Friday, April 22, 2016

The doctrine of Brahman could be regarded neither as Brahmanic nor as Kshatriyan, and that anybody, who came to 'know', to whatever class he might have belonged, was regarded as Sage.

(Page 333, Bibliographical note, A Constructive Survey Of Upanishadic Philosophy R D Ranade)

One of the central teachings of Christianity, namely...the doctrine of humility: "Except ye become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven" (St. Matthew XVIII.3)

(Page 20, Philosophical and Other Essays, R D Ranade)

I believe that Bhakti does not consist in religious ceremonials, in pilgrimages, and in formal idol-worships: it consists in love to God, and through this, in love to man. We can never love man so well as when we know that he partakes of the same divine nature which is in us. Love to humanity must be based on Love to God: if it is not, it is bound to have a shaky foundation. It is the Love which we bear to God that inspires us with Love to man: and those who love man otherwise love him accidentally and not essentially.

(Page 181, Philosophical and Other Essays, R D Ranade)

 A frank acknowledgement of one's error is the noblest duty that one can do.

(Page 84, An Ideal Critic - Essays and Reflections, R D Ranade)

...the spirit which breathes in the twelfth Edict of Asoka is a permanent monument to its greatness: "There should be no praising of one's sect and decrying of other sects, but on the contrary, a rendering of honour to other sects for whatever cause honour may be due to them." If this spirit pervades our everyday activities, if it becomes the foundation-stone of our philosophies and religions, if our politics come to be based upon such a principle, the world will soon be habitable, for God will come to live in it.

(Page 98, Essays and Reflections - Indian Philosophy, R D Ranade)

We are born here below in this mortal world in order to do action. But we should also see that we do not become entangled in it.

(Chapter 1, Page 13, The Bhagavadgita as a Philosophy of God-realisation, being a clue through the labyrinth of Modern Interpretations, R D Ranade)


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