, this discrimination needs to stop.
                                                                                                                 There can be differences of beliefs, religions,
                                                                beliefs, religions, backgrounds,
                                                                                                                 backgrounds, cultures, food habits, dress codes and
                                                                cultures, food habits, dress                     appearances. But as long as the differences are accepted
                                                                codes and appearances. But as                    and cherished, they do not add to the dissonance of the
                                                                long as the differences are                      national noise but rather each adds a different, sweeter
                                                                                                                 note to the national voice.
                                                                accepted and cherished, they
                                                                do not add to the dissonance of                         The underlying theme in all these cases is the lack
                                                                                                              of acceptance of the other person. India is a land of variety
                                                                the national noise but rather                 and varied culture. There is so much variety in India that
                                                                each adds a different, sweeter                it is often joked that no two households in India have the
                                                                note to the national voice.”                  same recipe for the same dish of food! So the cultural
                                                                                                              variety is abundant. Usually, this variety is 'tolerated' as
                                                                                                              something that we live with on a daily basis. When we go
                                                                                                              to a different state or city, we expect things to be
                                                   different. Similarly when a person from other part of country comes to your city, we expect him or her to be
                                                   different. We usually tolerate these differences. There is very rarely however acceptance of the differences. A real
                                                   acceptance would mean the person is as welcome in one's home as oneself, as accepted in a family - be it as a friend or
                                                   in a marital relationship - as any other member of the same division. Pointing this fact about India, Swami
                                                   Vivekananda urges us - "Our watchword, then, will be acceptance, and not exclusion. Not only toleration, for so-

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                                                   called toleration is often blasphemy, and I do not believe in it. I believe in acceptance. Why should I tolerate?
                                                   Toleration means that I think that you are wrong and I am just allowing you to live." What we need is this universal
                                                   acceptance.

                                                             The last requirement for the nation to prosper in the current era is a sense of national responsibility. Today,
                                                   we often hear one state or element in society boasting of progress while other states are reeling from natural
                                                   calamities or other financial problems. The feeling of progress as a nation is often times lacking from the activities of
                                                   the citizens as well as states. The individual states need to realize that they can prosper only when they are attached to
                                                   the soul of the nation and ensure that all elements of the society are able to prosper at the same rate of growth. Just
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                                                   like a hand or a leg cannot move forward if the whole body is not moving, a state or an individual cannot move
                                                   forward if the whole nation is not moving forward. This sense of responsibility needs to be a part and parcel of the
                                                   education imparted to the children as well as imbibed in all those involved in decision-making. It is good to achieve
                                                   personal success; it is better to achieve success as part of society or a group of individuals but unless all parts of a
                                                   machine act in unison the right output will not be generated. While advancing at a breath-taking pace towards ours
                                                   goals, we need to ensure that some section of the society is not trampled upon, neglected or left behind. Since the
                                                   liberalization of resources 20 years ago, several instances have come ahead. Agriculture is ignored for the sake of
                                                   industrialization; tribals are exploited for their lands and resources, natural resources are abused for personal or
                                                   short-term gains and so on. When the feeling of national responsibility is fostered the exploitation will stop. Just like
                                                   a member of family does not eat when another one is starving, one section of society cannot move forward when
                                                   another is left behind.

                                                             Today we live in an era characterized as the information age. The whole world is at a threshold of exciting
                                                   opportunities. Technology has changed lives first in the second half of 20th century and then again in the first decade
                                                   of 21st century. India has been at the forefront of the revolution and has been benefited from it immensely. However,
                                                   the same advances have brought out several problems in the nation. Individual greed, lack of unity, lack of a common
                                                   goal has resulted in a divided nation. It is time that India of the old rises again. This is a land where innumerable
                                                   cultures were born and prospered, this is a land where from the time of rishis and Upanishads timeless principles of
                                                   unity of all beings were discovered, this is a land where the original seeds of civilization were laid where every
                                                   organism from the tiniest worm to the highest man were considered divine. It is time India rises again to spread the
                                                   same message of equality, acceptance and divinity of all beings to the world and teach the world by example to build a
                                                   just and prosperous society.


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                                                                                      INDIA’S GIFT TO THE WORLD
                                                                                                                                                     Dr M. Lakshmi Kumari



                                                   Introduction:

                                                   “India’s message to the world is first of all blessing. She is returning good for the evil which is done her and
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                                                   thus she puts into execution this noble idea, which had its origin in India”.

                                                   So spoke Swami Vivekananda in one of his lectures at the Brooklyn Ethical Association in February 1895. The noble
                                                   idea which further on clarified in his lecture was the “Eternity of Truth”. This is the first and foremost gift of India to
                                                   the world. The entire Indian heritage has been built round this one concept of Truth – and this is the key stone of the
                                                   Vedantic Vision. This is the key with which we should open the heart of Mankind.

                                                            Mankind today is reeling under the burden of untruth and its hand maidens of abstract and manifest forms of
                                                   evils, implicit in the lives of people in multifarious forms, debilitating and degenerating man and his environment in
                                                   every way. Who can release man from the clutches of these evil forces? What invincible weapon is there which can
                                                   destroy the citadel of untruth, reinforced over centuries through mechanical and materialistic assertions of man.
                                                   Knowledge of Truth which is our own Self and the correct vision of the Reality of the Whole that emanate from this
                                                   comprehension alone can take up the challenge and guide mankind towards happiness and peace founded on true
                                                   freedom of the human spirit. This is the valuable gift that Vedanta can share with world at this critical juncture of the
                                                   impending paradigm shift.

                                                   .Satyameva Jayate-Truth alone triumphs:

                                                            Centuries back when the rest of the world civilisation was still in its infancy, the Indian seers were already
                                                   well on their way searching for the stable Reality amidst the ever changing phenomena around. Not being able to
                                                   discover it in the material universe they decided to plunge deep within, into the profundity of their own self and it
                                                   was then that they stumbled upon the greatest of Truths – the absolute ultimate Reality as one’s own Self. This
                                                   consciousness they found was the real basis and essence of existence, knowledge and bliss. It is eternal, infinite,
                                                   unchanging, indestructible, as well as omniscient, omnipresent and omnipotent. All that exist in the universe are
                                                   pervaded and perfused by this one glorious Truth and are therefore inter-connected, interrelated and interdependent.
                                                   In that there is neither subject nor object or any of the dualities which man is used to. “Truth alone triumphs” –
                                                   “Satyameva Jayate” – became the ultimate in realisation, the crest jewel of Indian thought. This One without a second
                                                   is what Advaita points out.

                                                           Realisation of this Truth is the be all, or end all of our existence, all our efforts and struggles. From many to
                                                   the One, from the finite to the Infinite, from slavery to Freedom lies the path of true human evolution.

                                                   Dharmam cara - From Truth to Action:

                                                             The rishis did not stop with this abstract conceptualization. Their next attempt was to translate it into life
                                                   principles energizing and integrating man’s intellect, mind and body ennobling and enriching him and paving the way
                                                   for a fuller and diviner life where he is at peace with himself and in harmony with nature all around. Marvelous had
                                                   been the gains of these early Life- scientists in transforming this Truth into knowledge and then to emotions and
                                                   actions, affecting the lives of each and every individual in the society and collectively binding them all under, that
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                                                   most difficult-to-explain ideal of Dharma. The insight with which they have linked up Truth with action and created a
                                                   super fine technology or life science of it has indeed been an invaluable contribution for the welfare of the entire
                                                   mankind from the ancient Indian seers.

                                                   Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam:

                                                   On one side dharma prescribes unifying efforts to control one’s inner nature through disciplines internal and external,
                                                   so that every movement of spiritual energy comes under control of the self and on the other, it enjoins on man to
                                                   transcend the barriers of sense based subject object differences and expand one’s awareness to include all that exist in
                                                   the Universe, living and non-living, as part of one’s own consciousness. This expansion of mind reaching out to
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                                                   wholesome global awareness was brought under the highly comprehensive term “Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam” – (the
                                                   whole universe is one family). Thus in an extraordinarily meaningful, yet simple way, the interconnectedness,
                                                   interrelationships and interdependences, which characterise the “Whole” have been brought home to the immediate
                                                   and easy comprehension of even untutored minds. This utter simplicity of Truth with life linkage speaks of the genius
                                                   of the great rishis of India, the clarity of their thinking and the universality of their approach. The great relevance of
                                                                                                        this glorious gift, an awareness of which can eliminate many an evil
                                                                    ● ● ●                               rampant in our society today, based on exploitation of man by man
                                                                                                        and of nature by man, can never be over emphasised. This is
                                                     “The day is not far when the unity
                                                                                                        probably the one panacea for the maladies of intolerance which we
                                                     and universality of Truth would
                                                                                                        perpetrate in the name of religion, race, creed, colour, sex and so on
                                                     come to be established once for all
                                                                                                        which are tearing apart the global civilisation, culture, peace and
                                                     in our lives through philosophy of
                                                                                                        harmony.
                                                     all religions or sciences or better
                                                     still, through all of them. Then the Advaita in science: Search for Oneness
                                                     world will realise the meaning and
                                                                                                        Modern science, despite all its most sophisticated instrumentations,
                                                     far reaching implication of the
                                                                                                        calculations and logic, is only now, getting to comprehend the
                                                     Vedantic saying – Ekam Sat, Viprah
                                                                                                        ultimate basis of the phenomenal world which the ancient Indian
                                                     bahudha vadanthi (Truth is one, the
                                                                                                        seers achieved with such precision and perfection employing nothing
                                                     learned speak of it differently)”
                                                                                                        other than their inherent power of introspection, analysis and above
                                                                    ● ● ●                               all intuition. It is commendable that at last contemporary modern
                                                                                                        science has started ridding itself its mechanistic and materialistic
                                                   vestures and has started wending its way nearer and nearer to the fundamental concept of oneness, of Advaita. The
                                                   day is not far when the unity and universality of Truth would come to be established once for all in our lives through
                                                   philosophy of all religions or sciences or better still, through all of them. Then the world will realise the meaning and
                                                   far reaching implication of the Vedantic saying – Ekam Sat, Viprah bahudha vadanthi (Truth is one, the learned speak
                                                   of it differently). India’s yet another magnificent gift to the world thinking. This, if accepted by all religions can
                                                   ensure universal tolerance resulting from the acceptance of each and every faith as varied expressions of the One and
                                                   the same Truth. In such an understanding lie the seeds for Peace and Harmony among the various religions, creeds,
                                                   philosophies and all the multifarious human approaches to life.

