On this page, I put a collection of articles/speeches by Sri Aurobindo during
his active participation in India's freedom struggle. These are taken from the
book called On Nationalism published by Sri Aurobindo Ashram, Pondicherry
India. They give a broad and clear perspective on popular issues among
Indians by applying Indian Spirituality to politics and nationalism.
The Morality of Boycott argues why
ahimsa or non-violence (as propounded by Gandhians) is not always the
right thing. Excerpts:
The Morality of Boycott
A certain class of minds
shrink from aggressiveness as if it were a sin. Their
temperament forbids them
to feel the delight of battle and they look on what they cannot
something monstrous and sinful... To ask masses of mankind to act as
rise to the height of divine love and practise it in relation to their
adversaries or oppressors is to ignore human nature...Hinduism recognizes
human nature and makes no such impossible demand. To impose on politics the Brahminical
duty of saintly sufferance, is to preach varNasankara, and to
destroy society and the race.
Aggression is unjust only when
unprovoked, violence unrighteous when used wantonly or for unrighteous
is a barren philosophy which applies a mechanical rule to all actions,
a word [non-violence] and tries to fit all human life into
it... Ramdas is not complete
without Shivaji. To maintain justice and
prevent the strong from despoiling and the weak from being oppressed is
function for which the Kshatriya was created. Therefore, says
Srikrishna in the
Mahabharat, God created battle and armour, the sword, the bow and the
Love in PoliticsLove has a
politics, but it is the love for one's country, for one's
glory, greatness and happiness of the race, the divine aananda of
self-immolation for one's fellows, the ecstacy of relieving their
the joy of seeing one's blood flow for country and freedom, the bliss
in death with the fathers of the race.
The feeling of almost physical
in the touch of the mother soil, of the winds that blow from Indian
the rivers that stream from Indian hills, in the sight of Indian
Indian men, Indian women, Indian children, in the hearing of Indian
music, poetry, in the familiar sights, sounds, habits, dress, manners
Indian life, this is the physical root of that love [of Mother India].
The pride in our
pain of our present, the passion for the future are its trunk and
Self-sacrifice, self-forgetfulness, great service and high endurance
country are its fruit.
And the sap which keeps it alive is the
the Motherhood of God in the country, the vision of the Mother, the
of the Mother, the perpetual contemplation, adoration and service of
National Resurgence: Explains how
a true Aryan should deal with the inevitable conflicts in life such as
oppression, conflicts, war. Calls for the resurgence of the Aryan character, not
merely that of the Aryan race. "Conflict, war, even killing can be part of [Arya] dharma, but hatred and malice lie
outside of it"
anyone thinks that we are merely intellectual beings, he is not a
Hindu. Hinduism leaves the glorification of intellectuality to
who have never seen God. When we first received a European
education, we allowed ourselves to
be misled by the light of science. Science
is a light within a limited
room, not the sun which illumines the world.
is in the heart where God resides. He works through the brain, but the
brain is only one of His instruments. Whatever
the brain may plan, the
heart knows first and whoever can go beyond the brain to the heart,
will hear the voice of the Eternal.