1. They’ve a brochure of prayers. I don’t know if it was Vinoba Bhaave or someone else who finalized this version. It’s a hodge-podge. In trying to assimilate prayers from all religions they are left with a non musical version.
2. Compare them with simple Vedic hymns which have sublime musicality about them. And all prayers sung individually, by their religious groups, be it Sikhism, Islam, Hindus or Jainas have that musicality. It’s the essence of beauty and harmony.
3. Rahim Tao tu, Narayan Vaasudev tu…is not pleasant on ears, leave alone being effective on soul. I somehow kept wondering about the brochure right from the day it came across: I never found it to be a harmonious composition. Raghupati Raghav or Vaishnava Jana is popular and the way it has been rendered by some artists is very effective. Maybe, the brochure didn’t get a rendering by artists or I didn’t come across any such renderings. Whatever I have come across so far seems totally ineffectual in raising any subtle divine emotions of piety or peace.
4. Twilight was beautiful. I tried igniting the tractor ride. Took some pictures:
5. The hardworking peasants or labour mostly live at physical, vital and mental sheaths. If there seems to be something scientific or creative in them, it’s subdued in due time by their superiors. Thus, their jokes and discussions are mostly around farting and sexuality. They don’t appreciate peace or serenity and judge people to be lazy or charlatans if they’re inactive even for a while.
6. Gandhi adopted and emphasized physical work because he was afflicted by disorders borne out of imbalances in physical and mental sheaths due to his education which stunted his physical activity. Leo Tolstoy inspired him to adopt that life style. However, he didn’t realize that what was true for him wasn’t true for peasants and workers: they actually needed more education than more labour. What was true for his time and remains true: is the balance between physical, mental and spiritual endeavours resulting in the optimum harmony of being.
7. A discussion on whether Gandhi is relevant or his teachings have been effective is out of question here. In the organisation being run in his name there’s nothing Gandhian in essence of you look deep enough. Symbolic rituals and signs remain, teachings remain enclosed in books behind almirah walls. Locked away. Gandhi himself lived luxuriously. His followers live even more luxuriously. Peasants and labours neither understand Gandhi nor need to understand.