Soon after Sri Aurobindo was released from his one-year incarceration he gave what was at that time and still remains an epochal speech – famous as the Utarrpara speech. In that speech, Sri Aurobindo laid out his plan both the spiritual and the political.
The impact of the words he uttered on that day had an extraordinary effect on all those who heard him. People threw flowers and jasmine garlands and a huge heap of these flowers fell all around the table and the dais. Sri Aurobindo as was his habit walked away leaving the pile of garlands as is. People jumped on stage to pick up garlands that had touched the body of Sri Aurobindo as a token of the divinity and pregnant import of that moment...
What he said that day is particularly relevant in today’s troubled times when the Gov’t we reposed faith in has done precious little to further the cause of the Hindus and you have Christian pastors asking people to vote against the “FORCES OF NATIONALISM.” and deracinated “Din I ILahi’s” (borrowed from Sri Rohit Arya) poking fun at women who sacrificed their lives to protect their and their family’s honour…
We are the descendants of those who performed Tapasya and underwent unheard-of austerities for the sake of spiritual gain… We are the children of those MOTHERS WHO ASCENDED WITH A SMILE THE FUNERAL PYRE that they may follow their husbands to another world.
When you go forth, speak to your nation always this word, that it is for the SANATANA DHARMA that they arise, it is for the world and not for themselves that they arise. I am giving them freedom for the service of the world. When therefore it is said that India shall rise, it is the Sanatan Dharma that shall be great. When it is said that India shall expand and extend herself, it is the Sanatan Dharma that shall expand and extend itself over the world. It is for the Dharma and by the Dharma that India exists. TO MAGNIFY THE RELIGION MEANS TO MAGNIFY THE COUNTRY.
What is this religion which we call Sanatan, eternal ? It is the Hindu religion only because the Hindu nation has kept it, because in this Peninsula it grew up in the seclusion of the sea and the Himalayas…
That which we call the Hindu religion is really the eternal religion, because it is the universal religion which embraces all others. If a religion is not universal, it cannot be eternal. A narrow religion, a sectarian religion, an exclusive religion can live only for a limited time and a limited purpose. This is the one religion that can triumph over materialism by including and anticipating the discoveries of science and the speculations of philosophy. It is the one religion which impresses on mankind the closeness of God to us and embraces in its compass all the possible means by which man can approach God.
It is the one religion which insists every moment on the truth which all religions acknowledge that He is in all men and all things and that in Him we move and have our being. It is the one religion which enables us not only to understand and believe this truth but to realise it with every part of our being. It is the one religion which shows the world what the world is, that it is the Lila of Vasudeva.
It is the one religion which shows us how we can best play our part in that Lila, its subtlest laws and its noblest rules. It is the one religion which does not separate life in any smallest detail from religion, which knows what immortality is and has utterly removed from us the reality of death.
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