sa r˜ÿ÷hradharma niÿ÷h˜v˜n akhaõýaÕ bh˜rataÕ smaret || 33 ||
||viþva dharma kŸ jaya ||
Ekatmata Stotra is a collection of shlokas, which reminds us of our holy land, Bharat. As Hindus, it's our duty to recollect all the holy places, sacred rivers and mountains of Bharat. By reciting Ekatmata Stotra, we will also be remembering some of the great men and women who have enriched our culture, who have sacrificed their lives to protect our dharma and our holy land. In nutshell, it's a tribute to our heritage.
Each one of us should try to study the lives of the great people mentioned here.
Meaning of Ekatmata Stotra Om. I bow to the Supreme Lord who is the very embodiment of Truth, Knowledge and Happiness, the one who is Enlightened, and who is the very incarnate of universal good.
May all these cause perpetual good to us: Nature composed of Satva, Rajas and Tamas Gunas; the five elements namely fire, water, air, earth and space; The seven notes of Music; The ten quarters and time - past, present and future.
I worship Bharat Mata (the holy land) whose feet are being washed by the ocean waves, whose crown is the snowy Himalayas, whose illustrious sons have distinguished themselves as Brahmarshis and as Rajarshis.
These mountains of our country should always be remembered - Mahendra (in Orsissa), Malaya Giri (in Mysore), Sahyadri (Western Coast), Himalaya, the abode of gods, Raivatak (Girnar in Gujarat), Vindhyachal (Central India) and Aravali (in Rajasthan).
Seven important rivers of our holy land: Ganga, Saraswathi (under current), Sindhu, Brahmaputra, Gandaki, Kaveri, Yamuna, Reva (Narmada), Krishna, Godavari and Mahanadi.
Important holy places - Ayodhya, Mathura, Maya (Haridwar), Kashi, Kanchi, Avanthika (Ujjain), Vaishali, Dwaarika, Puri, Takshashila, Gaya, Prayaga, Pataliputra (Patna), Vijayanagara, IndraPrastha (Delhi), Somanath, and the famous Amritsar.
We must revere these great religious books from the core of our heart - the four vedas, eighteen puranas, all the Upanishads, the Ramayana, The Mahabharat, the Gita, the true Philosophies (Six Darshanas), The Agama books of Jainism, the Tripitaka of Buddhism and the truthful verse (Vani) of Guru Granth Sahib.
These great women must be worshipped as mother goddesses -Arundhati (Wife of Sage Vasishta), Anasuya (wife of sage Atri), Savitri, Sati(daughter of Daksha and consort of Lord Siva), Draupadi, Kannagi (a chaste woman of Tamil Nadu), Gargi (a learned woman of the Vedic period), Mira (a famous devotee of Lord Krishna), Durgavati (the brave Queen of Gadha mandala in Central Bharat who fought against the Moghuls), Lakshmibai (the famous Queen of Jhansi), Ahalya Bai Holkar (the famous administrator) , Channamma (the brave lady of Karnataka), Sister Nivedita (the disciple of Vivekananda) and Ma. Sarada (wife of Sri Ramakrishna Paramahansa)
These are the great men of our country whose glory has been sung in the Puranic lore - Lord Rama, King Bharata, Lord Krishna, Bhishma Pitamah, Dharmaraj Yudhishthir, Arjun (the great archer), Sage Markandeya, Truthful king Harischandra, Prahlad, Narada, Dhruva, Hanuman, King Janaka, Vyasa (the great editor of the Vedic Literature), sage Vasishta, Sukhdeva Muni, King Bali, Dadhichi (the great donor of his bones), Vishwakarma (the great architect), King Prithu (after whom our earth become known as Prithvi), Sage Valmiki (the author of Ramayana), Parashuram (the son of Bhrigu), King Bhagiratha, Ekalavya (a devoted disciple of Guru Dronacharya), Manu (the great Hindu law giver), Dhanvantari (the great Indian Physician), and King Rantideva (who himself starved to feed the hungry). May these noble souls distinguished in their chosen field of activity generously bless us with their divine virtues.
