Nation

Nation

Nation governed for the people, by the people

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All of us seek Nation governed for the people, by the people (प्रजा-आधीन राजा,राष्ट्र-प्रेमी प्रजा).
Let us assume that we get such system, by hook or crook. System is in place. Do you think, it will go on forever? If yes, I think you are living in some lunatic plane.

Ethical conduct of citizens play vital role to nurture and preserve any ideal political system envisioned.

Ethical conduct needs to be induced in citizens. If this ethical conduct is induced out of fear of the law, it won’t last for long because of humans inherent tendency to protest again slavery.

For self-governed system to stay on for time immemorial, we also need to work hard to establish self-governed morality, rooted in love for Nation and understanding of swa-dharma. To establish self-governed morality, character-building of subjects remain unavoidable job. That is where parenting, educating, military-training will play important role.

My suggestion to all patriots is to work for strengthening of both legs together i.e. Desh and Deshi-bhakt. Let there be no gaffe in achieving this goal.

राष्ट्र भावना – अदृश्य प्रगाढ़ सूत्र

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वयं राष्ट्रे जागृयाम पुरोहिता | यजु.

राष्ट्र को बुराइयों से बचाये रखने का उत्तरदायित्व पुरोहितों का है।
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तमेव ऋषिं तमु ब्रह्माणमाहुर्यज्ञन्य सामगा | ऋग् १०/१०७/६

निरन्तर ज्ञान दान करते रहना ब्राह्मण की पवित्र जिम्मेदारी है।

Often, there is a myth propagated that this land never had राष्ट्र भावना.

Yes, राष्ट्र is not modern Nation-state. But it does display the inherent cultural common thread keeping Sanatani(s) together. Maratha, Rajput, Punjabi, Tamil – all together, for dharma.

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राष्ट्र के पुरोहित=नायक में किन भावों का समावेश हो, यह संक्षेप से इन मन्त्रों में अंकित है | पुरोहित में सब प्रकार का बल होना चाहिए क्या ब्राह्मबल और क्या क्षात्रबल | वैदिक पुरोहित की गम्भीर घोषणा सचमुच सबके मनन करने योग्य है संशितं म इदं ब्रह्म = मेरा यह ब्राह्मबल सुतीक्ष्ण है; केवल ब्राह्मबल ही नहीं,प्रत्युत संशितं वीर्यं बलम् = वारक सामर्थ्य और रक्षण शक्ति भी तेज है | दूसरों से आक्रान्त होने पर दूसरों पर आक्रमण करके उनको भगा देने का नाम वीर्य्य और दूसरों से आक्रान्त होने पर अपनी रक्षा कर सकने को बल कहते हैं | क्षात्रबल के ये दो प्रधान अंग हैं | पूरी शान्ति वहीं होती है – यत्र ब्रह्मं च क्षत्रं च सम्यञ्चौ चरतः सह (य. 20|25) = जहाँ ब्राह्मबल और क्षात्रसामर्थ्य समान गतिवाले होकर एक साथ विचरते हैं | क्षत्रिय में केवल क्षात्रबल है किन्तु ब्राह्मण में ब्राह्मण तथा क्षात्रबल दोनों हैं | यही ब्राह्मण का उत्कर्ष है | क्षात्रबलविहीन ब्राह्मण सचमुच हीन है, वह पूर्ण ब्राह्मण नहीं है | जिस राष्ट्र का नेता वेदानुकूल होगा, सचमुच उसका क्षात्रतेज अजर=अक्षीण=अहीन ही रहेगा |

राष्त्र को संगठित रखना, तथा राष्ट्र के ओज वीर्य्य आदि की रक्षा करना पुरोहित का काम है –

समहमेषां राष्ट्रं स्यामि समोजो वीर्यं बलम् मैं इनके राष्ट्र को तथा ओज, बल, वीर्य्य को एक सूत्र में पिरो के रखता हूँ | नेता को चाहिए कि समूचे राष्ट्र के सामने एक महान उद्देष्य रखे | इससे राष्ट्र में एकता बनी रहती है | इस एकता के रहने से ही पुरोहित कह सकेगा एषां राष्ट्रं सुवीरं वर्धयामि (अ. 3|18|5) मैं इनके राष्ट्र को सुवीर बनाकर बढ़ाता हूँ |

