Sunday, 12 August 2007

SRI AUROBINDO message to Indians on Independence day of India, on 14th August 1947

Sri Aurobindo had been requested by the All India Radio, Trichinopoly, to give a message for India's independence. This is the message which was broadcast from the All India Radio on the 14th of August 1947. It is of special relevance and importance in this 60th year of India's independence.

Excepts from his speech
August 15th, 1947 is the birthday of free India. It marks for her the end of an old era, the beginning of a new age. But we can also make it by our life and acts as a free nation an important date in a new age opening for the whole world, for the political, social, cultural and spiritual future of humanity.

Unity must and will be achieved, for it is necessary for the greatness of India's future.

The unification is therefore to the interests of all, and only human imbecility and stupid selfishness can prevent it; but these cannot stand for ever against the necessity of Nature and the Divine Will. But an outward basis is not enough; there must grow up an international spirit and outlook, international forms and institutions must appear, perhaps such developments, as dual or multilateral citizenship, willed interchange or voluntary fusion of cultures.

India has her part to play and has begun to play it with an energy and ability which already indicate the measure of her possibilities and the place she can take in the council of the nations.

If this evolution is to take place, since it must proceed through a the initiative can come from India and, although the scope must be universal, the central movement mgrowth of the spirit and the inner consciousness,ay be hers.

Such is the content which I put into this date of India's liberation; whether or how far this hope will be justified depends upon the new and free India.

He said that nothing is dearer than Her service

There are times in a nation's history when Providence places before it one work, one aim, to which everything else, however high and noble in itself, has to be sacrificed. Such a time has now arrived for our Motherland when nothing is dearer than her service, when everything else is to be directed to that end. If you will study, study for her sake; train yourselves body and mind and soul for her sake. You will go abroad to foreign lands that you may bring back knowledge with which you may do service to her. Work that she may prosper. Suffer that she may rejoice. All is contained in that one single advice.

1 comment:

Sinpelo said...

"You will go abroad to foreign lands that you may bring back knowledge with which you may do service to her."

I think more knowledge can be taken to foreign lands from India than the other way around :o)

I recall a quote from Ghandi, when asked what he thought of Western Civilisation, he said: "I think it would be a very good idea"

Perhaps Indian travellers will return from England saying "They have something called a 'Balti' and they think it's Indian. Should we enlighten them or just let them burn their throats out in peace?"

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