I am pleased to have the following song rendered for your listening pleasure ;) on the eve of our Mahatma Gandhiji's 136th Birth Anniversary. The song kindles the spirit of love thru Sri Rama and is one of Gandhijis favorite bhajans
Hear a better rendition of the same song by checking this out.
Another rendition of the same song as rendered by Ashit Desai can be gotten by clicking here
Also , check out "Vaishnavajan to " here
"He Ram, He Ram" or "Rama, Rama".- Gandhijis last words
Hinduism & Gandhi
- By Jagmohan, Former Governor of J & K and former Union
Minister (From the Statesman, Calcutta, 2/10/05)
On Gandhiâ€™s birthday, instead of going round the samadhis and attending
prayer meeting ritualistically, the ruling elite will do well to think
how strong and healthy India could be built on it spiritual traditions
and how Hinduism as viewed by Gandhiji could be used to refertilize and
revitalize that tradition. Dr. S. Radhakrishnan, in connection with his
study of religion posed three questions to Mahatma Gandhi. What is your
religion? How are you led to it? What is its bearing on social life?
Gandhi answered the first question thus: â€œMy religion is Hinduism
which, for me, is the religion of humanity and includes the best of all
religions known to me.â€ï¿½ In response to the second question, Gandhi
said: â€œI take it that the present tense in this question has been purposely
used, instead of the past. I am led to my religion through truth and
non-violence. I often describe my religion as religion of truth. Of late,
instead of saying God is Truth, I have been saying Truth is God. We are
all sparks of Truth. The sum total of these sparks is indescribable, as
yet unknown Truth, which is God. I am daily led nearer to it by
To the third question, Gandhi replied: â€œthe bearing of this
religion on social life is, or has to be seen in oneâ€™s daily social contact.
To be true to such religion, one has to lose oneself in continuous and
continuing service of all in life. Realization of Truth is impossible
without a complete merging of oneself in and identification with this
limitless ocean of life. Hence for me, there is no escape from social
service; there is no happiness on earth beyond or apart from it. In this
scheme, there is nothing low, nothing high. For all is one, though we
seem to be manyâ€ï¿½.
Gandhi elaborated: â€œThe deeper I study Hinduism, the stronger
becomes the belief in me that Hinduism is as broad as the universe.
Something within me tells me that for all the deep veneration I show to
several religions, I am all the more a Hindu, nonetheless for itâ€ï¿½.
On the Mahatmaâ€™s birthday it seems necessary to bring home these
fundamentals, particularly to those who go on condemning Hinduism without
even studying it and also to those members of the ruling elite whose
attachment to fake and fraudulent â€œgodsâ€ï¿½ have made the country a den of
corruption, callousness, confusion and criminality.
Gandhiâ€™s elucidation makes it clear that true Hinduism is nothing
but spiritual secularism. To relegate such a religion and to follow a
shallow and superficial secularism is one of the worst sins that the
false problems of contemporary India are committing. They call Gandhi the
Father of the Nation. Yet in practice they do everything to negate all
Throughout human history, religion has remained a potent force despite
all the pounding it has received from thinkers like Marx who called it
â€œopiate of the massesâ€ï¿½, and Freud who termed it as â€œa collective
neurosis of the massesâ€ï¿½. It may be relevant to recall a talk between Cardinal
Gonsalvic and Napoleon. The Cardinal was pleading the case for the
church. Napoleon got annoyed on some point and shouted at the Cardinal
â€œYour Eminence, are you not aware that I have the power to destroy the
Catholic Church?â€ï¿½ The Cardinal smiled and replied, â€œYour Majesty, we the
Catholic Clergy for the last 1800 have done our level best to destroy
the Catholic Church. We did not succeed. You will not succeed either.â€ï¿½
This conversation brings out in a telling manner the staying power of
religion, notwithstanding its internal and external destroyers.
While religion has its influence in every country, it is more so
in India. Swami Vivekananda, with his characteristic clarity and
insight, has observed: â€œEach nation, like each individual, has one theme in
life, which is its centre, the principal note around which every other
note comes to form the harmony. If anyone attempts to throw off this
central note, that is, its national vitality, the direction which has
become its own through the transmission of centuries, that nation dies. In
India, religious life forms the centre, the key-note of the whole music
of national life. Take away region from India nothing would be left.â€ï¿½
Power in present-day India has become an end in itself. Justice is
being buried deeper and deeper. Means however unscrupulous are resorted to
and then rationalized. Corruption in public life has attained alarming
proportions. Most of our institutions have lost their underlying
motivation of service and become effete and venal.
Why has this happened? Why have our state and society become soulless
entities? Why have criminals enlarged their hold on politics? And why
have power and pelf become everything and justice and truth nothing?
The answer to these questions is that the ethical foundation of
Hinduism, as seen by Gandhi, which could provide â€œan awakened conscienceâ€ï¿½ to
an individual and make him an honest, just and compassionate component
of society has been destroyed partly by the stink and slush of our past
degeneration and partly by the type of spurious secularism which has
been exploited in post-independence India.
Hinduism, as made clear by Gandhi, sees all human beings as
â€œsparks of truth/divinityâ€ï¿½. As such, it neither goes against any other
religion nor is it incompatible with the constitutional goals of equality,
fraternity, liberty and justice. If the same divinity constitutes the
core of all individuals, they cannot but be equal. Further, divinity in
one person cannot in any way be unjust to the same divinity in another
person. As the Gita puts it, â€œSeeing the same God equally present in
everything, one does not injure the self by self; and goes to the highest
In Hinduism, Gandhi saw a unique quality: â€œIn it there is room for
the worship of all the prophets of the world. It is not a missionary
religion in the ordinary sense of the worldâ€ï¿½. Gandhi underlined: â€œGod is
not encased in a safe to be approached only through a little hole in
it, but He is open to be approached through billions of openings by those
who are humble and pure of heartâ€ï¿½.
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"Generations to come will scarcely believe that such a man in flesh and blood once trod upon this earth"." -Albert Einstein