Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Great is the one who sees all in an equal eye

"When I go to their houses they welcome and cuddle me and say you are the first politician who has come to meet us," Gandhi said referring to his visits to Dalit houses.

Participating in an interactive session with students of Jawaharlal Nehru University here, he said "If one politician goes to a Dalit's house, you ask why do you go to a Dalit's house. When thousands of leaders do not visit Dalit houses, you do not ask them why do they not go."

"I go to a poor man's house.

1 comment:

free333 said...

How can one be criticized for being friend with the poor. Have we forgot that God lives in poor!
Some relevant sayings of Swami Vivekananda : -
He who is the servant of all is the true master. He never becomes a leader, in whose love there is a consideration of high or low. He whose love knows no end, and never stops to consider high or low, has the whole world lying at his feet.
May I be born again and again, and suffer thousands of miseries, so that I may worship the only God that exists, the only God I believe in, the sum total of all souls--------------and above all, my God the wicked, my God the miserable, my God the poor of all races, of all species, is the special object of my worship.
The only way of getting our divine nature manifested is by helping others to do the same. If there is inequality in nature, still there must be equal chance for all--------------or if greater for some and for some less-----------------the weaker should be given more chance than the strong. In other words, a Brahmana is not so much in need of education as a Chandala. If the son of a Brahmana needs one teacher, that of a Chandala needs ten. For greater help must be given to him whom nature has not endowed with an acute intellect from birth. It is a madman who carries coals to Newcastle. The poor, the downtrodden, the ignorant------------------let these be your God.
Know that service to these (poor, illiterate, ignorant, and afflicted) alone is the highest religion.
We are poor, my brothers, we are nobodies; but such have been always the instruments of the Most High.

Let us pray, "Lead, Kindly Light" — a beam will come through the dark, and a
hand will be stretched forth to lead us. I always pray for you: you must pray for
me. Let each one of us pray day and night for the downtrodden millions in
India who are held fast by poverty, priestcraft, and tyranny — pray day and
night for them. I care more to preach religion to them than to the high and the
rich. I am no metaphysician, no philosopher, nay, no saint. But I am poor, I
love the poor. I see what they call the poor of this country, and how many there
are who feel for them! What an immense difference in India! Who feels there
for the two hundred millions of men and women sunken for ever in poverty and
ignorance? Where is the way out? Who feels for them? They cannot find light
or education. Who will bring the light to them — who will travel from door to
door bringing education to them? Let these people be your God — think of
them, work for them, pray for them incessantly — the Lord will show you the
way. Him I call a Mahâtman (great soul) whose heart bleeds for the poor,
otherwise he is a Durâtman (wicked soul). Let us unite our wills in continued
prayer for their good. We may die unknown, unpitied, unbewailed, without
accomplishing anything — but not one thought will be lost. It will take effect,
sooner or later. My heart is too full to express my feeling; you know it, you can
imagine it. So long as the millions live in hunger and ignorance, I hold every
man a traitor who, having been educated at their expense, pays not the least
heed to them! I call those men who strut about in their finery, having got all
their money by grinding the poor, wretches, so long as they do not do anything
for those two hundred millions who are now no better than hungry savages! We
are poor, my brothers, we are nobodies, but such have been always the
instruments of the Most High. The Lord bless you all.