“ … I know and have experienced hundreds of times that beyond the blackest darkness there lies for one who is a divine instrument the light of God’s victory. I have never had a strong and persistent will for anything to happen in the world - I am not speaking of personal things - which did not eventually happen even after delay, defeat or even disaster”.
--- Sri Aurobindo
--- Sri Aurobindo
“ Those of us who foresee that which may or ought to be are nevertheless well aware that though the fulfilment of the prophecy is inevitable, yet the time factor may not work out as indicated”.
It has been the prerogative of a few human beings, blessed with the gift of prophecy, to predict events to happen in future, while it is instinctual with subhuman species, in the animal kingdom to perceive the calamities which are going to happen in the immediate next few hours. Man, the homosapien, being endowed with theoption of free-will and a sense of discrimination may pooh-pooh predictions, or in the light of such visions may mend his style of life for his progress countering the possible adverse future, or may work for his country’s or race’s aggrandizement.
What is a prediction or prophecy? The belief is, it is a message which is beyond the ken of a common man --- an event to happen which the eye of man has not seen, the ear of man has not heard nor, his tongue tasted or hand contrived or heart grasped. The history of mankind is replete with instances, where exceptional men and women, being blessed with uncommon vision, spoke well in advance of the things to happen both locally and globally. Very ancient nations like India, China and Israel, to name a few, have been exclusively privileged to foresee future events and prophesy. The Koran claims 2 lakh prophets though only six of them are prominent; and Christianity believes, there are four major prophets and twelve minor prophets.
These days works like The Visions of Nostradamus (1555), Cheiro’s predictions in England, Bhavishya Puraana in Sanskrit, ‘Kala Jnana’ - fore knowledge of Time envisioned by Sri Veerabrahmam in Telugu are a few that are now popular. Further, predictions from several Himalayan Masters and Tibetan monks gained wide circulation.
Sri Aurobindo amongst the moderns, known to the outside world as a Mahayogi, Freedom fighter, Epic-poet, Philosopher and so on is but little known as a prophet nonpareil ! Sri Aurobindo had not pronounced his predictions, all at a time or released them in a book form. During his rare interviews with a very selected few, or his casual talks with his close disciples or in his major works, as and when a situation warranted, spontaneously his vision used to gleam to prophesy events. Therefore, his prophecies are a variety and have to be culled out carefully.
Sri Aurobindo is indeed a “Prophet of Indian Nationalism”, “an avatar” and “a ray directly from the Supreme” commissioned to bring here “Supramental Light” which pushes the very evolution a step upwards. But, firstly, as he himself disclosed it, it was his sole aim to kindle thespirit of total independence in the hearts of the slave-citizens of British India. He did it and left for Pondicherry to achieve the former one.
A modern Bhagiratha, Sri Aurobindo indeed is !.
In 1910, Sri Aurobindo visualized how India would attain independence. In his message to a Tamil Weekly called “India”, he narrated :
“Since 1907, we are living in a new era which is full of hope for India. Not only India but the whole world will see upheavals and revolutionary changes. The high will become low and the low high. The oppressed and the depressed shall be elevated. The nation and humanity will be animated by a new Consciousness, new thought and new efforts will be made to reach new ends. Amidst these revolutionary changes, India will become free”. (Sri Aurobindo : The Hope of Man, P. 350) Again, in 1918 a revolutionary by name A.B.Purani met Sri Aurobindo and implored him to tell him about India’s independence; Sri Aurobindo had this to presage:
“You can take it from me, it is as certain as the rising sun of tomorrow. The decree has already gone forth, it may not be long in coming”. (Evening Talks with Sri Aurobindo, P.19) Later, he said it would be on his birthday.
It may not be beside the point, to quote, the words of the Mother pronounced from the same Ashram precincts, that echo the selfsame prophecy of Sri Aurobindo; The Mother disclosed it upon the query of her disciple in 1927: “Listen! The British did not conquer India. You yourselves handed over the country to the British. In the same manner the British will themselves hand over the country to you. And they will do it in a hurry as if a ship were waiting to take them away”.
