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An Insight into the mind of Gandhi through Questions and Answers

Q

What were your inspirations? Specifically, where did the ideas of equality, independence, and non-violence come from?

A

                             
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, William Hunter).

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.


                            

 

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