Rahul Gandhi’s..piece gives a deep understanding of how we should see Hinduism in these polarised times: Venugopal
New Delhi, Oct 1, 2023- Congress leader Jairam Ramesh on Sunday said that Rahul Gandhi has raised the public discourse immensely with this deeply personal and thought-provoking article.
Congress General Secretary Ramesh in a post on X, said, “Today Rahul Gandhi has raised the public discourse immensely with this deeply personal and thought-provoking article. This is in line with the personality whose true form was seen during the 4000 km long Bharat Jodo (Pad) Yatra.”
He said this while attaching the article written by the former party chief.
Party General Secretary (organisation) K.C. Venugopal in his post on X, said, “Rahul Gandhi’s thought provoking piece gives a deep understanding of how we should see Hinduism in these polarised times.”
Rahul Gandhi on Sunday wrote an article titled ‘Satyam Shivam Sundaram’, stating that to call Hinduism a set of cultural norms is to misunderstand it and to bind it to a geography is to limit it.
In his article, the Congress leader said, “Imagine life as swimming through a vast ocean of joy, love and fear. We live together in its beautiful but frightening depths, trying to survive its many powerful and constantly changing currents. There is love, connection and immense happiness in the ocean. But there is also fear. Fear of death, hunger, loss, as well as fear of pain, insignificance, and failure. Life is our collective journey through this beautiful ocean. We are all swimming together. It is beautiful, but it is also frightening because nobody has ever survived this vast ocean we call life. And nobody ever will.”
He further wrote that “a person who has the courage to overcome her own fear so that she may observe the ocean truthfully is a Hindu”.
“To call Hinduism a set of cultural norms is to misunderstand it. To bind it to a particular nation or geography is to limit it. Hinduism is how we mitigate and understand our relationship with our fears. It is a path towards the realisation of truth and though it belongs to no one, it is open to anyone who chooses to walk on it,” he wrote.
He also asserted that a Hindu looks at herself and everyone in this ocean of life with love, compassion and respect because she understands we are all swimming and drowning in exactly the same waters.
“She reaches out and protects all the beings around her who are struggling to swim. She is alert to even the most quiet anxiety, the most silent scream. This action and duty to defend others, especially the weak is what a Hindu calls her Dharma. Listening for and acting on behalf of the world’s invisible worries through the prisms of truth and non-violence,” he wrote.
“A Hindu has the courage to look deeply into her own fear and to embrace it. She learns to turn her fear from an enemy into an intimate friend that guides and accompa- nies her through life. She is not a victim. And never ever allows her fear to capture her and turn her into a vehicle for anger, hatred or violence,” the Lok Sabha MP from Kerala’s wayanad said.
He further stated that a Hindu knows that whatever knowledge exists, springs from the collective will of the ocean.
“It is not her property alone. She knows things are constantly evolving in the currents and that nothing ever stands still. She is be- stowed with a deep sense of curiosity, one that ensures she never closes her mind to understanding. A Hindu is humble and is always ready to listen and learn from any being that swims in the great ocean.
“She loves all living beings and accepts that each one of them has the right to choose their own path to navigate and understand the ocean. She loves, respects and accepts all paths as if they are her own,” he added. (Agency)