What Is Hedonism? – Daily


The Interviewer Shri Eknathji Ranade was unsparing in his criticism. LIke all RSS Leaders he was unapologetic, Brute in their criticism at the same time very affectionate, people friendly. He was interviewin me in 1973 for Ajivan Non-Sanyasi Program of Vivekananda Kendra, KanyaKumari to work in the North-East.

He said : ” You have Purity of Heart”. Let it not dilute, Let it continue to grow. Nurture no malice towards anyone as you (if selected) will be a Humanitarian and will work for the upliftment of the Girl Child, Tribes in North Eastern region.

Then, He stopped short of calling me a Hedonist about my passion of books which I read every day and were from all kinds of subjects – Fiction, NOn-Fiction, Philosophy, Politics, Social issues, Academic and every newspaper, every new magazine, Novel I could lay my hands on. I was not selective. The passion / the curiosity to learn ENGLISH language, to gather knowledge about subjects I knew nothing about was very high on my reading agenda. When I told him about this = he said ” You INDULGE IN THE LUXURY of MIND” it would seem and hence begin to Empty the cup. What you learn whether a new knowledge, skill, technique – share it freely with anyone who is needy and can not access books, can not read but has the NEED for things you read.

Once you share, you make space in your mind to either hone the skills you impart, delve deeper into the knowledge you gained. Empty the cup and be ready to refill at the next opportunity. If you do not share -= it will be INDULGENCE.