Mahatma Gandhi

By Robert Gorter, MD, PhD, et. al.

Robert Gorter is emeritus professor of the University of California San Francisco (UCSF)

Mahatma Gandhi:

“The soul of religions is one, but it is encased in a multitude of forms. The latter will endure to the end of time. Wise men will ignore the outward crust and see the same soul living under a variety of crusts… Truth is the exclusive property of no single scripture.”

Mahamatma Ghandi (1869-1948)

Mahamatma Ghandi (1869-1948)

Gandi was the most important motor to Indian independence from British colonial rule. India celebrated its Independence Day on 15th August 1947.

His acts of non-violence brought him recognition around the world and Gandhi has been a role model for many after him. Still nowadays, the name Gandhi stands for moral conduct and non-violence.

Still, Gandhi was a human being like anybody else with his doubts and fears at times.

Gandhi was influenced by several great personalities of his time and this contribution by Dr. Robert Gorter wants to pay attention to some of these individualities, and their significance to his personal development and the Independence of India.

To mention a few: Annie Besant and the Theosophical Society in Adyar; Herman Kallenbach, Henry Polak, Swami Vivekananda and others.

Remarks made by Gandhi :

  • “When it (violence) appears to do good, the good is only temporary; the evil it does is permanent.”

  • “Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony.”

  • “Hate the sin, love the sinner.”

  • “I believe in equality for everyone, except reporters and photographers.”

  • “You must not lose faith in humanity. Humanity is an ocean; if a few drops of the ocean are dirty, the ocean does not become dirty.”

  • “Victory attained by violence is tantamount to a defeat, for it is momentary.”

  • “An eye for an eye makes the whole world blind.”

  • “The greatness of a nation can be judged by the way its animals are treated”


Gandhi in 1942

Gandhi in 1942

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