The Mahamandal’s aim is to build a good society, healthy society, of people who have hearts full of love, sympathy, compassion, and the urge to serve others. Our task is to make this sort of men in a large number, so that they become the majority in the society.
Today if you look at our society, it is in a very bad shape. Worst possible shape our society has taken, not only in India, but almost in every country. In the past this country was so nice, so beautiful. But, first of all, India has been trisected. When we were school students, what a beautiful India we saw! One India! When we finished Class X and were waiting for the final examination, we heard that India was going to be free. It had been ruled by the foreigners for a long time, for centuries. It was going to be liberated. What a beautiful thing! Our geography teacher used to hang the map of India on a blackboard. How beautiful it appeared to us. It looked like the physique of the Mother, our Motherland. We used to worship the Mother. And the Mother was trisected. Greed and love of power threw those men who descended on our people to declare, ‘We are your leaders, we will save you, we will do everything.’ And they trisected India into Pakistan, East Pakistan, and the rest, the middle part that we now call ‘India’. The India of ancient times was so big. The Burma side, as you see in the map, used to appear before me as the end part of the clothes of my mother, that stretched towards the Bay of Bengal. It was the idol of the Mother. But these people cut her into pieces, just as beasts are cut into pieces to be devoured.
Of what is left, you know the condition. The sole objective of the privileged is to make more and more money and to ensure more and more sense-pleasure at the cost of others. You will find very little fair deeds around you. Foul means are adopted everywhere with impunity to satisfy desires. Such is the condition. This should not be tolerated. We should something to bring about a change, a revolutionary change. Not changes of roads, airports, sea-ports – more ships, more aircrafts, more flyovers, more highways, and so on. Not just these things. These have become more important now than human lives. But the most important thing is: human beings are being neglected. What sort of education are we giving to our young men? From Calcutta University to Oxford University, scores of Ph.D. papers are partly or fully stolen from others. A professor was appointed in a university in West Bengal. To become a university professor, Ph.D. is required. But he had no Ph.D. After twenty years it came to be known that he had only submitted a thesis in a foreign university, but did not get a Ph.D. We will have our education from such persons who do not even have honesty.
All problems of our country boil down to this simple assertion: we have too few men of character. The solution is, therefore, man-making. This idea of the Mahamandal should be pushed into the hearts of the youth with the ideal of Swami Vivekananda. He came to lift mankind, to lift India. He worked for the whole world. He realized the supreme Truth and illuminated the human mind of the world. And his appeal was mainly to the young men – to work for the sake of their life, for the sake of India as well as the world.
So, we have expectations from you, young men of India. Build your lives on a strong ground, with a broad heart, a keen intellect, a strong physique. Acquire right knowledge, and with the feelings of your broad heart, translate those great ideas into action in society for the welfare of all – from the richest to the poorest, from the educated to the ignorant.
You will have to be men first. The body must be strong, and there must be restraint. But by body only men are not built. Is the heart like that of a beast or of a man or of a devatā? That is the real test of manhood. All the sorrows and sufferings of the world will be yours. With the help of the body and mind you will always do good to all. Your constant prayer will be for the wellbeing of all. If you have some wealth, a part of it will be given to those who have not. This type of young men is requiredin large numbers. To understand this nobody is there either in the government or in the political parties. This meditation, this dream, is there in nobody. Young men have to come forward and fulfill this dream.
In this training camp, you are 1309 this year from so many States of India. You have taken all the troubles to come to this small village, where there is no proper connecting road even. Why? – To listen to something very important. We are sure you will not get these ideas anywhere else. There are so many organizations – religious, cultural, political. Nowhere will you hear these ideas. So, it is our good fortune that we have been able to came here and exchange our ideas. If you really like these ideas, accept them in such a way that you can translate them into action in your life.
One should learn to live for others, not for oneself. One who lives for oneself is like a beast. Those who want to be men will live for others. Our strength, knowledge, wealth – everything will be used for the good of others. In short, this is the aim of the Mahamandal.