He who runs may see, if he would also
think, that the future lies with handcraftsmanship.
Handsome is not he who is handsomely
clothed; handsome is he who handsome does.
Rama was not only on the lips of
Hanuman, He was enthroned in his heart. He gave Hanuman exhaustless
True art must be evidence of
happiness, contentment and purity of its authors.
Harijan service is a duty the caste
Hindus owe to themselves.
It is absurd for a single individual
to talk of taking all Harijans with himself. Are they all bricks that
they be moved from one structure to another ?
The principle of ahimsa is hurt by
every evil thought, by undue haste, by lying, by hatred, by wishing ill
Hatred is not essential for
nationalism. Race hatred will kill the national spirit.
The hater hates not for the sake of
hatred but because he wants to drive away from his country the hated
being or beings.
My freedom from hatred I would even
claim for myself individually, my love of those who consider
themselves to be my enemies does not make me blind to their
I would rather drown myself in the
waters of the Sabarmati than harbour hate or animosity in my
The world is weary of hate. We see the
fatigue overcoming the Western nations.
Harshness is conquered by gentleness,
hatred by love, lethargy by zeal and darkness by light.
Retaliation is counter poison, and
poison breeds more poison. The nectar of Love alone can destroy the
poison of hate.
It is heavy downpour of rain which
drenches the soil to fullness, likewise only a profuse shower of love
Non-co-operation is not a hymn of
Our struggle consists in showing that
our nonviolence is neither a cloak to hide our violence or hatred, nor a
preparation for violence in the near or distant future.
It is health which is real wealth, not
pieces of silver and gold.
A diseased person has a prospect of
getting well by personal effort. He cannot borrow health from
It is the privilege of arms to protect
the weak and helpless.
Your trouble is not numerical
inferiority but the felling of helplessness that has seized you and the
habit of depending on others.
Even a bloody way is better than utter
helplessness and unmanliness.
The Himalayas are spotlessly snow
white in virtue of the spotless glory of the countless sages who laid
down their lives performing penance in their caves.
If I could persuade myself that I
could find Him in a Himalayan cave, I would proceed there
Highly Sanskritized Hindi is as
avoidable as Persianized Urdu.
Hinduism dies if untouchability live,
and untouchability has to die if Hinduism is to live.
Hinduism does not rest on the
authority of one book or one prophet, nor does is posses a common creed
like the Kalma.
Hinduism had absorbed the best of all
the faiths of the world and in that sense Hinduism was not an exclusive
Hinduism has become a conservative
religion and, therefore, a mighty force because of the Swadeshi spirit
Hinduism has sinned in giving sanction
Hinduism is not a codified
Hinduism is not an exclusive religion.
In it there is room for the worship of all the prophets in the
Hinduism loses its right to make a
universal appeal if it closes its temples to the
Hinduism with its message of ahimsa is
to me the most glorious religion in the world.
Hinduism would not have been much of a
religion if Rama had not steeled his heart against every
Buddha never rejected Hinduism, but he
broadened its base, He gave it a new life and a new
Cow preservation is an article of
faith in Hinduism.
Cow protection is the gift of Hinduism
to the world.
The Vedas are as indefinable as God
If God gives me the privilege of dying
for this Hinduism of my conception, I shall have sufficiently died for
the unity of all and even for Swaraj.
If I know Hinduism at all, it is
essentially inclusive and ever growing, ever- responsive. It gives the
freest scope to imagination, speculation and reason.
I have nothing of the communalist in
me, because my Hinduism is all inclusive.
I know of no system other than
Hinduism under which a class has been set apart from generation to
generation for the exclusive pursuit of divine knowledge and consigned
to voluntary poverty.
I know that Buddhism is to Hinduism
what Protestantism is to Roman Catholicism, only in much stronger light,
in a much greater degree.
I must rebel against the idea that
millions of Indians who were Hindus the other day charged their
nationality on adopting Islam as their religion.
I would far rather that Hinduism died
than that untouchability lived.
My Hindu instinct tells me that all
religions are more or less true.
My Hinduism must be a very poor thing
if it cannot flourish even under the most adverse
My life is dedicated to the service of
Indians through the religion of nonviolence which I believe to be the
root of Hinduism.
My respectful study of other religions
has not abated my reverence for or my faith in the Hindu
My whole soul rebels against the idea
that Hinduism and Islam represent two antagonistic cultures and
Men like me feel that untouchability
is no integral part of Hinduism, it is an excrescence.
Only my death will determine whether I
am Mohamed Gandhi, Jinnahs slave, destroyer of the Hindu religion or
its servant and protector.
The more I study the Hindu scriptures,
and the more I discuss them with Brahmins, the more I feel convinced
that untouchability is the greatest blot upon Hinduism.
Idolatry is permissible in Hinduism
when it subserves an ideal.
If we would be pure, if we would save
Hinduism, we must rid ourselves of this poison of enforced
If Hinduism teaches hatred of Islam or
of non Hindus, it is doomed to destruction.
The removal of untouchability is a
question of the purification of Hinduism.
The untouchability of Hinduism is
probably worse than that of the modern imperialists.
Untouchability is a blot on Hinduism.
It is a canker eating into its vitals.
To remove untouchability is a penance
that caste Hindus owe to Hinduism and to themselves.
