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Nationalism, Religion, and Ethics

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Nothing can bear out more clearly this position than the celebrated saying of Sri Krishna in the Gita: "Whenever virtue subsides and irreligion prevails, I create Myself for the protection of the good; for the destruction of all immorality I am coming from time to time." Lorenzen states that there is a tendency among the academia, “to adopt a postcolonialist perspective that privileges the British colonial period as the period in which almost all the major institutions of Indian society and politics were invented or constructed.” [27] The predisposition to refer to Indian issues as “precolonial, colonial, or postcolonial” [28] means that there is often an over emphasis placed on the importance of the British in the construction of Indian culture.

Mahatma Gandhi : An Enigma: An Essay

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During that first night of his trip, sitting in the cold of the railroad station after being thrown off the train, Gandhi contemplated whether he should go back home to India or to fight the discrimination. Mithal presents highly opinionated pieces, he eschews the turgid Hindu/Muslim/Sikh "identity nationalisms" for a more embracing vision of India. Gandhi took a job in South Africa, which, like India, was part of the British Empire. He was so confident that he wouldn’t be challenged.

Rediscovering Gandhi: Gandhian Approach to Conflict

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At the very beginning of Srimad Valmikiyaramayana, the great epic narrating the story of Sri Rama, Ramarajya is described as the age when: There is happiness and cheer all around. Sādhus strive to treat all with respect and compassion, whether a person may be poor or rich, good or wicked, and to be indifferent to praise, blame, pleasure, and pain. [179] Hindu society has traditionally been categorized into four classes, called Varnas (Sanskrit: "colour, form, appearance"): [93] the Brahmins: teachers and priests; the Shudras: servants and labourers.

Sonia Gandhi: An Extraordinary Life, an Indian Destiny

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Gandhi was arrested many times by the British for his activities in South Africa and India. The festival of lights- Diwali, is celebrated by Hindus all over the world. Bear in mind Hinduism has very diverse beliefs and there is little to nothing that ALL Hindus agree on. Owing to the geographical proximity of the views grouped under the term “Hinduism” we might expect that such views have some comprehensive doctrinal similarities. The Puruṣa does nothing but lend consciousness to the situation (Sāṅkhya Kārikā 12-13, 19, 21).

Self-Restraint vs Self-Indulgence

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Everyone knows that the highest happiness that we can find is that which exists in a loving relationship with someone. And for Millie Polak, as the political situation impinged more and more on the life of the community, what we would now call inter-faith gatherings in the Gandhis' living-room at Phoenix became ever more important: Here, every Sunday evening, in that little lamp-lit corrugated-iron room, all the members gathered for a kind of religious service. His voice shook with grief and hundreds in the crowd were weeping uncontrollably.

The Philosophy of Mahatma Gandhi

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I often describe my religion as religion of truth. On many hill-tops there are shrines dedicated to the Devi (Candi) or Kartikeya also named Subrahmanya. After his study, he returned to India and practiced at Rajkot. Suman marries a poor man and envies the life-style of her neighbor, a courtesan. The first was civil disobedience, which entailed breaking a law and courting arrest. Hindus believe that there is only one God, but all the others we assume are gods and goddesses are different aspects of god.

Gandhi: Voice of a New Age Revolution

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In addition to the creation myths, a story persists in the epic tradition (written between 300 B. Try to apply the wisdom that you gain to your everyday life. Cambridge, England: At the University Press, 1970. However, the problem of caste had to be overcome to achieve this unity. An excellent way to know Hinduism is through the Bhagavad-Gita undoubtedly one of the most beautiful sacred poems in the history of humanity. This Rig Veda manuscript is in Devanagari Shruti (lit: that which is heard) primarily refers to the Vedas, which form the earliest record of the Hindu scriptures.

Rahul

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Consequently, far more uniformity of behavior than of belief is found among Hindus, although very few practices or beliefs are shared by all. In a Report of the Native Affairs Commission, (Native Affairs Commission Report 1939-40 cited "Oxford History of South Africa" p.182. Nobody had ever been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize posthumously. He may begin by looking inwards into his own particular thou and, by a process of "dying to self" --- self in reasoning, self in willing, self in feeling --- come at last to knowledge of the self, the kingdom of the self, the kingdom of God that is within.

Toward a Just Civilization: A Gandhian Perspective on Human

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When railroad officials made Gandhi sit in a third-class coach even though he had purchased a first-class ticket, Gandhi refused and police forced him off the train. Truth alone will endure, all the rest will be swept away before the tide of time. In eighth century royal circles, the Buddha started to be replaced by Hindu gods in pujas. In human society there exists aristocrats, average men, and demoniacal men. King was introduced to Gandhi's teachings while at Crozer Theological Seminary.

Selected Political Writings (Hackett Classics)

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The most popular form of devotion, however, is the worship of one’s chosen god according to tradition. No culture can live, if it attempts to be exclusive. One must live as a recluse, withdrawing from the pleasures and personal interests of life, putting no emphasis on possessions, etc. Both consist of a heterogeneous assortment of material—mythology, pseudo-historical lore, folktales, teachings concerning religious duty, the meaning of life, and salvation—but both also relate narratives that have come to be regarded as the backbone of the Indian cultural heritage.