Archive for the ‘Gandhi’ Category

I have been striving to attain moksha

September 21, 2009

What I want to achieve, what I have been striving and pining to achieve these thirty years, is self- realization, to see God face to face, to attain moksha.*

Gandhi

* moksha is the Hindu idea of escape/release from the wheel of rebirth/reincarnation and to attain mystical union with God/Brahman.

People are driven to act by their worldview.

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I believe with my whole soul that the God of the Koran is also the God of Bhagavad Gita

September 17, 2009

My whole soul rebels against the idea that Hinduism and Islam represent two antagonistic cultures and doctrines. To assent to such a doctrine is for me a denial of God, for I believe with my whole soul that the God of the Koran is also the God of Bhagavad Gita.

M.K.Gandhi, in Rediscovering Gandhi, Yogesh Chadha, pp.368-9

…which is irrational since the conceptions of God in those two books are mutually exclusive. If ‘God’ is the God of both books then all the parts of the two traditions that are mutually exclusive must be removed – and who could trust what remains?

The God of the Koran abhors images, but for the Hindu Brahman is worshipped through images and representations and incarnations. But God has no partners and certainly never even once became incarnate as ANY muslim will quickly tell you according to his holy book. Perhaps Gandhi’s god was schizophrenic – poor thing.

The Evil in Ghandi

August 23, 2009

I do not know what evil there is in me. I have a strain of cruelty in me, as others say, such that people force themselves to do things, even to attempt impossible things, in order to please me. Lacking the necessary strength, they put on a false show and deceive me. Even Gokhale used to tell me that I was so harsh that people felt terrified of me and allowed themselves to be dragged against their will out of sheer fear or in the attempt to please me…I put [he said] far too heavy a burden on people. He, too, [he added] strained himself to do things beyond his capacity when he was asked by me.

Ghandi, in a letter from Gujarati, April 22nd, 1914, quoted in Rediscovering Ghandi, Yogesh Chadha, Arrow, 1997, pp.190-191

Richard Attenborough left this bit out of his film as I recall.