Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Gandhi's Hinduism - Gandhian Hinduism

                                     Gandhi Statue installed by UNO in their office compound in Geneva, Switzerland

Gandhi quotes Tulasi Das

"Good and bad, all men are the creation of god. The man of god picks up the good and discards the bad like the proverbial swan which is able to drink the milk and leave behind water, when a mixture of water and milk is placed before it."

"The root of religion is embedded in mercy, whereas egotism is rooted in love of the body."

"Mercy should never be abandoned, even though the body perishes."

Raghupati Raghava Raja Ram Ishwar Allah Tere Naam

Times Music Spiritual

Allah Tero Naam Ishwar Tero Naam
Films Song: Film Hum Dono - Singer: Lata Mageshkar

Filmi Gaane

Sai Bhajan - Ishwar Allah Tere Naam Sai Tere Naam


Gandhian Hinduism put into practice the view of Hinduism put forward strongly by Ramakrishna Parama Hamsa and Ramakrishna Mission. The view was put forward by others also before Ramakrishna Paramahamsa. But Ramakrishna had the support of Swami Vivekananda and Mahatma Gandhi, two tall leaders of India in spiritual and political spheres to take the view to a larger populations of Indians. In this view, spirituality is important, search for God - the eternal truth is important but not the way of prayer. All ways of prayer prescribed by religious leaders provide a person spiritual bliss. One has to adhere to them and practice them till they reach their goal. Gandhi provided a living platform where large numbers of people belonging to various religious faiths came together and sang Allah tere naam - Eashwar tere naam. The tradition even today continues in Rama Krishna Maths, Putta Parthi Sai Baba Ashrams and many more. Of course they are not very visible despite being on the front door of the ashrams built by Sai Baba. Gandhian Hinduism or Ramakrishna's Hinduism is in the tradition of Adi Shankaracharya. Adi Shankara integrated all forms of worship into an unified system and advised people to choose their ishta devata. Ramakrishna Paramahamsa and Gandhi did the same thing by expanding the set of religious faiths that Adi Shankara integrated. Hinduism as the old tradition of explaining God and his deeds, has the responsibility to integrate later developments in God related explanations. Hinduism provides scope for Jnana Yoga practice. People can try to understand God through interpretation of scripture and meditation or tapas. Tapas is deep thinking carried on a by a person in a persistent manner till the goal is reached. Many may perish in the process and some may attain an insight. Ordinary find a glow in  the yogis. That glow is rare confidence and calm acquired due to Jnana yoga practice and the ability to give answers to questions of people in a way that pleases them and provides an explanation for the state of affairs in a cogent way that appears logical to them. There are yogis and gurus in every village of India.

Gandhian Hinduism is a topic worth exploring in detail through study of various books and articles and under this topic one will study the teachings and life of Sri Ramakrishna Paramahamsa, Vivekananda, Shirdi Saibaba, Puttaparti Saibaba and some more yogis.

Gandhi on Religion

Mahatma Gandhi on Hinduism

I had practiced Hinduism from early childhood. My nurse had taught me to invoke Rama when I feared evil spirits.

My instinct is wholly Hindu

My Hinduism teaches me to respect all religions.

The common factor of all religions is non-violence.

Hinduism: Gandhian Perspective
M.V. Nadkarni
A Word by Nadkarni about his book

Gandhi's Hinduism and Savarkar's Hindutva
Economic Political Weekly
Vol - XLIV No. 29, July 18, 2009 | Rudolf C Heredia

Mahatma Gandhi's Ideas on Religion and Their Effect on Non-Violence Advocated by Him

Shri Rama Krishana Paramahamsa - 18 Feb 1836 - 16 August 1886
Shirdi Saibaba - 1838 - 15 October 1918
Puttaparthi Satya Sai Baba

Shri Rama Krishana Paramahamsa - 18 Feb 1836 - 16 August 1886

Temple for all religious faiths at RK Math, Hyderabad

Modern Day Articles

Review of documentary Sanskriti - S. Krishna Swamy Hindi 2000

Sri Kaleshwar Ashram, Penukonda

An interesting article critical but traces many who made Hinduism more broad based and accepted the Islam and Christian faiths as natural extensions of Hindu faith of multiple ways of serving God.

Updated 18 Feb 2015, 6 Sep 2014

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