A Perfect Vision of Truth: Mahatma Gandhi vs. Swami Vivekananda

  • Dr. Gunjan Agrawal Asstt. Prof., Deptt. Of A/C & Law Faculty of Commerce, S. V. College, Aligarh


Truth has a great potential of absorbing the whole of a man, more specifically, these two great men of India. While Gandhiji put the faith on Truth in God through non-violent means, Swamiji put Truth in an omni-present, omni-potent dimensions. While Gandhiji strive for truth experiments for the lowest of the creatures in the world, Swamiji used Truth as a spiritual means to reach the eternity in everyone’s life. While Gandhiji had probed into human created world and its complexities, and simplifying them by constant analysis and living closer to people. Swamiji in his own way explored the Vedic scriptures and found the complexities being simplified by becoming closer to God he knew.Truth is as old as the immemorial hills, as old as humanity, as old as creation, as old as the Great God. If I have told you in such words as will make you think, make you live up to your thinking, do I not do well in telling it? Anything that makes you weak physically, intellectually, and spiritually, rejects as poison; there is no life in it, it cannot be true. Truth is strengthening. Truth is purity, truth is all knowledge. Truth must be strengthening, must be enlightening, must be invigorating. Give up these weakening mysticisms and be strong.


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