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5 thoughts on “SingaSpeaks – Roar 14”
My respectful pranam to you and to Satyalokanandaji.
Revered Satyalokanandaji Maharaj is doing exemplary work indeed.
Thanks for sharing this wonderful news!
With respectful pranam,
||Aum Sri Ramakrishna sharanam||
Yes, you are right…His visiting Japan, home country, once a year brings many Japanese families together to listen about Vedanta. That’s why I asked him to give a write-up on his trip and how well the ideas of Vedanta is appreciated. I have conveyed your pranam to him.
Love, best wishes and prayers
Swami Vivekananda too had a lot of good to say about Japan even a century back.
He more than wished why his motherland – which is also my motherland – could not be and do the same.
If and only if we understood his pain even a wee bit…
||Aum Sri Ramakrishna sharanam||
Yes, Swamiji had high praise for the Japanese. He says, “The Japanese seem now to have fully awakened themselves to the necessity of the present times.“. About the industrial progress, he observed, “The match factories are simply a sight to see, and they are bent upon making everything they want in their own country.“. He felt extremely sad that we Indians are not rising to the occasion. Contrasting the rapid progress of Japan with the situation back in India, he urged his countrymen – the “offspring of centuries of superstition and tyranny” – to come out of their narrow holes and have a look abroad“.
Yet, in his inimitable style, on his return to India in February 1897, when he was asked by a correspondent from The Hindu, “Is it your wish that India should become like Japan?“, Swamiji‘s response was unequivocal – “Decidedly not“, he said, “India should continue to be what she is. How could India ever become like Japan or any nation for the matter of that? In each nation, as in music, there is a main note, a central theme, upon which all others turn. Each nation has a theme: everything else is secondary. India’s theme is religion. Social reform and everything else are secondary. Therefore India cannot be like Japan. It is said that when ‘the heart breaks’, then the flow of thought comes. India’s heart must break, and the flow of spirituality will come out. India is India!”
But haven’t we read and understood for so many times that in a mixture of sand and sugar, we should leave out the sand and pick only the sugar and it’s only more beautiful if we preserve what we have as our spiritual riches and pick the ones that are good in others. Maybe not A to Z with Japan but all the good things because everything has its flaws no doubt…. there is good and bad in everything.
A colleague of mine said the same too one day. He said “India is one big spiritual kingdom, don’t expect too much out of the other forms”
But my opinion was if you did a careful anatomy of our religion or a heuristic evaluation even, it is nothing but modern science. Only our ignorance has veiled it.
Btw, the English language in your message is made more beautiful by the combination of the duo.