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Editorial – May 2019

A poet has said ‘Society, friendship and love are divinely bestowed upon a man. It touches the gentle chords of our heart. But it presupposes faith in divinity and God. Therein lies the first hurdle in our journey to spiritual realisation. Doubts have assailed throughout ages not only in the minds of ordinary men fractured by diverse earthly desires and pursuits. Not only that, the argumentative mind often disputes even the very existence of God and the concept of divinity.

There is always this conflict since the time man wanted to transcend the mortal existence of mankind. The argument goes on forever and sometimes is reduced to more semantics. Then what do we ordinary mortals do? Our only refuge is in faith     “বিশ্বাসে মিলায় বস্তু তর্কে বহুদূর” In the dark shadow of doubts and faithlessness, only the kindly light of unwavering trust and faith can reveal the ultimate truth that we may call God, Brahman or by any other expression dear to our heart. We must not doubt or falter.

2. This month of May saw the world’s largest democracy in full action to elect the representatives who will guide and serve 130 cores of citizens of India for next five years. It was democracy in full play in its greatness. We are all part of this peaceful and truthful transfer of power, barring minor contretemps. We salute Indian Democracy in its dynamic magnificence.

3. This month is of remembrance and homage to who not only changed the stagnant and murky face of medieval Indian but also opened the closed doors of India to allow the entry of modern lights from other lands from across the seven seas to remove thousand years of darkness and cobwebs that bound the people in sorrow, disease misery, ignorance and the onslaught of divisive forces. The first and foremost among them is Raja Rammohun Roy. He is one of the great makers of modern India. Rabindranath, to whom we shall come a few lines later, called him ‘Bharat-Pathik’ or the Indian traveller. He trotted alone the path which had been lost for ages due to ignorance, lack of courage and vision, and conflict among small groups on mean and vicious issues. Rammohun declared that we are all children of one and only Divinity which pervades the entire universe, both inert and living. He opened his new Church of ‘Brahmo Samaj’ inviting all the people of the world without any discrimination of caste, creed, religion and geographical boundary.  He co notated concept of “Viswa Manab” or world citizen. He was born in Radhanagar in Bengal, now West Bengal, in colonial India. He was born on 22nd May, 1772. Our Samaj will homage to the memory of this colossus with great devotion and humility by garlanding his statue in the Maidan of Kolkata in the morning and a divine service in the evening in Samaj temple. In May, as God ordained, another great soul and the spiritual inheritor of Rammohun arrived later on the wide canvass of Brahmo Samaj. He was Maharshi Debendranath Thakur who was born on 15th May, 1817. He established Adi Brahmo Samaj. Initiated a bright, and eager group of 48 young men like Keshab Chandra Sen, Ananda Mohan Bose, Shibnath Sashtri and other stalwarts. The rest is history. Samaj paid homage to this great ‘Rishi on his anniversary.

Then we come to 8th May, 1861. On this day Rabindranath Thakur, son of Maharshi Debendranath Thakur, was born. He is the first Indian Nobel Laureate. He was a poet, a literature, a painter and a world traveller. But above all he was a lover of beauty, both earthly and divine. He was a great composer of songs and ‘Rabindra Sangeet ‘and it is was a legend. But above all he was spiritually united with god or ‘Brahman’ as you may call it. He was the greatest of great Indians but at the same time the humblest. That is why he said “I bow down my head on the dust at your feet and all my pride and conceit be drowned in my tears”. His birthday, 25th Baisakh was celebrated all over the world on 9th May. Brahmo Samaj also paid its humble homage on this occasion.

5. The usual Samaj activities are going in their usual rhythm. There has been some fund constraints in running the Brahmo Balika Shikshalaya. Kind members and well-wishers may donate liberally for the cause.

God be with us.

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