In our ongoing series – Streams of Sadhana, we turn our attention to collective yoga this time – Yoga of the Indian Nation. India today is politically free. But is she also on her way to rediscover her unique temperament, her true role and mission? Are we as a people working toward a true Indian renaissance that is grounded in India’s eternal spirit and truths? The current issue explores some of these questions and more.
This writing from Karmayogin speaks perfectly of the deeper nationalism which is compatible with the eternal Indian spirit. What was true for the Indian freedom movement remains valid today, in the sense that similar level of tapasya, pursuit of wisdom and invocation of shakti is demanded for building a future India that is true to her inner genius.
These passages highlight some of Sri Aurobindo’s insights on the true nature of Indian nation towards which we must aspire and work. The specific focus is on the point that the idea of unity in diversity is inherent in the very nature of Indian idea of nation. We also get important hints in these passages on the Hindu spirit of Indian nationalism, a topic that is very timely and significant for today’s and tomorrow’s India.
How is Sri Aurobindo’s spiritual nationalism which invokes the highest ideals of Sanatana Dharma different from a narrow and exclusive religious nationalism?
In this part, the author briefly underlines the history of secularism in Europe and investigates its inappropriateness in the Indian context.
Written by Vijay Poddar as his second quarterly test answer in the 1st year of Higher Course at SAICE, this was published in Mother India, 15 August 1962.
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