Tuesday, December 25, 2018

Gandhi, Christ and Christianity

Gandhi, Christ and Christianity

By Pascal Alan Nazareth

Gandhi's fundamental contribution in the field of religion was to give primacy to Truth and rationality rather than conformity to traditional practices. In fact he made Truth the basis of all morality by declaring: "I reject any religious doctrine that does not appeal to reason and is in conflict with morality".

Though a deeply devout Hindu, Gandhi's basic approach to all religions was 'sarvadharma samabhav' (equal respect for all religions). For him all religions had equal status and were different paths to the same goal of achieving union with the Divine. His religion was that "which transcends Hinduism, which changes one's very nature, binds one indissolubly to the truth within and ever purifies. It is the permanent element in human nature which leaves the soul restless until it has found itself, known its maker and appreciated the true correspondence between the maker and itself." He affirmed "For me different religions are beautiful flowers from the same garden or branches of the same majestic tree." He often said he was as much a Moslem, Christian, Sikh, Buddhist, Jain and Parsee as he was Hindu and added "The hands that serve are holier than the lips that pray." At his prayer meetings there were readings from all the holy books. His favourite hymn began with the line "He alone is a true devotee of God who understands the pains and sufferings of others." His religiosity is therefore best described as a spiritualized humanism.

Wish You All A Merry Christmas

Mahatma Gandhi Quotes on Jesus Christ

Friday, December 14, 2018

NEW BOOK PUBLISHED - Gandhi: The Soul Force Warrior


Gandhi: The Soul Force Warrior
Revolutionised Revolution and Spiritualised It

Written by: Pascal Alan Nazareth

Foreword by HH the Dalai Lama

Pages: 152 pages

Published by: Wisdom Tree


I hope that this book by Ambassador Nazareth will contribute in spreading and strengthening the important message that the long-term interests of peoples and countries can be realised through the pursuit of truth and non-violence, and the practice of compassion and humanitarian service.
- HH the Dalai Lama

About the Book:

An ‘apostle of non-violence’ is probably the most popular description of Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, but is it the most accurate one?

Former ambassador Alan Nazareth, a globally recognised scholar on Gandhian thought, elucidates in this book on how Gandhi was much more than that; how the essence of his ideology was a rare and distinctive combination of truth and non-violence-a pro-active, passionate and path-breaking approach, rather than a passive absence of violence. His biggest contribution, in fact, was to channelise the spirit of self-sacrifice in a revolutionary drawn to violence and convert it into a soul force. This, in turn, led to an unprecedented thought revolution which not only resulted in India's independence but sounded the death knell for European imperialism worldwide on one side and the most significant social reforms on the other-his work in the elimination of Untouchability, feudalism and Indenture system is unparalleled. ...READ BOOK REVIEW

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Mahatma Gandhi Quotes on Faith