Long years ago we made a tryst with destiny, and now
the time comes when we shall redeem our pledge, not wholly or in full measure,
but very substantially. At the stroke of the midnight hour, when the world
sleeps, India will awake to life and freedom. A moment comes, which comes but
rarely in history, when we step out from the old to the new, when an age ends,
and when the soul of a nation, long supressed, finds utterance. It is fitting
that at this solemn moment we take the pledge of dedica...
Sisters and Brothers of America,
It fills my heart with joy unspeakable to rise in response
to the warm and cordial welcome which you have given us. I thank you in the
name of the most ancient order of monks in the world; I thank you in the name
of the mother of religions, and I thank you in the name of millions and
millions of Hindu people of all classes and sects.
My thanks, also, to some of the speakers on this platform
who, referring to the delegates from the Orient, have told you that ...