                                                   Indian approach”-Vedic Vision for Global Mission

                                                   The Indian approach which is better called the Vedantic approach, has been, from time immemorial based on the
                                                   spiritual awareness of the Oneness that exists between the individual self and the cosmic whole. As the rishis started
                                                   unraveling the mysteries of their own minds through the infallible system of yoga, they discovered that a pure
                                                   disciplined and concentrated mind is itself a powerful tool to unravel not only the mysteries of life but also the hidden
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                                                   secrets of nature. An egoless mind was found to be the very source of knowledge, wisdom and creativity. In the light
                                                   of this self illumination every other knowledge stood revealed be it of stars beyond human vision out in the cosmic
                                                   space or of the simple permutations and combinations of Prana – life force within the human body. They also made
                                                   the astounding discovery that with the recognition of the self within as the all pervading, omnipotent, omniscient,
                                                   Universal Self, barriers between the inside and outside worlds collapsed and individual became One with the Cosmic
                                                   While – Vyasthi (micro) and Samashti (macrocosm) became merged into one. All the discoveries of modern science
                                                   regarding the Reality, its Oneness, indivisibility, inter relatedness, omnijectiveness, etc can be found included in this
                                                   advaitic vision. These revelations gurgled forth as the “mahavakyas” – highly charged meaningful cryptic utterances
                                                                                          like “Thou are that” (Tattwamsasi). I am Brahman (Aham Brahmasmi). Etc etc.,
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                                                         Can anyone think of a greater and profounder unification and universalisation of
                                                                                          Truth or a more rewarding scientific discovery?
                                                    “On 19th September 1893
                                                    Swami Vivekananda spoke thus         Religion finds fulfillment in dharma:
                                                    at the Parliament of Religion,       Can all this wonderful knowledge, practical wisdom, universal vision be
                                                    presenting his paper on              grouped under one “ism? When the awareness of Truth puts its impress on all
                                                    Hinduism. What Swamiji had           aspects of human life, it is not just a religion; it is better described as Dharma.
                                                    predicted has come true. The         When that Dharma, has the Eternal Truth as its basis it becomes “Sanatana
                                                    sooner this knowledge of             Dharma” which when practised establishes a rare unity, integrity, harmony and
                                                    harmony of Science and               fulfillment in life. For a man of true his religion must manifest as life itself with
                                                    Religion enters into our             all its varied aspects. Efforts to manifest truth in life developed into Adhyatma
                                                                                         Vidya or Vedanta Yoga which stands recognised today as a Science of Human
                                                    comprehension the nearer will
                                                                                         development, of human possibilities of human evolution.
                                                    we be to peace, and
                                                    understanding at the global          Such an all encompassing “religion or dharma” naturally becomes a strong force
                                                    level.”                              for character building and man-making as stressed by Swami Vivekananda again
                                                                                         and again.
                                                       
                                                                                         Harmony of Science and Religion:

                                                   “Science is nothing but the finding of unity. As soon as science would reach perfect unity, it would stop from further
                                                   progress, because it would reach the goal. Thus chemistry cannot progress further when it would discover one
                                                   element out of which all others could be made. Physics would stop when it would be able to fulfill its services in
                                                   discovering one energy of which all others are but manifestations, and the science of religion becomes perfect when it
                                                   would discover Him who is the one life in a universe of death, Him who is the constant basis of an ever changing
                                                   world. One who is the only

                                                            Soul of which all souls are but delusive manifestations. Thus is it, through multiplicity and duality, the
                                                   ultimate unity is reached. Religion can go no further. This is the goal of all science.”

                                                             On 19th September 1893 Swami Vivekananda spoke thus at the Parliament of Religion, presenting his paper
                                                   on Hinduism. What Swamiji had predicted has come true. The sooner this knowledge of harmony of Science and
                                                   Religion enters into our comprehension the nearer will we be to peace, and understanding at the global level.
                                                   Religion will not then be blind nor science lame any more. Religion of the future will have to be modelled on the
                                                   basis of this mighty confluence of spirituality and science.



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                                                            The result, the world will get a faith which is not afraid of Truth, which is not afraid of the “others”, which is
                                                   also not afraid of God sitting above us in Heaven. Rooted in the fearless pursuit of Truth man will attain a new
                                                   dignity, new strength and greater fulfillment. Swami Vivekananda’s teachings foreshadow this inevitable coming
                                                   together of the objective scientific truths and subjective spiritual reality. Out of this synthesis must emerge a
                                                   Universal religion urging man to manifest the “Universal Self” in him in place of his limited individual self. That
                                                   would indeed be the crowning glory of religion and science.

                                                            This grand teaching of the Oneness, making us ONE with everything that exists in the universe is the
                                                   grandest lesson to learn in life. That is the teaching of Advaita Vedanta. When this is understood nothing more
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                                                   remains to be known. This is the true knowledge that would liberate man. It also forms the basis of Universal
                                                   Brotherhood, Universal Religion and Universal God.

                                                             Actions exemplifying this Oneness lead to peace, happiness and harmony and those contrary to this lead to
                                                   dissension and misery. Herein lies the universal practicality of the Advaitic ideal, adopting which man can set himself
                                                   on the path of further evolution. This is the message that the world is awaiting eagerly. This glorious undying gift of
                                                   spiritual awareness Swamiji held out to the world when he spoke at Chicago in September 1893.

                                                   Religion of the future:

                                                   As the scientific vision of Reality matches more and more with the spiritual holistic vision of the Ultimate Eternal
                                                   Truth and our religious sentiments turn more and more towards an awareness of the Cosmic and Universal within
                                                   and without, we can hope to cut through the maze of dogmatic, doctrinated superstitious beliefs and evolve a truly
                                                   scientific spiritual faith, resting in reason and inextricably linked with
                                                   life in totality. Such a faith would be based on the recognition of the
                                                   Ultimate Reality as One, as well as acceptance of its many and varied
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                                                   manifestations as true and necessary for the fullest expression of human
                                                   potentialities. This was the vision of our Vedic Seers who translated it
                                                   not only into our religious literature but also into music, various art
                                                   forms, architecture, medicine etc. thus contributing to that rare Indian
                                                   flavour which continues to attract discerning minds to our country even
                                                   today.

                                                   Yoga – a superfine technology:

                                                   To realise the Unity in diversity through one’s own self efforts were
                                                   formulated the various systems of yoga, of Self analysis (Jnana Yoga) Self
                                                   surrender(Bhakti Yoga) Self control (Raja Yoga) and Self sacrifice
                                                   (Karma Yoga) to cater to all the different types of humanity so that
                                                   through work (Karma Yoga), worship (Bhakti Yoga), Psychic
                                                   control(Raja Yoga) or philosophy (Jnana Yoga) through one, more or
                                                   all of them man can come to enjoy the real freedom of the spirit.

                                                             Yoga is a time tested super fine technology for integrating the
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                                                   Ultimate Truth with one’ life. Through yoga, search for Truth –
                                                   religion – gets transformed into an intimate personal experience or self realisation. That is why in Hindu tradition
                                                   religion is ‘being and becoming’ and not just hearing and acknowledging. ‘It is the whole soul becoming changed into
                                                   what it believes’ says Swami Vivekananda. Yoga is getting world wide recognition today as India’s great gift to man
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                                                   kind for self unfoldment and realisation and remains unparalleled as the finest technique for discovering the Truth
                                                   hidden within the material vestures of human life and to manifest the divine possibilities inherent therein.

