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Mussolini was acquainted as a young man with the Buddhist mystical doctrines and did a little reading on them, but he flatly said in the end he did not want them because they were enervating to his ego. When Rosita Forbes, the well-known traveller, once asked Mussolini, "Do you believe in God?" he answered, "No, I do not believe in any power other than my own. If I did I should be smashed." He was interested, for the avowed object of developing his personal force, in the study and practice of Tantrika yoga. This is a system of yoga which originated in Bengal but is now prevalent chiefly in Tibet. It easily becomes an instrument to serve personal ambitions.


-- Notebooks Category 11: The Negatives > Chapter 3: Their Presence in The World > # 194






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