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Monday, November 4, 2019

Quotes from Khushwant Singh’s ‘Gods and Godmen of India’



What attracted me towards the book was its title. It’s a fact, if we must call it that, that most Indians are obsessed with gods and godmen. 

And after reading ‘The Good The Bad and The Ridiculous’ I wanted to read another one of his books. 


"No administration which adheres to secular ideas should yield to arm-twisting by bullies in the guise of upholders of religion." ~~ Khushwant Singh (Book: Gods And Godmen Of India)



"We tend to judge religions by the lives and teaching of their founders; never by the conduct of those who profess to follow them." ~~ Khushwant Singh (Book: Gods And Godmen Of India)




"To describe the godless as immoral is a gratuitous falsehood. Most men and women who deny God are to my knowledge more truthful, helpful, kinder and more considerate in their dealing with others than men of religion." ~~ Khushwant Singh (Book: Gods And Godmen Of India)



"No people in the world are more receptive towards irrational belief than we Indians." ~~ Khushwant Singh (Book: Gods And Godmen Of India)




"Stupid people are impervious to reason. And now we have the craze for Vastu as asinine as any of the irrational junk to clutter our minds." ~~ Khushwant Singh (Book: Gods And Godmen Of India)



"Paradox I have not been able to explain is why in two countries as poles apart as the US and India, religion is a good commerce." ~~ Khushwant Singh (Book: Gods And Godmen Of India)



"No country has produced as many gods and goddesses as ours. With us, the process has not as we go on adding to their numbers as recklessly as we produce human beings." ~~ Khushwant Singh (Book: Gods And Godmen Of India)



"If you examine religious systems closely, you will discover that though all of them pay lip-service to God as Almighty -- Creator - Preserver- Destroyer-- who really matters most to them is their founder descried variably as Prophet, Messiah, Messenger or Avatar. In short, God's human manifestation is given more importance than God himself." ~~ Khushwant Singh (Book: Gods And Godmen Of India)



"Tree planting is as important as donating money to build schools, colleges and hospitals." ~~ Khushwant Singh (Book: Gods And Godmen Of India)


 
"We do not know where we come from, we know not the purpose of our lives on earth and we do not know where we go when we die. Instead of believing in fairy tales as Genesis and the Day of Judgment or equally baseless stories of reincarnation, why not be honest and admit 'I don't know'?" ~~ Khushwant Singh (Book: Gods And Godmen Of India)



"Why should loudspeakers be permitted for us at all-night jagratas and prevent others from sleeping? In India whenever religious rites and commonsense are in conflict, you can be sure that the rite, however, irrational and irritating will win." ~~ Khushwant Singh (Book: Gods And Godmen Of India)



"There is more to silence than keeping one's mouth shut. You have to shut out external noises as well as the tumult within you to realize what immense power it can generate." ~~ Khushwant Singh (Book: Gods And Godmen Of India)



 "As still waters run deep, so does a man of silence conceal what he has within him." ~~ Khushwant Singh (Book: Gods And Godmen Of India)



"Prayers, though ostensibly address to God are, in fact, addressed to oneself. There is nothing intrinsically good in prayers: prayers come from the same mouth as oaths. Prayer does not produce miracles, it only gives us reassurance and self-confidence to help us face adversities." ~~ Khushwant Singh (Book: Gods And Godmen Of India)



"Death is not a fiction; it is a profound reality, more real than anything in life." ~~ Khushwant Singh (Book: Gods And Godmen Of India)



"One is compelled to admire a man who with little learning could take the mightiest of the land for a ride." ~~ Khushwant Singh (Book: Gods And Godmen Of India)



"The Indian soil is very productive of prophets and messiahs. We have always had men and women claiming to be incarnations of God or god Himself in human form." ~~ Khushwant Singh (Book: Gods And Godmen Of India)



"It is not easy to explain why one is drawn towards people with whom one has nothing in common and repelled by others who share one's values and interests." ~~ Khushwant Singh (Book: Gods And Godmen Of India)



"There is no mention of Kundalini in Rig Veda but it became currency by the time Mahabharata and Ramayan came to be written." ~~ Khushwant Singh (Book: Gods And Godmen Of India)



"I am happy to wallow in my ignorance and admit, I do not know where I come from, why I am here, where I will go when I die." ~~ Khushwant Singh (Book: Gods And Godmen Of India)



"The one thing that most of us associate with people who have renounced the world and taken sanyas is total detachment from wealth and worldly affairs. This does not apply to Indian godmen or godwomen. All of them are wealthy." ~~ Khushwant Singh (Book: Gods And Godmen Of India)



"I have come to the conclusion that gurus and godmen are meant for people who are unsure of themselves, troubled in mind and faced with problems which they are unable to solve on their own efforts." ~~ Khushwant Singh (Book: Gods And Godmen Of India)



"India has been in the Godmen business longer and continues to produce more of them than any other country of the world. Their pattern of business has not changed over the years: first they establish themselves in India and having done so, extend their activities to foreign market." ~~ Khushwant Singh (Book: Gods And Godmen Of India)



"Money corrupts men as well as institutions. Men or women who preach religion should set an example to not own or have control over it. In short, money and religion do not mix. It is easier for a rich man to pass through the eye of a needle than preach morality from a pulpit." ~~ Khushwant Singh (Book: Gods And Godmen Of India)



"The most disturbing thing about Godmen and godwomen is that while they preach love towards humanity they have nothing kind of say about each other. They talk as rivals in the god business: what they sell is the genuine stuff, what their rivals sell is superiors." ~~ Khushwant Singh (Book: Gods And Godmen Of India)


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