The disciple asked, when that would be — the Mother perorated :
“… When a Japanese warship will come to the Indian ocean, India will get her freedom”. (Life in Sri Aurobindo Ashram, P. 306)
Yes! The second World War nearly came to a finish. The Japanese forces arrived at the Andamans. As Sri Aurobindo predicted, the fateful Friday, the destined Friday, the good Friday dawned - Friday, 15 August, 1947, India got her independence; Sri Aurobindo’s Seventy Fifty Birth Day as well ! Alas, India was divided into Hindusthan and Pakistan. Oh, India had won only, “ a fissured and broken freedom”.
Sri Aurobindo the prophet and the Messiah that he was, broadcast his message to the Nation, on this historic occasion :
“India today is free but she has not achieved unity… The old communal division into Hindus and Muslims seems now to have hardened into a permanent political division of the country. It is to be hoped that this settled fact will not be accepted as settled for ever or as anything more than a temporary expedient. For if it lasts, India may be seriously weakened, even crippled : Civil strife may remain always possible, possible even a newinvasion and foreign conquest … This must not be; the partition must go. Let us hope that it may come about naturally, by an increasing recognition of the necessity not only of peace and concord but of common action, by the practice of common action and the creation of means for that purpose. In this way unity may finally come about under whatever form - the exact form may have a pragmatic but not a fundamental importance. But by whatever means, in whatever way, the division must go : Unity must and will be achieved, for it is necessary for the greatness of Indias’ future”. On the occasion of Mahatma Gandhi’s death, Sri Aurobindo gave his prophetic message. Even this, once again presages a unification :
“… The power that brought us through so much struggle and suffering to freedom will achieve also, through whatever strife or trouble, the aim which so poignantly occupied the thoughts of the fallen leader at the time of his tragic ending; as it brought us freedom, it will bring us unity. A free and united India will be there and the Mother will gather around her sons and weld them into a single national strength in the life of a great and united people."
Now, at the end of 50 precious years of her Independence, India celebrates the Golden Jubilee too. Has Sri Aurobindo’s prophecy come true? At this critical juncture, it must be explicated and its veracity tested. A bird’s eye view of the events that took place in the subcontinent during the last 52 years - at least the major events - and the consequences of India’s partition, as adumbrated in Sri Aurobindo’s prophecy, confirm the accuracy of his vision :
The mounting tension along the Indo-Pak border - the prevalence of Civic strife on either side of the border - Occupation of Azad Kashmir by Pakistan - the Chinese invasion in 1962- the Indo-Pak war in 1965 - genocide in East Pakistan in 1971 - Exodus of ten million refugees to India from East Pakistan - formation of Bangladesh - Liquidation of “Two nation theory” - the current Mohajir movement in Pakistan - the ever increasing terrorist activity in Kashmir - the recent atomic bomb testing by both the countries - the terrible strain on our economy - instability of governments in both the nations - Pakistan’s futile attempts to internationalise the Kashmir issue at several summit conferences - are the cardinal events demonstrating that Sri Aurobindo’s prediction is getting unfolded.
Still, the forecast that “partition must go” is the red-herring of the total issue ! A direct answer cannot be had now.
What the Mother had said, may give one the needed relief. Partition of India was not demarcated on the astral plane, where the blueprint of the Earth’s destiny was drawn. What was not there could not happen here and the Time scale varies from there to here.
Even now it is not too late - all is not lost - India, Pakistan and Bangladesh may come closer to form a confederation (Sri Aurobindo Vol. II) or a sub-continental-Economic-community a la the recent Common European economy and so on.
Time-eternal will solve the issue.
As Sri Aurobindo says in his epic “Savitri”:
“A few shall see what none yet understands,
God shall grow up while the wise men talk and sleep:
For man shall not know the coming till its hour
and belief shall be not till the work is done”.
- Dr. D.Venkateswara Rao