May 03, 2006

Get back to the top of the world...

McCauley - A British writer, historian and Parliamentarian, responsible for making the choice of Modern English Education for Indians stated in his speech of 1835 at British Parliament.

"I have traveled across the length and breadth of India and I have not seen one person who is a beggar, who is a thief. Such wealth I have seen in this country, such high moral values, people of such caliber, that I do not think we would ever conquer this country, unless we break the very backbone of this nation, which is her spiritual and cultural heritage, and, therefore, I propose that we replace her old and ancient education system, her culture, for if the Indians think that all that is foreign and English is good and reater than their own, they will lose their self-esteem, their native self-culture and they will become what we want them, a truly dominated nation".

-McCauley in his speech of Feb 2, 1835, British Parliament

The British were successful in their effort to break the backbone of our nation (spiritual & cutural heritage). So as Indians, what do we do now? Should we not strive to get back our strengths and compete with the world like a pro? How do we do it in the most acceptable manner?

While I was thinking deeply to answer the above questions, I came up with a possible solution. Here is something you should know before I proceed...

Swami Vivekananda: a powerful soul, an influential speaker, a great philosopher, a promising disciple, and an enthusiast who devoted his life to spread wisdom, and to realize the truth. His books, speeches, and teachings does not ever touch upon the subject of religion... His subject of teaching revolves around the capabilities of our mind, and induces the 'can-do' attitude among people. Yet, he is considered as a Hindu saint, and his books are read only by the devotional minds.

Why not include his books for reading in schools? ? ? They teach students moral values, and creates greater inspiration in them to excel in life. Lessons taught to the fresh minds in school make a whole lot of difference in their future endeavours. This is the first step to create great entrepreneurs, moral politicians, and scientists for the country. But the government neglects this in the name of secularism. For god sake, why don't they acknowledge the fact that no religion is tagged with Swami Vivekananda's preachings.

Well, if students don't get to read those books in school, why not make them read at home. Not many parents do that... The reason being adults themselves are not aware of the glory in Swami Vivekananda's books/teachings. Educating adults can be easily solved with the right media. Newspapers and television are the main channels of informing people about the benefits.

Reading his books, any person at any age is sure to get motivated and inspired to lead a life of their maximum satisfaction in both materialistic and devotional worlds. Especially recommended for all those who come to foreign land (like me). It removes any trace of lonesome, fear, and broadens our thought level to new extents.

The book that comprises the crux of his works, and includes all that a common man needs to learn/know is "A Call to the Youth of India". This book is available widely in all Ramakrishna Missions. However, here is a link to his complete works.


Seema said...

Very well written. I'm not very familiar with Swami Vivekananda's teachings but the little that I have read is really good and makes sense.

Seshu Karthick Tanveer said...

Thanks...! When u get a chance, try to flip through the pages of "A Call to the Youth of India" by Swami Vivekananda. I'm sure you'll like it.

Ananth said...

Terrific blog. Liked it. Keep up the great work

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