A freedom won at the cost of blood and sweat is a freedom to be cherished by all. Such was the freedom, India as a country achieved on 15 August, 1947 and to celebrate 72nd birthday of the largest democratic country of the world, DJJS organized a program at Uttar Pradesh & Uttarakhand. The event started with the hoisting of the Indian national flag, followed by series of devotional songs, and a lecture on the contribution of Swami Vivekananda Ji in reviving the importance of universal brotherhood through spiritual enlightenment. The program depicted the joyous shades of the Indian freedom movement, highlighting the process and the usefulness of adopting the ideas of peaceful existence in day to day life. The program however primarily pointed out that the attainment of outer freedom blesses us much more deeply when inner freedom is realized. This line of thought was explained through the discussion on the contribution of Swami Vivekananda Ji in the Indian freedom movement.
Swami Vivekananda Ji was the first to reveal the uniqueness of great spiritual heritage of India at the world level. He urged the people of India to take pride in the Indian past and not to associate with the western culture. Through his many lectures on the dynamic Indian spiritual past, he gave people a true reason to value themselves and strive for the unity of the nation.
His ideas are still relevant in the present world. The necessity in today’s world, too, is of being spiritually awake so that we do not cage ourselves and others in any way that would become a living replica of the bygone history of torture. For this to happen, annihilation of inner vices is required, and spiritual enlightenment is the only solution. Hence, if we desire to sustain this outer freedom, we all need to walk on the path of spirituality. In this regard, while concluding the program, His Holiness Ashutosh Maharaj Ji’s endeavor DJJS was suggested to be considered as an authentic starting point.