In this anthology ‘Heart-Beats of the Hindu Nation’, Sri P. Parameswaran, President, Vivekananda
Kendra, discusses many burning issues of our country. For example, he discusses Indian Spirituality
the West need of the same, the need: for a national renaissance, globalisation and India, the dangers
of imitating the West, our Eternal value system, a comparison of women in Indian and Western eyes,
Partition of India and the following mistakes, contribution of Sankara and Ramanuja to our national
life, Vedanta as the basis of Hindu—Muslim religious harmony, the ideals of sacrifice in Rama,
Shivaji, Tilak and Aurobindo, Swami Vivekananda is unique victory in the West and its aftermath,
the problem of nation building in India, Patriotism as antidote to Regionalism, Dharma as our national
soul, steps to cultivate Universalism, India and human destiny, glory of the Gita, the need for Tapas
and Yajna and many other issues.
Coming as they do from the pen of a first rate nationalist that has served and sacrificed his all for our
country, these writings have an irresistible appeal to every patriotic Indian, especially to the young
generation. They rouse the drooping spirit to service and sacrifice for building a glorious India of the
future. The author was the Director of Deen Dayal Institute, New Delhi, and editor of ‘Manthan’ (a
research journal). He is the editor of 'Yuva Bharati’ (monthly) and ‘Vivekananda Kendra Patrika’
(hah"-yearly). He has travelled widely in India and in the West. As a result, the readers will find his
wide experience and maturity reflected in these writings.
I am sure our people will appreciate these essays and benefit by their message.
May Sri Ramakrishna, Holy Mother Sarada and Swami Vivekananda bless this venture with all
success is my earnest prayer to Them.
Heart Beats of the Hindu Nation is a compilation of thirty select Editorials written in Yuva Bharati
from 1995 to 1998.
Symbolism is an integral part of the Hindu tradition. It looks upon the Nation as a living Personality.
Even the whole creation is envisioned as one Supreme Person in the Rigveda the Virat Purusha. Sri
Aurobindo calls the entire Vedic period in Indian history as symbolic'.
This conveys a great message—that behind the Universe that we comprehend by our senses, mind
and intellect, there is actually a deeper Reality, of which the outwardly visible is only a partial
manifestation and a significant symbol.
The same is true about the concept of the Nation also. According to the Hindus, Nation embodies a
spiritual power. It is born and not created. It is an organic, living, growing dynamic entity, unlike in
the West where nation is conceived as the product of social, economic or political factors. The
Hindu nation is not a hotch-patch of diverse peoples based on the confluence of blind historical
forces. The modem concepts of a ’melting pot' wherein communities of people are melted into one
single whole nor a ’mosaic’ in which different people mechanically co-exist, are not applicable in this
case. Here the nation is an organic growth from a Divine seed which sprouts and branches out and
spreads its foliage with colourful flowers.
The Vedas describe Nation as the outcome of the Tapas performed by Rishis, who had in mind only
the welfare of humanity. It is also explained that the Nation preserves and protects a rich variety of
languages, ways of worship and modes of living on the basis of an underlying unity as a big family
with a free and spontaneous adaptability. The Nation gradually grows out of the family and
community, in a natural process of evolution, until at last it becomes capable of embracing in its
universality the entire world as one family. It is the Kutumba that evolves into a world family. The
basis of it all is the spiritual concept of the 'One becoming the Many'. Without that, no amount of
manipulations or mechanical institution-building can bring about, such a happy consummation of 'One
world' or a family of nations'. The current Western approach can only lead to competition and not to
co-operation as we see in the prevailing power struggle in the various world forums. The Hindu way
provides a viable alternative.
It is this unique symbolism of Nation as a Personality that prompted the choice of the title
Heart-Beats of the Hindu Nation to the book, now brought out. The chapters deal with
contemporary events, national festivals, birthdays of great men, issues of current debate, etc. against
the background of our cultural heritage, philosophy of life and value- system Care has been taken to
see that views expressed are not merely subjective or biased. It was my effort to be as true and
faithful to the thoughts of great Indian thinkers and seers like Swami Vivekananda, Mahayogi
Aurobindo, Mahatma Gandhi and others. I have tried to judge every issue from the standpoint of
enlightened national interest, on the basis of my study of history and also the contemporary national
and international situation. Errors of perception or evaluation are natural in such an effort; but if the
book provokes certain questions and provides certain answers which are helpful to those who are
engaged in nation-building activities, I will feel amply rewarded.
I want to make it clear—and a close and careful reading of the text will make it abundantly so—that
the word Hindu is not used in a narrow religious sense, but in a broad cultural sense, as an all-
embracing way of life evolved in Bharat on the basis of Sanatana Dharma.
Back of the Book
Then and then alone you are a Hindu when the very name sends through you a galvanic shock of
Then and then alone you are a Hindu when every man who bears the name, from any
country, speaking our language or any other language, becomes at once the nearest and the dearest
Then and then alone you are a Hindu when the distress of any one bearing that name
comes to your heart and makes you feel as if your own son were in distress.
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