Friday, January 29, 2010

Sri Aurobindo calling

[The Pioneer: God cannot be jailed, Rakesh Sinha, Saturday, November 22, 2008 
Sri Aurobindo distinctly defined the contours of Indian culture and nationalism… Aurobindo gave an unambiguous message to internal and external forces beyond the limits of time… His life story is one of continual growth up the ladder of ideological leadership of the evolving nationalism of 20th century India. Subash Chandra Bose considered him a pillar of the nationalist discourse in India. Dr K B Hedgewar , the founder of the RSS, went Pondicherry before the Nagpur session of the Congress in 1920 to convince him to rejoin politics. But he refused because after the Alipore case, he became convinced India's spiritual path is the true path.
Deshabandhu Chitaranjan Das, the famous barrister who represented him in the Alipore Bomb case, said that Aurobindo's voice should not go unheard even by the British.
We should take this opportunity to highlight one important phenomenon, which was concentrated mostly in pre-Independence Bengal, viz. the shift of a large majority of revolutionaries -- particularly from the Anushilan Samiti circuit -- from Nationalism to the Communist movement… 
The fledgling RSS, founded by an Anushilan Samiti disappointee, Dr. K.B. Hedgewar, renounced politics and preferred work in the sphere of culture, social self-organization and "character building"… POSTED BY KOENRAAD ELST AT 2:03 PM8:08 PM, 9:25 AM ] 
Keshav Baliram Hedgewar drew upon influences from social and spiritual Hindu reformers such as Swami Vivekananda and Aurobindo to develop the core philosophy of the RSS. After being sent to Kolkota to pursue a degree in medicine, Hedgewar was drawn into the influence of secret revolutionary organisations like the Anushilan Samiti and Jugantar in Bengal.] 
[Pranab Da's Bengal division - Tarun Vijay 28 Aug 2009
Dr Syama Prasad Mookerjee was an ardent devotee of Sri Aurobindo and hence had unflinching faith in the necessity of a united 
India. Tarun Vijay - Why India needs the BJP?]
Narendra had almost no formal education though, later, when he joined the National College under Sri Aurobindo and attended some courses at the Bengal Technical Institute, he obtained brilliant results… In 1903, on meeting Sri Aurobindo at Yogendra Vidyabhushan's place, Jatin decides to collaborate with him and is said to have added to his programme the clause of winning over the Indian soldiers of the British regiments in favour of an insurrection.] 
Acharya Narendra Deva says in Bauddha Dharma Aur Darshana (in Hindi, Patna, 1956), p. 62, that he was specifically influenced by the articles of Sri Aurobindo in the Bande MataramThe Political Philosophy of Sri Aurobindo - Google Books Result by V. P. Varma - 1990 - Philosophy - 494 pages
Acharya Narendra Deva (1889-1956) was one of the leading theorists of the Congress Socialist Party in India. His democratic socialism renounced violent means as a matter of principle, and embraced the satyagraha as a revolutionary tactic.
Deva was first drawn to nationalism around 1915 under the influence of B G Tilak and Aurobindo Ghosh. As a teacher he became interested in Marxism and Buddhism. 9:10 AM]
[Against common Muslim opinion of the time, Azad opposed the partition of Bengal in 1905 and became increasingly active in revolutionary activities, to which he was introduced by the prominent Hindu revolutionaries Sri Aurobindo and Shyam Sundar Chakravarthy. Azad initially evoked surprise from other revolutionaries, but Azad won their praise and confidence by working secretly to organise revolutionaries activities and meetings in BengalBihar and Mumbai (then Bombay). Abul Kalam Azad - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia]
[This work explores how the philosophy of life of Netaji Subhas was influenced by the Indian ethos determined by Yogi Sri Aurobindo's "Terrorism", Poet Tagore's "Universalism", and Mahatma Gandhi's "Experimental Non-violence". It is aimed at those who are interested to know the ideological basis of India's struggle for independence. Netaji Subhas Confronted the Indian Ethos 1900-1921 by Adwaita P. Ganguly]

Jatindranath Mukherjee, M.N. Roy, Acharya Narendra Deva, Dr. K B Hedgewar, Dr. Syama Prasad Mookerjee, Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose, and Maulana Abul Kalam Azad: a galaxy of front ranking patriots spanning the whole gamut of political spectrum have acknowledged their debt to Sri Aurobindo. There is no reason why the same elevating sentiments cannot be recreated in our time and a genuine nationalist revolution played out. [TNM]

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