On the Birthday of Swami Vivekananda (National Youth Day),
here is a special offering from Renaissance, monthly e-journal of AuroBharati, as a small homage to Swami Vivekananda.
 
Sciences and Traditional Knowledge of Ancient India: A Video Lecture by Dr. Sharanya Reddy

Renaissance available at: journal.aurobharati.in

Sri Aurobindo's contact with Swami Vivekananda

“My contact with him was in the jail when he was speaking with me for about 15 days, giving me the first insight into the Intuition plane (not the intuitive mind which is mental and not supramental) as the first opening to Supermind.”

(Sri Aurobindo,  CWSA, 35: 264)

"The Future Belongs to the Young"

“The future belongs to the young. It is a young and new world which is now under process of development and it is the young who must create it. But it is also a world of truth, courage, justice, lofty aspiration and straightforward fulfilment which we seek to create. For the coward, for the self-seeker, for the talker who goes forward at the beginning and afterwards leaves his fellows in the lurch there is no place in the future of this movement. A brave, frank, clean-hearted, courageous and aspiring youth is the only foundation on which the future nation can be built.”

(Sri Aurobindo, CWSA, 8:168)

 

In a fiery political piece written for  Karmayogin in August 1909, Sri Aurobindo summarised in one power-packed sentence what will determine the future of Indian nation – “A brave, frank, clean-hearted, courageous and aspiring youth is the only foundation on which the future nation can be built.”

 

Let us take a moment to reflect on this.

 

Indeed, it is the young people of a country who determine the future course of a nation. What are their dreams and aspirations, what are their struggles and challenges, what solutions and resolutions they come up with – all these are important indicators that point to the direction a nation will take.

 

What are some of the images that come to mind when we begin to think about our youth today?

 

~ They are only interested in the latest gadgets and fashion trends, the latest model of that high-speed motorbike or that super-cool sports car, and perhaps also the latest Netflix series or Bollywood (or Mollywood or Kollywood) gossip.

 

~ They are suffocating under intense pressure to get admission in a premium engineering school to fulfil their middle-class parents’ dreams, or join a foreign degree programme which brings an assurance of a high salaried job as a reward.

 

~ They don’t have any interest in Indian traditions or customs, they only want to copy the Western habits and lifestyle.

 

~ They have no regard for ‘Indian values’ and ‘Indian culture’.

 

~ And many more things like these….

 

If we think deeply about these observations – most of which are true to a large extent – we recognise that these indicate an important and necessary phase of the evolutionary journey of our nation and society at this point in time. Times are such that the most important indicators of a successful life today are possessing the latest smartphone and a 30-year-home-loan by the age of 30.

 

Why we are at this phase, how we arrived here, and how we can move beyond this stage – a focused deliberation in these directions can be helpful in its own regard. But let us recall another important truth given to us by Sri Aurobindo – “Only those thoughts are true the opposite of which is also true in its own time and application; …” (CWSA, 12: 428). 

 

Contemplating on this tells us that there may be more or perhaps other truths about the Indian youth that are not reflected in or expressed through these stereotypical portrayals listed above.

 

There are perhaps large sections among Indian youth today who are seeking for a new direction, a new way of figuring out what it means to live a meaningful and contented life. There are many who after having gone through the experiences of pursuing a West-aping materialistic lifestyle are now becoming aware of a deeper need to become more self-aware and to pursue a profounder view of life.

 

Many may have already been walking the path to a more conscious and enriching life. There are perhaps many others who despite their young years have somehow recognised the shallowness and superficiality of their ‘modern’ education which ends up uprooting them from their culture and history, and are now keen to discover for themselves truths about their identities and their culture, their country and their society, their roots and their heritage.

 

On this National Youth Day, let us acknowledge and encourage such youthful energy at work to renew the timeless spirit of India. Let us rekindle our aspiration as we continue to walk the path of self-discovery and in that process discover some deeper truths about Indian spirit. Let us aspire to walk steadfastly on the path that India must follow if she has to awaken to her true nature and purpose, her swabhava and her swadharma.

 

In a conversation dated 15th June, 1970 someone asked the Mother, “You have said in one of your messages: The number one problem for India is to find back and manifest her soul. How to find back India’s soul?” The Mother replied:

“Become conscious of your psychic being. Let your psychic being become intensely interested in India’s Soul and aspire towards it, with an attitude of service; and if you are sincere you will succeed.” (CWM, 13: 370)

This is the essential work the Mother asks us to do for our beloved motherland, for India, our Mother.

 

Every issue of Renaissance sheds light on some key insights given by Sri Aurobindo and the Mother on the future of India, on the work India is destined to do for the humanity and the world. In this special year of 150th birth anniversary and 75th year of India’s independence, we have dedicated 12 issues to exploring the 12 attributes that the Mother has identified as soul-powers necessary for the full manifestation of Her Work. 

 

As we walk the path to a deeper knowledge of the truer self within, we must cultivate in us these 12 qualities if we aspire to become sincere servitors of the Truth, courageous children of Mother India, aspiring children of Divine Mother.

 

On this National Youth Day 2022, let us re-commit ourselves to the call of Swami Vivekananda – “Arise, awake, and stop not till the goal is reached.”

 

~ Beloo Mehra
(Editor, Renaissance)

 
On the auspicious occasion of remembering Swami Vivekananda, watch the recording of this thought-provoking talk on " India's Mission: A Spiritual Fusion of Religions" by Dr. Ananda Reddy (the founder-director of Sri Aurobindo Center for Advanced Research (SACAR)), organised by AuroBharati and AuroYajna as a part of the lecture series - India, Our Mother.

Stay tuned for the next full issue of Renaissance with 20 articles, to be released on January 21, with the special theme of Receptivity

 

Have you checked out our current issue with special focus on Aspiration? If not, visit here.

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