Tuesday, October 23, 2007

An excellent quote by the Great Bengali Revolutionary Sri Aurobindo Ghosh

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 anddestrction 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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