Arise! Awake! And Stop Not Till the Goal is Reached! These were the famous words with which Swami Vivekananda roused the sleeping soul of India, more than a 100 years ago.
In those days, India was labouring not only under the brunt of foreign colonial occupation, but also suffering from social subjugation at the hands of the hideous caste system. Because of these two factors, the Indian masses had become so physically, mentally and spiritually weakened; that they had completely lost their sense of self-worth and were wholly incapable of fighting for justice and freedom.
In such an atmosphere, arose Swami Vivekananda (among other enlightened teachers) who with his powerful teachings based upon the spiritual philosophy of the Upanishads, worked to re-awaken and re-energize the feeble minds of the people.
And when the mind of the nation, once more became strong, filled with inspiration, hope and courage; millions of people rose up to become social and political reformers, and subsequently the goal of physical freedom was attained within a just few decades. Such is the power of spirituality!
Now it is a little known fact, that in his clarion call of “Arise! Awake!” Swami Vivekananda was actually partially quoting a Sanskrit verse from the Kathopanishad (also spelled as Katha Upanishad), which was his most favourite Upanishad:
Translation: Arise! Awake! Seek the guidance of an illumined teacher and realize your true self. The path of spirituality is difficult, like walking on a razor’s sharp edge. (Yet, do not despair! Fill your minds with courage. Arise! Awake! And stop not till the goal is reached!)
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