Lord Buddha, Lord Mahavira, the great Yogi Gorakhnath, Panini (the great grammarian), Patanjali (the author of Mahabhashya), Adi Sankaracharya (the great Hindu crusader), philosophers and saints like Madhvacharya, Nimbarkacharya, Jhuleylal (the great saviour of Sindhi Hindus), Mahaprabhu Chaitanya, Tiruvalluvar, Nayanmars, Alawars, Kamban (the Ramayana bard of Tamil), Basaweshwar, Maharishi Deval, Sant Ravidas, Kabir, Guru Nanak, Bhakta Narsi Mehta, Tulsidas, Guru Gobind Singh, Shankardev (the vaishnava saint of Assam), the brothers Sayanacharya and Madhvacharya, Sant Gyaneshwar, Tukaram, Samartha Guru Ramdas, Purandaradas, Birsa Munda of Bihar, Swami Sahajananda and Swami Ramananda (the great saviour of Hinudism in the medieval period), Poet Kalidas, Sri Bhojraj, Jakana, Hindi poet Bhakt Surdas, Bhakta Tyagraj, and poet Rasakhan, Ravi Verma (the famous painter), Bhat Khanda (the great Musician), and Bhagya Chandra (a King of Manipur).
These are the great warriors of our country in the past: Agastya, Kambu, Kaundinya, King Rajendra of Chola Dynasty, Ashoka the Great, Pushyamitra ( the founder of Shung Dynasty), Kharavela (king of Kalinga), Chanakya and Chandragupta (the Precept of disciple pair), Shaliwahan of mighty prowess, Samudragupta, Harshwardhan, King Shailendra, Bappa Raval,
Lachit Barfukan, Bhaskara Verma, Yashodharma (the vanquisher of the Hun hordes), Sri Krishnadevaraya (the great king of Vijayanagar Empire), Lalitaditya (a great warrior),
These are the great Indian scientists whom we must not forget : Kanaada Rishi, Susruta ( the
great Indian Surgeon), Charaka, Bhaskaracharya, Varahmihira, Nagarjuna, Bharadwaja,
Arya Bhatta, Jagadish Chandra Basu, C.V. Raman and Ramanuja.
And these are the some social and religious leaders who brought about a great revival of the age old Hindu Society and infused new blood into its viens: Sri Ramakrishna Pramhansa, Swami Dayananda, Rabindra Nath Tagore, Raja Ram Mohan Roy, Swami RamaTirtha, Maharishi Aurobindo, Swami Vivekananda, DadaBhai Nauroji, Gopa Bandhu Das, Bala Gangadhar Tilak, Mahatma Gandhi, Maharishi Ramana, Mahamana Madan Mohan Malaviya, Tamil poet Subramaniya Bharati, Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose, Swami Pranavananda, the great revolutionary Vinayak Damodar Savarkar, Thakkar Bappa, BhimRao Ambedkar, Mahatma Jyoti Rao Phule, Narayana Guru and the founder of RSS Dr. Keshav Baliram Hedgewar and his successor Sri " Guruji " Madhava Sadasiva Golwalkar.
There are many more devotees of Bharat Mata, whose name could not be recalled in the limited space here. Their hearts are in constant communion with God. Again there are numerous warriors who made the enemies of Bharat Mata bite the dust but today unfortunately we do not know their names. Still there might have been left out some important names of great social reformers and adept scientists through oversight. May our deep reverence and regards reach out to them daily.
This is the Unity Hymn. He who recites it daily with reverence and devotion will be firmly established in the Hindu Dharma. And in him the memory of Akhanda Bharat would never fade.
Victory to Universal Dharma
If one keeps firm, falls do not matter. One rises up again and goes forward.
- Sri. Aurobindo When a man has begun to be ashamed of his ancestors, the end has come. Here I am one of the least of the Hindu race, yet proud of my race, proud of my ancestors. I am proud to call myself a Hindu, I am proud that I am one of your unworthy servants. I am proud that I am a countryman of yours. You are the descendants of the sages, you are the descendants of the most glorious Rishis the world ever saw.
- Swami Vivekananda Stand up, assert yourself, proclaim the god within you, do not deny Him! Too much of inactivity, too much of weakness , too much of hypnotism has been and is upon our race. O ye modern Hindus, dehypnotize yourself. The way to do that is found in your own sacred books. Call upon the sleeping soul and see how it awakes. Power will come, glory will come... and everything excellent will come when this sleeping soul is roused to self-conscious activity.
