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I give below an English translation of what M. K. Gandhi, popularly known as Mahatma Gandhi, wrote in ‘Harijan Bandhu’ on 30th April, 1933.

“I wish to tell all those who laboriously read my articles and take interest in them that I am not at all worried if I appear to them as someone with inconsistent thoughts. In search of truth, I have discarded many of my own thoughts and have learned new lessons. Although, I have grown old, but I do not think my internal growth has stopped. I also do not think that my growth would stop even after I leave this body.

I am deeply concerned about my commitment to follow the path of truth in every passing moment of my life. I, therefore, request my readers that if they observe some contradiction and inconsistency in my thoughts conveyed by me in my two articles, and if they trust me in my understanding of things, they should accept the thought expressed by me later as my valid thought.
M. K. Gandhi”

The incarnations of the God, the great saints, the learned and the wise people with impeccable character have made several references about the ‘absolute truth’ or the ‘ultimate truth’; and have concluded that it is unchangeable and eternal. It is ‘the ideal’, they all agree. It is the ideal for them, and also the ideal for the smallest of the illiterate farmers. Even the wisest of the men have preferred to talk about the ‘practical truths’ or the ‘immediate truths’ that we all can try to understand, and, thereafter, to mould our lives accordingly.

Changes occur in the universe according to the space and the time; and the man also becomes an instrument and cause for change in his effort for survival. The ‘practical’ or ‘immediate’ truths that are important links to the ‘ultimate truth’, therefore, vary with space, time and circumstances. What a farmer in a remote Indian village needed to do in the year 1933 and what an executive head of a big corporate living in New York City, U. S. A. has to do in 2015 to come closer to the ultimate truth may be quite different. Similarly, the collective efforts needed by the people of India in 1933 for living a meaningful and purposeful life, and the collective efforts needed by the people of the U. S. A. in 2015 for achieving the same objective must also be very different. By any stretch of anybody’s imagination is it possible that one wise man or an esteemed group of wise people delivers a thought, a thought needing no correction or revision, for the benefit of the people of a village, city, state, country or maybe, the entire world?

Perhaps, today’s world has the largest population of ‘educated’ people the world ever had. Perhaps, we are not blind followers of a few, like the people of olden times, but we have adopted a ‘celebrity’ culture and tilt our positions from one side to another, fascinated by ever renewing thoughts in terms of their forms, not the content, without even bothering about the ‘intentions’ of the ‘owners of the thoughts’ and about what efforts such ‘owners of the thoughts’ have made to arrive at their thoughts.

It is high time that we, ‘the branded citizens of the modern world’, start thinking like human beings, lest the future generations do not accuse us of belonging to the ‘Dhritrashtra’ cult.
(Dhritrashtra, is the name of an important character from the ancient epic ‘Mahabharata’. He was a blind king, so attached to his throne and his sons that he never took a right decision in his lifetime. The greatest battle of that period referred as Mahabharta causing great damage and destruction to the kingdom and people became inevitable due to his inactions, indecisions and ill-decisions.)

PROMOD KUMAR SHARMA
[The writer of this blog is also the author of “Mahatma A Scientist of the Intuitively Obvious” and “In Search of Our Wonderful Words”.]

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