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Monday, March 27, 2006

 

A sentinel in the vedantic tradition By Ashok Singhal

Shri Guruji was one of the greatest spiritual personalities that Bharat witnessed in the last century. I remember one incident that left a lasting impression on my life. It was 1951. Shri Guruji had come to Prayag and stayed at my parental home. He had to participate in a function in Anglo Bengali College. Our Prant Sanghachalak Barrister Saheb had also come to attend the function. At that time, I was a Sangh Pracharak at Kashi. I was assigned the task of taking Shri Guruji to the College and to bring him back. When we came back from the function, Barrister Saheb said, “Ashokji you drove the car very slowly.” Shri Guruji said: “But he dropped us at the venue in time.” He also said that if he himself had driven the car there must have been an accident. Then he narrated an incident of his life when he used to study in Kashi. He used to frequent the Kashi Vishwanath temple for having darshan of Lord Vishwanath. He said that while cycling, he would often lose sight. Once, his bicycle got entangled between the legs of the horse of a tanga. “There was crowd all around. People started shouting 'can't you see. Are you blind?' Some of them also passed unhealthy remarks. The fact is that I stopped visualising anything. Finally, people brought me out.” And Shri Guruji said at least Ashok did not meet with any accident. Barrister Saheb also said whenever he went on a long drive he also stopped seeing anything. Shri Guruji said it is tandra (lassitude), but what he was referring to is not tandra. I thought if a person stops seeing anything even when his eyes are open, it is the state of samadhi. It was a unique thing for me. Every swayamsevak knows that Shri Guruji was a spiritual personality. But the fact that his spiritual achievements had started getting reflected since his adolescence is not known. Certainly, it was due to the samskars of his past life. Perhaps he had narrated this incident, only to help me in deciding the goal of my life. It left a very deep and lasting impression in my heart. “There was crowd all around. People started shouting 'can't you see? Are you blind?' Some of them also passed some unhealthy remarks. The fact is that I stopped visualising anything. Finally, people brought me out.” And then Shri Guruji said at least Ashok did not meet with any accident. Barrister Saheb also said whenever he went on a long drive he also stopped seeing anything. Shri Guruji said it was tandra (lassitude), but what he was referring to was not tandra. Bharatmata existed in the heart of Shri Guruji like the real Mother Bhagwati and any onslaught on her was deeply felt by him immediately. He had the unique ability of foreseeing the coming dangers. At the time when the whole country was chanting the slogan of Hindi Chini bhai-bhai, Shri Guruji came out with a surprising revelation that China had illegally established control over a large portion of NEFA, now known as Arunachal Pradesh and Aksai Chin. The country got this news for the first time from Shri Guruji. It was only after this that the government got alerted and Pandit Nehru had no reply in Parliament. Similarly, when Dr Syama Prasad Mookerjee declared satyagrah for Kashmir in 1953, Shri Guruji wrote a letter to him suggesting not to go to Kashmir. And if he went there he might not come back. But Vasant Rao Oakji thought that it would adversely affect the movement and did not deliver that letter to him. But what Shri Guruji predicted came true and Dr Mookerjee did not return. In 1965 after the war with Pakistan, the then Prime Minister Shri Lal Bahadur Shastri decided to go to Tashkent (Russia) for talks with Pakistan. At that time, while speaking at a public meeting in Kanpur, Shri Guruji advised him not to go to Tashkent. If he went there, he would not come back. This revelation also proved true and only the dead body of Shastriji came back from Tashkent. Recently, leading journalist Shri Bhanupratap Shukla in one of his articles mentioned about the last speech of Shri Guruji, which he had delivered during his last visit to Lucknow. In that speech, he categorically said that the work of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) is not only to organise Hindus, but it is a medium for self-realisation (atmasak-shatkar) and the realisation or sakshatkar of Bharatmata. The Sangh work takes us to that height. Shri Guruji attained this atmasakshatkar even before joining the Sangh. Shri Guruji realised this atmatatva everywhere and also Bharatmata as Maa Bhagwati. He clearly emphasised this message in his speech in Lucknow so that the swayamsevaks could understand the deep meaning and mission of RSS and its sadhana. I thought if a person stops seeing anything even when his eyes are open, it is the state of samadhi. It was a unique thing for me. Every swayamsevak knows that Shri Guruji was a spiritual personality. On February 24, 2006, when his birth-centenary celebrations began in Nagpur, Mata Amritanandamayi addressed the members of the Pratinidhi Sabha. She delivered an important message. She said a wall is not constructed merely by keeping bricks one on the other. Cement is needed between the bricks. And this cement has to be of adhyatma (spirituality). The wall that does not have the cement of adhyamta would collapse at any time. Perhaps, Shri Guruji had tried to explain that if our work did not have the cementing force of spirituality and if we did not see this tatva in the service and worship of Bharatmata, there was a possibility of degeneration. That’s why he emphasised on sadhana. I asked a senior Sanghachalak what difference did he feel in our work during the last 30 years? He while narrating his experience said: “Earlier the Sangh work was sadhnatmak, and now it appears pradarshanatmak (demonstrative).” He in fact indicated the direction to which our work should proceed. Today, when the whole Hindu society is faced with so many dangers, I feel that collective sadhana alone is the strongest method to bring the Hindus out of this grave situation. What is this sadhana? The atmatatva exists in every human being. Its realisation is called adhyatma. The way and the method one adopts to achieve the goal of self-realisation, is called dharma. Today, in the name of modern civilisation, we see a blind race to have unlimited control over the material resources. We Hindus rejecting our great values are imitating the West. But all these are ephemeral factors and cannot work as a cementing force to create a strong Hindu nation. Therefore, when we say that our work is sadhnatmak or our's is a dedicated life for dharma, self-realisation is a must. Shri Gurujji used to ask: “Do we want to create a political Hindu or a ceremonial Hindu or a spiritual Hindu?” A saint defined the word Hindu as H stands for humanity, I for individuality, N for nationality, D for divinity and U for unity. When we feel and realise the same ekatmatatva in individuals, in the nation and in the humanity, this integration leads us to the purity of heart and this purity leads us to divinity. Whenever we are taken away by our passions, this purity is lost and our hold on divinity is also lost. Therefore, Shri Guruji had emphasised on controlling our passions, to realise the atmatatva within us, and to realise Maa Bhagwati in Her spiritual form. When the whole world is running after materialistic life, we Hindus have a far greater mission—the mission of realisation of spiritual Bharat. The wall that does not have the cement of adhyamta would collapse any time. Perhaps, Shri Guruji had tried to explain that if our work did not have the cementing force of spirituality and if we did not see this tatva in the service and worship of Bharatmata, there was a possibility of degeneration. In this year of Pujya Shri Guruji’s birth centenary, let us recollect the life and spiritual mission of Shri Guruji everyday and practise the renunciation of what is mundane and meditate on the immortal self and continue our sadhana as a swayamsevak and achieve our goal of establishing Bharatmata as jagatmata. (The author is president of Vishwa Hindu Parishad and the article is based on a conversation.)

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