Guiding Light of The Month

THERE is a great difference between being in the midst of active work, of external action, while keeping one’s thought constantly fixed on Thee, and entering into that perfect union with Thee which leads to what I have called “absolute Consciousness, true Omniscience, Knowledge”. - The Mother

On Giving to India

Jawaharlal Nehru says in ‘The Discovery of India',

“All of us talk of India and all of us demand many things from India. What do we give her in return? We can take nothing from her beyond what we given her.”

Those were the days when the country was reeling under the yoke of foreign rule. The people of India had to earn the freedom of the country not by demands and petitions and asking but by rising against the mightiest country of the world at that time. In this process the Motherland had to be given hard work, and not only sweat and tears but life and blood itself.

There were plenty of people who gave and gave to the country. They gave their riches, their toil, their families, their energies to the country. And the country sustained them, unasked for.

Freedom came on 15th August 1947.

With it came the upsurge of selfishness, lust for money and power, ambition, self-aggrandisement. With the passing away of the old generation, of those in the old generation who had love of the country and were servitors of the country, a new generation came which does not even acknowledge the ideal of giving to the country. Everyone is interested in himself, in what he can get from the country, and for grabbing from the country no means is regarded as foul.

We are bereft of the idea of service to the country. We do not think and act keeping the country’s good in front of us. We wish to appropriate for ourselves everything that the country can give us, without caring for the fellow countrymen. For the posterity we have no sense of responsibility at all.

While doing so in relation to our country, are we not doing the same wrong as man is doing towards Nature? If we fail to amend ourselves, we will be punished by the laws of Nature.

In truth, our motherland has been giving us more than what she has been getting from us.

(From the Editor’s desk, “Some Socio-Spiritual Perspectives”, ‘Sri Aurobindo’s Action’, Shyam Sunder Jhunjhunwala, Sri Aurobindo Society, Pondicherry)

Sri Aurobindo Says: "India can best develop herself and serve humanity by being herself and following the law of her own nature. This does not mean, as some narrowly and blindly suppose, the rejection of everything new that comes to us in the stream of Time or happens to have been first developed or powerfully expressed by the West. Such an attitude would be intellectually absurd, physically impossible, and above all unspiritual; true spirituality rejects no new light, no added means or materials of our human self-development. It means simply to keep our centre, our essential way of being, our inborn nature and assimilate to it all we receive, and evolve out of it all we do and create."

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