Mahatma Gandhi – Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi
Ex-Devotees Of Sathya Sai Baba Attack India, Indians, Hindus and Mahatma Gandhi
Ex-Devotees have been waging concerted and unremitting smear campaigns against Sri Sathya Sai Baba that includes fierce and malicious criticism of India, Indians, Hindus and their religious scriptures.
As a matter of fact, Barry Pittard and Robert Priddy (two of the main spokespersons for the Anti-Sai Movement whose WordPress blogs contain numerous defamations, libels and slurs against Sathya Sai Baba, Sai Devotees and Sai Proponents) wrote a joint article entitled “The Sathya Sai Organisation’s Deception And Propaganda Exposed: Part Four” (Ref), in which they said about the Ramayana:
“Nor can any intelligent person make good or relevant sense of it in the modern world – it is just a fantastic, impossible concocted story of the ‘Superman’ kind – with ‘monkey-man’ Hanuman lifting and flying aloft with a whole mountain (so Rama could pick out a herb from it!) or jumping across the sea to Sri Lanka. Come on, how can one be so backward intellectually? This may be o.k. for ignorant peasants, but the thinking world must regard it as sheer delusion!”
In addition, Barry Pittard said:
“Since everyone in India suffers from it somehow, the issue of corruption is fairly easy to talk about there. It is the way things are done, including getting non-corrupt matters done.”
Needless to say, Barry Pittard and Robert Priddy (typical white westerners who suffer from the aposate syndrome) have bashed & trashed everyone in India as being “corrupt” and that Mahatma Gandhi, scholars, sages, gurus and millions of Hindus are “backward intellectually” “ignorant peasants” who believe in the Ramayana (which they consider to be “sheer delusion” and an “impossible concocted story of the ‘Superman’ kind”).
In an effort to do damage, control, Barry Pittard recently wrote a blogged article in which he praised Mahatma Gandhi, various religions and India. Hold on! What happened to Ex-Devotee’s claims that everyone in India suffers from corruption that Hindu Scriptures are “impossible concocted stories of the ‘Superman’ kind” and “sheer delusion” that are believed by “backward intellectually” “ignorant peasants”?
To Date: Neither Barry Pittard nor Robert Priddy have issued a public apology for their malicious attacks against India, Indians, Hindus and their scriptures. Nor have they retracted the articles or quotes in question. Consequently, it is to be concluded that Ex-Devotees praise of Mahatma Gandhi, various religions and India is hypocritical and an act of blatant deception.
There is a tremendous amount of information on the internet about Mahatma Gandhi (Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi) and his ardent belief in the Ramayana, the Bhagavad Gita and other sacred texts associated with Hinduism.
Mahatma Gandhi TimeLine:
1869: Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi born in Porbandar in Gujarat.
1893: Gandhi leaves for Johannesburg for practicing law and is thrown out of a first class bogie because he is colored.
1906: Mohandas K. Gandhi, 37, speaks at a mass meeting in the Empire Theater, Johannesburg on September 11 and launches a campaign of nonviolent resistance (satyagraha) to protest discrimination against Indians. The British Government had just invalidated the Indian Marriage.
1913: Mohandas Gandhi in Transvaal, South Africa leads 2,500 Indians into the in defiance of a law, they are violently arrested, Gandhi refuses to pay a fine, he is jailed, his supporters demonstrate. On November 25, and Natal police fire into the crowd, killing two, injuring 20.
1914: Mohandas Gandhi returns to India at age 45 after 21 years of practicing law in South Africa where he organized a campaign of “passive resistance” to protest his mistreatment by whites for his defense of Asian immigrants. He attracts wide attention in India by conducting a fast –the first of 14 that he will stage as political demonstrations and that will inaugurate the idea of the political fasting.
1930: A civil disobedience campaign against the British in India begins March 12. The All-India Trade Congress has empowered Gandhi to begin the demonstrations (see 1914). Called Mahatma for the past decade, Gandhi leads a 165-mile march to the Gujarat coast of the Arabian Sea and produces salt by evaporation of sea water in violation of the law as a gesture of defiance against the British monopoly in salt production
1932: Gandhi begins a “fast unto death” to protest the British government’s treatment of India’s lowest caste “untouchables” whom Gandhi calls Harijans — “God’s children.” Gandhi’s campaign of civil disobedience has brought rioting and has landed him in prison, but he persists in his demands for social reform, he urges a new boycott of British goods, and after 6 days of fasting obtains a pact that improves the status of the “untouchables” (Dalits)
1947: India becomes free from 200 years of British Rule. A major victory for Gandhian principles and non-violence in general.
