G C Lichtenberg: “It is as if our languages were confounded: when we want a thought, they bring us a word; when we ask for a word, they give us a dash; and when we expect a dash, there comes a piece of bawdy.”

H. P. Lovecraft: "What a man does for pay is of little significance. What he is, as a sensitive instrument responsive to the world's beauty, is everything!"

Werner Herzog: “We are surrounded by worn-out, banal, useless and exhausted images, limping and dragging themselves behind the rest of our cultural evolution.”

John Gray: "Unlike Schopenhauer, who lamented the human lot, Leopardi believed that the best response to life is laughter. What fascinated Schopenhauer, along with many later writers, was Leopardi’s insistence that illusion is necessary to human happiness."

Chris Ware: "Being a cartoonist means you don’t consider yourself too fancy."

Justin E.H. Smith: “One should of course take seriously serious efforts to improve society. But when these efforts fail, in whole or in part, it is only humor that offers redemption. So far, human expectations have always been strained, and have always come, give or take a bit, to nothing. In this respect reality itself has the form of a joke, and humor the force of truth.”

विलास सारंग: "संदर्भ कुठलेही असोत, संस्कृत, इंग्रजी, बुद्धिवादी, तांत्रिक, इतिहासाचे, खगोलशास्त्राचे, आधुनिक पदार्थविज्ञानाचे, शिवकालीन पेशवाईतील बखरीचे, अगणित ज्ञानक्षेत्रांचे, अशा वैविध्यपूर्ण ज्ञानावर लेखन- विशेषत: कवितालेखन- उभं राहत."

Saturday, November 03, 2007

Godlessness is Not a Threat to Us. Too Much of God Is!

BJP ideologue Balbir K. Punj attacked the Indian left in Asian Age September 28, 2007: “Godless Left is a threat to unity.”

I wonder why godlessness feature of the left has to be a threat.

Bhagat Singh belonged to “godless left”. He united the country as much as Lokmanya Tilak, Mahatma Gandhi and, at any rate, more than BJP and its affiliated organizations like RSS/ Jansangh/ VHP/ Hindu Mahasabha.

M V Dhond म वा धोंड, arguably the greatest living scholar of Bhakti literature in Marathi and art critic, is an atheist and, not just that, claims even Sant Tukaram was one!

"...तुकाराममहाराजही माझ्यासारखेच नास्तिक होते. ते म्हणतात:

आहे ऐसा देव वदवावी वाणी । नाही ऐसा मनीं अनुभवावा ।"

[source-ऐसा विटेवर देव कोठें! ("Where on bricks, the god like this!") Rajhans Prakashan 2001]

In November 2006, Times of India conducted a survey across 10 major cities of India on the subject of god. The survey asked “What’s more important?”- Believing in God or To Be a Good Person. 43% replied, “to be a good person”. Tukaram would be happy.

Many bright minds in the West are attacking the god.

Richard Dawkins in his best selling book “God Delusion” has lampooned religion and railed against the devout.

Tukaram was more tactful. He might say: “It is the final proof of God’s omnipotence that he need not exist in order to save us.” (Peter De Vries “The Mackerel Plaza” 1958).


Artist: Geoff Thompson The Spectator