is the hardest taskmaster I have known on this earth, and he
through and through. And when you find that your faith is
or your body is failing you, and you are sinking, he comes
assistance somehow or other and proves to you that you must
your faith and that he is always at your beck and call,
but on his
terms, not on your terms. So I have found. I cannot really
recall a single instance when, at the eleventh hour, he has forsaken me.
Happiness is when what you
you say, and what you do are in harmony.
to life than increasing its speed.
have learnt through bitter experience the one supreme lesson:
my anger, and as heat conserved is transmuted into energy,
even so our
anger controlled can be transmuted into a power which can move the
At the time of writing I never think of what I have said before.
is not to be consistent with my previous statements on a given question,
but to be consistent with truth as it may present itself to me at a
moment. The result has been that I have grown from truth to truth.
is not something to grasp; it is a state to grow into.
not asking. It is a longing of the soul.
| Prayer is
not an old woman's idle amusement.
Properly understood and applied, it is the most potent instrument of
is difficult but not impossible to conduct strictly honest business. . .
is true is that honesty is incompatible with the amassing of a
had no sense of humor, I should long ago have committed suicide.
better to be violent, if there is violence in our hearts,
than to put on
the cloak of nonviolence to cover impotence.
is the first article of my faith. It is also the last article of
|Let then our first act
every morning be
to make the following resolve for the day:
I shall not fear anyone on earth.
I shall fear only God.
I shall not bear ill will toward anyone.
I shall not submit to injustice from anyone.
I shall conquer untruth by truth.
And in resisting untruth I shall put up with all suffering.
is a sufficiency in the world for man's need
but not for man's greed.
am not a visionary. I claim to be a practical idealist. The
religion of non-violence
is not meant merely for the rishis [holy men]
and saints. It is meant for the common
people as well.
Non-violence is the law of our species as violence is the law of the
The spirit lies dormant in the brute and he knows no law
but that of physical might.
The dignity of man requires obedience
to a higher law--the strength of the spirit. . . .
Non-violence in its
dynamic condition means conscious suffering. It does not mean
submission to the will of the evil-doer, but it means the pitting of
soul against the will of the tyrant. Working under
this law of our being, it is possible
for a single individual to defy
the whole might of an unjust empire to save his honor,
his religion, his
soul and lay the foundation for that empire's fall or regeneration.
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