Saturday, July 12, 2014

Mahatma Gandhi's Interpretation of Sin

Dr Abe V Rotor

Mahatma Gandhi, man of the last millennium, interprets the seven Deadly Sins as follows:

1. Wealth without Work
2. Pleasure without Conscience
3. Science without Humanity
4. Knowledge without Character
5. Politics without Principle
6. Commerce without Morality
7. Worship without Sacrifice

After viewing the film, Gandhi, with my students in humanities, I presented a comparison of Gandhi's interpretation with Vatican's Seven Cardinal Sins, which are as follows:

1. Anger
2. Gluttony
4. Sloth
5. Lust
6. Greed
7. Envy

Gandhi has built a bridge of understanding not only between the Christians and the non-Christians - but among different faiths - that goodness is universal. His way to the Truth, his way to Peace through non-violence, in fact the way he lived and died - truly make him the Man of the Millennium.

Here are beautiful passages from the Man of the the Millennium.

• "Nonviolence is the greatest force at the disposal of mankind. It is mightier than the mightiest weapon of destruction devised by the ingenuity of man."

• "Truth is what the voice within tells you."

• "Truth is the right designation of God."

• "Truth and nonviolence will never be destroyed."

• "Truth is like a vast tree which yields more and more fruit the more you nurture it."

• "Truth alone will endure, all the rest will be swept away before the tide of time."

• "Truth is self-evident, nonviolence is its maturest fruit, it is contained in Truth, but is not self-evident."

• "Truth is the first to be sought for, and Beauty and Goodness will then be added unto you."

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