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There were some key phrases, poems and slogans that made up an important instrument in invoking a deep feeling of patriotism and love in the minds of those fighting for India’s freedom from the British. One such beautiful poem was “Sarfaroshi Ki Tamanna”, written by Ram Prasad Bismil – an exceptionally passionate and brave freedom fighter. While merely reading this poem can summon such passion in the minds of the reader, it is rather difficult to imagine what transpired in the heart of the poet Ram Prasad Bismil during the composition of this beautiful poem.
सरफ़रोशी की तमन्ना अब हमारे दिल में है
देखना है ज़ोर कितना बाज़ुए कातिल में है
I recently read an excellent book and would like to post an extract from it – “India My Love, Fragments of a Golden Past”, written by Osho, a very popular mystic spiritual teacher who had and still has an international following. This book is so touching that it brings tears to the eyes of every single person who understands the real meaning of India.
“India is not just geography or history. It is not only a nation, a country, a mere piece of land. It is something more: it is a metaphor, poetry, something invisible but very tangible. It is vibrating with certain energy fields which no other country can claim.
In a village in the kingdom of Bhoja Raja, lived a rather dumb shepherd who took care of his family cows. His shepherd friends always teased him for being very stupid and hardly paid any attention to his words. One day, while passing through a green meadow following his herd of cows, he was tired and sat on a mould of grass. Immediately, he seemed to have gained knowledge and could even extemporaneously comment on the political matters of the kingdom. His friends were surprised at how this stupid boy suddenly began talking sense. They sat down and listened to him sincerely. When the sun was going down, they decided to gather their cows and go home. When he descended the mould, the shepherd was back to his dumb nature. The same thing happened several times in the next few weeks. Every time this dumb shepherd sat on that mould, his friends noticed that he was giving lectures on profound topics like poetry, military campaigns, the scriptures etc. As soon as he climbed down, he became dumb again. The news of these weird incidents reached the king – Bhoja Raja.
Almost all Indians, without exception, have studied Subhadra Kumari Chauhan’s famous poem titled Jhansi Ki Rani in their Hindi classes. The first stanza goes:
सिंहासन हिल उठे राजवंशों ने भृकुटी तानी थी,
बूढ़े भारत में आई फिर से नयी जवानी थी,
गुमी हुई आज़ादी की कीमत सबने पहचानी थी,
दूर फिरंगी को करने की सबने मन में ठानी थी।
चमक उठी सन सत्तावन में, वह तलवार पुरानी थी,
बुंदेले हरबोलों के मुँह हमने सुनी कहानी थी,
खूब लड़ी मर्दानी वह तो झाँसी वाली रानी थी।।
This will be the story of Karna – one of the most respected characters of the Mahabharata,
Karna was an epitome of giving. His dharma was to give anything that anyone asked. He was abandoned by his mother Kunti after birth, and was brought up by Dhritarashtra’s charioteer. Karna symbolized dharma very effectively in many incidents in the Mahabharata. Karna remained a true son to his foster parents, and remained a true and loyal friend to Duryodhana, by siding him in the war. As a true friend, he repeatedly pressed Duryodhana to defeat the Pandavas through the Dharmic ways of battle, but when Duryodhana chose the deceitful way, Karna still remained loyal to him. Karna promised Kunti that she will continue to have 5 sons after the battle was over, and he kept his promise. Since Karna and Arjuna had sworn to live only after killing the other, one of them must die. Despite defeating each of the other 4 Pandava brothers in battle, he never killed anyone because of his promise to Kunti.
This is an anectode about the most important incident in KALidAsa’s life that gave him his name. Wikipedia says KAlidAsa’s place in SAnskrit literature is tantamount to that of Shakespeare in modern English.
KAlidAsa was born as a stammering and brainless Brahmin boy. One of the most commonly quoted stories about KAlidAsa is an incident where he sits on the branch of the tree that is trying to cut. While many people laugh at him, one passerby takes pity on him and warns him that he is going to fall down if he continues cutting that branch. And true, KAlidAsa fell. After falling, he quickly ran to that passerby and praised him for being such a great astrologer. Was that sheer intelligence?