                                                   Conclusion:

                                                             In the face of overwhelming evidence from the field of Science, which has in modern times taken a quantum
                                                   leap towards the advaitic vision of Reality, the need of the hour is to end all conflicts and fissiparous tendencies that
                                                   divide humankind in the name of caste, creed, race, sex, religion and so on, and establish Universal Brotherhood
                                                   based on the correct vision of the reality and usher in a new era of religious understanding, tolerance and assimilation,
                                                   and forever eradicate religious persecutions, condemnations proselytisations and discriminations of all kinds. Let us
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                                                   strive to give ourselves a new faith, a new dharma – simple and beautiful as life itself which can be summed in three
                                                   words – love (based on Oneness) Sacrifice (of individual for the whole) and service (of the One in the many). This is
                                                   the essence of India’s marvelous spiritual heritage which She is ever eager to share with all.

                                                             This is the enlightenment which human race is waiting to receive from our ancient nation. Thousands of
                                                   years of spiritual experience have equipped us how to discriminate between the Eternal and the ephemeral, Absolute
                                                   and the relative, Infinite and the finite. A great moral obligation rests on us of enlightening the world at this critical
                                                   juncture of a Paradigm shift. We have to gear ourselves to effect a spiritual orientation to the blind material pursuit
                                                   of humanity waking up to the call of Sri Ramakrishna-Vivekananda and assure that our Motherland reclaims the glory
                                                   of being the Universal Mother and Guru and provides the guiding light for humanity in the centuries ahead.



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                                                                 THE INEXPRESSIBLE - BEYOND EXPERIENCE
                                                                                                                                                              Harikrishnan H.
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                                                   The above Sanskrit sloka is from one of the greatest of all Upanishads, namely Kena Upanishad. A simple translation
                                                   of the sloka is as follows.

                                                   “The disciple asked: Om. By whose will does the mind proceed to its object? At whose command does the prana, the foremost, do its
                                                   duty? At whose will do men utter speech? Who is the god that directs the eyes and ears?
                                                   “

                                                   This is one of the fundamental questions which disturb every thinking                                
                                                   person. From time to time people had been searching the answer for this
                                                   question. Here the Upanishad as usual starts by asking questions. The beauty
                                                   of Upanishads is that it makes its students think and persuades them to have a
                                                   logical reasoning or a rational approach to the problem concerned.
                                                   Upanishads had always kept this rational mind. Sruti(Vedas), Yukti(logic)
                                                   and Anubhava (Experience) are the unavoidable elements in upanishadic
                                                   teachings. The fundamental search for reality has been beautifully expressed
                                                   in those four lines.

                                                   The behaviour of nature can be understood based on certain laws and
                                                   principles of physics. But the question whether nature is deterministic or
                                                   indeterministic remains as a debate even today. Heisenberg’s uncertainty
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                                                   principle strongly supports the indeterminstic view while supporters of
                                                   Einstein believe in a deterministic world. Einstein’s belief of a God ‘hidden’ behind the phenomena played by nature
                                                   or Bohr’s probabilistic nature couldn’t give the answer to the question of Upanishad student. Whether nature is
                                                   deterministic or not doesn’t concern here. What that concerns is the underlying thing which causes the determinism
                                                   or indeterminism. Some people came with the idea of involving Consciousness into quantum physics. Still,
                                                   Consciousness is to be defined in an abstract way which is again a matter of discussion. Let us see what the Upanishad
                                                   says.




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                                                   “The teacher replied: It is the Ear of the ear, the Mind of the mind, the Speech of speech, the Life of life, and the Eye of the eye.
                                                   Having detached the Self from the sense-organs and renounced the world, the Wise attain Immortality.”




                                                   “The eye does not go thither, nor speech, nor the mind. We do not know It; we do not understand how anyone can teach It. It is
                                                   different from the known; It is above the unknown. Thus we have heard from the preceptors of old who taught It to us.”



                                                   By these statements the Upanishads had declared it as ‘that which is beyond’, for eyes nor speech nor mind can go
                                                   there. It is different from known and unknown. Human perception is incapable of understanding what it is.
                                                   Upanishads had called this unknown reality as Brahmam. If it is beyond knowing how can one say that it exists? Who
                                                   or what is the authority to say that it is the truth? The supreme authority in Vedanta is nothing but the Vedas. Vedas
                                                   are the declarations which points to the truth revealed to Rishis at different points of time. Vedas say “Truth is one
                                                   without a second”. What a remarkable statement! So beautiful but how deep to be thought of.


                                                   Reality, that is proclaimed by the Vedas as one without a second is beyond knowing. One without a second or the
                                                   Advaita is the ultimate truth taught by Upanishads. In advaita who is there to speak? Who is there to listen? What is
                                                   there to be conveyed? Vedas call Brahmam as ‘Sachidananda’ for it is existence, knowledge and bliss.




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                                                   “He by whom Brahman is not known, knows It; he by whom It is known, knows It not. It is not known by those who know It; It is
                                                   known by those who do not know It”.

                                                   It is known by those who do not know it. That is the statement of Upanishads. Brahmam is beyond all expressions. It
                                                   is beyond experience (“Swaanubhavaatheetham Brahma” says Vedas). When one comes out of the world of sense
                                                   perceptions and realize his self as the only truth then only one really knows it. One who thinks that reality can be
                                                   reproduced in a laboratory experiment goes into the darkness of ignorance only. As previously mentioned “having
                                                   detached the Self from the sense-organs and renounced the world, the Wise attain Immortality.” This is the essence of
                                                   Upanishadic teaching. Detachment from sense and sensual world makes one wise. The wise attain immortality by the
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                                                   realization of himself as the reality beyond experience, the Brahmam , the inexpressible truth.




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                                                                                              GOAL OF HUMAN LIFE
                                                                                                                                                Bijay Kumar Banerjee
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                                                   The goal of human life is the realization of the ultimate reality which alone can give man supreme
                                                   fulfillment and everlasting peace. The ultimate reality is one; but it is personal as well as impersonal
                                                   and is indicated by different names in different religions. The ultimate reality can be realised
                                                   through various paths taught in world religions. All religions are true in so far they are lead to the
                                                   same ultimate goal. Purity of mind is an essential condition for the attainment of the Ultimate
                                                   reality; real purity is the freedom from lust and greed. External observances are only of secondary
                                                   importance. Through spiritual practice man can overcome his evil tendencies and divine grace can
                                                   redeem even the worst sinner. Therefore one should not brood over the past mistakes, but should
                                                   develop a positive outlook on life by depending on God. God realization is possible for all. The
                                                   householders need not renounce the world; but they should pray sincerely, practice discrimination
                                                   between the eternal and the temporal and remain unattached. God listens to sincere prayers. Life is
                                                   an expression of the spontaneous creativity of God. Pleasure and pain, success and failure, etc are to
                                                   be borne with patience, and one should resign oneself to God’s will under all circumstances.

                                                                                                                             (Shri Shri Ramakrishna Paramahamsa)

                                                   People in general are always searching the question about their goal of life and many of whom are finding the goal of
                                                   their life as to acquiring wealth/or any of the matter in the world of illusion. These goals are temporary in nature, as
                                                   once that would achieve there would be no purpose after acquiring these. These achievements may give transient
                                                   happiness to the people but the ultimate peace & happiness lies in the knowledge. The goal of mankind is knowledge.
                                                   Pleasure & happiness earned through wealth comes to an end. The quality of knowledge should be such that which
                                                   helps a person to detach themselves from the material world and attach with the almighty. However, it has been
                                                   proved that this knowledge is not being properly used by human being to face the challenges of world of illusion and
                                                   got trapped in this Mayajal.




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                                                   Methodology to acquire knowledge of wisdom

                                                   The following discipline one needs to maintain/follow to acquire knowledge of wisdom: -

                                                        Chapter I to Chapter VI of Gita, provides all the knowledge required for a person to lift off from the
                                                         material realm to heights of Perfection. Read Gita regularly in a discipline way at a particular time of the day
                                                         preferably Brahma-Mahurta (Between 4-6 am). If one is not capable to maintain the said time, then evening
                                                         time may be opted.
                                                        Make this knowledge integrated into your system by
                                                         applying the concept in the activities of day-to-day life.
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                                                         Contemplation of the philosophy by thinking from
                                                         various angles, learning from the mistakes of past and
                                                         maintain consistency in the effort. While in action, the
                                                         heart & mind of man should be directed towards
                                                         almighty, the he will not lost in the world of maya.
                                                        Hold this idea of “Application of knowledge in the
                                                         activities of life” always in mind. Hold fast to that idea in
                                                         whatever circumstances/situation you faced.
                                                        Always keep the mental thought pure. This is very vital.
                                                         Make the mind to stay in present and do not let it
                                                         wonder for Past & Future actions. When the mind is
                                                         conquered, it has reached the highest stage. The purer
                                                         the mind, the easier it is to control.
                                                        If one can observe strict continence, he can easily acquire
                                                         knowledge of wisdom in a steadfast way. Continence has
                                                         3 parts – Self command, Restraint of desires & passion
                                                         and chastity.



