Monday, October 22, 2007

An excellent quote by the Great Bengali Revolutionary Sri Aurobindo Ghosh

Below I present an extremely relevant quote that I came across recently.

Aurobindo Ghosh on War, Destruction and Violence

War and destruction are not only a universal principle
of our life here in its purely material aspects, but also
of our mental and moral existence.

It is self evident that in the actual life of man
intellectual, social, political, moral, we can make no real
step forward without a struggle, a battle between what
exists and lives and what seeks to exist
and live and between all that
stands behind either,

It is impossible, at least as men and things are to,
to advance, to grow, to fulfill and still to observe
really and utterly that principle of harmlessness
which is yet placed before us as the highest
and best law of conduct.

We will use only soul force and never destroy by war
or any even defensive employment of physical violence ?

Good, though until soul force is effective, the Asuric force in men
and nations tramples down,breaks,slaughters,burns,pollutes,
as we see it doing today,but then at its ease and unhindered,
and you have perhaps caused as much destruction of life by
your abstinence as others by resort to violence...

It is not enough that our hands should remain clean
and our souls unstained for the law of strife and
destrction to die out of the world.

- Sri Aurobindo Ghosh (1872 - 1950)

The Asuric force in men and nations tramples
down, breaks, slaughters, burns, pollutes, - Pretty much
sums up what Salwa Judum is all about.

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