Gandhiji Thoughts on Non Violence and Hinduism



My correspondent accuses me of the crime of using the ambiguous middle in that I have confused Truth and non-violence with the Hindu creed. The crime is deliberate. It is the good fortune or the misfortune of Hinduism that it has no official creed. In order, therefore, to protect myself against any misunderstanding, I have said Truth and non-violence is my creed.

If I were asked to define the Hindu creed, I should simply say: search the Truth through non-violent means.

A man many not believe in God and still call himself a Hindu. Hinduism is a relentless pursuit after truth and, if today it has become moribund, inactive, irresponsive to growth, it is because we are fatigued, and as soon as the fatigue is over, Hinduism will burst forth upon the world with a brilliance perhaps unknown before.

Mahatma Gandhi

Source: Hindu Dharma, Orient Paperbacks, Published 1991, page 18 and 19.