1948: Gandhi is assassinated by Nathuram Godse, a Hindu fanatic at a prayer meeting
Mahatma Gandhi Quotes On Hinduism & The Gita:
“I call myself a Sanatani Hindu, because I believe in the Vedas, the Upanishads, the Puranas, and all that goes by the name of Hindu scripture, and therefore in avataras and rebirth; I believe in the varnashrama dharma in a sense, in my opinion strictly Vedic but not in its presently popular crude sense; I believe in the protection of cow … I do not disbelieve in murti puja.” (Mahatma Gandhi – Young India: June 10, 1921)
“Hinduism as I know it entirely satisfies my soul, fills my whole being … When doubts haunt me, when disappointments stare me in the face, and when I see not one ray of light on the horizon, I turn to the Bhagavad Gita, and find a verse to comfort me; and I immediately begin to smile in the midst of overwhelming sorrow. My life has been full of tragedies and if they have not left any visible and indelible effect on me, I owe it to the teachings of the Bhagavad Gita.” (Mahatma Gandhi – Young India: June 8, 1925)
The Story Of My Experiments With Truth
By Mahatma Gandhi
“What, however, left a deep impression on me was the reading of the Ramayana before my father. During part of his illness my father was in Porbandar. There every evening he used to listen to the Ramayana.”
Select Quotes About Mahatma Gandhiji:
Mahatma Gandhi (Book)
by Sankar Ghose
(Chapter 1: Kathiawar’s Ambitious Boy – page 9)
“In later life, Gandhi regarded Ramayana of Tulsidasa as the greatest book in devotional literature and repition of Ramnama as an infallible method of curing one of all kinds of doubts and despondency.”
Priyaranjan Das Munshi’s Mahatma Gandhi!
By V. Sundaram
“Mahatma Gandhi was a great devotee of Lord Rama and Lord Krishna. He worshipped the Ramayana and the Bhagavad Gita. Rama Nama and Ram Rajya were for Gandhi synonymous terms. Addressing a prayer meeting in New Delhi on 25 May, 1946, Mahatma Gandhi said: ‘Rama Nama should come from the heart. In that event, Rama Nama could become an effective remedy against all ailments. A man who believes in Rama Nama would not make a fetish of the body but would regard it as a means of serving God. And for making it into a fit instrument for that purpose, Rama Nama is the sovereign means. To install Rama Nama in the heart requires infinite patience. It might even take ages. But the effort is worthwhile. Rama Nama cannot come from the heart unless one has cultivated the virtues of truth, honesty and purity within and without.’
Therefore, Ex-Devotees of Sathya Sai Baba (all white Westerners) have directly and unequivocally berated Mahatma Gandhi (a firm believer in the Ramayana) and millions of Hindus as “backward intellectually” “ignorant peasants” who are universally “corrupt” and who believe in scriptures that should be regarded as “sheer delusion” and “impossible concocted stories of the ‘Superman’ kind”.
Sathya Sai Baba On Mahatma Gandhi:
“Man has been endowed with buddhi or intelligence, so that he might at every turn decide what is beneficent for observance and what is detrimental. Gandhi while going through hate ridden regions, prayed, “Sabko san-mati de Bhagwan!” (O Lord! Give everyone Good intelligence!) The intelligence has to be kept sharp, clear and straight.” (Sathya Sai Baba).
“When quite young, Mohandas Karamachand Gandhi witnessed along with his mother a drama on ‘Sravana and his devotion to his parents’ and he resolved that he must also become a Sravana. He witnessed a play onHarischandra and that drama impressed him so deeply that he resolved to become as heroically devoted to virtue as Harischandra himself. These transformed him so much that he became a Mahatma. Gandhi had a teacher when he was attending school who taught him wrong paths. But Gandhi did not adopt his advice. As a consequence, he was able to bring freedom (Swaraj) to the country.” (Sathya Sai Baba, Vidya Vahini)
Related Mahatma Gandiji Links:
– Mahatma Gandhi: Ramayana and Justice By Dr. Ravindra Kumar
– Wikipedia Article On Mahatma Gandhi
– M.K. Gandhi – Resources And Information
– Mahatma Gandhi’s autobiography on wikisource
– Works by Mahatma Gandhi– Gandhi Smriti — Government of India website
– Mahatma Gandhi News Research and Media service
– Mahatma Gandhi a votary of sustainable living
– Mani Bhavan Gandhi Sangrahalaya Gandhi Museum & Library
– Gandhi Book Centre
– Works by Mahatma Gandhi
– Gandhi Hall and statue
– Works by or about Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi
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