Rama Ramanama Ram Raj
My Rama, the Rama of our prayers, is not the historical Rama, the son of Dasharatha, the king of Ayodhya.
By Ram Raj I do not mean Hindu Raj. I mean by Ram Raj, Divine Raj, the Kingdom of God.
If I know Hinduism at all, it is essentially inclusive and ever-growing, ever-responsive. It gives the freest scope to imagination, speculation and reason.
My Hinduism teaches me to respect all religions. In this lies the secret of Ramarajya.
Every Reform means awakening. Once truly awakened, the nation will not be satisfied with reform only in one department of life.
Religion is one tree with many branches. As branches, you may say, religions are many, but as tree, religion is only one.
All religions were, at bottom, one, though they differed in detail and outward form even like the leaves on a tree.
Even as a tree has a single trunk, but many branches and leaves, there in one religion, but any number of faiths.
Religion is the tie that binds one to ones Creator, and whilst the body perishes, as it has to, religion persists even after death.
It is a tragedy that religion for us means, today, nothing more than restrictions on food and drink, nothing more than adherence to absence of superiority and inferiority.
I know of no religion or sect that has done or is doing without its house of God, variously described as a temple, a mosque, a church, a synagogue or agiari.
I claim to represent all the cultures, for my religion, whatever it may be called, demands the fulfillment of all the cultures.
My religion forbids me to belittle or disregard other cultures, as it insists, under pain of civil suicide, upon imbibing and living my own.
Every person, as every institution, and, above all, every religion was to be judged not by the amount of atrocities or the wrong committed but by the right conduct.
That parrots non-co-operation with the cage, with its master, will live for ever because it looks upon renunciation, non-co-operation, as a joy.
Desirelessness or renunciation does not come for the mere talking about it.
Let India become alive by self-purification, that is, self-restraint and self-denial, and she will be a boon to herself and mankind.
I own no property and yet I feel that I am perhaps the richest man in the world.
Swaraj would be real Swaraj only when there would be no occasion for safeguarding any rights.
If I have the definition of a right angle, I can make whatever angle I need.