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A Call to the Youth of India

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The Standard Bearers of a New Humanity

Our call is to young India. It is the young who must be the builders of the new world,—not those who accept the competitive individualism, the capitalism or the materialistic communism of the West as India’s future ideal, nor those who are enslaved to old religious formulas and cannot believe in the acceptance and transformation of life by the spirit, but all who are free in mind and heart to accept a completer truth and labour for a greater ideal. They must be men who will dedicate themselves not to the past or the present but to the future. They will need to consecrate their lives to an exceeding of their lower self, to the realisation of God in themselves and in all human beings and to a whole-minded and indefatigable labour for the nation and for humanity. This ideal can be as yet only a little seed and the life that embodies it a small nucleus, but it is our fixed hope that the seed will grow into a great tree and the nucleus be the heart of an ever extending formation.  It is with a confident trust in the spirit that inspires us that we take our place among the standard-bearers of the new humanity that is struggling to be born amidst the chaos of a world in dissolution and of the future India, the greater India of the rebirth that is to rejuvenate the mighty outworn body of the ancient Mother.

Love has a place in Politics

Love has a place in politics, but it is the love of one’s country, for one’s countrymen, for the glory, greatness and happiness of the race, the divine ananda of self-immolation for one’s fellows, the ecstasy of relieving their sufferings, the joy of seeing one’s blood flow for country and freedom, the bliss of union in death with the fathers of the race.  The feeling of almost physical delight in the touch of the mother-soil, of the winds that blow from Indian seas, of the rivers that stream from Indian hills, in the hearing of Indian speech, music, poetry, in the familiar sights, sounds, habits, dress, manners of our Indian life, this is the physical root of that love.  The pride in our past, the pain of our present, the passion for the future are its trunk and branches.  Self-sacrifice and self-forgetfulness, great service, high endurance for the country are its fruit.  And the sap which keeps it alive is the realization of the Motherhood of God in the country, the vision of the Mother, the knowledge of the Mother, the perpetual contemplation, adoration and service of the Mother.

The Work now before us

For all who now declare themselves Nationalists the tests will be far severer than that before which the place-hunter, the title-hunter, the popularity-hunter, the politician of mixed motives and crooked ways, the trimmer, the light speaker and ready swearer of the old politics have paled and recoiled so early and so easily.  The profession of Nationalism should not be lightly made but with a full sense of what it means and involves.  The privilege of taking it is attended with severe pains and penalties for those who take it lightly.  If we are few, it matters little, but it is of supreme importance that the stuff of which we are made should be sound.  What the Mother needs is hard clear steel for her sword, hard massive granite for her fortress, wood that will not break for the handle of her bow, tough substance and true for the axle of her chariot.  For the battle is near and the trumpet ready for the signal.

The Future belongs to the Young

The future belongs to the young.  It is a young and new world which is now under process of development and it is the young who must create it.  But it is also a world of truth, courage, justice, lofty aspiration and straightforward fulfillment which we seek to create.  For the coward, for the self-seeker, for the talker who goes forward at the beginning and afterwards leaves his fellows in the lurch there is no place in the future…  A brave, frank, clear-hearted, courageous and aspiring youth is the only foundation on which the future nation can be built….

Secondly, let them not only stand by their choice but stand by their comrades, Unless they develop the corporate spirit and the sense of honour which refuses to save oneself by the sacrifice of one’s comrades in action when that sacrifice can be averted by standing together, they will not be fit for the work they will have to do when they are a little older.  Whatever they do let them do as a body, whatever they suffer let them suffer as a body, leaving out the coward and the falterer but, once they are compact, never losing or allowing anything to break that compactness.

The Sun of India’s Destiny

They must have the firm faith that India must rise and be great and that everything that happened, every difficulty, every reverse must help and further their end.  The trend was upward and the time of decline was over.  The morning was at hand and once the light had shown itself, it could never be night again.  The dawn would soon be complete and the sun rise over the horizon.  The sun of India’s destiny would rise and fill all India with its light and overflow India and overflow Asia and overflow the world.  Every hour, every moment could only bring them nearer to the brightness of the day that God had decreed.

Sri Aurobindo