Daridranarayana is insatiable and
there is room enough in his belly for all the money and the ornaments
you can give.
The real Daridranarayana even I have
not seen, but know only through my imagination.
I would like to assure those who would
serve Daridranarayana that there is music, art, economy and joy in the
Of all the myriad of God,
Daridranarayana is the most sacred, inasmuch as it represents the untold
millions of poor people as distinguished from the few rich
It is my great misfortune that I have
to measure your love by the money gifts you give for
Death is at any time blessed, but it
is twice blessed for a warrior who dies for his cause, that is,
Death is no fiend, he is the truest of
friends. He delivers us from agony.
Death on the battlefield is welcome to
To die in the act of killing is in
essence to die defeated.
Birth and death are not two different
states, but they are different aspects of the same
It is as clear to me as daylight that
life and death are but phases of the same thing, the reverse and obverse
of the same coin.
A courageous man prefers death to the
surrender of self-respect.
Life becomes livable only to the
extent that death is treated as a friend, never as an
If love was not the law of life, life
would not have persisted in the midst of death.
True ahimsa should wear a smile even
on deathbed brought about by an assailant. It is only with that ahimsa
that we can defined our opponents and win their love.
It was the cowards who died many times
before their death.
If we weep for all the deaths in our
country, the tears in our eyes would never dry.
Running away for fear of death,
leaving ones dear ones, temples or music to take care of themselves, is
irreligion; it is cowardice.
No amount of casuistry can defend the
penalty of stoning to death in any event or that of death, whether by
stoning or otherwise, for apostasy.
Where death without resistance or
death after resistance is the only way, neither party should think of
resorting to law-courts or help from government.
What is imprisonment to the man who is
fearless of death itself?
I came alone in this world, I have
walked alone in the valley of the shadow of death, and I shall quit
alone when the time comes.
Only my death will determine whether I
am Mahomed Gandhi, Jinnahs slave, destroyer of the Hindu religion or
its true servant and protector.
I can see that in the midst of death
life persists, in the midst of untruth truth persists, in the midst of
darkness light persists. Hence I gather that God is life, Truth, Light.
He is Love. He is the supreme good.
You may pluck out my eyes, but that
cannot kill me. You may chop off my nose, but that will not kill me. But
blast my belief in God, and I am dead.
It is much more difficult to live for
nonviolence than to die for it.
History is replete with instances of
men who by dying with courage and compassion on their lips converted the
hearts of their violent opponents.
Slow and inglorious self-imposed
starvation among the starving masses is every time more heroic than the
death of the scaffold under false exaltation.
In the billiard room and on the
tennis-court think of the big debt that is being piled against you from
day to day.
What God may have enabled me to do is
but a repayment of debt, and he who repays a debt deserves no
Terrorism and deception are weapons not of the strong but
of the weak.
Heroes are made in the hour of defeat.
Success is, therefore, well described as a series of glorious
Never own defeat in a sacred cause and
make up your minds henceforth that you will be pure and that you will
find a response from God.
Defeat has no place in the dictionary
It is the Maginot Line* that has made
the Siegfried Line** necessary and vice versa.
* For defence of France constructed by
France on her frontier
**For defence of Germany constructed by
Germany on her frontier
Whether one or many, I must declare my
faith that it is better for India to discard violence altogether even
for defending her borders.
Democracy necessarily means a conflict
of will and ideas, involving sometimes a war to the knife between
Democracy can only represent the
average, if not less than the average.
The very essence of democracy is that
every person represents all the varied interests which compose the
Democracy comes naturally to him who
is habituated normally to yield willing obedience to all laws, human or
Democracy demands patient instruction
on it before legislation.
Democracy, disciplined and
enlightened, is the finest thing in the world.
Democracy and dependence on the
military and police are incompatible.
Democracy is a great institution and,
therefore, it is liable to be greatly abused.
Democracy is an impossible thing until
the power is shared by all, but let not democracy degenerate into
Democracy is not a state in which
people act like sheep.
Democracy and violence can ill go
Evolution of democracy is not possible
if we are not prepared to hear the other side.
The spirit of democracy cannot be
imposed from without. It has to come from within.
In the days of democracy there is no
such thing as active loyalty to a person. You are, therefore, loyal or
disloyal to institutions.
Democracy will break under the strain
of apron strings. It can exist only on trust.
Islam was nothing if it did not spell
My notion of democracy is that under
it the weakest should have the same opportunity as the
To safeguard democracy the people must
have a keen sense of independence, self-respect and their
What is really needed to make
democracy function is not knowledge of facts, but right
Intolerance, discourtesy and harshness
are taboo in all good society and are surely contrary to the spirit of
The line of demarcation between
democracy and monocracy is a often thin, but rigid and stronger than
In true democracy every man and woman
is taught to think for himself or herself.
The spirit of democracy cannot be
established in the midst of terrorism, whether governmental or
The spirit of democracy is not a
mechanical thing to be adjusted by abolition of forms. It requires
change of the heart.
People in a democracy should be
satisfied with drawing the Governments attention to mistake, if
You have to uphold democracy, and
democracy and dependence on the military and the police are
Under democracy, individual liberty of
opinion and action is jealously guarded.
No perfect democracy is possible
without perfect nonviolence at the back of it.
The only force at the disposal of
democracy was that of public opinion.
True democracy is not inconsistent
with a few persons representing the spirit, the hope and the aspirations
of those whom they claim to represent.
The voice of the people may be said to
be Gods voice, the voice of the Panchayat.
A born democrat is a born
A democrat must be utterly selfless.
