Deen Dayal Upadhyaya

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Quotes from 'Integral Humanism'(Pandit DeenDayal Upadhyaya)

  • "It is essential that we think about 'Our National Identity' without which there is no meaning of 'Independance".

  • "The basic cause of the problems facing Bharat is the neglect of Its 'National Identity".

  • "Opportunism has shaken the confidence of People in Poltics".

  • "Opportunists with no principles rein in politics of our country"

  • "We had taken pride in resisting Things-British while They (Britishers) ruled us, but strangely enough, now that the Britishers have left, Westernisation has become synonymous with Progress."

  • "Western Science and the Western Ways of life are two different things. Whereas Western Science is Universal and must be absorbed by us if we wish to go forward, the same is not true about the Western Ways of life and values."

  • "In the past 1000 years whatever we assimilated-whether it was forced on us or we took with willingness-cannot be discarded now."

  • "The principles of Marx have changed both with the changing times as well as with varying conditions to the extent that parrot-like repetition of Marxism for solving problems facing our country would amount to a reactionary attitude rather than a scientific & pragmatic one."

  • "Human Knowledge is common property."

  • "Independance can be meaningful only if it becomes instrument for expression of our Culture."

  • "Both from the national as well as human stand point, it has become essential that we think of the principles of Bhartiya Culture."

  • "The fundamental characteristic of Bhartiya Culture is that it looks upon life as an integrated whole."

  • "There is diversity and plurality in life but we have always attempted to discover the unity behind them."

  • "Hegel put forward the principles of thesis, anti-thesis and synthesis; Karl Marx used this principle as a basis and presented his analysis of history and economics; Darwin considered the principle of survival of the fittest as the sole basis of life; but we in this country saw the basic unity of all life."

  • "The Unit of Seed finds expression in various forms-The Roots, The Trunk, The Branches, The Leaves, The Flowers and The Fruit. All these have different forms, colours and properties. Still we recognise their relation of unity with each other through seed."

  • "Unity in diversity and the expression of unity in various forms has remained the thought of Bhartiya Culture."

  • "Conflict is not a sign of culture of Nature rather it is a symptom of their degradation."

  • "Human nature has both tendencies--Anger & Greed on the one hand and Love & Sacrifice on the other."

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  • "The principles of Ethics are not framed by any one, these are rather discovered."

  • "In Bharat the Principles of Ethics are termed as Dharma--The Laws of Life."

  • "When nature is channeled according to the principles of Dharma, we have culture & civilisation."

  • "The English word Religion is not the correct word for Dharma."

  • "Here in Bharat, we have placed before ourselves the ideal of the four fold responsibilities of catering to the needs of Body, Mind, Intellect and Soul with a view to achieve the integrated progress of Man."

  • "The longings for Dharma, Artha, Kama and Moksha (the four kind of human effort) are inborn in man and satisfaction of these in an integrated way is the essence of Bhartiya Culture."

  • "When State acquires all powers, both political and economic; the result is a decline of Dharma."

  • "A Nation is a group of persons who live with 'A Goal', 'An Ideal', 'A Mission' and look upon a particular piece of land as the Motherland. If either of the two--The Ideal and The Motherland--is missing, then there is no nation."

  • "Religion means a creed or a sect and it does not mean Dharma."

  • "Dharma is very wide concept which concerns all aspects of life sustaining the society."

  • "The fundamental principles of Dharma are eternal and universal. However, their implementation may differ according to time, place and circumstances."

  • "The nearest equivalent English term for Dharma can be 'Innate Law', though even that does not express the full meaning of Dharma. Since Dharma is supreme, our Ideal of the State has been 'Dharma Rajya'."

  • "Strength lies not in unrestrained behaviour but in well regulated action."

  • "The Muslims are the flesh of our flesh and blood of our blood"

Compiled by Amarjeet Singh, Research Associate & Programme Coordinator, Dr. Syama Prasad Mookerjee Research Foundation, 9, Ashok Road, New Delhi - 110001
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