                                                   Application of knowledge of wisdom in day-to-day life

                                                   The following course of action is suggested in application of knowledge of wisdom: -

                                                        Chapter VII of Gita suggests that there is a huge gap found in between acquiring of knowledge and
                                                         application of the same in practical life. One needs to ponder the knowledge to transform it to wisdom. The
                                                         Gita suggests three phase of earning knowledge which helps in application of the same in effective manner:-
                                                             o Sravana: is listening/reading & learning i.e. steps of acquiring knowledge. Learning here means
                                                                   consistent systematic learning.
                                                             o Manana: The acquisition of knowledge should be such that the mind is complete becomes doubt-
                                                                   free. One has to be reflected upon, contemplate on it, think over it from various ways in such a
                                                                   way that the knowledge will become part of your system.
                                                             o Nidhidhyasana: - The last step of gaining knowledge is to begin to live with it and teaching
                                                                   becomes one with the learner. It is meditation which leads to self-realization.



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                                                        Treat every thoughts generated in the mind & activities/happenings in life as a test conducted by almighty to
                                                         see ones reaction over it. Hence it is required to be always alert, aloof & detached, taking every opportunity
                                                         as to gain experience, to improve oneself to reach next higher stage.

                                                   Characteristic of persons acquired knowledge of wisdom

                                                   The following are the some of the extracts of characteristic of persons who has acquired knowledge of wisdom, which
                                                   would help the seeker to have benchmark while practicing self religious development: -

                                                        One who has attained absolute truth or knowledge remains the same under all circumstances; he is always
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                                                         calm and unchanged under all circumstances. He neither rejoices upon achieving something nor lament upon
                                                         non-achieving of the same.
                                                        Performance of duties in a best possible manner without attachment & without expectation of any results.
                                                         When he is engaged in any work, he does not think of anything beyond that work. He does it as the highest
                                                         of worship, and devote for the time being the whole life by applying his full of body, mind & soul. In this
                                                         way doing the duty next to him by gathering strengths and go on until he reaches the highest state.




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                                                                                                      YOUNG INDIA
                                                                                                                                                 Swami Narasimhananda
                                                                                                                              (A monk of the Advaita Ashrama in Kolkata)

                                                                              Source : Prabuddha Bharata Vol. 117, No. 1 January 2012


                                                   Gunjan Veda is a voracious reader. She cannot think of a day without reading. Her work in the Planning Commission
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                                                   of India requires a lot of travelling. Away from her collection of books and libraries, she is deprived of books to
                                                   match her reading pace. As a solution she founded www.indiareads.com an online library that delivers books to your
                                                   doorstep. In her early thirties, Gunjan is the face of young India: energetic, enthusiastic, enterprising, innovative, and
                                                   in chargeYoung and Responsible

                                                   The young have always been labelled as irresponsible, immature, and lacking ideals. Growing years and greying hair
                                                   have always been linked with maturity and wisdom. Old age may bring experience, but it also slows the brain! This
                                                   conflict of intelligence and experience was aptly described by Lyman Bryson: ‘The error of youth is to believe that
                                                   intelligence is a substitute for experience, while the error of age is to believe that experience is a substitute for
                                                                                                       intelligence.’1 From the state of ‘there was nothing I could do
                                                                                                       and nothing I could say’, as in the lines of the popular song
                                                                                                       ‘Young and Foolish’ by Arnold B Horwitt, the Indian young
                                                           “Who is young? Does it depend               have come of age and taken charge.
                                                          solely on age or are there other
                                                                                                         History shows that great people were always young. Jesus,
                                                          indicators? Youth is generally                 Shankaracharya, Vivekananda, Einstein, or Alexander—all of
                                                          categorised as a non-adult                     them achieved greatness before they turned forty. The
                                                                                                         Upanishads speak of the young: ‘In the prime of life, good,
                                                          phase of life, a phase of                      learned, most expeditious, most strongly built, and most
                                                          growth, and the young are                      energetic.’2 That the young count is known but, what is so
                                                                                                         special about the Indian youth? They are the pilots of the
                                                          supposed to be still growing,                  development story of a nation with a chequered history of more
                                                          incapable of handling the                      than sixty years of independence. When speaking of Indian
                                                                                                         youth one can say ‘Young India’, or better still ‘India is Young’,
                                                          mature decisions of life by                    because according to the 2001 Indian census, more than 69 per
                                                          themselves.”                                   cent 0f Indians were less than 34 years old.3 India’s population
                                                                                                         has become younger only in the last decade.

                                                                                                            Demographically speaking, India is the youngest country in the
                                                                                                            world. Any discussion or development plan for India should take
                                                   into account this major chunk of its population. Before understanding the psyche of Indian youth, it will help to
                                                   understand what being young is like. What is the concept of youth? Who is young? Does it depend solely on age or
                                                   are there other indicators? Youth is generally categorised as a non-adult phase of life, a phase of growth, and the
                                                   young are supposed to be still growing, incapable of handling the mature decisions of life by themselves. They are
                                                   seen as babies sitting in cosy strollers having a peek into the garden of life.

                                                   However comforting this categorization of the young may be to the old guardians of society, it is too simplistic and
                                                   inaccurate. Youth is not a rigid concept but a very fluid one. The age of the phases of childhood, adolescence, youth,
                                                   and adulthood vary from person to person. It also depends on social and cultural backgrounds. While adulthood takes
                                                   its sweet time to appear in the life of the pampered child of a wealthy parent, it encroaches upon the childhood of the

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                                                   child of the pavementdweller. One is reminded of Swami Vivekananda’s letter: ‘The Chinese child is quite a
                                                   philosopher and calmly goes to work at an age when your Indian boy can hardly crawl on all fours. He has learnt the
                                                   philosophy of necessity too well.’4 Poverty drove the Chinese child to learn the ‘philosophy of necessity’. The Indian
                                                   youth too has been driven to a faster stepping into adulthood by poverty and changing demographics.

                                                   Recent studies affirm that youth is a concept not dependent on biological age alone: Age is a concept which is
                                                   assumed to refer to a biological reality. However, the meaning and the experience of age, and of the process of
                                                   ageing, is subject to historical and cultural processes. Although each person’s life span can be measured ‘objectively’
                                                   by the passing of time, cultural understandings about life stages give the process of growing up, and of ageing, its
                                                   social meaning. Specific social and political processes provide the frame within which cultural meanings are
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                                                   developed. Both youth and childhood have had and continue to have different meanings depending on young people’s
                                                   social, cultural and political circumstances.5 If the Indian youth was immature and not ready for real life, the country
                                                   would have been in chaos and would have come to a standstill, with more than 70 per cent of its population in such a
                                                   state. A tourist coming to India gets to see only young faces all the time. From the cab driver at the airport to the staff
                                                   at the hotel, from tour guides at historical monuments to the antique shopkeeper, it is young faces everywhere.
                                                   Sometimes the tourist finds it difficult to find old people.

                                                   Many business houses in India are headed by women and men
                                                   under thirty. Some of them were born into great business families
                                                   like Devita Saraf of Vu Televisions, Lakshmi Venu of Sundaram
                                                   Clayton, Sindhuja Rajaraman of Seppan, and Alok Kejriwal of                    “Welcome to the lifestyles of the
                                                   Contests2win. Others have built successful business stories from               young and the restless where the
                                                   scratch like Phanindra Sarma of Redbus, Sachin Bansal and Binny
                                                   Bansal of Flipkart, Suhas Gopinath of Globals, Ashwin Ramesh of
                                                                                                                                  day never ends, just melts into one
                                                   DailySEOblog, Rajkumar Koneru of Indiainfo, and Sunil Dutt Jha                 another. It starts at 9 a.m. with a
                                                   of icmg. The list seems endless. Even in government and public
                                                   sector undertakings, youth is at the helm of affairs. Indian politics
                                                                                                                                  hasty toothbrush and continues till
                                                   too has a good share of young faces, with some of them even                    well past midnight with a drag of a
                                                   finding a place in the parliament. Indian Youth’s Psyche                       cigarette. For the average working
                                                   Therefore, the young in India are in charge. But, what is their
                                                   psyche? What is their lifestyle? Are cent account of their lifestyle is        youngster, this is routine. Add to
                                                   not very encouraging: ‘Welcome to the lifestyles of the young and              that the consumption of junk food,
                                                   the restless where the day never ends, just melts into one
                                                   another. It starts at 9 a.m. with a hasty toothbrush and continues             smoking, and alcohol—the youth
                                                   till well past midnight with a drag of a cigarette. For the average            are happily and unabashedly
                                                   working youngster, this is routine. Add to that the consumption of
                                                   junk food, smoking, and alcohol—the youth are happily and                      ruining their health, albeit
                                                   unabashedly ruining their health, albeit unconsciously. Not                    unconsciously. Not surprisingly,
                                                   surprisingly, lifestyle diseases are on the rise.’6 Though this may be
                                                   the lifestyle of the urban youth, the rural youth has a different              lifestyle diseases are on the rise”
                                                   story. To toil or to study to ensure a comfortable future, the semi-
                                                   urban and rural youth has to work hard and travel long distances.
                                                   Here too ‘the day never ends’, but instead of melting, it seems to
                                                   drag from one problem to another, from one dream to another—
                                                   dreams that are uncertain of becoming a reality, but are the only
                                                   solace in an otherwise drab existence.