- Swami Vivekananda Our sacred motherland is a land of religion and philosophy - the birthplace of spiritual giants - the land of renunciation, where and where alone, from the most ancient to the most modern times, there has been the highest ideal of life open to man.
- Swami Vivekananda
Great things can be done by great sacrifices only. No selfishness, no name, no fame, yours or mine, nor my master's even. Work, work the idea, the plan, my boys, my brave, noble, good souls - To the wheel, to the wheel put your shoulders! Stop not to look back for name or fame or any such nonsense. Throw yourself overboard and work. Remember "The grass when made into a rope by being joined together can even chain a mad elephant".
- Swami Vivekananda The Sangh's concept of Hindu Sanghatan is like re-vitalizing the heart of a patient who had a heart stroke. The Hindu is a giant not only in his numbers but also in every field of human endeavor-intellectual, moral, cultural and spiritual. But the heart - the consciousness of being the living limbs and organs of one corporate Hindu personality - has become weak. The Sangh feels that when once this heart is put in order, all the latent powers of every individual, every field of activity in the society will be surcharged with energy and dynamism.
- H.V.Seshadri There is only one way by which selfishness can be restrained. Give the man an ideal to work for, to live and if need be to die for. Then that person in his devotion to that ideal will be able to control the pulls of his self interest and build up a better character. There is no other way.
- Param Pujaniya Guruji The Hindu society lost and suffered humiliation due to the absence of awareness in the individual that he was a part of the nation and must do his duty towards it. It is necessary to inculcate the spirit of Nationalism and sense of discipline in the whole society, and thus pave the way for the evolution of an invincible nation.
- Param Pujaniya Doctorji This life is short, the vanities of the world are transient, but they alone live who live for others, the rest are more dead than alive.
- Swami Vivekananda
The history of the world is the history of a few men who had faith in themselves. That faith calls out the divinity within. You can do anything. You fail only when you do not strive sufficiently to manifest infinite power. As soon as a man or a nation loses faith, death comes.
- Swami Vivekananda
Whatever you think, that you will be. If you think yourself weak, weak you will be; if you think yourself strong, strong you will be.
- Swami Vivekananda The Vedanta teaches men to have faith in themselves first. As certain religions of the world say that a man who does not believe in a personal God outside of himself is an atheist, so the Vedanta says, a man who does not believe in himself is an atheist.
- Swami Vivekananda A hundred thousand men and women, fired with the zeal of holiness, fortified with eternal faith in the Lord, and nerved to lion’s courage by their sympathy for the poor and the fallen and the downtrodden, will go over the length and bredth of the land, preaching the gospel of salvation, the gospel of help, the gospel of social raising-up – the gospel of equality.
- Swami Vivekananda The three prerequsities for the true reformer:
Feel from the heart.
You must know the remedy.
Your motives should be pure and your will indomitable.
- Swami Vivekananda You must not throw cold water on anybody’s project. Give up criticism altogether. Help all as long as you find they are doing all right, and in cases where there seem to be going wrong, show them their mistakes gently. It is criticizing each other that is the root of all mischief. That is the chief factor in breaking down organizations...
- Swami Vivekananda
Those that want to help mankind must take their own pleasure and pain, name and fame, and all sorts of interest, and make a bundle of them and throw them into the sea, and then come to the Lord. This is what all the masters said and did.
My faith is in the younger generation, the modern generation; out of them will come my workers. They will work out the whole problem, like lions. I have formulated the idea and have given my life to it. If I do not achieve success, some better one will come after me to work it out, and I shall be content to struggle.
- Swami Vivekananda This is the time to decide your future while you possess the energy of youth, not when you are worn out and jaded, but in the freshness and vigor of youth. Work; this is the time, for, the freshest, the untouched and unsmelled flowers alone are to be laid at the feet of the Lord, and such He receives.
- Swami Vivekananda Let us therefore take up a great ideal, and give up our whole life to it. Let this be our determination, and may He, the Lord, who “comes again and again for the salvation of His own people”, to quote from our scriptures, may Krishna bless us, and lead us all to the fulfillment of our aims!