जिस प्रकार के शिक्षक होंगे, वैसे ही शिष्य होंगे | यदि शिक्षक हीनवीर्य्य, हतोत्साह होंगे तो राष्ट्र में उत्साह-बलादि का अभाव रहेगा | वैदिक पुरोहित तो कहता है ‍

तीक्ष्णीयांसः परशोरग्नेस्तीक्ष्णतरा उत |
इन्द्रस्य वज्रात् तीक्ष्णीयांसो येषामस्मि पुरोहितः || अ.3|19|4

उनके हथियार कुठार से तीक्ष्णतर और आग से भी अधिक तीक्ष्ण हैं, इन्द्र के वज्र=बिजली से भी तेज हैं जिनका मैं पुरोहित हूँ | उग्र पुरोहित के शिष्य सभी प्रकार से उग्र होंगे, अतः राष्ट्र की उन्नति चाहने वालों को उग्र पुरोहित उत्पन्न करने चाहिए |

स्वामी वेदानन्द तीर्थ सरस्वती

Wealth And National Spirit

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Old note written on Deepawali 2009
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Wealth & National Spirit
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I WANT WEALTH BECAUSE MY NATION WANTS IT FOR GROWTH
I WANT WEALTH BECAUSE MY CULTURE INSPIRES GROWTH

People say that concept of Nation in South Asia is pretty new, not older than 400 to 500 years. Before that it was area divided in small Kingdoms maintained by Kings and fighting with neighbors to expand their kingdom.

And countries like INDIA? It is just 60 years old country! They have long way to go before they are called developed Nation.

I certainly defer to this point after reading Shri Suktam’s shlok number 7. It is right that Modern concept of India as republic Nation came into existence for last 60 years but ONE NATION FOR ONE CULTURE is thousands of years old thought process in this culture. Of course, Shri Suktam is not the only evident which certify, that concept of one Nation is not new to my Countrymen. It is special thought sung since thousands of years. There are numerous such verses in Atharva Ved, which explains one Nation theory and benefits of it but due to our inability to decipher message written in Sanskrit, we accept what is taught to us by history written by colonial influenced historians.

In context of wealth, life and Economics, Sages when utter “Give me wealth because I am born on this great land” has significance in terms of progress provided by this land to her citizens. It explains connection between National Spirit and wealth management. I can be very sure for asking something when I have full faith. Here, Author has full faith in motherland and her strengths to make his life happy. It shows importance of National Spirit.

76 years ago, when United States of America was shaken by great economic depression, then president, Franklin Delano Roosevelt took his campaign for the presidency by putting this words in speech: “Faith in America, faith in our tradition of personal responsibility, faith in our institutions, and faith in ourselves demands that we all recognize the new terms of the old social contract.” And 75 years later, president elect , Barack Obama called for the same Faith! Faith in Nation, Faith in Values! Both the presidents in bad economic conditions, asked for re-appraisal of values. (USA is a strong nation in current time and I want to show that even Strong Nation in Bad condition calls for basic value system reforms)

Shri Suktam in this shlok suggests the same appraisal of values and faith in them. I am born on this great land which has all possibilities and I must gain wealth for pride of the nation. Since last 2000 to 5000 years, we have seen a dangerous erosion of the rules and principles that have allowed our market to work and our economy to thrive (And management like Satyam to fraud). Instead of thinking about what’s good for INDIA or what’s good for business, a mentality has crept into certain corners of New Delhi (or Mumbai or any corporate house) and the business world that says, “What’s good for me is good enough.” And there where Economy fails to sustain after certain level of growth. (American president Obama has already made this point in his speech many times.)

Remember one thing here, you are not the only living entity on this planet and one cannot survive without healthy environment – be it virus or human. Self-centered earnings at one point become poison and falls like a card castle.

Sadly, even after 60+ years of reestablished as a nation, we lack National Spirit. Not only in our day to day life but also in our greatest dream, there is no trace of National Spirit. And with such spirit, it is not only difficult but is impossible to become developed nation. You and I will die living for 50 years but our coming generation will surely curse us for demolition of value systems.