He must think and dream not in terms of self or of party, but only of
The true democrat is he who with
purely non-violent means defends his liberty and, therefore, his
countrys and ultimately that of the whole of mankind.
A democratic organization has to dare
to do the right at all costs.
If fighting for the legislatures meant
a sacrifice of truth and non-violence, democracy would not be worth a
Corruption and hypocrisy ought not to
be inevitable products of democracy, as they undoubtedly are
No nation being under another nation
can accept gifts, and kick at the responsibility attaching to those
gifts imposed by the conquering nation.
By means of a desire for enjoyment we
have created and continue to maintain this encumbrance in the shape of
When there is no desire for fruit,
there is also no temptation for untruth or Himsa.
"Despair" is a term which does not
occur in my dictionary.
I shall despair when I despair of
myself, of God and humanity.
Man is the marker of his own destiny,
and I therefore ask you to become makers of your own
To find Truth completely is to realize
oneself and ones destiny, to become perfect.
Devotion to this Truth is the sole
justification for our effusiveness.
Devotion required by the Gita is not
Without devotion, action and knowledge
are cold and dry, and may even become shackles.
A devote may use, if he likes,
rosaries, forehead marks, make offerings, but these things are not test
of his devotion.
A devote of Rama may be said to be the
same as the steadfast one (sthitaprajnya) of the Gita.
The path of Bhakti, karma, love, as
expounded in the Gita, leaves no room for the despising or man by
Knowledge without devotion will be
like a misfire.
Renunciation is the central sun, round
which devotion, knowledge and the rest revolve like
Knowledge and devotion, to be true,
have to stand the rest of renunciation of the fruits of
One rupee can purchase for us poison
or nectar, but knowledge or devotion cannot buy us either salvation or
In order that knowledge may not run
riot, the author of the Gita has insisted on devotion accompanying it
and has given it the first place.
A correct diagnosis is three-fourths
The truest test of civilization,
culture and dignity is character and not clothing.
I know no diplomacy save that of
A free India will throw all her weight
in favour of world disarmament and should herself be prepared to give a
lead in this.
True discipline gives enthusiastic
obedience to instructions even though they do not satisfy the
A disciplined army of a few hundred
picked men has, times without number, routed countless undisciplined
Conscience is the ripe fruit of
A students life has been rightly
likened to the life of a sanyasi. He must be the embodiment of simple
living and high thinking. He must be discipline incarnate. His pleasure
is derived from his studies.
Unless the discipline is rooted in
non-violence, it might prove a source of infinite
For winning Swaraj one requires iron
A born democrat is a born
A man who would interpret the
scriptures must have the spiritual discipline.
Chastity is one of the greatest
disciplines without which the mind cannot attain requisite
No general ever won a victory by
following the principle of being vigilant so long as he
I have not known of a war gained by a
rabble, but I have known of wars gained by disciplined
Non-co-operation is a measure of
discipline and sacrifice, and it demands respect for the opposite
We are like the nurses who may not
leave their patients because they are reported to have an incurable
A businessman who lies and cheats his
simple minded and ignorant customers cannot hope to be
Labour was a great levelers of all
It is weakness which breeds fear, and
fear breads distrust.
There is no such thing as the divine
right of the kings to rule and the humble duty of the ryots to pay
respectful obedience to their masters.
Divine knowledge is not borrowed from
books. It has to be realized on oneself.
The meaning of prayer is that I want
to evoke that Divinity without me.
The Divine Radio is always singing if
we could only make ourselves ready to listen to it, but it is impossible
to listen without silence.
There is a divine purpose behind every
I cannot ascribe exclusive divinity to
Jesus. He is a divine as Krishna or Rama or Muhammad or
My belief in the Hindu scriptures does
not require me to accept every word and every verse as divinely
A doctor who uses his talent to pander
to the vice of his patient degrades himself and his
Dominion status is nothing if it does
not mean the ability of the dominion in question to stand by
My conception of dominion status
implies present ability to sever the British connection if I wish
Close the day with prayer so that you
may have a peaceful night free from dreams and
Drink makes a man forget himself. He
ceases to be a man for the time being. He becomes less than a
It is wrong and immoral for a nation
to supply intoxicating liquor to those who are addicted to
Civilization is that mode of conduct
which points out to man the path of duty.
A duty religiously performed carries
with it several other important consequences.
A man can give up a right, but he may
not give up a duty without being guilty or a grave
Means to be means must always be
within our reach, and so ahimsa is our supreme duty.
Ahimsa is the highest duty. Even if we
cannot practise it in full, we must try to understand its spirit and
refrain as far as is humanly possible from violence.
Performance of duty and observance of
morality are convertible terms.
Out of the performance of duties flow
rights, and those that knew and performed their duties came naturally by
A pure fast, like duty, is its own
The true source of rights is
A teetotaller would regard it as his
duty to associate with his drunkard brother for the purpose of weaning
him from the evil habit.
If leaving duties unperformed we run
after rights, they will escape us like a
If we all discharge our duties, rights
will not be far to seek.
A wretched parent who claims obedience
from his children, without first doing his duty by them, excites nothing
He who is ever brooding over result
often loses nerve in the performance of his duty.
No people have risen who thought only
of rights. Only those did so who thought of duties.
You cannot neglect the nearer duty for
the sake of a remote.
Violence becomes imperative when an
attempt is made to assert rights without any reference to
In my humble opinion, non-co-operation
with evil is as much a duty as is co-operation with
I know, too, that performance of ones
duty should be independent of public opinion.
I know that not only is Swaraj our
birthright, but it is our sacred duty to win it.
No displeasure, even of the dearest
friends, can put me off the duty I see clearly in front of