The Spiritual divinity of Indian life (The Spiritual life and culture of India) (Volume 1)

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I believe we the INDIANS, like all other peoples of the world, are naturally susceptible to flattery. But unfortunately they have been deprived of their share of it, even in wholesome measure, both by the Fates presiding at the making of their history as well as by the guests partaking of their salt. We have been declared inefficient in practical matters by our governors, foreign missionaries have created a vast literature proclaiming our moral obliquity, while casual visitors have expressed their opinion that we are particularly uninteresting to the intellectual mind of the West. Other peoples' estimate of our work is a great part of our world, and the most important other peoples in the present age being the Europeans, it has become tragic in its effect for us to be unable to evoke their appreciation. There was a time when India could touch the most sensitive part of Europe's mind by storming her imagination with a gorgeous vision of wealth. But cruel time has done its work and the golden illusion has vanished, leaving the ragged poverty of India open to public inspection, charitable or otherwise. Therefore epithets of a disparaging nature from the West find an easy target in India, bespattering her skin and piercing her vital parts. Epithets once given circulation die hard, for they have their breeding-places in our mental laziness and in our natural readiness to believe that whatever is different from ourselvesmust be offensive. Men can live through and die happy in spite of disparagement, if it comes from critics with whom they have no dealings. But unfortunately our critics not only have the power to give us a bad name, but also to hang us. They play the part of providence over three hundred millions of aliens whose language they hardly know, and with whom their acquaintance is of the surface. Therefore the vast accumulation of calumny against India, continually growing and spreading over the earth, secretly and surely obstructs the element of heart from finding an entrance into our government.One can never do justice from a mere sense of duty to those for whom one lacks respect. And human beings, as we are, justice is not the chief thing that we claim from our rulers. We need sympathy as well, in order to feel that we have human relationship with them and thus retain as much of our self-respect as may be possible.

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Heartily thanks to the God of the Universe Shri Jagannath who enabled me to research on such a exclusive needful issue of these days in the Indian society. I revere the patronage and moral support extended with love, by my parents whose blissful support and passionate encouragement made it possible for me to complete this project. I submit my heartiest gratitude to my respected Prof. Anuradha Dooney the lecturer of Indology & Religious studies at the The Oxford Centre for Hindu Studies, The University of Oxford, United Kingdom, for her sincere guidance and help for completing this project. I am deeply indebted to my respected teachers and other members of religious studies department for their invaluable help in preparing this book.My joy knows no bounds in expressing my cordial gratitude to my best friend Sarmistha Kaur, and my always well wisher of life Shalini Mahajan, my co-editor Vishnupriya DeviDasi. Their keen interest and encouragement were a great help throughout the course of this research work.
- Avinash Patra. 

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Perhaps it is well for me to explain that the subject-matter of the papers published in this book has not been philosophically treated, nor has it been approached from the scholar's point of view. The writer has been brought up in a family where texts of the Upanishads are used in daily worship; and he has had before him the example of his father, who lived his long life in the closest communion with God, while not neglecting his duties to the world, or allowing his keen interest in all human affairs to suffer any abatement. So in these papers, it may be hoped, western readers will have an opportunity of coming into touch with the ancient spirit of India as revealed in our sacred texts and manifested in the life of to-day.
 
All the great utterances of man have to be judged not by the letter but by the spirit--the spirit which unfolds itself with the growth of life in history. We get to know the real meaning of Christianity by observing its living aspect at the present moment--however different that may be, even in important respects, from the Christianity of earlier periods.
 
For western scholars the great religious scriptures of India seem to possess merely a retrospective and archælogical interest; but to us they are of living importance, and we cannot help thinking that they lose their significance when exhibited in labelled cases--mummied specimens of human thought and aspiration, preserved for all time in the wrappings of erudition.
 
The meaning of the living words that come out of the experiences of great hearts can never be exhausted by any one system of logical interpretation. They have to be endlessly explained by the commentaries of individual lives, and they gain an added mystery in each new revelation. To me the verses of the Upanishads and the teachings of Lord Shri Krishna have ever been things of the spirit, and therefore endowed with boundless vital growth; and I have used them, both in my own life and in my preaching, as being instinct with individual meaning for me, as for others, and awaiting for their confirmation, my own special testimony, which must have its value because of its individuality.
 
I should add perhaps that these papers embody in a connected form, suited to this publication, ideas which have been culled from several of the Indian cultural discourses which I am in the habit of giving to my colic's in my lectures at the University of Oxford, United Kingdom; and I have used here and there translations of passages from these done by my friends Maria Joseph & Robert Hamilton.
I take this opportunity of expressing my gratitude to respected Prof. Anuradha Dooney the lecturer of Indology & Religious studies at the The Oxford Centre for Hindu Studies, The University of Oxford, United Kingdom for her generous appreciation which encouraged me to complete this series of papers and read most of them before the Oxford University. And I offer my thanks to Sarmistha Kaur for her kindness in helping me with suggestions and revisions, and in going through the proofs.

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