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Author QuotedVinoba
Title QuotedTalks on the Gita (Translators have retained some essential Sanskrit words) / Vinoba ; introd. by Jayaprakash Narayan
Date (Year/Month/Day)1960/08/20
ImprintNew York : Macmillan. c1960
QuotationWonderful book by [Acharya] Vinoba [Bhave], Talks on the Gita [New York, 1960]-sent by Lax. Began it yesterday. Just what I need at the moment. I am very grateful to be in contact with L. Massignon and through him, with C. de Foucauld. This a very great grace. A fine statement from Vinoba (p. 32). "The action of the person who acts without desire should be much better than that of the person who acts with desire. This is only proper; for the latter is attracted to the fruit, and a part, much or little, of his time and attention will be spent on thoughts and dreams of the fruit. But all the time and all the strength of the man who has no desire for the fruit is devoted to the action." I can certainly apply this to my present case!
JournalTurning Toward the World: The Pivotal Years. The Journals of Thomas Merton, Volume 4, 1960-1963.; Edited by Victor A. Kramer. / San Francisco : Harper Collins. 1996, p. 33-34
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