Tolstoy letter to Gandhi
“What are wanted for the Indian as for the Englishman, the Frenchman, the German, and the Russian, are not Constitutions and Revolutions,
nor all sorts of Conferences and Congresses,
nor the many ingenious devices for submarine navigation and aerial navigation,
nor powerful explosives,
nor all sorts of conveniences to add to the enjoyment of the rich, ruling classes;
nor new schools and universities with innumerable faculties of science,
nor an augmentation of papers and books,
nor gramophones and cinematographs,
nor those childish and for the most part corrupt stupidities termed art-
-but one thing only is needful: the knowledge of the simple and clear truth which finds place in every soul that is not stupefied by religious and scientific superstitions-the truth that for our life one law is valid-the law of love, which brings the highest happiness to every individual as well as to all mankind.
Free your minds from those overgrown, mountainous imbecilities which hinder your recognition of it, and at once the truth will emerge from amid the pseudo-religious nonsense that has been smothering it:
the indubitable, eternal truth inherent in man, which is one and the same in all the great religions of the world.
It will in due time emerge and make its way to general recognition, and the nonsense that has obscured it will disappear of itself, and with it will go the evil from which humanity now suffers.”
Leo Tolstoy – A Letter to a Hindu (1909)
Important words today, for the Occupy America movement.
<IMHO> Fred Jacobsen
- Tolstoy on Difficulty, 1897 (boingboing.net)
- The Kingdom of God is Within You (truthtolive4.wordpress.com)
- Breathing Leo Tolstoy’s air in Moscow (rt.com)
- Bibliotherapy – Tolstoy and the Purple Chair (nochargebookbunch.com)