FRIENDS

Devasakha is used for Kuber( Friend of God Shiva). Kuber is known for his unlimited wealth. So that means, Shri Suktam asks for making wealthy friends! No, not at all. By word ‘Devsakha’, author wants to become friend of God. Friendship is a relation between souls having common characteristics. You cannot be my true friend if we don’t have common purpose, common way of living and enjoying life so when author asks God’s friendship, he suggests acquiring God like characteristics so that eternal relation with God can establish. If you want to be friend of Kuber, earn like him, manage wealth like him and give like him.

Learnings:

National spirit drives the Economy and not individual-centric efforts.
Friendship is the relation having common purpose and selfless love. To become friend of the best in Society, I need to become the best.
One Nation – One Planet; No wars – No Conflict.

भारत राष्ट्र – एक अमर संकल्पना

When we think of the Bharatiya Nationhood, it at once appears to be unique and distinctive in its essence and form from the concepts of other peoples on the globe. All other nations are more like flies on the wheel of Time or the cycle of ‘life and death’ but not Bharat.

भारत - महाभारत
भारत – महाभारत

 

All nations’ of the world have all been, very much like human beings subject to the law of birth, life and death. No nation is known so far to have escaped this law of nature except one and that is Bharat. In spite of ceaseless efforts to discover the secret, the birth and the beginning of Bharat have defied all the great research scholars. Cast a glance around and ask if there is in existence any nation elder or older than Bharat.

 

Bharat is the oldest nation born and yet alive on the surface of this globe. A large number of younger nations appeared on the horizon, shone for a while like meteors and disappeared for ever in the oblivion. The records of their civilisations are now the histories of short-lived nations.

 

  • Where is that Greece of the omniscient Aristotle, and his worthy disciple Plato who gave science and philosophy to Europe?
  • What happened to the Greek nation whose two proud heroes Philip and Alexander claimed to have conquered the world declaring impudently that they only were born to rule and the rest of humanity to serve them as slaves?
  • What is the fate of that Rome of Caesar which once infused self-confidence in Europe and conferred on it the famous laws?
  • Where are also those other Christian nations of old times which under the plea of saving the humanity and in the name of non-violence ran rivers of human blood on earth?

 

The truth is all those have been swept off; and now purely materialistic nations nurtured on the principles of Capitalism and Communism have arisen in places of the old ones, The Russia of Zar is no more. It has been metamorphosed into a completely new State. There is China our neighbour. She has lived almost as long as ourselves. But the China of old was Buddhist till yesterday. The spirit of the Buddhist China was a gift of Bharat. Having accepted Communism as her ideology, the Chinese Nation has undergone a total conversion. It will have to be admitted without any reservation that as much a new nation has sprung up in China as the old one has been buried.

 

It is on this account and in this sense we affirm that all the old nations of the world have disappeared from the surface of the earth. Only Bharat has survived defying death or change.

 

It may be asked what is the meaning of births and deaths, the rise and fall of nations? For in cases of all those nations which have disappeared and died, are not the lands, the seas, the people still existing?

 

Does not the humanity inhabiting those various> territories on earth inherit the blood of their forefathers? Why and how can it then be said that a nation is dead or that a new one is born? An individual has his individuality. A nation has its national spirit and character. It is called its ‘अस्मिता’, the essence or the spirit. It is the particular characteristics which distinguish one thing from the other and their consciousness that is called the ‘अस्मिता’ the soul of a thing. ‘अस्मिता’ is a quality of only a sentient being which has consciousness and knowledge. The nature of the soul and spirit of one nation which distinguishes it from other nations is then the ‘अस्मिता’, as the essence of its nationhood. There must be a common current running in every individual of the national society. It is in the existence, affirmation and manifestation of this ‘अस्मिता’, that a people rise to full nationhood.

 

It is only the community of people throbbing with the sense, sentiments and the spirit of oneness which deserves to be called a nation.  When such a community or the people living in a distinct piece of land abandons their distinguishing consciousness of the spirit of unity and oneness, ‘अस्मिता’, then indeed the nation is said to have committed its suicide. It soon dies and disappears.

