Q:Then what you really desire is national efficiency?
Swamiji Ans: "Certainly. Can you adduce any reason why India should lie in the ebb-tide of the Aryan nations? Is she inferior in intellect? Is she inferior in dexterity? Can you look at her art, at her mathematics, at her philosophy, and answer 'yes'? All that is ...needed is that she should de-hypnotise herself and wake up from her age-long sleep to take her true rank in the hierarchy of nations."
Q: "But India has always had her deep inner life. Are you not afraid, Swamiji, that in attempting to make her active you may take from her, her one great treasure?"
Swamiji Ans: "Not at all. The history of the past has gone to develop the inner life of India and the activity (i.e. the outer life) of the West. Hitherto these have been divergent. The time has now come for them to unite. Ramakrishna Paramahamsa was alive to the depths of being, yet on the outer plane who was more active? This is the secret. Let your life be as deep as the ocean, but let it also be as wide as the sky.
- Swami Vivekananda
REAWAKENING OF HINDUISM ON A NATIONAL BASIS
(Prabuddha Bharata, September, 1898)