Nationalism and the “I”.

The messenger.

According to the Bible ‘The greatest sin* is the “I” ‘. Nationalism is the “I” of a large group of people, a nation.

*I prefer the word “mistake” to the word “sin”.

NOTE: This is a subtle manifestation of the herd or pack instinct of the soul that includes safety in numbers and group comfort.

About Ian Gardner

Ian Gardner was born on the 20th February 1934 in Sri Lanka, then Ceylon, and christened Basil Ian Gunewardene. He was born two months prematurely and nearly died five times in his first two months. He moved to Australia in September 1969 where he changed his surname to Gardner. From childhood, he had an enquiring mind and an innate interest in the supernatural. Since 1986, nineteen years of regular periods of meditation, "searching within", reading and revelations have culminated in this free book which has been nine years in the making. Further writings followed and all his writings are available to all on the Internet free of charge. There is more information in the preface of the book. February 2020. My search - my journey, is now complete.
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10 Responses to Nationalism and the “I”.

  1. Reader says:

    I have changed the name from Parmaatma to Reader.

    Parmaatma sounds too dramatic.

    • Ian Gardner says:

      What does Parmaatma mean?

      • Reader says:


        To me parmaatma is the atma of the atma.. the source of this creation.. the content of the dimension from which this universe evolved.. it doesn’t mean anything.. the only possible question is What is Parmaatma?

        Parmaatma in Narada’s Bhakti Sutra is the source of the great lotus of fire…

        Parmaatma in the Brihad Aranyaka is the Nothingness in which this souls merges after liberation (Mukti)

        Parmaatma in the Rig Veda is the non-volitional aspect of things created.

        Parmaatma in the Bhagwad Gita is the timeless soul of the universe.

        Parmaatma in the Kathopanishad is the formless energy of life.

        Parmaatma in Yoga Vasishtha is ‘Not This, Not This, Not this’

        Parmaatma in the Bhagwatam (Vishnu Purana) is the soul of Brahma.

        Parmaatma in the four Dharmasutras is a formless divinity.

        There is no reference to anything called Parmaatma in the Dhammapada, Mahayana or Zen.

  2. Parmaatma says:

    Indeed there is such a radical difference between children playing in a park and adults meeting in a club.

    The nation as an entity is like an enlarged version of the family.

    Ironically, the moment an ‘I’ becomes it’s dominant feature it loses its identity…

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