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MOTHER AND MOTHERLAND

“Kuputro jaayeta kavachidapi kumaataa na bhavati” – “A wicked son may be born but never a wicked mother”—says Adi Shankaracharya. Mother is always merciful. She is benign even to her most wicked son. 

Devotion to the Supreme Impersonal is well neigh impossible. But, when we conceive it in the form of the Mother, our relation to it becomes the sweetest. Our realization of it is very easily achieved by Her Grace. The Satchidananda Brahman comes down in the form of Mahasahkthi to lift us up to the empyrean. 

Kuputro jaayeta kavachidapi kumaataa na bhavati”

What a bliss it is when She lives in the human form in our midst! She is Mayi. Therefore, She is not ‘Seen’ by all those who see Her. Yet, Her Grace is for all, for, ultimately, every one of Her children are bound to realize Her in one birth or the other. Spiritual giants like Sri Sankara, Sri Ramakrishna and Ramprasad clung to Her like little children, to get their inner eyes opened to the Vision of truth – TATTVA DARSANA. Through their vision, TATTVA DARSANA strives to present a glimpse of the Mother to Her children everywhere. 

Worship of the Divine Mother finds its concrete manifestation in the worship of the Motherland and in the service of Her children. The dedication and sacrifice of the brave heroes and martyrs of our Freedom Struggle were not mere political acts for power and material gains. The highest sentiment of their patriotism sprung from their Vision of the Mother in the form of the Motherland. Rishi Bankim, Swami Vivekananda, Sri Aurobindo, Sisiter Nivedita, Viajya Krishna Goswami, Satyadev Maharj, Motilal Roy, Mahakavi Bharati, Veer Savarkar, Lala Har Dayal, Subramania Siva, Netaji Subhas, Dr. Hedgewar and the countless other pioneers and heroes of the Freedom Movement were all worshippers of the Mother. They propounded the philosophy of Spiritual Nationalism, which has its roots in the Vedas. During the Freedom Struggle, they opened the eyes of the people to the Vision of the Mother in the Motherland. Akshaya Triteeya, the day of the worship of the Mother, became once again the day of Desamatrika Pooja – Worship of the Motherland. Har Dayal envisaged the formation of a Desabhakta Samaj and Sri Aurobindo, a Bhavani Manidr, as a movement of missionaries of patriotism. Subarmania Siva wanted to set up a Bharatha Mata Temple. 

Mother and Motherland are not different. The Akhanda Bharatavarsha is identical to Sri Chakra, the symbol of the Mother. From Kanyakumari to Ksheer Bhavani of Kashmir, all the Sakti temples are located exactly in the pattern of the fifty-one Sakti Peethas in the Sri Chakra. Sister Nivedita also points out: “Very few probably know the beautiful old map of Varaha Mihira (about A.D.550) in which India is represented as an eight-petalled lotus, where Panchala is the center, and Magadha, Kalinga, Avanta, Amarta, Sindhu, Harhama, Madra and Kulinda form the eight petals. India as the lotus, the lotus lying on the Ocean, or India as Uma practicing austerities to be the bride of Mahadeva – it is difficult, sometimes, to believe that our old poets did not directly and deliberately idealize their country!” 

Free India is today passing through a period of crisis. Three decades of our exercises with the imported, secular and materialistic political and social ideologies have let us down miserably and all right thinking people in the country have come to the realization that the only panacea for all the ills afflicting our nation lies in reviving our ancient ideal of Spiritual Nationalism. 

TATTVA DARSANA feels proud in presenting before Mother India’s children at home and abroad, in this Centenary year of Lala Har Dayal, Subramaina Siva and the Indian National Congress, and in this Year of the Youth, which has commenced on Vivekananda Jayanthi, its First Annual Number devoted to the theme of Spiritual Nationalism. Here, in these pages, we endeavour to present a few perspectives of the Creed of Patriotism, which manifested in the lives and thoughts of some of our great national heroes. It is our humble prayer to the Divine Mother to enable our younger generations to imbibe the spirit of patriotism rooted in the hoary cultural and spiritual values of the Eternal Bharatavarsha. 

Author: Professor Sadhu Rangarajan

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