Originally published in Mother India, August 1949, this essay, approved by Sri Aurobindo, deepens the current discourse on our essential national identity and its expressions.
In this 2-part article, the author highlights what makes India’s nation-soul different from that of Europe. Using insights from Swami Vivekananda and Sri Aurobindo, the author emphasizes that it is this essential temperament of Indian nation which gives her a unique mission for the world and humanity.
In this part, the author emphasises that the ancient soul of the nation still lives, despite all the outer evidence that may seem contradictory to our surface view. And it is because of this that India not only survives but is confidently thriving and giving new forms to her eternal soul.
The author elucidates how the three epithets – “a prophet of nationalism, a poet of patriotism and a lover of humanity” fit Sri Aurobindo’s personality.
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The Mother traces the differentiation between masculine and feminine genders to the way the primordial cause of creation of the universe has been explained in many ancient traditions. She adds that both men and women are in several ways enslaved to each other. And to deal with the problem of superiority and inferiority, one must must free oneself from all the inner enslavement and treat both the genders with perfect equality.
Read how Sri Aurobindo, the poet par excellence, expresses the exemplary strength, patriotism and valour of Baji Prabhou Deshpande by invoking different rasas.
The author reminds us that Sri Aurobindo, Swami Vivekananda and Shivaji, all three of them worked for the nation in the spirit of the yoga of the Bhagavad Gita.