                                                   Some thought leads to the conclusion that Indian youth—urban, semi-urban, and rural—have acquired their psyche
                                                   from their parents. Who are the parents of the present-day Indian youth? They were born between the 1950s and
                                                   1960s in the infant independent India. New vistas were opening up and people were experimenting with new careers,

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                                                   away from the traditional mindset and established archetypes. This entailed migrations from the rural to the urban,
                                                   from homeland to new places even outside the country. The joint family system was breaking up and so were the
                                                   values and customs that went with it. It was to the parents of this era that today’s youth were born. Indian children
                                                   are seldom sent to grooming schools, and Indian family values and traditions were always handed down by grannies
                                                   and grandpas. With none of them around and with both the parents working or striving hard to ensure a better life
                                                   for their offspring, the children were not given indigenous grooming lessons. All they got was ‘moral values’ from an
                                                   education system that was and still is, to a great extent, a colonial remnant that apes Western cultures and remains
                                                   dissociated from the Indian ethos. This has led to a situation where while the Indian youth is conversant with Mills
                                                   and Boon, Tintin, Asterix, Alice in Wonderland, and Harry Potter, it is predominantly clueless about
                                                   Kathasaritsagara, Hitopadesha, and Panchatantra and does not know much of the Ramayana and the Mahabharata
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                                                                                                           beyond the version made popular by television.

                                                                                                            In many senses Indian youth have spent their childhood away
                                                       “Indian family values and                            from their native place. A significant number of them are not
                                                                                                            comfortable with their mother-tongue and all they know of
                                                       traditions were always handed                        their traditional customs, beliefs, and culture is what little
                                                       down by grannies and grandpas.                       they acquired during annual vacation trips to their ‘native-
                                                       With none of them around and                         place’, at the end of which they brought some keepsakes, less
                                                                                                            to cherish than to flaunt them to their friends. However, it is
                                                       with both the parents working or                     not that Indian youth do not want to know their tradition;
                                                       striving hard to ensure a better life                they do want, as the huge demand for courses on Indian
                                                                                                            culture among youth evince. Compared to the youth of other
                                                       for their offspring, the children                    nations Indian youth have a greater leaning towards their
                                                       were not given indigenous                            social mores. A recent study reveals: ‘The family remains a
                                                                                                            key institution in the life-world of Indian youth. One could
                                                       grooming lessons. All they got was                   perhaps argue that even in a situation of expanded choice,
                                                       ‘moral values’ from an education                     youth in India, in contrast to the situation … where
                                                                                                            conservative mores were regarded as a function of limited
                                                       system that was and still is, to a                   opportunity, would freely adopt conservative mores.’7 But
                                                       great extent, a colonial remnant                     brought up in a setting where such values were not practised
                                                                                                            much, knowing the culture could be an intellectual curiosity
                                                       that apes Western cultures and                       instead of a priority.
                                                       remains dissociated from the Indian
                                                                                                         Another development that significantly affects Indian youth’s
                                                       ethos.”                                           psyche is the seemingly innumerable options available to them
                                                                                                         in terms of disciplines of study, careers to pursue, places to
                                                                                                         settle in, and also a more stable society supporting changes in
                                                                                                         career later in life. Their parentshave struggled hard to create
                                                                                                         a better world for them and have unwittingly made them
                                                   unaware of the value of what they have got. An Indian mother laments:Our generation were told we’d have to wait
                                                   patiently for rewards … whatever those would turn out to be. Work hard for the exams. Slog away, swot, swot,
                                                   swot. Compete like crazy. Await results! Phew! First class in hand, work some more. Swot some more. Apply for a
                                                   ‘decent’ job. Keep your fingers crossed. Land the job. Continue slaving. Wait for promotion. Keep slogging. Spend
                                                   fifteen years or more in the same job. … But that’s not how it works today. Kids want it all. And they want it now.
                                                   And they don’t all want to work that hard, either. It’s about having ‘chill time’, ‘personal time’, a ‘life plan’ that
                                                   includes frequent holidays. Kids want to ‘hang’. And they want to ‘connect’. Mainly over the net. No personal
                                                   contact—or very little. No emotional investment. Or very little.

                                                   Just lots of stimulation and virtual relationships that include virtual gifts.8 Society not only gives innumerable choices
                                                   to the youth but also allows them to choose any number of methods of consumption or enjoyment, making them as

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                                                   permissive as possible. What Swami Ranganathananda said about societies outside India four decades ago is relevant
                                                   to India today: Children need loving parents at home. How can your children grow and unfold your possibilities
                                                   without the love of a father and a mother and a peaceful home? But permissive societies and peaceful homes cannot
                                                   co-exist. We must choose either the one or the other.

                                                   In a permissive environment, children suffer psychic and personality privations and distortions, and the same children
                                                   grow up and continue to deepen that malady of permissiveness, until the society becomes sick, and it decays and
                                                   dies. … Sheer pursuit of unchecked individual pleasure uninspired by any standard of ethical and moral values, lowers
                                                   the quality of human life and human tastes, step by step, and brings about the ruin of a family, the ruin of a society,
                                                   the ruin of a whole civilization.9
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                                                   This permissiveness affects the mental and social health of the
                                                   youth, who lose their ability to adapt to a resource-constrained                 “The young Indian is confused. But
                                                   environment. Social Impact Easy accessibility to various choices of              not angry. Angry enough, that is.
                                                   life has led to a restless behaviour among youth. With advances in
                                                   technology bringing means of pleasure close at hand, the youth                   Nobody reacts to atrocities any
                                                   become restive if they cannot access anything they want. Instant                 longer. One Jessica Lall murder
                                                   gratification has led to instant frustration. Patience, calm, and
                                                   composure are soon becoming qualities found only in books. To                    investigation does not indicate
                                                   make matters worse, the social system prepares the youth only for                change. By and large, there is
                                                   expecting and handling success, but not for handling failure. An
                                                   increasing number of youth suicides bear testimony to the near                   widespread indifference in place of
                                                   absence of tolerance levels.                                                     indignation.”
                                                   Nevertheless, all is not bad with the Indian youth. While
                                                   restlessness has brought about an increase in violence and substance
                                                   abuse, a considerable number of the young are socially active and influence major social and political changes. Apart
                                                   from the enormous political participation unseen in other countries, Indian youth have always been key social
                                                   activists, as witnessed in the protests against the laxity of justice in the insane murder of Jessica Lall and the crusade
                                                   against the insurmountable evil of corruption. These movements involved the entire nation, and the youth of rural
                                                   and urban India came together and raised their voice, taking full advantage of print and electronic media. This is
                                                   representative of the extent of influence the youth can bring on society by using the same technological advances that
                                                   wrongly used bring about unrest. That said, the youth needs to have much more involvement in national matters.
                                                   Patriotism is a dying virtue nowadays. A popular writer puts it this way: ‘The young Indian is confused. But not
                                                   angry. Angry enough, that is. Nobody reacts to atrocities any longer. One Jessica Lall murder investigation does not
                                                   indicate change. By and large, there is widespread indifference in place of indignation.’10 Some youth are indeed
                                                   angry, though they prefer to show their anger in positive ways. The last decade has seen the emergence of various
                                                   small and big youth leaders and icons in the country. To encourage such leadership qualities various organizations
                                                   have instituted awards for social involvement and leadership of the youth. The Times of India Lead India Campaign
                                                   and ibn Young Indian Leader Awards are two such. Some awardees are good examples of the factors of social change
                                                   the young can effect. Take the case of Chavi Rajawat for instance, who being a ‘graduate from Delhi’s Lady Shriram
                                                   College and an mba from iimm, Pune, … has worked with several corporate houses before she decided to join
                                                   grassroots politics’11 and is ‘leaving behind the glamorous corporate world and the city arclights to head back to her
                                                   village Soda in Rajasthan as its sarpanch’ (ibid).

                                                   The mind of the Indian youth is fresh and open. All they want is progress, and a comfortable one at that. They have
                                                   been caught up in the sudden increase of pace of the country’s development. While India was overwhelmed with
                                                   local concerns a decade ago, today media and technology have flooded the popular minds with matters both local and
                                                   global. Being a majority, Indian youth feel responsible, directly or indirectly, for the lack of even basic amenities for
                                                   the countless in the country. They want to help, but their anxieties and aspirations are way too many, and the time

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                                                   and resources at hand too few. Only a synergy of thoughtful policies effectively implemented through youth power
                                                   can lead to a smooth sailing of the nation, a sailing that includes young people at the stern. Though shifts in social and
                                                   cultural framework have brought serious aberrations in their psyche, a little effort at attitudinal reorientation will still
                                                   bring marvellous results, as they have tremendous energy waiting to be channelized. Swami Vivekananda said: ‘I have
                                                   faith in my country, and especially in the youth of my country.’12 Though the prospects of Indian youth seem
                                                   promising, it remains to be seen if they can vindicate Swamiji’s faith.

