Fra Angelico, A rare and perfect painter of the Italian Renaissance 1400-1500 AD.

Annunciation. The advent of Christ.

Annunciation. The story of Christ.

Adoration of the magi.

Adoration of the magi.

“I am the resurrection and the life."

“I am the resurrection and the life.”

 

God a fraud? Some thoughts on MK Gandhi and Moral Realizations.

“When every hope is gone, ‘when helpers fail and comforts flee,’ I find that help arrives somehow, from I know not where. Supplication, worship, prayer are no superstition; they are acts more real than the acts of eating, drinking, sitting or walking. It is no exaggeration to say that they alone are real, all else is unreal.”

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Simple living gives way to high thinking. The law of love. MK Gandhi.

Voluntary simplicity is not a grim cutting back, it’s discovering and filling the genuine human need to do work that you love. –Cecile Andrews

1 corinthians.

http://simpleliving.startlogic.com/indexoth.php?place=archives/Articles/SpiritQ1.php

“There is one moral law that governs all living beings and it is not a blind law.” MK Gandhi.

Robert Woito (1982) sees the ultimate expression of violence-war-in exactly the opposite way: War is the denial of community, for it breaks the unity essential to establish non-tyrannical law.

1 corinthians.

 

Christ is our peace. MK Gandhi on his reflections of Jesus Christ.

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Dandi March, approximately 214 miles.

Dandi March, approximately 214 miles.

Gandhi in Lancashire, England. Roundtable conference.

Gandhi in Lancashire, England. Roundtable conference.

During his studies in England, Gandhi became interested in the Christian faith. He had been reading the Bible to keep a promise he had made to a friend. He had difficulties understanding the Old Testament because in it, “he found out so much that he could not reconcile with the bidding of returning good for evil.”1 He was studying for the bar exams in London when he was given the New Testament to read. This made a positive impression on him. The Sermon on the Mount as he said “went straight to my heart”. In this sermon, he was fascinated by these words: “But I say to you, that ye resist not evil: but whosoever smite thee on thy right cheek, turn to him the other also.”2 He insisted always that Jesus occupied in his heart the place of one of the greatest teachers who have had a considerable influence in his life…the message of Jesus as he understood in the Sermon on the Mount unadulterated and taken as a whole. Gandhi got two key words from Christianity: the teaching in the Sermon on the Mount and the Symbol of the cross.3 Gandhi described the Sermon on the Mount as the whole of Christianity for him who wanted to live a Christian life. Gandhi often affirmed: “It is that sermon which has endeared Jesus to me.4 But what does Jesus mean to Gandhi? He revealed this to us in these words: “I regard Jesus as a great teacher of humanity”5. What really attracted Gandhi to Jesus’ life and message is the aspect of Jesus’ suffering.  Suffering for others form one of the pillars of Gandhi’s Message to the world. It is worth noting  that Gandhi’s philosophy of nonviolence –satyagraha as already affirmed above has three principles: Truth- Sat/Satya, Nonviolence- Ahimsa and self-suffering- Tapasya. These are called the pillars of Satyagraha. Failure to grasp them is a handicap to the understanding of Gandhi’s nonviolence. Gandhi saw all these principles in Jesus’ life and the one that really attracted him was the third aspect that is Tapasya – willingness to self-sacrifice or suffering. On this note Gandhi declares: “the example of Jesus’ suffering is a factor in the composition of my undying faith in nonviolence which rules all my actions, worldly and temporal.”6 He kept hanging in his little hut a black and white print of Christ on which was written “he is our peace”. The picture of the crucified Christ wearing only a loin cloth such as is worn by millions of poor men in Indian villages, had touched Gandhi’s heart very deeply. It was in the Vatican in 1931, after returning from the Roundtable conference in London that Gandhi saw a life size crucifix and immediately had an emotional reaction towards it.  After gazing at it, he declared: “I saw there, many nations, like individuals, could only be made through the agony of the cross and no other way. Joy comes not by the infliction of pain on others, but the pain voluntarily borne by oneself.”7 He understood the cross and believed that when one lived the life Jesus lived, he would probably end up in conflict with the powers that be. For him, Jesus died because of the way he lived. The cross of Christ was therefore the result of his living out his way of life to the end. On the cross, Gandhi saw the perfection of virtue. Living like Christ means a living a life of the cross, without it, life is long dead. For Gandhi, JESUS DIED IN VAIN if he did not teach us to regulate the whole of life by the eternal law of love.
 

The fullness of bidrohi, (revolutionary) poet, Kazi_Nazrul_Islam. Gogone Shogone Chomokiche Damini. Vocalist Haimanti Shukla.

