RELIGION 120 Mahatma Gandhi and Sri Ramakrishna
This week you read two short passages by two very famous Hindus – Mahatma Gandhi and Sri Ramakrishna. For your discussion board, I would like you to choose one these readings and discuss your thoughts and reaction to it. In your response you can respond to any of the following questions:
why did you choose this particular reading? what interested you about it?
did you find the reading beautiful? or disturbing?
what did you learn about Hinduism from this reading?
is there something about the reading that confused you or that you would like to know more about?
Was there an idea or opinion in the reading that you strongly agreed or disagreed with? Why do you agree/disagree with it?
Your response must be at least 250 words and include two direct quotations from the reading (along with the page numbers for the quotes). Your initial response is due Thursday, August 27 by midnight. You must also respond to at least two classmates.
After I read for (Mahatma Gandhi and Ramakrishna) I agree with Mahatma Gandhi and I liked this reading very much because His mission was not only to humanize religion, but also to moralize it. Gandhi’s interpretation of Hinduism, Islam, and Christianity made his religion a federation of different religious faiths. I like this way for religions different because he united religions not to racism.
I found this reading is beautiful because we learned more about the Hinduism religion. He was inspired by people as well as books. Gandhi corresponded regularly and had views on truth and morality. When I read this book, I liked this article for Gandhi “To me God is Truth and Love. God is Ethics and Morality. God is Fearlessness. God is essence of life and light and yet He is above and beyond all these. God is conscience. He is even the atheism of the atheist. For in his boundlessness, God permits the atheist to live. He is the searcher of hearts. He is a personal God to those who need his personal presence. He is embodied to those who need his touch. He is the purest essence…. He is all things to all men. He is in us and yet above and beyond us.” (3)
Gandhi hoped to win people over by changing their hearts and minds, and advocated non-violence in all things. He himself remained a committed Hindu throughout his life, but was critical of all faiths and what he saw as the hypocrisy of organized religion.
I learned from the Hinduism as indicated by the Hindu view, there are four objectives of life on earth, and every individual ought to seek to each of the four. Everybody should go for dharma, or honest living; rather, or riches gained through the quest for a calling; kami, or human and sexual love; and, at last, moksha, or profound salvation.
No, I don’t confuse when I read this reading.
In my opinion, I like this decision because A distinctive culture comes into existence when people develop a continuous way of life. This is expressed in many ways like common traditions and norms of conduct, common institutions (marriage, family). The most important characteristic of a vital culture is a common outlook among the people, who when faced with adversity, difficulty can generate a collective will to action.
In my opinion, when I read both reading, I agree with Mahatma Gandhi was deeply interested in the comparative study of religions since the days of his youth. His interest in religious matters was due to the background of India, which was saturated with religious ideas and spirituality. Religion, to Gandhi, was not a matter of individual experience: Gandhi found God within creation. The meaning of the word ‘Dharma’ is ‘religion’ in India. This is a comprehensive term which embraces all of humanity. Gandhi referred to “God” as “Truth,” which has great significance.
I like this reading because the broad outlook of Mahatma Gandhi, the progressive interpretations of the various ideas and concepts in the domain of religion, made it possible to facilitate the study of comparative religion. Gandhi refers to ‘God’ as ‘Truth’ and this has very important bearings (157). The word ‘Truth’ has a much wider connotation that the term ‘God’. There may be non-believers in God. But no one can deny ‘truth’ for even the atheist must accept the power of ‘Truth’. Gandhi’s description about ‘God’, again, points out that it is something, which can be accepted by all men in the way he likes.
When I read this reading and other article about the Hinduism, I learned Hinduism is a religion that had no single author, no single representative, no single prophet. Its sources are blended and complex. One strand can be followed back to the consecrated Sanskrit writing of the Aryans, the Vedas, which comprise of songs in recognition of divinities who were regularly embodiment of the characteristic components. Another strand drew on the convictions predominant among gatherings of indigenous people groups, particularly the confidence in the intensity of the mother goddess and in the viability of richness images. Hinduism, in the structure similar to its present-day articulation.
Also, I don’t confuse because I focus a lot when I read.
I agree with this opinion, Gandhi refers to ‘God’ as ‘Truth’ and this has very important bearings. The word ‘Truth’ has a much wider connotation that the term ‘God’.