The topics discussed in this book pertain not to any particular event in history, but deal essentially with the broad sweep of the modern age and with the vital role that India must play, both spiritual and practical, in this age if she is to attain her full potential?a consummation from which the world will necessarily benefit. Originally these articles were published as editorials in the monthly journal Prabuddha Bharata in the later half of the 1920s and had created a stir in the India's intellectual, nationalist, and religious circles, being extremely thoughtful and deeply inspiring.
What the world wants is character. The world is in need of those whose life is one burning love--selfless. That love will make every word tell like a thunderbolt. Awake, awake, great souls! The world is burning in misery. Can you sleep? Work unto death--I am with you, and when I am gone, my spirit will work with you. This life comes and goes--wealth, fame, enjoyments are only of a few days. It is better, far better, to die on the field of duty, preaching the truth than to die like a worldly worm. Advance!