 

After such a forsaking of the spirit, when the people adopt new forms and formulas of life then the  nation is said to have been converted or changed. It may be that such a transformation of a nation may lend it a newer spirit and splendor a while. Such a nation may accelerate its progress. But that does not refute the fact that the old is dead. When it is said that the European nations from the days of the Greek history to the Zardorn have died, our meaning is clear. It is in this sense that we claim Bharat which had to face many a death-struggles, has survived with its spirit and soul unchanged.

 

The soul and spirit of the Bharatiya people today are exactly what they have been through thousands of years past (However small in number, spirit is alive!). It is in the same unbroken spirit and thought that the people of Bharat are continuing their course of life. For instance, the regard and sentiments which the ‘Cow’ inspired in the people of Bharat in the days of Atharva Veda, and then in the days of Mahabharat, milleniums of years back, persist to this day in this middle of the 21st century. If the President is to be considered as the true representative of the people of a nation, then it is apparent that the President of Bharat, who carries in his heart the same high regard and reverence for the sacredness of the ‘Cow’, as, the Rishis of the old times or the kings and common people of the Mahabharat days, represents the sentiments of the people. It is an indication that the nation is unchanged.(If he has no reverence for Cow and promoting slaughter, throw him out of office!)

 

Rama and Krishna worshipped the river Ganga. That very sentiment persists in the Hindu society of the present times. In other nations the relics of history become show pieces in their museums. But in India today, the whole society carries in its thoughts and actions all those sentiments and feelings with which the ancient forefathers were inspired thousands of years back. There is nothing like a relic or a forsaken idea in India. Even narrow minds and parochial personalities who get themselves encased in their territorial  or provincial prides and prejudices have unreservedly admitted that the spirit of Bharatiya nationhood has persisted since the prehistoric ages right up to the present times in an unchanged unbroken form and current. This persistence of the essence of Bharatiya nationhood which is a miracle according to some is a patent fact. It is for this reason that we consider our past to be worthy of becoming a sure and unshakable foundation for the future. It is the firm conviction of our gifted prophets that the Providence has bequeathed this national heritage to the people of Bharat for the saving of humanity.

 

Imbued with this belief an individual born in this land identifies himself with every particle on the surface of the earth. It is this spiritual identification with the Universe, a psychic consciousness of oneness that is the essence of our nationhood. The spirit which the word ‘Arya’ inspired the Aryas of the Vedic age to carry the message, and the mission of ‘Aryanising the humanity’ (civilising the universe), also continues to enthuse our great thinkers and heroes of today.

 

–    बालशाश्त्री हरदास (Savarkar’s associate)

 

अस्मिता is profound Sanskrit word which cannot be translated to any other language. When word ‘अस्मिता’ is led by word ‘राष्ट्रिय’, it becomes sparkling source of living energy. It is a common current running in every individual of Nation society. It conveys that society has faith in land, pride for their legacy and confidence to progress ahead with very same cultural base. It is proof of immortal  Nation ‘भारत’.

 

If you don’t have ‘राष्ट्रीय अस्मिता’, you probably cannot connect yourself with I-ness of Nation. You fail to associate your identity with National identity. Bunch of individuals, without ‘राष्ट्रीय अस्मिता’, is not Nation.

 

Nurture राष्ट्रीय अस्मिता, in you, in your family, in your society, in your friends, in your colleague. Demonstrate. Exhibit your own example.

 

To Nurture राष्ट्रीय अस्मिता, study and put Vedic Culture in action, in your life. Demonstrate!

 

May Bharat live forever. May we thrive hard to expect & emerge return of super-heroes. May we live like micro-version of these super-heroes who kept भारतीय अस्मिता alive since time immemorial.

 

Return of तिलक, बाल गंगाधर तिलक.

Return of स्वामी, स्वामी रामदास.

Return of राम, परशुराम.

Return of वीर, वीर शिवाजी.

Return of गुरु, गुरु नानक.

Return of नेता, नेताजी सुभासचंद्र.

Return of आचार्य, आचार्य चाणक्य.

 

वंदे मातरम| अस्तु|

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