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The Gospel of Renunciation
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THE GOSPEL OF RENUNCIATION
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CHAPTER 1

ESSENCE OF HINDUISM

     "Let me for a few moments consider what Hinduism consists of, what it is that has fired so many saints about whom we have historical record. Why has it contributed so many philosophers to the world? What is it in Hinduism that has so enthused its devotees for centuries?...In the midst of my struggle against untouchability I have been asked by several workers as to the essence of Hinduism. We have no simple Kalma, they said, that we find in Islam, nor have we John 3.16 of the Bible. Have we or have we not something that will answer the demands of the most philosophic among the Hindus or the most matter-of-fact among them? Some have said, and not without good reason, the Gayatri answers that purpose. I have perhaps recited the Gayatri mantra a thousand times, having understood the meaning of it. But still it seems to me that it did not answer the whole of my aspirations. Then as you are aware I have, for years past, been swearing by the Bhagavadgita, and have said that it answers all my difficulties and has been my Kamadhenu, my guide, my 'open sesame', on hundreds of moments of doubt and difficulty. I cannot recall a single occasion when it has failed me. But it is not a book that I can place before the whole of this audience. It requires a prayerful study before the Kamadhenu yields the rich milk she holds in her udders.

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