ALL MEN ARE BROTHERS
photo by Charles Moore
I love this photo so much, for so many reasons. I really enjoy the nonchalance of reading a book of such extreme power with a cigarette, which most people think of as a symbol gluttony (I do not). The whole situation seems relaxed and carefree, The age of the person reading book, the cigarette, the tatteredness of the book. I think this is a perfect situation for taking in some wisdom. I guess I just love the seeming juxtaposition between the reader and the subject matter. But anyway I love the book All Men Are Brothers by Mahatma Gandhi Its one of my favorite books I have ever read, which plays into why I like this photo so much. Gandhi was such a powerful proponent of truth that I feel it could bring me to tears. His words are so deeply rooted in a reality most of us pay no mind to. Its the reality of god, a way of seeing the world with the true subjective experience that we are all of the same divine source. With his faith as the basis for all his writing and action, he made a reverberation that still gives future generations a light in their heart guiding them towards divine truth. People talk of meditation as a way to god, which it is. What people dont talk about as much is the power of virtues to elevate us to the realm of the divine. to sculpt our character, to purify ourselves in the likeness of holy beings by exuding virtues like INTEGRITY, HUMILITY, PATIENCE, and FORGIVENESS. Prahandsa Yogananda talked of teaching Gandhi to meditate for the first time. What I now know is that Gandhi lived his greatest meditation through his complete surrender to divine virtue. In this book and his complete autobiography ’The Story of My Experiments with Truth’ He seems preoccupied with every flaw however tiny in his character and committed to overcoming it completely. There are so many amazing quotes in this book one which I coin when asked about my belief in god “I am more sure of God, then I am sure Im in this room” .