"This repetition of one and the same thing over and over again jars on me. It may be the defect of my rationalist mathematical temperament. But somehow I cannot like the repetition. For instance, even Bach's wonderful music fails to appeal to me when the text 'Father, forgive them, they know not what they do,' is repeated over and over again."
in mathematics, you have your recurring decimals," said Gandhiji smiling.
recurs with a definite new fact," said the mathematician.
so," said Gandhiji, "each repetition, or japa as it is called, has a new
meaning, each repetition carries you nearer and nearer to God. This is a
concrete fact, and I may tell you that you are here talking to no theorist, but
to one who has experienced what he says every minute of his life, so much so
that it is easier for the life to stop than for this incessant process to stop.
It is a definite need of the soul."
see it, but for the average man it becomes an empty formula."
but the best thing is liable to be abused. There is room for any amount of
hypocrisy, but even hypocrisy is an ode to virtue. And I know that for ten
thousand hypocrites, you would find millions of simple souls who find their
solace from it. It is like scaffolding quite essential to a building."
said Pierre Ceresole, "if I may carry the simile a little further, you agree
that the scaffolding has to be removed when the building is complete?"
would be removed when this body is removed."
"Because," said Wilkinson who was closely following the discourse, "we are
"Because," said Gandhiji, "we are eternally striving after perfection. God alone
is perfect, man is never perfect."