                                                   References
                                                   1. 1001 Quotes, Illustrations, and Humorous Stories for Preachers, Teachers, and Writers, ed. Edward K Rowell
                                                   and Leadership (Grand Rapids: Baker Books, 2008), 14.
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                                                   2. Taittiriya Upanishad, 2.8.1.
                                                   3. See <http://www.censusindia.gov.in/Census_Data_2001/Census_Data_Online/Social_
                                                   and_cultural/Age_Groups.aspx> accessed 6 October 2011.
                                                   4. The Complete Works of Swami Vivekananda, 9 vols (Calcutta: Advaita Ashrama, 1–8, 1989; 9, 1997), 5.7.
                                                   5. Johanna Wyn and Rob White, Rethinking Youth (London: Sage, 1997), 9–10.
                                                   6. The Times of India: <http ://articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com/2011-04-22/
                                                   man-woman/29459727_1_lifestyle-diseasesnoncommunicable-diseases-lifestyle-disorders> accessed 6 October
                                                   2011.
                                                   7. Indian Youth in a Transforming World, ed. Peter Ronald deSouza, Sanjay Kumar, and Sandeep Shastri (New
                                                   Delhi: Sage, 2009), xxiii.
                                                   8. Shobha Dé, Superstar India: From Incredible to Unstoppable (New Delhi: Penguin, 2008), 203–4.
                                                   9. Swami Ranganathananda, Eternal Values for a Changing Society, 4 vols (Bombay: Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, 1995),
                                                   3.369.
                                                   10. Superstar India: From Incredible to Unstoppable, 214.
                                                   11. IBNLive: <http://ibnlive.in.com/youngindian/winners.html> accessed 7 October 2011.
                                                   12. Complete Works, 3.320.




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                                                                       THE WORLD LONGS – INDIA DREAMS
                                                                                                                                                    N. Krishnamoorti

