I am a man who belongs to another world than this, one that may seem
very strange. For I claim that I am moved by love, that I feel it all the
time. I do not deal in opinions, but only in thought, in which there can
be give and take. Thought is not walled in or tied down, it can be shared
with people of goodwill; we can take their ideas and offer them ours, and
in this way thought grows and spreads. This has always been my
experience, and therefore I do not accept any kind of label for myself.
There is nothing more powerful as love and thought -- no institution,
no government, no government, no 'ism', no scripture, no weapon. I hold
that these, love and thought, are the only sources of power. You should
not expect me therefore to have any fixed opinions, only ideas. I am a
man who changes every moment.
I am just one individual; I wear no label, I am not a member of any
institution, I have nothing to do with political parties. I do however
keep in affectionate contact with the organizations for constructive work.
I was born a Brahmin but I have cut myself off my caste. Some people call
me a Hindu, but I have made such a repeated study of the Koran and the
Bible that my Hinduism has been washed off. People like what I have to
say because my work is rooted in compassion, love and thought. I have
ideas, but no permanently settled views.
I once saw a portrait of Louis Pasteur, and below it these words: "I do
not want to know what your religion or your views, but only what your
troubles are. I want to help you to get rid of them." Those who do that
are discharging their duty as human beings and that's what I'm trying to
-- Vinoba Bhave
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