Gandhian Philosophy

Gandhi’s philosophy is best expressed through his own words. The following quotations from Mahatma Gandhi can be applied to any culture at any given time :


"I will give you a talisman. Whenever you are in doubt or when the self becomes too much with you, apply the following test: Recall the face of the poorest and the weakest man whom you may have seen and ask yourself if the step you contemplate is going to be of any use to him. Will he gain anything by it? Will it restore him to a control over his own life and destiny? In other words, will it lead to swaraj for the hungry and spiritually starving millions? Then you will find your doubts and your self melting away."

the seven social sins

" Politics without principle

  Pleasure without conscience

  Wealth without work

  Knowledge without character

  Commerce without morality

  Science without humanity

  Worship without sacrifice"


"I do not want my house to be walled in on all sides and my windows to be stuffed. I want the cultures of all lands to be blow about my house as freely as possible. But I refuse to be blown off my feet by any."

"We can only win over the opponent by love, never hate. Hate is the subtlest form of violence. Hatred injures the hater, never the hated."

" Western nations are groaning today under the heel of the monster god materialism. Their moral growth has become stunted. They measure growth in dollars….American wealth has become a standard, rather than truth, kindness, generosity, love, sensitivity, and sharing the experiences of life freely and fully."

india of dreams
"I shall work for an India, in which the poorest shall feel that it is their country in whose making they have an effective voice; an India in which there shall be no high class and low class of people; an India in which all communities shall live in perfect harmony."

"Violence is bred by inequality, nonviolence by equality."

"Modern civilization as represented in the West of today in my opinion has given matter a place which by right belongs to spirit. It has therefore put violence upon the throne of triumph and held under bondage truth and innocence."

"I must reduce myself to zero. So long as man does not of is own free will put himself last among his fellow creatures, there is no salvation for him. Ahimsa is the farthest limit of humility."

western civilization
"There is nothing to prevent us from profiting by the light that may come from the West. Only we must take care that we are not overpowered by the glamour of the West. We must not mistake the glamour for true light."

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