                                                                                           SWAMI VIVEKANANDA PLANS
                                                   Sowmya: Guruji! What is Mother Bharat’s vision of the world? How did Swami Vivekananda plan and work for that
                                                   Mission?
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                                                   Guruji: There have been repeated attempts during historic times to unify the world. Alexander the great, the
                                                   Byzantium empire, the Persian empire, the Turk Kingdom in ancient times and England and Germany in Modern
                                                   times have tried to conquer the world and impose their life styles, life’s vision, civilization, religion etc., on the
                                                   whole world. There is no tolerance for the variety and multiplicity of the people of the world, in these conquering
                                                   countries. All those attempts have drenched the world in blood, destroyed civilizations, driven crores of people as
                                                   refugees, razed down great symbols of human civil life. They have burnt down great libraries, to erase the cumulative
                                                   wisdom of the ages. All these acts of violence ha ve pushed humanity backwards. Constructive work, peaceful life,
                                                   creative developments of the human mind have been retarded and the very evolution of humanity has got stunted.
                                                   Swami Vivekananda and other eminent thinkers such as ARNOLD TOYNBEE, WILL DURANT and other lovers of
                                                   humanity despaired of this situation. If you read Swamiji’s Chicago address, he has said “Sectarianism, bigotry, and
                                                   its horrible descendant, fanaticism, have long possessed this beautiful earth. They have filled the earth with
                                                   violence, drenched it often and often with human blood, destroyed civilization, and sent whole nations to
                                                   despair. Had it not been for these horrible demons, human society would be far more advanced than it is
                                                   now. But their time is come;” Swamiji calls for ending all fanaticism, persecution and all uncharitable feeling.
                                                   Swami Vivekananda recalls India’s spiritual mission whenever some effort is made to bring unity in Mankind. “We
                                                   find that whenever either by mighty conquest or by commercial supremacy, different parts of the world have
                                                   been kneaded into one whole race and requests have been made from one corner to the other, each nation, as
                                                   it were, poured forth its own quota, either political, social, or spiritual. India’s contribution to the sum total
                                                   of human knowledge has been spirituality, philosophy. These she contributed even long before the rising of
                                                   the Persian Empire; the second time was during the Persian Empire; for the third time during the
                                                   ascendancy of the Greeks and now for the fourth time during the ascendancy of the English, she is going to
                                                   fulfill the same destiny once more.”
                                                   Sowmya: But today man is cutting man’s throat. Science and technology have been hi jacked by the Armies. In every
                                                   country in the world, the best scientists, the best technologists, the best doctors have been purchased by the warring
                                                   groups and are employed in destructive business. A survey in America has revealed that the purpose of that nation is
                                                   TO KILL, to kill human beings, to kill animals, insects and birds and to kill trees and vegetation. Shall humanity
                                                   survive at all? They say there are enough Atom Bombs to destroy the world 550 times. I do not how they will destroy
                                                   the earth a second time?
                                                   Guruji: Swamiji wants India to live so that the world can survive. He asks “Shall India die? Then from the world
                                                   all spirituality will be extinct, all moral perfection will be extinct, all sweet-souled sympathy for religion will
                                                   be extinct, all ideality will be extinct and in its place will reign the duality of lust and luxury, as the male
                                                   and female deities with money as its priest, fraud, force and competition its ceremonies and the human soul
                                                   its sacrifice. Such a thing can never be”, Arnold Toynbee the master historian echoes Swamiji’s thoughts. “At this
                                                   supremely dangerous moment in human history, the only way of salvation for mankind is an Indian way. The
                                                   Emperor Ashoka’s and the Mahatma Gandhi’s principle of non-violence and Sri Ramakrishna’s testimony to
                                                   the harmony of religions; here we have the attitude and the spirit that can make it possible for the human
                                                   race to grow together into a single family-and, in the Atomic Age, this is the only alternative to destroying
                                                   ourselves.
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                                                   In the Atomic Age the whole human race has a utilitarian motive for following this Indian way. No
                                                   utilitarian motive could be stronger or more respectable in itself. The survival of the human race is at stake.
                                                   Yet even the strongest and most respectable utilitarian motive is only a secondary reason for taking
                                                   Ramakrishna’s and Gandhi’s and Ashoka’s teaching to heart and acting on it. The primary reason is that
                                                   this teaching is right-and is right because it flows from a true vision of spiritual reality.”
                                                   Sowmya: Will humanity heed these voices of Sanity?
                                                   Guruji: The alternative is total annihilation! Old terrorist - outfits are slowly recognizing the futility of violence.
                                                   Only the newly initiated terrorists persist with destructive violence. Those who have spent 20-30 years in violent
                                                   pursuits are saying, “We are practicing violence only to bring the opponent to the dialogue table.”
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                                                   Sowmya: Swamiji says that everyone approaches people of strength. Every one respects strength.
                                                   Guruji: Swamiji’s concept of strength is multidimensional. He respects physical strength, advocates moral strength
                                                   and proposes that India will conquer the world through her spirituality, spiritual strength.
                                                   Sowmya: India has become strong physically also.
                                                   Guruji: Yes. A country that has been invaded 69 times has to equip herself physically too. Our Defense Scientists
                                                   talk about Minimum Deterrent Force. India is the only country in the world that has two Atomic powers as its
                                                   neighbors. Defending the sacred borders of India is the most important duty of our Government and its people. Good
                                                   fences make good neighbours. At the same time India’s message of spirituality, her message of Vedanta, Oneness of
                                                   all existence, sacredness of Life, has to be taken to the far corners of the world.
                                                   Sowmya: How does culture travel across National borders?
                                                   Guruji: The most solid, substantial aspects of culture travel a short distance. Her leaders travel a bit farther. Her
                                                   ideals, science, philosophy travel the farthest. This has been so in the past. Will Durant the eminent historian has said”
                                                   “India was the Motherland of our race and Sanskrit the Mother of Europe’s languages. She was the mother of
                                                   our philosophy, mother through the Arabs of much of our mathematics, mother through Buddha, of the ideal
                                                   embodied in Christianity, mother through the village communities of self-government and democracy.
                                                   Mother India is in many ways the mother of us all.”
                                                   Sowmya: India was the mother of world’s nations in the past. Will she regain her old glory? Will the world accept
                                                   her philosophy once again? Socially, economically what will be India’s contribution to the world! Some people feel
                                                   India is too much other-worldly and it cannot teach the world how to live here and now.
                                                   Guruji: See what Shri Aurobindo has said:- “India has not only had the long roll of her great saints, sages,
                                                   thinkers, religious founders, poets, creators, scientists, scholars, legists; she has had her great rulers,
                                                   administrators, soldiers, conquerors, heroes, men with strong active will, the mind that plans and the seeing
                                                   force that builds.
                                                   India of the ages is not dead nor has she spoken her last creative word; she lives and has still something to do
                                                   for herself and for human progress.” India’s spirituality has taught her not only Moksha but also Dharma, Artha
                                                   and Kama. Janaka, Ashwapati and Krishna have shown us how to reconcile prosperity and spirituality. Modern
                                                   researches in History of Economics by ANGUS MADDISON have shown that from the First Century common era to
                                                   the 17th, India was the RICHEST COUNTRY IN THE WORLD producing anywhere between 25 to 33 percent of
                                                   world’s total wealth, and her market share in business was between 25 to 33%, until the British came and destroyed
                                                   our economic system. The world has learnt much in the fields of education, science, metallurgy, astronomy,
                                                   chemistry, water management, soil science, steel making and gem cutting from India. One British soil scientist who
                                                   was invited by the English rulers to advise the government on soil chemistry said that he learnt a lot of practical
                                                   wisdom on soil chemistry from India’s farmers. One water Engineer invited by the Mysore Maharaja has praised
                                                   India’s cheap, economic and efficient water storage system. Laurie Baker a Christian Missionary who came to India to
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                                                   convert, people got his heart changed and has praised India’s rural house building technique as the most MAN -
                                                   FRIENDLY AND NATURE FRIENDLY. India has never neglected her material welfare in the name of spirituality.
                                                   The two went hand in hand.
                                                   Sowmya: What is the source of India’s strength both in the spiritual and material spheres?
                                                   Guruji: 1) Her love for truth, her desire for unifying various fields of study (what is called today
                                                   INTERDISCIPLINARY APPROACH). Her capacity for connectivity, finding out the relationships between things,
                                                   between people, between man and nature, between man and God, between man and man!
                                                   Sowmya: You have called this connectivity DHARMA.
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                                                   Guruji: India’s other strength is her family and social bonding, which provides an individual tremendous personal
                                                   security and self- confidence. And above all comes India’s love of spirituality wherein man delves deep into the
                                                   Wellsprings of LIFE and replenishes himself. It is gratifying to note modern science, the western science is slowly
                                                   coming round to appreciate India’s tryst with TRUTH, the TRUTH ETERNAL.
                                                   Sowmya: Are you sure sir that India’s spirituality and her prosperity are intertwined?
                                                   Guruji: yes. Read Swamiji’s Paramakkudi speech. He says that whenever India loses herself too much in
                                                   renunciation, saints come and teach her Dharma, Artha, Kama and Moksha. When India becomes too materialistic,
                                                   again saints come to teach her renunciation. The goal is to maintain the balance, Yuktahara vihara etc. (Gita 6/17)
                                                   Sowmya: You were talking about India’s family structure.
                                                   Guruji: The world is slowly waking up to understand the importance of family, the importance of human relations in
                                                   the fields of health, capital formation through micro-saving and psychological strength of Individuals, in a family based
                                                   culture.
                                                   Sowmya: Guruji. I see a pattern in your speech. When I talk about individual men and women you talk about family,
                                                   community and Nation. When I mention individual sciences, physics chemistry mathematics, you talk about Truth,
                                                   integrating vision and interdisciplinary approach. When we talk about self-assertion you respond with the philosophy
                                                   of Tyaga, surrender and sacrifice.
                                                   Guruji: That is what Swami Vivekananda has taught us. He wants us to work with the whole picture in mind. He
                                                   talks about KAVI’S JNANA DRISHTI – the integrating vision. One U.N. expert has said “For too long the world
                                                   bodies (like U.N, UNESCO, UNDP, UNICEF) have attempted to aggregate the parts to make a whole. For
                                                   too long, chasms and schisms been built first, divisions made and then bridges constructed. We have not
                                                   begun as a world community by a concept as a whole, whether micro or macro, and then identified the parts.
                                                   If man is the centre of Development, there cannot be a man without the totality of environment, natural,
                                                   physical emotional and spiritual. Swami Vivekananda has said Religion is the manifestation of the
                                                   DIVINITY already in man. Education is the manifestation of the perfection already in man. But this is the
                                                   environment that he now threatens to destroy. This may need a redefinition in terms of culture, education
                                                   science-information, man media, and above all two crucial words Development and progress. Vivekananda
                                                   was concerned with these problems even in his time.”
                                                   Sowmya: That is why he began his Chicago address ‘Sisters and Brothers’.
                                                   Guruji: Yes. Totality first – details later. The whole first, parts later.
                                                   Sowmya: Then how do you reconcile his patriotism with his universality?
                                                   Guruji: You will find this model as a recurring theme with all Indian saints and savants. In Swami Vivekananda, Shri
                                                   Aurobindo, and Gandhiji, you will see it as a problem of unifying patriotism and universality. In Sri Ramakrishna you
                                                   will recognize the Kali Upasana subsumed in Advaita. In the Vedic rishis’ vision you will see the pair as Vyaha and
                                                   Samooha. The Hindu has learnt to see the universal in the particular. This is our secret of IDOL worship; we can see
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                                                   gravity in the apple. Jnaneshwara could see Advaita in Ganesha. For Adi Shankara Advaita and Shiva worship could go
                                                   hand in hand. For Tulasi Dasji Rama was the Ishta Devata, But his philosophical position was Advaita. Sri Rama
                                                   Krishna could combine Kali worship and Advaita. Appa pant could find common ground between Surya Upasana and
                                                   Advaita. Arunagiri Natha was a worshipper of Kartikeya Muruga but was an advaitin. Kashmiri Shaivism is called
                                                   Shiva – advaitam. There is a concept of LALITA – ADWAITA. Bharat has found that the ideal of Advaita and the
                                                   respective Ishta of each of these saints are not contradictions. Similarly For Swami Vivekananda, Sri Aurobindo and
                                                   Gandhiji, universal welfare and Partriotism are one and the same.
                                                   Swomya: How do you say that Advaita is the ultimate message of India to
                                                   the World?
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                                                   Guruji: Swami Vivekananda says Vedanta which goes beyond individual
                                                   deities alone could be the universal religion. Further all other spiritual      Swami Vivekananda has said “Have
                                                   systems can be explained through Advaita. Swami Vivekananda has                 the Faith, each one of you in yourself
                                                   explained Vishistadvaita and Dwaita through Advaita principles calling          that eternal power is lodged in every
                                                   them stages in man’s march towards Advaita. Modern science is slowly and
                                                                                                                                   soul – and you will revive the whole of
                                                   irrevocably marching towards, Advaitic interpretation of the creation.
                                                   Armed with a universal spiritual philosophy, we can help and unite every        India. Aye, we will then go to every
                                                   religious philosophy of the world. In fact, every religion in the world has     country under the sun and our ideas
                                                   an element of Advaita hidden in it. But the cultural history, methods of        will before long be a component of the
                                                   worship and organizational structure have pushed the Advaitic element to        many forces that are working to make
                                                   the background in those religious disciplines. Ultimately every spiritual       up every nation in the world. We must
                                                   experience is only an Advaitic experience, though the adherents of various      enter into the life of every race in India
                                                   religions may speak a different language because of want of a advaitic
                                                                                                                                   and abroad; we shall have to work to
                                                   vocabulary in their traditional fields. Further in India, Advaita has
                                                   preserved every method of worship without injuring the culture of the           bring this about.””
                                                   people. Advaita adds a new dimension to them and helps the sect to go to
                                                   the roots of the matter. It is in this connection Swami Vivekananda has said “Have the Faith, each one of you in
                                                   yourself that eternal power is lodged in every soul – and you will revive the whole of India. Aye, we will then
                                                   go to every country under the sun and our ideas will before long be a component of the many forces that are
                                                   working to make up every nation in the world. We must enter into the life of every race in India and abroad;
                                                   we shall have to work to bring this about.”
                                                   Sowmya: Will the world accept this teaching?
                                                   Guruji: We Indians have to bring alive these values and prove to the world that Advaitic unity can be practiced.
                                                   Science and Communication technology will help us in a big way. Henryk Skolimowski has written an article
                                                   “Dialogue with Nandi” in the magazine World Affairs. He says Indian boys and girls working as engineers and
                                                   scientists have gone all over the world and have already started doing, Mother India’s Work, through Yoga, Vedanta
                                                   Upanishads, Gita, the Mahabharata. Our Puranic stories, epic stories, Bharata Natyam, Meditation techniques are
                                                   being taken across the seas by our educated youth.
                                                   Sowmya: How will you sum up the situation?
                                                   Guruji: 1) India has an excellent history of unifying the world through the Vedantic message. As Swami Vivekananda
                                                   says during each of the four attempts made by the world to get united, India has always responded with the message
                                                   of Vedanta. 2) Science and communications technology are taking the elements of Indian culture across borders. 3)
                                                   India’s unique Advaita which adds experiential flavour to existing systems without destroying them will be acceptable
                                                   by all. 4) Scholars have said that our Dharma is the natural system of evolution of the human species. There is nothing
                                                   artificial or deliberately imposed about it. 5) Historians plead that in the era of Atomic war, the Righteous principles
                                                   of tolerance propounded by India and exemplified by Sri Ramakrishna alone can save the world. 6) Our brilliant
                                                   young men and women who have fanned across the world, have already started taking the vital components of our
                                                   culture to foreign countries.
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                                                   Swami Vivekananda could listen to the voice of Destiny. What he set as the task for India towards the world
                                                   community has been captured in the beautiful words of Roman Rolland. “THE GREAT MESSAGE BROODED
                                                   OVER FROM VEDIC TIMES BY THE DREAMING SPIRIT OF THIS ANCIENT RACE – THE MESSAGE
                                                   FOR WHICH IT, MUST RENDER ACCOUNT TO THE REST OF MANKIND.”
                                                   Sowmya: I remember Swami saying “I do not see into the future; nor do I care to see. But one vision I see clear
                                                   as life before me, that the ancient Mother has awakened once more, sitting on Her throne rejuvenated, more
                                                   glorious than ever. Proclaim Her to all the world with the voice of peace and benediction.”
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                                                                                    MAKING SACRIFICE WITH JOY
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                                                   A lawyer and a merchant, who traveled with a group that was going around the world. As they were visiting in
                                                   Korea, they saw by the side of the road, a field in which a boy was pulling a crude plow and an old man held the
                                                   plow handles and guided it. The lawyer was amused and took a snapshot of the scene.

