Wednesday, June 16, 2010

100th anniversary of Sri Aurobindo’s Uttarpara Speech

Times of India Publications  -  15 Jun 2010 Special programme to honour Aurobindo TIMES NEWS NETWORK Bangalore:
For the first time, the state government will hold a special programme to commemorate the 100th anniversary of revolutionary-turned-philosopher Sri Aurobindo’s Uttarpara Speech delivered in 1909 in the suburbs of Calcutta.
We have formed a high level committee headed by chief minister B S Yeddyurappa to decide on the date and the features of the centenary celebration programme, home minister V S Acharya told reporters on Monday.
Acharya said Uttarpara Speech delivered by Aurobindo on
30th May, 1909 is his first public pronouncement after he was released from Alipore jail in connection with the bomb case. This speech is a valuable work for understanding Hinduism and Sanatan dharma as envisaged by Sri Aurobindo. 

मुझे स्मरण है जब भारत को राजनीतिक स्वतंत्रता प्राप्त हुई थी, महर्षि अरविन्द ने कहा था, हमें आज केवल राजनीतिक स्वतंत्रता प्राप्त हुई है, इस स्वतंत्रता के लिए हमें एक मंत्र प्राप्त हुआ था 'वन्देमातरम्', जिसने असंख्य बलिदान की प्रेरणा और स्फूर्ति हमें प्रदान की, किन्तु हम सांस्कृतिक दृष्टि से आज भी स्वाधीन नहीं है और इसके लिए हमें राजनीतिक स्वतंत्रता के लिए किए गए आन्दोलन से भी कहीं बड़ा आन्दोलन करना पड़ेगा। उन्होंने कहा था, यह आन्दोलन मुझे सम्पूर्ण भारत में ज्वार के सम उठता दिखाई दे रहा है, किन्तु इसका वह मंत्र मुझे सुनाई नहीं दे रहा है, जो इसे सांस्कृतिक स्वाधीनता प्राप्त कराने के लिए असंख्य बलिदान देने की प्रेरणा प्राप्त कराएगा।

These selections from Bande Mataram and Karmayogin reveal "how even politics can and has to be reoriented and imbued with spirituality". "Though written several decades ago ... they present thoughts which are still very relevant and provide guidelines to present-day politicians and statesmen." The editor hopes "this compilation will help in reforming our political system on the lines of Sri Aurobindo's thought and vision".

Selections from Sri Aurobindo's early political writings and speeches which mostly appeared in three journals he edited between 1906-1910: Bande MataramKarmayogin and Dharma. These are of striking contemporary relevance

The philospohy of the Vedanta was an integral vision of life. In its view no area of human activity, including politics, can be fully understood without an insight into the source and goal of life itself. Sri Aurobindo wrote "All political ideals must have relation to the temperament and past history of the race. The genius of India is separate from that of any other race." This book presents the "New Ideal" advocated by Sri Aurobindo ninety years ago. Though the roots of the ideal are ancient, it is of striking relevance to the problems of politics today. [Glimpses of Vedantism in Sri Aurobindo's political thoughtSamar Basu Glimpses of Vedantism in Sri Aurobindo's Political Thought.(Book Review): An article from: International Journal of Humanities and Peace Ananda Reddy

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