- Swami Vivekananda I do not see into the future; nor do I care to see. But one vision I see clear as life before me, that the ancient Mother has awakened once more, sitting on Her throne rejuvenated, more glorious than ever. Proclaim Her to all the world with the voice of peace and benediction.
- Swami Vivekananda A Winner’s Creed
If you think you are beaten you are;
If you think you dare not, you don’t;
If you’d like to win, but think you can’t
it’s almost a cinch you won’t.
If you think you’ll lose you’re lost;
For out the world we find success begins
with a person’s faith;
it’s all in the state of mind.
Life’s battles don’t always go
to the stronger or faster hand;
They go to the one who trusts in God
and always thinks “I CAN”
What the greatest intellectuals of the world say about Hinduism….
Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862), American Philosopher, Unitarian, social critic, transcendentalist and writer:
"In the morning I bathe my intellect in the stupendous and cosmogonal philosophy of the Bhagavad Gita in comparison with which our modern world and its literature seems puny."
"Whenever I have read any part of the Vedas, I have felt that some unearthly and unknown light illuminated me. In the great teaching of the Vedas, there is no touch of sectarianism. It is of all ages, climes and nationalities and is the royal road for the attainment of the Great Knowledge. When I am at it, I feel that I am under the spangled heavens of a summer night."
Arthur Schopenhauer (1788-1860), German philosopher and writer.
He was one of the greatest philosophers of the 19th century.
"In the whole world there is no study so beneficial and so elevating as that of the Upanishads. It has been the solace of my life -- it will be the solace of my death."
Ralph Waldo Emerson, (1803-1882) author, essayist, lecturer, philosopher, Unitarian minister said this about the Gita:
" The Indian teaching, through its clouds of legends, has yet a simple and grand religion, like a queenly countenance seen through a rich veil."
Mark Twain (1835-1910) the American writer and humorist wrote: "India, the land of religions, cradle of human race, birthplace of human speech, grandmother of legend, great grandmother of tradition. The land that all men desire to see and having seen once even by a glimpse, would not give that glimpse for the shows of the rest of the globe combined."
Mark Twain remarked: " India has two million gods, and worships them all. In religion all other countries are paupers; India is the only millionaire."
Dr. Arnold Joseph Toynbee(1889-1975) the great British historian. His massive research was published in 12 volumes between 1934 and 1961 as `A Study of History'. Toynbee was a major interpreter of human civilization in the 20th century. "It is already becoming clear that a chapter which had a Western beginning will have to have an Indian ending if it is not to end in self-destruction of the human race. At this supremely dangerous moment in human history, the only way of salvation is the ancient Hindu way. Here we have the attitude and spirit that can make it possible for the human race to grow together in to a single family."
Annie Wood Besant (1847-1933), George Bernand Shaw regarded her the " greatest woman public speaker of her time." Was a prominent leader of India's freedom movement, member of the Indian National Congress, and of the Theosophical Society, said on India and Hinduism :
"After a study of some forty years and more of the great religions of the world, I find none so perfect ,none so scientific, none so philosophical and no so spiritual that the great religion known by the name of Hinduism. Make no mistake, without Hinduism, India has no future. Hinduism is the soil in to which India's roots are stuck and torn out of that she will inevitably wither as a tree torn out from its place. And if Hindus do not maintain Hinduism who shall save it? If India's own children do not cling to her faith who shall guard it. India alone can save India and India and Hinduism are one. "
Jules Michelet, (1789-1874), French writer, the greatest historian of the romantic school said: "At its starting point in India, the birthplace of races and religions, the womb of the world." 24
Will Durant, (1885-1981) American historian
"India was the motherland of our race, and Sanskrit the mother of Europe's languages: she was the mother of our philosophy; mother, through the Arabs, of much of our mathematics; mother, through the Buddha, of the ideals embodied in Christianity; mother, through the village community, of self-government and democracy. Mother India is in many ways the mother of us all."
Aldous Huxley (1894-1963) the English novelist and essayist
"The Bhagavad-Gita is the most systematic statement of spiritual evolution of endowing value to mankind. The Gita is one of the clearest and most comprehensive summaries of the spiritual thoughts ever to have been made."