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Gogone shogone chomokiche damini  megho ghono rosho rimijhimi borosho akela pobone boshi batayone potho chahi birohini kamini gogone shogone chomokiche damini, pubali  pobono hai daduri  daake obhishare  jole khuje kahake boiragini shaje unmona damini gogone shogone chomokiche damini megho ghono rosho rinijhimi borosho, akela bhupali pobono bar daduri daake obhishare jole khuje kahanke bairagini shaje unmona damini, gogone.. megho ghono rosho rimijhimi borosho, akela pobone boshi batayone potho chahi birohini  kamini, gogone shogone chomokiche damini….

In the cloudy sky lightning strikes making melodious music of the rain. Seated by the window, the lonely  show the way for renunciates to return home. The eastern breeze speaks of the chatter of frogs calling all lovers to their trysts. Who do they search for? It is lightning dressed as if it were under water.  In the cloudy sky it makes melodious music of the rain. Solitary frogs reunite truant lovers. I seated alone by the window ask for the way home. In the cloudy sky the lightning strikes making melodious music of the rain.

Kazi Nazrul Islam was a Bidrohi or revolutionary poet who sided with Swadeshi or the non-cooperation movement for Indian independence from Great Britain.

This poem of Nazrul Islam was published in the “Bijli”  magazine, the rebellious language and theme was popularly received, coinciding with the Non-cooperation movement — the first, mass nationalist campaign of civil disobedience against British rule.[1]

I am the unutterable grief,I am the trembling first touch of the virgin,I am the throbbing tenderness of her first stolen kiss, I am the fleeting glance of the veiled beloved, I am her constant surreptitious gaze..I am the burning volcano in the bosom of the earth, I am the wild fire of the woods, I am Hell’s mad terrific sea of wrath! I ride on the wings of lightning with joy and profundity,I scatter misery and fear all around, I bring earth-quakes on this world! ” I am the rebel eternal, I raise my head beyond this world, High, ever erect and alone! “

বিদ্রোহী – কাজী নজরুল ইসলাম বল বীর -বল উন্নত মম শির!শির নেহারি আমারি, নত-শির ওই শিখর হিমাদ্রীর!বল বীর -ল মহাবিশ্বের মহাকাশ ফাড়ি’ চন্দ্র সূর্য্য গ্রহ তারা ছাড়ি’ ভূলোক দ্যুলোক গোলক ভেদিয়া, খোদার আসন “আরশ” ছেদিয়া উঠিয়াছি চির-বিস্ময় আমি বিশ্ব-বিধাত্রীর! মম ললাটে রুদ্র-ভগবান জ্বলে রাজ-রাজটীকা দীপ্ত জয়শ্রীর!বল বীর – আমি চির-উন্নত শির! আমি চিরদুর্দ্দম, দুর্বিনীত, নৃশংস, মহা- প্রলয়ের আমি নটরাজ, আমি সাইক্লোন, আমি ধ্বংস,আমি মহাভয়, আমি অভিশাপ পৃথ্বীর! আমি দুর্ব্বার, আমি ভেঙে করি সব চুরমার! আমি অনিয়ম উচ্ছৃঙ্খল,আমি দ’লে যাই যত বন্ধন, যত নিয়ম কানুন শৃংখল! আমি মানি নাকো কোনো আইন, আমি ভরা-তরী করি ভরা-ডুবি, আমি টর্পেডো, আমি ভীম, ভাসমান মাইন! আমি ধূর্জ্জটী, আমি এলোকেশে ঝড় অকাল-বৈশাখীর! আমি বিদ্রোহী আমি বিদ্রোহী-সূত বিশ্ব-বিধাত্রীর!বল বীর -চির উন্নত মম শির!

12 August 1922. Earning the moniker of the “rebel poet”, Nazrul also aroused the suspicion of British authorities.[6] “Anondomoyeer Agomone” a political poem published in “Dhumketu” in September 1922 led to a police raid on the magazine’s office. Arrested, Nazrul entered a lengthy plea before the judge in the court.

I have been accused of sedition. That is why I am now confined in the prison. On the one side is the crown, on the other the flames of the comet. One is the king, sceptre in hand; the other Truth worth the mace of justice. To plead for me, the king of all kings, the judge of all judges, the eternal truth the living God… His laws emerged out of the realization of a universal truth about mankind. They are for and by a sovereign God. The king is supported by an infinitesimal creature; I by its eternal and indivisible Creator. I am a poet; I have been sent by God to express the unexpressed, to portray the unportrayed. It is God who is heard through the voice of the poet… My voice is but a medium for Truth, the message of God… I am the instrument of that eternal self-evident truth, an instrument that voices forth the message of the ever-true. I am an instrument of God. The instrument is not unbreakable, but who is there to break God?

Answer to the question posed by MK Gandhi why there is one moral law that governs all living beings, God’s extinction is not possible.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kazi_Nazrul_Islam.