talk of patriotism. I believe in patriotism, and I also have my own ideal of
patriotism. Three things are necessary for great achievements :
First, feel from the heart.
What is in the intellect or reason? It goes a few steps and there it stops.
But through the heart comes inspiration.
Love opens the most impossible gates; love is the gate to
all the secrets in the universe. Feel, therefore, my would-be reformers, my
would-be patriots! Do you feel? Do you feel that the millions and millions
of the descendants of gods and of sages have become next-door neighbours to
brutes? Do you feel that millions have been starving today, and millions
have been starving for ages? Do you feel that ignorance has come over the
land as a dark crowd? Does it make you restless? Does it make you sleepless?
Has it gone over your blood, coursing through your veins, becoming
consonanant with your heart-beats? Has it made you almost mad? Are you
seized with the one idea of misery and ruin, and have you forgotten all
about your name, your fame, your wives, your children, your property, even
your own bodies? Have you done that? This is the first step to become a
patriot, the very first step.......
You may feel, then; but instead of spending your
energies on frothy talk, have you found any way out, any
practical solution, some help instead of condemnation, some sweet
words to soothe their miseries, to bring them out of this living death?
Yet that is not all.
Have you got the will
to surmount mountain high obstructions?
If the whole world stands against you sword in hand, would
you still dare to do what you think is right? If your wife and children are
against you, if all your money goes, your name dies, your wealth vanishes,
would you still stick to it? Would you still pursue it and go on steadily
towards your own goal? As the great King Bhartehari says (Niti-sataka, verse
Nindantu nitinpunah yadi va stuvantu
Laksmih samavisatu gacchatu va yathestam;
Adyaiva va maranamastu yugantare va
Nyayyat pathat pravicalanti padam na dhirah-
"Let the sages blame or let them praise;
let the goddess of fortune come or let her go wherever she likes;
let death come today, or let it come after millions of years;
he indeed is the steady man who does not move one inch from the way of
Have you got that steadfastness?
If you have these three things, each one of you will