Monday, September 25, 2006

The Hindu way to Reform

Satyakama has a snippet from Vivekananda's "Lectures from Columbo to Almora" about the Hindu way of 'Reform'. A must read. Absolutely pertinent to the current world. If only someone can put this lecture in the minds of radical islamists and the American neocons!!
The work against evil is more educational than actual, however big we may talk. This, first of all, is the idea of work against evil; and it ought to make us calmer, it ought to take fanaticism out of our blood. The history of the world teaches us that wherever there have been fanatical reforms, the only result has been that they have defeated their own ends.
From Google book search. Here's the link for the whole book. Page 62 has the above snippet.

http://books.google.com/books?id=T8YLAAAAIAAJ&printsec=titlepage