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'' If there were only water amongst the rock
Dead mountain mouth of carious teeth that cannot spit
Here one can neither stand nor lie nor sit
There is not even silence in the mountains
But dry sterile thunder without rain ''
- T.S.Eliot in Waste Land ( What the Thunder Said )
In this world of today ,we are living in hopeless and insecurity with a threat of violence ,terror and corruption that are challenging the existence of whole human race . Gandhi is the sole OASIS among the modern civilization full of rocks and inhuman activities , what is an oasis ?A fertile or green spot in a desert or wasteland, made so by the presence of water , that allows , facilitate * * FLORA AND FAUNA grow and develop . Gandhi is the best metaphorical expression for oasis in our society of today , a situation or place preserved from surrounding unpleasantness; a refuge: an oasis of serenity amid chaos. What is the sole property of an Oasis ? It is surely , the water - the main source of life and all surroundings . now ,the same way what is the sole property of Gandhi ? This is the PROPERTY OF SOUL AND THIS IS NOTHING BUT '' TRUTH ''
TRUTH is the sole property of Gandhi and all other virtues viz. Non-violence , not Stealing (untheft ) , Celibacy , Frugality , Clarity and purity of mind ,thought and action , Simple living , Penance , Humility all supported by sterling -faith in God (Lord Rama ) , follow him or may say ...bound to follow him .
These days , many writers , leaders , thinkers and managers call him with a man with different innate traits and qualities as Manager , astute Politician , Environmentalist ,so on and so forth . But he is none of that and not a mess of all these , but the true devotee of TRUTH and ONLY TRUTH ; as it has been well mentioned in Ram Charit Manas By great poet Tulasi das ji that all of virtues and human qualities come to a person , who is really religious and devotee of truth , uninvited , in the same way as all rivers come down to Ocean unwished and unwanted .. Great saint and poet Kabir also advised to acquire only one quality and others are bound to follow . Gandhi has the SOLE property of SOUL and that is TRUTH.
Let us see what he says of TRUTH to justify what has been said above -
"" Truth alone will endure; all the rest will be swept away before the tide of time ...
What may appear as truth to one person will often appear as untruth to another person. But that need not worry the seeker. Truth and untruth often co-exist; good and evil often are found together.
Use truth as your anvil, nonviolence as your hammer and anything that does not stand the test when it is brought to the anvil of truth and hammered with nonviolence, reject it.
Truth and nonviolence demand that no human being may debar himself from serving any other human being, no matter how sinful he may be.
Truth is the first to be sought for, and Beauty and Goodness will then be added unto you.
An error does not become truth by reason of multiplied propagation, nor does truth become error because nobody sees it.
Truth without humility would be an arrogant caricature.
The quest of truth involves self-suffering, sometimes even unto death. " ( from Gandhi's Quotes on Truth )
" Generations to come, it may be, will scarcely believe that such a one as this ever in flesh and blood walked upon this earth '' - Einstein, 1944
" What we need is a universal man — a man who combines in perfect balance the supreme qualities of an idealist and a realist, a dreamer and a doer, a prophet who sees "the heavenly vision" and, "not unfaithful to (that) vision" makes it come true. Is there any such person living in the world?...I believe that there is — unquestionably the greatest man living in the world today, and one of the greatest men who has ever lived. I heard of him first in 1917, through an article by Professor Gilbert Murray in the Hibbert Journal. I did not learn anything of him again until a few months ago, when there came to my desk a little paper-covered pamphlet containing extracts from his speeches and writings. This is meagre information; but when I read it, I felt as did John Keats when he first read Chapman's translation of the Iliad:

"Then felt I like some watcher of the skies
When a new planet swims into his ken;
Or like stout Cortez when with eagle eyes
He stared at the Pacific — and all his men
Looked at each other with a mild surmise —
Silent, upon a peak in Darien."
The man whom I have in mind is Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, the Indian leader, of the present great revolutionary movement against British rule in India, known and reverenced by his country­men as Mahatma, "the Saint". I wonder how many of you have ever heard of him, or know the story of his life. Listen while I tell this story, and see if I am not right in calling its hero the greatest man in the world today! "  -- J .H Hplmes
* The flora and fauna of any given region is usually explained in biological terms to include the genus and species of plant and animal life, their preferred growing or breeding habits, and their connection to one another in the environment as well. In addition to geographical groupings, environment also helps further classifications of flora and fauna. For example, aquatic flora and fauna of a region refers to the plant and animal life found in the waters in or surrounding a geographic region.

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Comment by Balamurali Balaji on August 3, 2011 at 6:40

Dear drynpathakji,


This is a good metaphoric thought on Gandhi. Gandhi seems to be the destination for everyone who were clueless in finding the peace amid the much clumsy world of despair and corruption.


Comment by Arya Bhushan Bhardwaj on August 1, 2011 at 12:47
Pathakji, Heart touching Blog. But is it right to say, "  Gandhi the sole Oasis" ?  Gandhi was a person who try to see soul in every living and non-living being. It is his this unique vertue that made him great. Gandhi tried to show with his qualities of head and heart, that if human being can try  to see, she/ he, could see the Truth face to face. Every human being has been gifted with this spiritual gift, the question is  of 'Invoking' this spirit. It is just covered with the vail of ignorence. We wrongly try to find in 'outside' world. Thanks for the thought provoking writings.   

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