What is the cause of the present chaos? It is exploitation, I will not say of the weaker nations by the stronger, but of sister nations by sister nations. And my fundamental objection to machinery rests on the fact that it is machinery that has enabled these nations to exploit others. In itself it isContinue reading

Sister Nivedita, The Web of Indian Life

For thousands of years must Indian women have risen with the light to perform the Salutation of the Threshold. Thousands of years of simplicity and patience, like that of the peasant, like that of the grass, speak in the beautiful rite. It is this patience of woman that makes civilisations. It is this patience ofContinue reading “Sister Nivedita, The Web of Indian Life”

Swami Vivekananda, INDIA’S GIFT TO THE WORLD

(Brooklyn Standard Union, February 27, 1895) Swami Vivekananda, the Hindoo monk, delivered a lecture Monday night under the auspices of the Brooklyn Ethical Association before a fairly large audience at the hall of the Long Island Historical Society, corner Pierrepont and Clinton streets. His subject was “India’s Gift to the World”.  He spoke of theContinue reading “Swami Vivekananda, INDIA’S GIFT TO THE WORLD”

Swami Vivekananda, Letter to Mary Hale, 30th October, 1899

To Miss Mary HaleRIDGELY MANOR, 30th October, 1899. MY DEAR OPTIMIST, I received your letter and am thankful that something has come to force optimistic laissez faire into action. Your questions have tapped the very source of pessimism, however. British rule in modern India has only one redeeming feature, though unconscious; it has brought IndiaContinue reading “Swami Vivekananda, Letter to Mary Hale, 30th October, 1899”

V.I Lenin, The Awakening of Asia

Was it so long ago that China was considered typical of the lands that had been standing still for centuries? Today China is a land of seething political activity, the scene of a virile social movement and of a democratic upsurge. Following the 1905 movement in Russia, the democratic revolution spread to the whole of Asia—toContinue reading “V.I Lenin, The Awakening of Asia”