Harijan service is a duty the caste
Hindus owe to themselves.
The most distinctive and the largest
contribution of Hinduism to Indias culture is the doctrine of
For Hindus to expect Islam,
Christianity or Zoroastrianism to be driven out of India is a idle a
dream as it would be for Mussalmans to have only Islam of their
imagination rule the world.
There is a much need for a change of
heart among the Hindus and Mussalmans as there is among the British
before a proper settlement is arrived at.
So long as untouchability disfigures
Hinduism, so long do I hold the attainment of Swaraj to be an utter
Though philosophical Hinduism has no
other god but God, it cannot be denied that practical Hinduism is not so
emphatically uncompromising as Islam.
Touchmenotism that disfigures the
present day Hinduism is a morbid growth.
In Hinduism we have got an admirable
foot-rule to measure every shastra and every rule of conduct, and that
It is impossible to wait and weigh in
golden scales the sentiments of prejudice and superstition that have
gathered round the priests who are considered to be the custodians of
All the four stages in a mans life
are devised by the seers in Hinduism for imposing discipline and
Being dissatisfied and properly
dissatisfied with the husk of Hinduism, you are in danger of losing even
the kernel, life itself.
Non-violence which to me is the glory
of Hinduism, has been sought to be explained away by our people as being
meant for the sanyasis only.
No stone should be left unturned to
bring home to the family members that untouchability is a sin and a blot
The scriptures of Christians,
Mussalmans and Hindus are all replete with the teaching of
The only way Hinduism can convert the
whole world to cow-protection is by giving an object-lesson in
cow-protection and all it means.
Hindu religious literature, indeed all
religions literature, is full illustrations or prove the
Hindus, if they want unity among
different races, must have the courage to trust the
Dinning and marriage restrictions
stunt Hindu society.
The only way by which you and I can
wean orthodox Hindus from their bigotry is by patient argument and
The sacred thread and the tuft of hair
without a pure heart and a spirit of toleration did not make a
Widowhood imposed by religion or
custom is an unbearable yoke and defiles the home by secret vice and
A Swaraj government means a government
established by the free joint will of Hindus, Mussalmans and
By Ram Raj, I do not mean Hindu Raj. I
mean by Ram Raj, Divine Raj, The Kingdom of God. For me, Ram and Rahim
are one and the same deity.
Use truth as your anvil, nonviolence
as your hammer and anything that does not stand the test when it is
brought to the anvil of truth and hammered with ahimsa, reject as
History is a record of perpetual wars,
but we are now trying to make new history.
History is really a record of every
interruption of the even working of the force of love or of the
I disbelieve history so far as details
of acts of heroes are concerned.
I positively refuse to judge men form
the scanty material furnished to us by history.
Does not the history of the world show
that there would have been no romance in life if there had been no
The history of Islam, if it betrays
aberrations from the moral height, has may a brilliant
History is replete with instances of
men who by dying with courage and compassion on their lips converted the
hearts of their violent opponents.
Herr Hitler is awake all the twenty
four hours of the day in perfection his sadhana.
Rightly or wrongly, and irrespective
of what the other powers have done before under similar circumstances, I
have come to the conclusion that Herr Hitler is responsible for the
Honesty has never been so much proved
to be the best policy as it is now for those who do not or cannot back
their dishonesty with gun powder and poison gas.
Where there is honest effort, it will
be realized that what appear to be different truths are like the
countless and apparently different leaves of the same
The only real reliable guarantee for
khadi would be the honesty, truthfulness and sincerity of khadi
The method of Satyagraha requires that
the satyagrahi should never lose hope, so long as there is the slightest
ground left for it.
Differences of opinion should never
It is beneath human dignity to lose
ones individuality and become a mere cog in the
Once we recognize the common parent
stock from which we are all spring, we realize the basic unity of the
human family, and there is no room left for enmities and unhealthy
I am endeavouring to see God through
service of humanity, for I know that God is neither in heaven nor down
below, but in every one.
I hold that proselytizing under the
cloak of humanitarian work is, to say the least,
does Jesus mean to me? To me, He
was one of the greatest teachers humanity has ever had.
Human nature will only find itself
when it fully realizes that to be human it has to cease to be beastly or
Dignity of human nature requires that
we must face the storms of life.
Not to believe in the possibility of
permanent peace is to disbelieve in the godliness of human
True humility means most strenuous and
constant endeavour entirely directed to the service of
Nonviolence is impossible without
Truth without humility would be an
I am gifted with enough humility to
look even to babes and sucklings for help.
Hunger is the argument that is driving
India to the spinning wheel.
Not all our gold and jewellery could
satisfy our hunger and quench our thirst.
A science to be science must afford
the fullest scope for satisfying the hunger of body, mind and
A hunger strike loses its force and
dignity, when it has any, if the striker is forcibly
Hunger strike has become such a
nuisance that it will be as well for the committee to adopt measures to
check it before it assumes dangerous proportions.
Hypocrisy and distortion are passing
currents under the name of religion.
Corruption and hypocrisy ought not to
be inevitable products of democracy, as they undoubtedly are
Hypocrisy has acted as an ode to
virtue but is could never take its place.
Nakedness is itself a virtue as
distinguished from hypocrisy.