Daridranarayana is one of the millions of name
by which humanity knows God, who is unnamable and unfathomable by human
understanding, and it means God of the poor, God appearing in the hearts of
YI, 4 April 1929
I recognize no God except the God that is to
be found in the hearts of the dumb millions. They do not recognize his
presence; I do. And, I worship the God that is Truth or Truth which is God,
through the service of these millions.
H, 11 March 1939
YI, 5 May 1927
With this very hand I have collected soiled
pies from them tied tightly in their rags. Talk to them of modern progress.
Insult them by taking the name of God before them in vain. They will call
you and me fiends if we tale about God to them. They know, if they know any
God at all, a God of terror, vengeance, a pitiless tyrant.
YI, 15 Sept. 1927
If I preach against the modern artificial life
of a sensual enjoyment, and ask men and women to go back to the simple life
epitomized in the Charkha, I do so because I know that without an
intelligent return to simplicity, there is no escape from our descent to a
state lower than brutality.
YI, 21 July 1921
Don’t be dazzled by the splendour that comes
to you from the west. Do not be thrown off your feet by this passing show.
The Enlightened One has told you in never to be forgotten words that this
little span of life is but a passing shadow, a fleeting thing, and if you
realize the nothingness of all that appears before you eyes, the nothingness
of this material case that we see before us ever changing, then indeed there
are treasures for you up above and there is peace for you down here, peace
which pass the all understanding, and happiness to which we are utter
strangers. It requires an amazing faith, a divine faith and surrender of all
that we see before us.
YI, 8 Dec. 1927
What did Buddha do, and Christ do, and also
Mohammed? Theirs were lives of self-sacrifice and renunciation. Buddha
renounced every worldly happiness because he wanted to share with the whole
world, his happiness which was to be had by man who sacrificed and suffered
in search for Truth.
If it was a good thing to scale the heights of
Mt.Ever est. sacrificing precious lives in order to be able to get there and
make some slight observations, if it was a glorious thing to give up life
after life in planting a flag in the uttermost extremities of the earth, how
much more glorious would it be to give not one life, surrender not a million
lives but a billion lives in search of the potent and imperishable truth?
YI, 8 Dec. 1927
A time is coming when those, who are in the
mad rush today of multiplying their wants vainly thinking that they add to
the real substance, real knowledge of the world, will retrace their steps
and say: ‘What have we done?’
Civilization have come and gone, and in spite
of all our vaunted progress I am tempted to ask again and again, ‘To what
purpose?’ Wallace, a contemporary of Darwin, has said the same thing. Fifty
years of brilliant inventions and discoveries, he has said, has not added
one inch to the moral height of mankind. So said a dreamer and visionary if
you will, Tolstoy. So said Jesus, and Buddha, and Mohammed, whose religion
is being denied and falsified in my own country today.
YI, 8 Dec. 1927
By all means drink deep of the fountains that
are given to you in the Sermon on the Mount, but then you will have to take
to sackcloth and ashes. The teaching of the Sermon was meant for each and
every one of us. You cannot serve both God and Mammon. God the Compassionate
and the Merciful, Tolerance incarnate, allows Mammon to have his nine days’
wonder. But I say to you: fly from that self-destroying but destructive show
India’s destiny lies not alone the bloody way
of the West, of which she shows signs of tiredness, but along the bloodless
way of peace that comes from a simple and godly life. India is in danger of
losing her soul. She cannot lose it and live. She must not therefore lazily
and helplessly say; ‘I cannot escape the onrush from the West.’ She must be
strong enough to resist it for her own sake and that of the world.
YI, 7 Oct. 1926
I do believe, that if India had patience
enough to go through th4e fire of suffering and to resist any unlawful
encroachment upon it s own civilization which, imperfect though it
undoubtedly is, has hitherto stood the ravages of time, she can make a
lasting contribution to the peace and solid progress of the world.
YI, 11 Aug. 1927
SW, p. 405
YI, 5 Feb. 1925
India has never waged war against any nation.
She has put up sometimes ill organized or half-organized resistance in self-defence
pure and simple. She has, therefore, not got to develop the will for peace.
She has that in abundance whether she knows it or not.
YI, 4 July 1929
YI, 11 Aug. 1920
I venture to suggest, in all humility, that if
India reaches her destiny through truth and non-violence she will have made
no small contribution to the world peace for which all the nations of the
earth are thirsting and she would also have, in that case, made some slight
return for the help that those nations have been freely giving to her.
YI, 12 March 1921
YI, 17 Sept. 1925
YI, 16 April 1931
H, 12 Nov. 1938
H, 12 Nov. 1938
YI, 26 Dec. 1924
YI, 21 March 1929
It is impossible for one to be
internationalist without being a nationalist. Internationalism is possible
only when nationalism becomes a fact, i.e., when peoples belonging to
different countries have organized themselves and are able to act as one
Yi, 18 June 1925
It is not nationalism that is evil, it is the
narrowness, selfishness, exclusiveness which is the bane of modern nations
which is evil. Each wants to profit at the expense of, and rise on the ruin
of, the other.