Q. The Ramanama Bank in Banaras and wearing clothes printed with Ramanama, is in my opinion, a caricature and even insult to Ramanama. Don't you think that under these circumstances your telling the people to take to Ramanama as a sovereign remedy for all ailments is likely to encourage ignorance and hypocrisy? Ramanama repeated from the heart can be a sovereign remedy, but, in my opinion, religious education of the right type alone can lead to that state.
A. You are right. There is so much superstition and hypocrisy around that one is
afraid even to do the right thing. But if one gives way to fear, even truth will
have to be suppressed. The golden rule is to act fearlessly upon what one
believes to be right. Hypocrisy and untruth will go on in the world. Our doing
the right thing will result in their decrease, if any, never in their increase.
The danger is that when we are surrounded by falsehood on all sides, we might be
caught in it and begin to deceive ourselves. We should be careful not to make a
mistake out of our laziness and ignorance. Constant vigilance under all
circumstances is essential. A votary of truth cannot act otherwise. Even an
all-powerful remedy like Ramanama can become useless for lack of wakefulness and
care, and become one more addition to the numerous current superstitions.