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Sunday, October 02, 2011

Remembering Bapu

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Time and again, I try to revisit Gandhi ji, His thoughts, his actions, his beliefs and message. I always find something new, something which is so much more relevant as time passes by. Gandhi ji was a great scholar and   whatever he said or whatever he did was always backed by so much of thinking, reading and analysis. His life was an open book, without any internet based Social media those days. He relied on the real world, human interactions and real life based social media, wherein anybody can walk to him anytime, support or oppose, understand him or make judgment without understanding at free will.

Let’s revisit some of words of wisdom and try to understand in our own context, the relevance of these words-

“The Roots of Violence: Wealth without work, Pleasure without conscience, Knowledge without character, Commerce without morality, Science without humanity, Worship without sacrifice, Politics without principles”

A very complex statement, each and every part needs to read and re-read so as to get to the gist of the underlying rational. 

We seldom wonder, who we are, where we come from, how are we different from others, other life forms etc. A simple thought, a restatement which was said by numerous religious and political leaders in the past, 

A man is the sum of his actions, of what he has done, of what he can do, Nothing else.
Mahatma Gandhi

While some of modern philosophers and thinkers have written off religion on accounts of scientific grounds, but just because religion cant contest and win with Science on some of the grounds, does not mean that Science is the supreme, ultimate truth. Both Science and Religion are tools to discover and comprehend the chaos in nature (which includes human body, mind, thoughts, earth, extra-terrestrial, inter galactic matters etc).

No Religion which is narrow and which cannot satisfy the test of reason will survive the coming reconstruction of society in which the values will have and character and not possession of wealth, title or birth will be the test of merit.

He foresaw the changing times and the changing fabric of the society. He realized that Religions are not sacrosanct and should evolve to address the changing times, should be able to stand the test of Logic. A firm believer in Meritocracy, his above statement was ahead of his times, when the Indian society was deeply marred and divided on social, cultural, religious grounds.  
The statement below is quiet an interesting statement. He does not support the whole idea of living life based on blind ideologies. While we are the way we are and we believe in whatever we believe, but Gandhi ji argues that the Ideologies and Beliefs should not be followed just to feel good about ourselves, to appear consistent to ourselves and to the rest of the world.

Constant development is the law of the life and a man who always tries to maintain his dogmas in order to appear consistent drives himself to a false position.

In quest for truth and knowledge, one can or sometimes can’t keep harping the age old (may be a year old, a decade old, a millennium old) philosophies because some wise men said so.
Gandhi ji’s Life was his message. 

He said what he believed, he constantly questioned what he believed, and he did what he said and said.


  1. It's good to c that you read what Gandhiji said.. I thought today's youth was not really bothered about all this.

    Reall liked the first thought quoted above... very deep and very true.


  2. I remember one thing Gandhi ji said which used to be in the front pages of NCERT books, whenever you are in a fix regarding taking a decision, choose that path which you won't regret 10 years down the lane. I wrote the gist of that philosophy. Great post, thanks for sharing the wisdom...


  3. thanks Saru, Restless for your comments. Just trying to understand what Gandhi ji said and why..

  4. Good article. 'Politics without principle"- how apt it is in today's world.

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  6. ... alas these days it has become fashionable to go about Gandhi bashing.

    And among the even more ignorant - they realate MK Gandhi with the current Gandhi family at country's helm! (Positively or negatively according to which side they are)

  7. Good post. In the long term perhaps Gandhiji's greatest relevance will be to the cause of Conservation of natural least 60 years before it became a concern for mankind in the 90. Fascinating....

  8. Hey Macho ... Nice Post ... I did not know about your blog ... :)


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