Swami Vivekananda, a Hindu saint and spiritual scientist of India had devoted himself for the cause of India and its people without any barrier. His love for India was true in all respects. He passed sleeplessly for the misery of his countrymen and thinking of the sufferings of his countrymen he cried bitterly. To him patriotism is the most priority than universalism. His oneness was the oneness of the nation. His Vedantic philosophy teaches that every one is the embodiment of one soul. He travelled India’s breadth and length, and studied every aspect of this nation and lives of his countrymen. He studied India’s body and mind thoroughly. According to Tilak, he ‘discovered India – her strong and weak points. Tagore advised to Romain Rolland, ‘If you want to know India, study Vivekananda.’
‘Swamiji was an embodiment of love for India and her people. He inspired everybody who came in contact with him to love India.’ Sister Christine wrote, ‘Our love for India came to birth, think, when we first heard him say the word “India”, in that marvellous voice of his. It seems incredible that so much would have been put into one small word of five letters. There was love, passion, pride, longing, adoration, tragedy, chivarly, and again love. Whole volumes could not have produced such a feeling in others. It had magic power of creating love in those who heard it. Even after, India became the land of hermit’s desire. Everything concerning her became of interest- became living – her people, her history, architecture, her manners and customs, her rivers, mountains, plains, her culture, her great spiritual concepts, her scripture.’
His pride for India was ‘India I loved before I came away. Now the very dust of India has been become holy to me, the very air is now to me holy, it is now the holy land, the people of pilgrimage, the tirtha.’
According to Sister Nivedita, ‘India was Swamiji’s greatest passion……India throbbed in his breast, India beat in his pulses, India was his daydream, India was his nightmare. Not only that. He himself became India. He was the embodiment of India in flesh and blood. He was India, he was Bharat – the very symbol of her spirituality, her purity, her wisdom, her power, her vision and her destiny.’
Are we far away from it? Our democracy empowers us politically with some narrow-mindedness. Our love and patriotism should not be fabricated.
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