Self Respect

When a student, after his usual excessively hard working late hours falls asleep; in the vision Neptune appears to him and offers to convey all the knowledge of the universe to him. But the student refuses and asks the boon of being provided with oil for his midnight studies. A young man (in Japan) refused enrolment in the army on the ground of his mother being dependent for her support on, him. The mother stabs herself and hands him the blood-soaked sword to take with him to the general and to wash in the enemy’s blood. John Bull’s policy: Give me the Estate (this world), I shall give you the Bible (next world); Fair exchange and no robbery. In the Jewish literature man was seeking God. In the Greek, God was seeking man. * * * * Education is imparted to children or grown people by the threefold process of (i) doing things, (ii) seeing things, (iii) hearing things. Kant, walking in the street, happens to strike a passer-by with the stick that he was waving in his meditating carelessness. The man: “Who are you?” Kant: “If I owned the whole world, I would give you one half if you could answer that question for me.” * * * * History is a record of the decline of war. Emerson. * * * * The Ocean is no longer a barrier but a bridge. There be some who while told “how bright the day is” never fail to say “It broods storm.” Man at this day tends to fall into the stomach. M:iu must be replaced into the heart;...

Socrates

Was made to drink a substitute for coffee for preaching “The Gods are on high Olympus, Let them stay there; but you and I are here.” * * * * Man is the noblest work of Art – but nobody ever said so but man. Troubles are not really troubles unless you quit work and inculcate them – otherwise they are in incidental diversions. * * * * No man is to be pitied excepting the one whose Future lies behind and whose Past is constantly in front of him. * * * * Says Robert Louis Stevenson, “A man who has not had the courage to make a fool of himself has not lived. * * * * The strong man is one who busies himself with the useful tasks that others cannot or will not do, and allows the people to do easy .things who can do nothing else. Q. Are you Dr. Rama? An. No, Sir. I do not require Doctoring. I am alright, safe and sound. * * * * Muscular Christianity is more needed by India than Spiritual Christianity. * * * * We no longer require the luxury of intellectual dissipation in Indian Universities. Problems of life cannot remain unsolved because life is only the solution of...

World’s spiritual debt to India

In Greenacre. M. Malloy, a great personal friend of Emerson, told Rama as to how Emerson had strongly recommended to him the study of Bhagavad Gita and lent him a copy for just three weeks, claiming that that was the first copy brought into America. It cost Emerson a full Pound, $ 5. It is translated by Sir Charles Wilkins, with an Introduction by Warren Hastings. This copy is still in the Boston Public Library. Special attention was drawn by Emerson to the translation of the verse mayi sarvamidam protam etc. * * * * The man who can kill most is king by divine right. The mighty hunter becomes chief or the great warrior is king. Those who dispute the title are apt to die suddenly. People always readily believe the thing that is profitable to believe. * * * * A politician is a civilized savage. A few years ago he would have swooped down and seized the thing. Now the opposition of Forces forbids it and he has to do by legal means what the savage chief did by violence. * * * * The civilized world is clutching for Respectability through strenuous – conspicuous waste of time and material. And that the European and Yankee world is succeeding in its complete devotion to futility, none can deny. This soulless something we call Society dictates to the so-called leader what he shall do and what not! Rama’s address to a respectable audience begins – Brave Soldiers, Not that ye kill men, but ye kill Time. * * * * Respectability = The desire not to be...

Swimming impossible where there is no water

Senseless with fear down fall the robbers flat on the floor, taking the voice to be the voice of Plague. * * * * Ali: No arguing with the fool. * * * * Swimming impossible where there is no water. “Not having anything to do, to be doing something is Vedanta”. In England a man may have a free opinion if he is rich enough to hold an opinion of his own. Byron had nothing to say, but said it magnificently. And when you look with the eye of trust, you will conquer even the dust. * * * * This is that mysterious religion which though it has nothing in it but that same truth, and that same life which always was and-always must be the religion of all God’s holy angels and saints in heaven, is by the wisdom of this world accounted to be...

For Lecture on Sin

Truth for authority and no authority for Truth. Children will naturally behave if the inevitable results of their doing are clearly shown to them. But when we force them to do or not to do certain things on our authority, we insult the higher nature of the rational animals and thereby create in them the spirit of rebellion. Nobody touches fire when he comes to know that it burns. Need we issue any edicts to save them from fire? Knowledge! Knowledge! Knowledge alone can save! “Knowledge is virtue,” said Socrates. “Thou shalt bow before no other authority but Truth (living Knowledge)” is the first commandment of our inner God. You cannot coerce them to morality. * * * * 1. A free man receives a fortune from a prince. “What shall I do with it?” How to use it for the good of all? “No, no,” says the free man “it should be used in erecting the Privy. Thus and thus alone can all classes and creeds profit from it. 2. In Ludhiana District, people fled from their village, scared by the ravages of Plague. The Nadar flies, in hot haste leaving his old aunt behind. Burglars, aware of the flight, break into the house at...