Reading a fascinating article about Ramana Maharshi and his opinion of Gandhi (by J. Godman). Ramana actually quite approved of Gandhi apparently, despite the fact that Ramana tended to preach radical non-action -- "What is there to be done?" -- and Gandhi was, almost continually engaged in action in the world, and did an astounding amount during his life.
"Although [Ramana] . . . did not encourage devotees to get involved in goal-oriented political programmes, such as the campaign for Independence, he had great respect for Gandhi.
[Ramana] said on several occasions that Gandhi had surrendered to the Self, and that the Self was working through him . . . "
Godman's article, in this vein, continues with a rather fascinating passage of Gandhi's, about not bothering so much to think but simply allowing oneself to be guided by God:
‘How mysterious are the ways of God! This journey to Rajkot is a wonder even to me. Why am I going, whither am I going? What for? I have thought nothing about these things. And if God guides me, what should I think, why should I think? Even thought may be an obstacle in the way of His guidance.
‘The fact is, it takes no effort to stop thinking. The thoughts do not come. Indeed there is no vacuum - but I mean to say that there is no thought about the mission.’ (Letter to Mahadev Desai, Feb. 27 1939, reprinted in Harijan)
Hope others find this as interesting as I did. Cheers
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