By B. Srinivasa Murthy

In 1908, while Gandhi used to be pioneering his passive resistance experiments inSouth Africa, Tolstoy wrote A Letter To A Hindu. A Letter To A Hindu used to be a answer toC.R. Das, a progressive consultant of Indians in Europe, who had challengedTolstoy’s philosophy of non-resistance. Gandhi learn A Letter To A Hindu and was once sointrigued through it that he sought Tolstoy’s permission to post the letter in SouthAfrica. Tolstoy wholeheartedly authorized the venture and likewise consented to have hiswritings translated into Indian dialects.To learn the correspondence among Mahatma Gandhi and Leo Tolstoy andfathom the contemplating those literary giants is to catch the typical threadsrunning via japanese and Western proposal. Too frequently, we disregard the fundamentalunity of all religions as we plumb for his or her adjustments. [C:\Users\Microsoft\Documents\Calibre Library]

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You tell them that they might give up drinking, but they reply that they are so accustomed to it that they cannot abstain, and that they must have alcohol to keep up their energy, is it not the same thing with the millions of people who submit to thousands, or even to hundreds, of others—of their own or other nations? If the people of India are enslaved by violence, it is only because they themselves live and have lived by violence, and do not recognize the eternal law of love inherent in humanity.

Children would like to go there just for the fun of it. I also had to go there on business. We therefore made a rule that one could go there by rail only on the public business of our little commonwealth, and then to travel third class. Anyone who wanted to go on a pleasure trip must go on foot and carry homemade provisions with him. None must spend anything on his food in the city. Had it not been for these drastic rules, the money saved by living in a rural locality would have been wasted on railway fares and city picnics.

The aim of the sinless One lies in not doing evil unto those who have done evil unto him. If a man causes suffering, even to those who hate him without any reason, he will ultimately have grief not to be overcome. The punishment of evil doers consists in making them feel ashamed of themselves by doing them a great kindness. 48 Of what use is superior knowledge in the one, if he does not endeavor to relieve his neighbour's want as much as his own? If, in the morning, a man wishes to do evil unto another, in the evening the evil will return to him.

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