Janani Janmabhoomi Swargadapi Gariyasi

1 February, 2024

The beautiful Sanskrit phrase "Janani Janmabhoomi Swargadapi Gariyasi," which translates to "Mother and motherland are superior even to heaven," is a profound statement that resonates across cultures and carries timeless significance.

This phrase appears in two Shlokas in Valmiki’s Ramayana and emphasises the unique and irreplaceable bond one shares with one’s mother and the place one belongs to. In Indian culture, the mother is considered the embodiment of selfless love, nurturing care, and sacrifice. Similarly, the motherland represents one's roots, heritage, and sense of belonging. Together, they symbolize the highest ideals and values that one cherishes above all else.

Indian civilisation is the oldest surviving civilisation and one of its enduring principles has been nation before self. Patriotism is a noble emotion that motivates people to be responsible citizens and work towards the betterment of their nation. It also helps in developing a positive self-identity and makes one more respectful and open towards other cultures.

Pujya Gurudev Swami Chinmayananda believed that a nation’s culture emanates from shared values and its continuance depends upon the youth developing pride in their nation. He wanted all Indians to learn more about their heritage and take pride in it.

In today's globalised world, where mobility and cultural exchange are commonplace, developing a true understanding of one’s cultural and national heritage is vital to understanding one’s true identity. It also helps one cultivate empathy, understanding and respect for other cultures, which fosters a sense of global citizenship.

Chinmaya Vidyalaya believes every school shoulders the great responsibility of moulding the leaders and responsible citizens of tomorrow. The Chinmaya Vision Programme includes knowledge of Indian culture and aims to inculcate patriotism and national pride in every learner as it is a vital part of their comprehensive development.