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December 2014 Issue

Tryst with Destiny

"Tryst with Destiny" was a speech delivered by Jawaharlal Nehru, the first Prime Minister of independent India. It is considered to be one of the greatest speeches of all times and to be a landmark oration that captures the essence of the triumphant culmination of the largely non-violent Indian independence struggle against the British Empire in India

“Long years ago we made a tryst with destiny, and now the time comes when we shall redeem our pledge, not wholly or in full measure, but very substantially. At the stroke of the midnight hour, when the world sleeps, India will awake to life and freedom. A moment comes, which comes but rarely in history, when we step out from the old to the new, then an age ends, and when the soul of a nation, long suppressed, finds utterance.

It is fitting that at this solemn moment we take the pledge of dedication to the service of India and her people and to the still larger cause of humanity.
At the dawn of history India started on her unending quest, and trackless centuries which are filled with her striving and the
grandeur of her success and her failures. Through good and ill fortunes alike she has never lost sight of that quest or forgotten the ideals which gave her strength. We end today a period of ill fortunes and India discovers herself again.

The achievement we celebrate today is but a step, an opening of opportunity, to the greater triumphs and achievements that await us. Are we brave enough and wise enough to grasp this opportunity and accept the challenge of the future?
Freedom and power bring responsibility. The responsibility rests upon this assembly, a sovereign body representing the sovereign people of India. Before the birth of freedom we have endured all the pains of labour and our hearts are heavy with the memory of this sorrow. Some of those pains continue even now. Nevertheless, the past is over and it is the future that beckons to us now.

That future is not one of ease or resting but of incessant striving so that we might fulfill the pledges we have so often taken and the one we shall take today. The service of India means the service of the millions who suffer. It means the ending of poverty and ignorance and disease and inequality of opportunity.

The ambition of the greatest man of our generation has been to wipe every tear from every eye. That may be beyond us, but as long as there are tears and suffering, so long our work will not be over.
And so we have to labour and to work, and work hard, to give reality to our dreams. Those dreams are for India, but they are also for the world, for all the nations and peoples are too closely knit together today for anyone of them to imagine that it can live apart.

Peace has been said to be indivisible; so is freedom, so is prosperity now, and so also is disaster in this one world that can no longer be split into isolated fragments ……………”

If anyone is interested in reading the full speech, please google- ‘tryst with destiny’ Nehru.

The Indian Flag

The significance of the indian flag

The National Flag of India is a horizontal rectangular tricolour of saffron, white and green; with the Ashoka Chakra, a 24-spoke wheel, in navy blue at its centre. It was adopted in its present form on the 22nd July 1947, after India became independent from Great Britain. Each of the three colours (Tricolor) has a special meaning:

Saffron represents courage, sacrifice and the spirit of renunciation

White represents peace, unity and truth. To guide our conduct

Green Represents faith and fertility -

It shows our relation to (the) soil, our relation to the plant life here, on which all other life depends

The Chakra represents the continuing progress of the nation and the importance of justice in life. This is the Ashoka (Dharma) Chak-ra (or "Wheel of Law")

The ‘blue’ wheel represents the continuity of the nation's progress which is deemed to be as boundless as the blue sky and as fathomless as the deep blue sea that keeps its hands and feet washed.

The Power of confidence (success secret from the Gita)

yas tv ātma-ratir eva syād ātma-tṛptaś ca mānavaḥ ātmany eva ca santuṣṭas tasya kāryaḿ na vidyate

Translation of Bhagavad Gita 3.17

But for one who takes pleasure in the self, whose human life is one of self-realization, and who is satisfied in the self only, fully satiated—for him there is no duty.

“The message is that for a person who has understood the creator, has faith in him will naturally know himself, the created …. This consciousness reveals the true relationship between the self and the creator of life. Such an individual attains self- relisation and self-confidence …….. Where duty or work becomes a routine affair.. difficulties vanish, toughness of work softens.

A story highlighting confidence:

A man was selling parrots at a railway station. He had three of them in separate cages. He approached a group of passengers. One of them enquired about the cost of parrots. The parrot seller explained that:

The first parrot knew two languages, could translate and answer encyclopedic enquires besides possessing remarkable ability to solve mathematical equations. “This parrot costs Rs 2000.00

The second parrot knows three languages, can read and convey the master’s thoughts to other people, besides having the abilities of the first parrot. This parrot would therefore cost Rs 5000.00” the seller explained.

“what about the third parrot” the potential buyer queried”
“Oh this one? He will cost you a little more – Rs 10, 000 “
“Why? What is so special about him?”

He knows nothing – just nothing. He only has confidence and the other two parrots call him ‘BOSS’.”

A simplistic story to convey an important message! The sterling value of self-confidence couldn’t be highlighted better.

This story is taken from ‘Lead to Succeed- Success Secrets from the Bhagvad Gita’ by Karan Kharb