Morarji Desai Quotes
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I can't say I have shed [ego] it completely. I have certainly given it up, up to 95 per cent. I believe until and unless I give up my ego, I can't realise God. My whole ambition in life is to realise God or truth, whatever you may want to call it. Do you believe in God? It's a fashion not to believe in God.
Celibacy is not only my view, but also that of several others', including the Roman Catholic Church. I don't say that this can be prescribed to the people. Here again, people say that I am imposing my will on them. I am not alone, Mahatma Gandhi was also against all artificial methods of family planning. He felt strongly about it. He said that by using it, you're turning women into prostitutes. He used such hard language. But, I know that the government doesn't run on individual opinions. Celibacy depends on self will. Only one in a million people can do it. It's necessary to have family planning. But, it doesn't lead to mental strength.
Is any serious crime committed without drinking? You see, if drinking were ruining only the man himself, then it wouldn't matter so much. But, why have we introduced it [prohibition] in the constitution? It's a crime against society as well. Take the case of ending your own life. Life is to live, therefore we've to discourage suicide. That doesn't mean you can't actually stop suicide, nobody can stop the actual act. Therefore, it's only the unsuccessful attempt which is an offence.
This country [India] has the best future. When it reached its summit, it was bound to come down. It has taken 2000 years. Yet, this is the only country which has not been destroyed in the world. All other civilizations have gone.... This is the only country whose civilization has survived to this day. Whether it is Egypt, Babylon or Sumeria, there is absolutely no indication of that in those countries at present.