Friday, October 12, 2018

Ancient Reformers

Did India ever stand in want of reformers? 
Do you read the history of India? Who was Ramanuja? Who was Shankara? Who was Nanak? Who was Chaitanya? Who was Kabir? Who was Dadu? 

Who were all these great preachers, one following the other, a galaxy of stars of the first magnitude? 
Did not Ramanuja feel for the lower classes? Did he not try all his life to admit even the Pariah to his community? Did he not try to admit even Mohammedans to his own fold? 
Did not Nanak confer with Hindus and Mohammedans, and try to bring about a new state of things? 

They all tried, and their work is still going on. The difference is this. They had not the fanfaronade of the reformers of today; they had no curses on their lips as modern reformers have; their lips pronounced only blessings. 
They never condemned. 

             - Swami Vivekananda, 
               Address at Victoria Hall Madras, 
               Lectures From Colombo to Almora

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