                                                   He turned to the missionary, who served as their interpreter and guide, and he said, "That's a curious picture. I
                                                   suppose they are very poor."

                                                   The guide replied, "Yes, that is the family of Chi Noue. When the place of worship was being built, they were eager
                                                   to give something to it, but they had no money, so they sold their only ox and gave the money to the church. This
                                                   spring, they are pulling the plow themselves."

                                                   The men were silent for several moments. Then the businessman replied, "That must have been a real sacrifice."
                                                   The guide said, "They do not call it that. They thought it was fortunate that they had an ox to sell."

                                                   Swami Vivekananda has said:
                                                   It is always for greater joy that you give up the lesser. This is practical religion—the attainment of
                                                   freedom, renunciation. Renounce the lower so that you may get the higher. Renounce! Renounce!
                                                   Sacrifice! Give up! Not for zero. Not for nothing, but to get the higher.




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                                                                                           SUBHASHITAM

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                                                                  saptasàgaraparyantaü tãrthasnànaphalaü yathà |
                                                                   gurupàdodabindo÷ca sahasràü÷ena tatphalam ||

                                                   Meaning:
                                                   The baths taken in pilgrimages to the seven oceans bring only a thousandth part of the effect
                                                   produced by drinking a drop of the water that is used for washing Guru’s feet.

                                                   “Gu” is darkness. “Ru” is its remover. Because one removes darkness, he is called a “Guru”
                                                   Lord Krishna sat at the feet of his Guru Sandipani. Lord Rama who defeated ravana, was the
                                                   disciple of Guru Vasishtha, Lord Hanuman who had surrendered himself in lotus feet of Lord
                                                   Ram, Eklavya who unhesitatingly cut of the thumb and gave it to his guru Dronacharya. Swami
                                                   viekananda who enlightened the knowledge of Vedanta around the world, was the disciple of
                                                   Shri Ramakrishna Paramahamsa. There is no word to explain the Glory of guru. One drop of
                                                   knowledge from Guru removes the bondage of karma’s. For the purpose of acquiring knowledge
                                                   and dispassion, one should drink the water with which Guru’s feet are washed, which cuts at the
                                                   root of ignorance, which overcomes birth and the bondage of Karma.




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                                                             yathà yathà jàtyandhasya råpaj¤ànaü na vidyate |
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                                                     tathà guråpade÷ena vinà kalpakoñibhistattvaj¤ànaü na vidyate || ||

                                                   Even as born-blind man has no knowledge of forms, so one cannot get the Knowledge of the
                                                   Reality even in crores of creation-cycles, except through initiation by the Guru.

                                                   People cross the ocean of Samsara by sitting in the strong boat of the sentence of the Guru,
                                                   blown by the wind of the power of practice and past Samskaras, and steered by the pilot,
                                                   Guru.The guru is an ocean of bliss, knowledge and mercy. He is the captain of your soul. He is
                                                   the fountain of joy. He removes all your troubles, sorrows and obstacles.He shows you the right
                                                   divine path. He tears your veil of ignorance. He makes you immortal and divine. He transmutes
                                                   your lower, diabolical nature. He gives you the rope of knowledge and saves you when you are
                                                   drowning in this ocean of Samsara. Guru is God.

                                                   Worship your Guru and bow in his lotus feet with reverence.


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                                                   Shanti Mantra
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                                                                                          ABOUT THE AUTHORS


                                                      Dr. M Lakshmi Kumari was born in Kerala in 1936. She obtained her Masters in Botany from Travancore
                                                       University, PhD. In Botany from Madras University and did her post-doctoral studies from Ukrainian
                                                       Academy of Sciences, Kiev. USSR (1968-1970). She joined the Vivekananda Kendra, founded by Ma.
                                                       Eknathji Ranade and was unanimously elected as its President after his death in 1984 – a position she held
                                                       until 1995. She is also the founder and Chairman of Vivekananda Kendra Vedic Vision Foundation – an
                                                       organization started by Vivekananda Kendra at Kodungallur, Trissur District, Kerala. She is a prolific writer
                                                       and has written extensively for the Vivekananda Kendra Patrika, Yuva Bharati and several other cultural and
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                                                       spiritual magazines in English and Malayalam. She represented the Vivekananda Kendra at the World
                                                       Parliament of Religions at Washington, Chicago and Calcutta in 1993, at Cape Town, South Africa in 1999,
                                                       and at the World Hindu Conference, at Durban, South Africa in 1995. She is also involved in various
                                                       educational activities, including Sandeepani Gurukulam and Sandeepani Shashi Vihar, where Sanskrit
                                                       education is imparted to students in the ancient gurukul style.

                                                      Ailachary Vasunandi Ji Spreading the knowledge of spiritualism since more than 30 Years & had written
                                                       more than 150 books on spiritualism & Jainism. His articles are also published regularly on magazine “Sri
                                                       Satyarthi Prakashan” & “Sri Sri Satya Bodh”.

                                                      Swami Narasimhananda is a monk of the Advaita Ashrama at its branch in Kolkata.

                                                      Harikrishnan H. Completed post graduation in physics in 2008 and now work as a guest lecturer in the
                                                       Dept Of Physics at National Institute of technology Calicut,Kerala.My interests are in Advaita Vedanta,
                                                       Physics ,Photography and Indian Classical Percussion music.
                                                        Email: harikrishnan001@gmail.com
                                                        Blog: hari-mystic.blogspot.com

                                                       Sri Krishnamoorti, a devotee of Holy Trinity and has dedicated his life for the Swamijis work for the last
                                                       thirty odd years. a prolific writer in hindi, english, tamil, speaker, thinker. He is associated with the
                                                       Vivekananda Kendra, Kanyakumari.

                                                      Bijay Kumar Banerjee, a devotee of Swami Vivekananda & Sri Ramakrishna , completed graduation in
                                                       science stream, AICWA & also MBA degree from FMS, Delhi. He is now working in IOCL.




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                                                            We have been extremely fortunate to have several eminent authors contributing to this issue, for which we
                                                   are very grateful to them. We look forward to several more contributions from them in the future.

                                                             The basic thought behind Rashtra Chetana is make the young minds aware about the history and culture of
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                                                   Hoping the efforts behind this magazine will be blessed by one and all,
                                                   Hari Om!
                                                   Rashtra Chetana Team.



                                                                                       ||Satyam vada, dharmam chara||
                                                                               "Speak the truth, follow the path of righteousness".
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                                                                                   Message of Rashtra Chetana
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                                                   Let us join hands to make a strong chain and work together to build a powerful nation - as a land of people
                                                   empowered by unity, morality, values, knowledge, learning & understanding. Let us come together to discover the
                                                   lotus of knowledge, which stays in the heart of Mother India. For ages, this great mother of ours has been ill-treated
                                                   by those who came from outside and didn't understand her divinity and purity. Let us raise her once again to her
                                                   eternal throne as the spiritual guide and master of the world. Let us unite all Indians staying geographically within
                                                   India, as well as those staying even outside the borders of the land and bring them together to worship the Mother.
                                                   Let us make our nation proud with our work. This is the divine dream of Rashtra Chetana.




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Description: when Swami Vivekananda representing Hinduism and India rose to be the most exemplary and reverred speaker at the Parliament of Religions held at Chicago, the world lent a keen ear to every word he spoke. It is nothing short of being purely prophetic when Swamiji's address ended with these words "If the Parliament of Religions has shown anything to the world it is this: It has proved to the world that holiness, purity and charity are not the exclusive possessions of any church in the world, and that every system has produced men and women of the most exalted character. In the face of this evidence, if anybody dreams of the exclusive survival of his own religion and the destruction of the others, I pity him from the bottom of my heart, and point out to him that upon the banner of every religion will soon be written, in spite of resistance: "Help and not Fight," "Assimilation and not Destruction," "Harmony and Peace and not Dissension. "I fervently hope that the bell that tolled this morning in honour of this convention may be the death - knell of all fanaticism, of all persecutions with the sword or with the pen, and of all uncharitable feelings between persons wending their way to the same goal." (Swamiji's speech given on 11th September 1893) Words cannot convey how relevant his words are in our today's world. The Anniversary issue of our e-magazine, Rashtra Chetana has articles to offer on wide variety of topics relating to India and her culture - the ancient, the glorious and ever new. Download link: Click Here Contents: Editorial India’s gift to the world Written by Dr. M Lakshmi Kumari THE INEXPRESSIBLE - BEYOND EXPERIENCE Written by Harikrishnan H. Goal of Human Life Written by Bijay Kumar Banerjee THE WORLD LONGS – INDIA DREAMS Written by Sri Krishnamoorti आचरण Written by एलाचार्यवसुनंदीजीमहाराज Young India Written by Swami Narasimhananda Making Sacrifice With Joy SUBHASHITAM Kindly get back to us with your valu