Mahatma Gandhi, Letter To American Friends, August 3, 1942

Dear friends, As I am supposed to be the spirit behind the much discussed and equally well abused resolution of the Working Committee of the Indian National Congress on independence, it has become necessary for me to explain my position. For I am not unknown to you. I have in America perhaps the largest number of friends in the West – not even excepting Great Britain. British friends knowing me personally are more discerning than the American. In America I suffer from the well-known malady called hero worship. The good Dr. Holmes, until recently of the Unity Church of New … Continue reading Mahatma Gandhi, Letter To American Friends, August 3, 1942

Satyagraha in Ghana

“Positive action has already achieved remarkable success in the liberation struggle of our continent and I feel sure that it can further save us from the perils of this atomic arrogance. If the direct action that was carried out by the international protest team were to be repeated on a mass scale, or simultaneously from various parts of Africa, the result could be as powerful and as successful as Gandhi’s historic Salt March. We salute Mahatma Gandhi and we remember, in tribute to him that it was in South Africa that his method of non-violence and non-cooperation was first practiced … Continue reading Satyagraha in Ghana

The Bronze Legacy (To a Brown Boy) – Effie Lee Newsome

‘Tis a noble gift to be brown all brown Like the strongest things Up this earth, Like the mountains grave and grand, Even like the very land, Even like the trunks of trees – Even oaks, to be like these! God builds his strength in bronze. To be brown like thrush and lark! Like the subtle rain so dark! May, the king of beasts were Brown: Eagles are of the same hue. I think God then, I am brown. Brown has mighty things to do Jacob Lawrence, The Migration Series, Panel no. 11: Food had doubled in price because of … Continue reading The Bronze Legacy (To a Brown Boy) – Effie Lee Newsome

Poem: The Rosenbergs, June 1953 – W.E.B Du Bois

From floods of wrath, avenging God, Pour down the curse on us the murderers, who crucify the Jews! Hammer home the nails, thick through our skulls; Crush down the thorns; Rain red the bloody sweat, Thick and heavy, warm and wet. We are the killers, hurling mud! We the witch hunters, drinking blood! To us shrink all the lynched, the thousands mobbed, the millions dead in useless war. But this, this shameless deed we do this day, the senseless blasphemy of mother and child, Fills full the cup! Hail hell and glory to damnation! Oh bloodstained nation, Stretch out your … Continue reading Poem: The Rosenbergs, June 1953 – W.E.B Du Bois

Freedom of the soul

To be more free is the goal of all our efforts, for only in perfect freedom can there be perfection. This effort to attain freedom underlies all forms of worship, whether we know it or not…It is because freedom is every man’s goal. He seeks it ever, his whole life is a struggle after it…This longing for freedom produces the idea of a Being who is absolutely free. —Sw. Vivekananda, What is Religion? Continue reading Freedom of the soul

Mani Mallick and Bhavanath: “Many maharajas have sent precious articles to the exhibition — gold couches and the like. It is worth seeing.” MASTER (to the devotees, with a smile): “Yes, you gain much by visiting those things. You realize that those articles of gold and the other things sent by maharajas are mere trash. That is a great gain in itself. When I used to go to Calcutta with Hriday, he would show me the Viceroy’s palace and say: ‘Look, uncle! There is the Viceroy’s palace with the big columns.’ The Mother revealed to me that they were merely … Continue reading

The Salt of the Earth

The peasant, the shoemaker, the sweeper, and such other lower classes of India have much greater capacity for work and self-reliance than you. They have been silently working through long ages and producing the entire wealth of the land, without a word of complaint. (8) Never mind if they have not read a few books like you—if they have not acquired your tailor-made civilisation. What do these matter? But they are the backbone of the nation in all countries. If these lower classes stop work, from where will you get your food and clothing? If the sweepers of Calcutta stop … Continue reading The Salt of the Earth

Reflections on the Dancing girl of Mohenjo-Daro

The Dancing Girl is a bronze figurine discovered in the ruins of the ancient Harappan city of Mohenjo-Daro by archaeologists in 1926. Dated c. 2300-1750 BCE, the Dancing Girl—who is pictured nude in a self-assured pose, her arms and bracelets encircled with metal bangles, her hair wrapped in a bun to the side of her well-shaped head—is presently housed in the National Museum in New Delhi, India. The statuette is cast using the lost-wax method, where the mold is first created with clay and wax before tin and copper (bronze is an alloy) are poured in. Smelting was discovered in … Continue reading Reflections on the Dancing girl of Mohenjo-Daro