India and the message:
Though we had seen the ‘news’ (God is in our land) without any reference to our land – India, it doesn’t mean that the message has no relevance to India. As Sri Paramahansa Yoganandaji puts it in his ‘Autobiography of a Yogi’, “Though India possesses a civilisation more ancient than that of any other country, few historians have noted that her feat of survival is by no means an accident, but a logical incident in the record of devotion to the eternal verities that India has offered through her best men in every generation. By sheer continuity of being, by intransitivity before the ages (can dusty scholars truly tell us how many?), India has given the worthiest answer of any people to the challenge of time.”
“The Biblical story of Abraham’s plea to the Lord that the city of Sodom be spared if ten righteous men were found therein, and the Divine reply: “I will not destroy it for ten’s sake,” gains new meaning in the light of India’s escape from oblivion. Gone are the empires of mighty nations, skilled in the arts of war, that once were India’s contemporaries: ancient Egypt, Babylonia, Greece, Rome.”
“The Lord’s answer clearly shows that a land lives, not in the material achievements, but in its masterpieces of men. …No nation that can produce ten men that are great in the eyes of the Unbribable Judge shall know extinction.”
“Heeding such persuasions, India has proved herself not witless against the thousand cunnings of time. Self realized masters in every century have hallowed her soil.”
The message God is in our land has indeed got a special significance to India, the land where the divine beings of love and wisdom dwell either physically or otherwise in all times to guide all other beings of the universe to the feet of one God. Even ordinary people are guided through their rays of love and knowledge. This layman’s work is the acknowledgement for the truth above. The one who had found God is God Himself. Indeed, it is right to say that ‘God is in our land’, as India has divine spots of different colors sprouting the blessings and presence of God-realised souls – to guide and balance the whole human race and other beings in the limitless ocean of time and space.
The following are a few of some world’s eminent personalities’ sayings:
“If I were asked under what sky the human mind has most fully developed some of its choicest gifts, has most deeply pondered on the greatest problems of life, and has found solutions, I should point to India.”
– Max Muller (German Scholar, 1823-1900)
“In religion, India is the only millionaire……the One land that all men desire to see, and having seen once, by even a glimpse, would not give that glimpse for all the shows of all the rest of the globe combined.”
– Mark Twain (American Author, 1835-1910)
“It is already becoming clear that a chapter which had a Western beginning will have to have an Indian ending if it is not to end in the self-destruction of the human race. At this supremely dangerous moment in history, the only way of salvation for mankind is the Indian Way.”
– Dr Arnold Toynbee (British Historian, 1889-1975)
“If there is one place on the face of this Earth where all the dreams of living men have found a home from the very earliest day when man began the dream of existence, it is India.”
– Romain Rolland (French Philosopher, 1886-1994)
“In India, I found a race of mortals living upon the Earth, but not adhering to it, inhabiting cities, but not being fixed to them, possessing everything, but possessed by nothing.”
– Apollonius Tyanaeus (Greek Traveler, 1st Century CE)
“India had the start of the whole world in the beginning of things. She had the first civilization; she had the first accumulation of material wealth; she was populous with deep thinkers and subtle intellects; she had mines, and woods, and a fruitful soul…So far as I am able to judge, nothing has been left undone, either by man or nature, to make India the most extraordinary country that the sun visits on his rounds. Nothing seems to have been forgotten, nothing overlooked.”
– Mark Twain
“At the close of this century, the world would be dominated by the West, but that in the 21st century “India will conquer her conquerors.”
– Dr. Arnold J. Toynbee (British Historian)
India would conquer the world – not through weapons but through love and brotherhood. India is here not to conquer the physical world. India is here to teach everyone how to conquer one’s own self.
The intention of this work is clear – to remind the godliness of all souls and to remind the beings here in my land of their opportunity and responsibility of recognizing and rejuvenating the nation’s sovereign culture and true religious ideologies for the betterment of all beings. It doesn’t mean that India is the only land where one can find God. Great souls are in every part of this world. But, here in India, the ultimatum of the human life is so apparent and lively through the strong influence of the divine vibrations throughout the nation. Everyone feels it in one way or the other. And these divine vibrations are for everyone beyond all differences, across the globe. Have we recognised the opportunity given? Are we making use of the opportunity? Either way, this work has the drive of making things better.
My suggestions, clarifications, arguments and critics are published separately under various titles such as ‘A bon voyage’, ‘Thus Spake India’ and ‘Glimpses of Light’.
They all support spirituality in general and India’s vitality in particular – not much difference between these two. Spirituality is India’s vitality.
They talk about the roles of individuals, society and political parties. The rulers, in addition to the governance of the nation, should also take necessary steps to protect our culture by the ways of checking entertainment media, ensuring quality education and bringing true secularism. The society – educational institutions and entertainment media in particular – has a major role in bringing our good old culture to life. The industrial establishments should do their business without causing environmental pollution and imbalance in nature. The individuals should be prepared to practice the high morals of our culture in their personal lives. It’s the rulers’ job to monitor and effect all the above through positive (offering honors and awards to the deserving, known as Dhana) and negative (punishing the law breakers, known as Dhanda) methods.
Patriotism is not only a matter of security or a matter in times of crisis. It should be present in preserving all matters of nation’s pride – her culture, religion and sanctity. Patriotism doesn’t get expressed in the dry egoistic celebrations in select days. It is well expressed through the obeisance of her vital principles in everyday life. As far as India is concerned, her vital principle is ‘freedom of soul’. An ideal patriot works for it. He stands for the Truth or the Self. He stands against all that fetters the Truth or the Self.
(Salutations to the Lotus Feet of the Supreme Indweller)