My dear Pranav,
Vinoba was a great believer in the fusion of science and spirituality
(Self-knowledge). The bridge between the knowledge of the outer world
(science) and the knowledge of the inner world (self-knowledge) is the
word. He has referred to this power of the word in many of his speeches.
"The Sanskrit word of poet, kavi has a deep meaning. The kavi is
the seer of revolution, whose vision pierces beyond the immediate.
These two eyes of ours see what lies immediately around us, and
shows us all the beauty of the world for our enjoyment. But their
powers are limited. Beyond this present world is another world of
interest and delight which they cannot reach; but man is blind to
the beauty of that world because his two eyes are open only to
this immediate world. It is only when this third eye opens that he
becomes aware of a world of energies at work behind, beyond and
within the common experiences of the visible world. It is this
vision, this awareness, that inspires great literature and which
deserves our reverence.....
"The great poets - Valmiki, Vyasa, Dante, Shakespeare, Homer, Rabindranath -
have enriched the world's life forever by the power of their
creative and transforming thought. They brought peace and vigour and
hope, when peace and vigour and hope were needed. Their insight, their
thought, their transcendent vision, are the hidden springs from which
have arisen the world's great revolutions....
"The power of science, the power of self-knowledge, the power of the
word - these three forces have shaped the world we know and will
mould it in future Science changes the material aspects of life and
creates an environment which makes its impact on the mind of man
also. However, it does not influence the mind directly. The word, on
the other hand, directly touches the heart; self-knowledge illuminates
life from within. The light of science comes from without, the light
of self-knowledge comes from within, and the Word is the bridge
between the two, bringing them together and shedding light on both.
To use the image of Tulsidas, both the inner world and the outer
can be illumined if the lamp of the Name (Hari nam) is sent upon
the threshold of the door - which is the tongue.
Such is the power of the word, of speech (vani) which is God's
supreme gift to man. It is a gift potent for good and for evil;
use it wrongly and society is doomed; use it well, and society goes
forward for everybody's well-being. As the Rigveda says, the wise man
winnows his speech as the housewife winnows grain, rejecting the chaff
and stones, and choosing the healthy corn. A society whose speech is
clean and pure, strong and simple, is a happy society. For speech is
the binding force joining the inner world with the outer, and science
with self-knowledge, and all the energies of the world with one
another. The word is the subtle power, and many other powers are
hidden within it." (1)
The word is the clothing of the idea and thought. Vinoba constantly wanted to propagate thought. His
idea of Sarvodaya Samaj was the fellowship of people who believed in the power of thought.