The inspiration for non-violence is from the great religions of India,
specifically Jainism and Vaishnavism that were prevalent in the part of
India where I grew up.
I have found profound inspiration in the wisdom of great men and women
who preceded me, as well as my contemporaries. Many of these great souls
are from India (saints of the Bhakti Movement, Dadhabahi Navaroji,
Rabindranath Tagore, Balgangadhar Tilak, Gopalakrishna Gokhale)
while yet many are of foreign origin (Thoreau, Christ, Tolstoy, Annie Besant,
I have nothing new to teach the world. Truth and non-violence are as
old as the hills. All I have done is to try experiments in both on as vast
a scale as I could.