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Author QuotedRomain Rolland
Title QuotedInde: journal 1915-1943
Date (Year/Month/Day)1961/06/21
ImprintParis. Lausanne Bâle : Vineta, 1951
QuotationRomain Rolland's Inde is detailed and interesting - besides being very important - in the objectivity with which he treats Tagore. The conflict in Tagore between the poet and the prophet. He is too seldom able to rise to the "prophetic" (or shall we simply say political) level. Analysis of his struggles over Fascism-how easily he was duped and used and how much trouble his friends had to go to [to] wake him up. We are travelling toward an age in which consciences are no longer troubled over such things! Que penser d'une epoque où les fêtes du centenaire de St-François d'Assise sont patronees par un Mussolini! Et l'Eglise Romaine, bien loin de protester, y trouve son profit! [What can be thought of an age when festivals celebrating the anniversary of St. Francis of Assisi are presided over by a Mussolini! And the Roman Church, instead of mounting a protest, profits from the occasion!] Inde, p 167 Same page. That the basic conflict is between Conscience = Christ in us, and the state.
Quotation SourceTurning 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. 130
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