The Supreme Good

Salaam and Greetings of Peace:

“I do dimly perceive that whilst everything around me is ever changing, ever dying, there is underlying all that change a living power that is changeless, that holds all together, that creates, dissolves, and re-creates. That informing power or spirit is God, and since nothing else that I see merely through the senses can or will persist, God alone is.

“And is this power benevolent or malevolent? I see it as purely benevolent. for I can see that in the midst of death life persists, in the midst of untruth truth persists, in the midst of darkness light persists. Hence I gather that God is Life, Truth, Light. God is Love. God is the Supreme Good.”

Mahatma Gandhi, from the Gandhi Memorial

Ya Haqq!

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9 Responses to The Supreme Good

  1. Shiraz says:

    Thanks for sharing, Brother Irving!

    What I find interesting in this, aside from the fact that it’s beautiful, is the pronoun use. Rather than specifically going with a “He” or something similar, here Gandhi refers to God as a “power” or a “spirit” and, prior to making the identification of God, he simply refers to God as “this (power)”. I’m really fascinated by this use a of language, and it’s something I’ve cultivated within myself at times. Our conception of God especially in Western culture is so anthropomorphic, and indeed, that is perhaps the most easily comprehensible way of talking about God. But it’s also important to recall that God is beyond personification. We can think of God as a “being”, a will, a force or power, some conceptions being “personal” while others being “impersonal.” What was it that the Qur’an said about God? That in talking about God, if the oceans were ink, they would run dry in an attempt to put the idea of God down on paper, as it were?

  2. Irving says:

    Salaam Dear Brother Shiraz:

    You make a good point. Of course the infinite God is beyond the understanding of finite human minds, and they tend to limit Him by the use of any words and gender pronouns, though no gender limitation is intended.

    Here is the quote you mentioned:

    “Say, ‘If the ocean were ink for the words of my Lord, the ocean would run out, before the words of my Lord run out, even if we double the ink supply.'” 18:109

    Ya Haqq!

  3. salahudin says:

    another quote from gandhi that i as an apostate of islam, as an agnostic atheist… love:

    “for all my life i thought god was the truth… but i have come to realize that the truth is god…”

    :)

  4. hi says:

    interesting post. gandhi was inspired greatly by the gita, though he studied many major religions and saw unity in them all. check out this site about mahatama gandhi and the bhagvad gita”> at http://www.gitananda.org

  5. Raza Rumi says:

    what a beautiful quote.. thanks brother :)

  6. Umm Layth says:

    la ilaha illa allah

  7. Jeroen says:

    Alhamdulillah! What a wonderful quote! It shows once again that no matter where we approach it from, the Truth is always the same ultimate Truth.

    Greetings from a new dervish :)

    Ya Haqq!

  8. Irving says:

    Alhamdulillah! I am so happy for you, dear Brother Jeroen :) Ya darvish, you have taken the first of the ten million steps on the path, one for each breath and each heartbeat of your life. May Allah bless you and guide to ever increasing love and wisdom, which are really the same thing.

    Ya Haqq!

  9. god is al rahman and raheem , he even shows mercy to the disbeliever .

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