Even if comment be superfluous, let's end
this communication with a story.
Once a man and the devil were walking down
a lonely street on a moonless night. As they went along, they saw another figure in front of them.
“Who is that?” asked the man.
“Well, he is a man, like you,”
answered the devil.
They then saw him pick up something from
“What has he picked up?” asked
“He has picked up the Truth,”
was the answer.
“What will he do with it?”
“Oh, he will share it with his friends.”
“Will they understand it?”
“Well ...” smiled the devil,
and paused. “ They will build temples out of it
and throw the Truth out!”
The devil paused again and smiled to let
the point sink into the man’s
“ And then my role begins,” continued
The man was stupefied.
So”, said the devil, “I am happy
man has picked up the Truth!”
The Truth picked up my man, institutionalized
and often fossilised by him into religious dogma and creed, is subtly worked over by the devilish intentions of bigotry and
Let man pick up the Truth again.
Let the Truth reside in temples once again.
And let the Truth be perceived there by men
Let the devil not feel happy that man has
picked up the Truth.
Let the temple feel happy that Truth has
indeed been reinstated there.
Let the devil look for other avenues to exercise
his powers. Man being what he is, and his predilections being what they are, he will give the devil plenty of other places
to work very hard over, for sure.
Let religion not be one of them.
Gandhi’s thought may provide man the
necessary strength to pick up the Truth once again.
And this time the devil may not be happy.
Is man ready?
Otherwise, the devil sure is.