Message of HH Pujyashri Shankara Vijayendra Saraswathi Shankaracharya Swamigal on the 75th Anniversary of Indian Independence – 15 Aug. 2022


Message of HH Pujyashri Shankara Vijayendra Saraswathi Shankaracharya Swamigal on the 75th Anniversary of INDIA's Independence – 15 Aug. 2022


‘Bharata Varsha’ is a sacred land, a Punya Bhoomi. It is not merely a geography or a physical entity, but a repository of great culture- a great civilization. It is a land of great spirituality - a place of Dharma. Blessed by the Gods and nurtured by holy sages, the Punya Bhoomi is venerable as our Mother land - "जननी जन्मभूमिश्च स्वर्गादपि गरीयसी  - Janani Janma Bhumishcha Svargadapi Gariyasi- as remarked by Sri Rama addressing Lakshmana. 


This holy land witnessed several trials and tribulations at different points in time in the past. Several sacrifices were made by men and women, families and the entire society. Finally, Bharat attained independence 75 years ago on the 15th August 1947, bestowing on us “freedom”. The country was born again, unshackling itself from the bonds. People of our country kept immense faith and patience, throughout these difficult times, through their devotion to almighty and the Country. 


Our Paramacharya Pujya Mahaswamigal had given a special message of blessings on the day of Independence in 1947 emphasising the spiritual greatness of our Nation and how the tricolored Indian Flag symbolises three Shaktis - Durga, Lakshmi and Saraswathi with the Chakra - the embodiment of Dharma in the middle. He also pointed out the importance of every individual to develop independence- one can consider himself independent if he can understand oneself fully. One must endeavour to develop that state of mind which ensures complete freedom.


75 years have passed since the birth of our Nation. Several developments have occurred, and several things have changed. That one constant which guides us all is our Sanatana Dharma - the bedrock of our civilization. Vedas and Shastras help sustain our Dharma. Upansihad says - Satyam Vada- Dharmam Chara - Dharma is the path on which we must lead our lives. It is the moral compass, it is the differentiator between the Good and Evil. If our country has withstood aggressions of various types for aeons, it is because, our people had the strength given to them by Dharma. Dharma can be translated as virtuous acts, as being good to others, being charitable, not harming anyone or anything, being truthful to our inner conscience. When the mortals digressed from the path of Dharma, God himself incarnated in different forms to uphold Dharma. Ramo Vigrahavan Dharma - Sri Rama was the epitome of Dharma and by his very conduct, he showed to the world the greatness of Dharma. Our puranas and Itihasas abound with episodes that show how the adharmic paths appear to be easy and successful, but the path of dharma even though riddled with difficulties is the one that leads us to victory ultimately - Truth alone Triumphs. Sage Tiruvalluvar in Tirukkural has written several profound couplets on Truth and Dharma. If one does not accept Dharma and is opposed to it, he or she is not only causing great harm to oneself, but also to the Society and the Nation. 


Adi Shankaracharya through his teachings and works has not only guided us about the Advaita philosophy, but has also shown the path of National Integration - so very vital for our Bharata. His yatras throughout the country from Kanyakumari to Kashmir and Kashi to Rameshwaram in his brief earthly sojourn instil in us a feeling of oneness. The Shankaracharya Hills in Kashmir are testimony to this. When forces inimical to our Dharma were increasing, He won over them through discussions and debate and reestablished the Dharmic way of life and established Shanmata -  the six schools of worships, namely Ganapatyam, Saivam, Saktam, Sauram, Vaishnavam and Kaumaram. The seeds of unity sown by him provide the vital undercurrents for the Unity of our Nation to this day - in spite of diversities in different aspects like region, religion, language etc. 


Ours is a very ancient civilization. It is the Bhumi of Rishi- Krishi - the land of Rishis and the land of agriculture. Our Dharma is unique and provides us with a broad mindset - we have always believed in the concept of “Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam” and “ Swadeso bhuvanatrayam” - the whole world is one for us. While we may not be most advanced or prosperous in materialistic terms, our Culture and civilization is the richest. Villages are the soul of our Nation - they show us the virtues of simplicity, of being content with limited wants, of being in harmony with Nature, of being altruistic. 


If our Dharma could be propagated, it would lead to peace and happiness in the whole world. If there is any country in the world which can be a Guru in the realm of Dharma & religion, it can only be our country. Adi Shankara’s teachings will provide us with a sound basis for peace and friendship not only among the people of India but also peoples of the whole world.


We pray to Lord Chandramouleeswara to shower His blessings on the entire Nation on this auspicious 75th Independence Day.




Dharmo Rakshati Rakshitaha


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