The Indian people called Gandhi Mahatma, meaning Great Soul. His HUNGER STRIKES are legendary, and his words of wisdom offer inspiration to those who follow in his footsteps.


Action for one’s own self binds, action for the sake of others delivers from bondage.

All truths, not merely ideas, but truthful faces, truthful pictures or songs, are highly beautiful. To a true artist only that face is beautiful which, quite apart from its exterior, shines with the truth within the soul. People generally fail to see beauty in truth, the ordinary man runs away from it and becomes blind to the beauty in it. Truth is the first thing to be sought for, and Beauty and Goodness will then be added unto you.

Civilization have come and gone and, in spite of our vaunted progress. I am tempted to ask again and again, ‘To what purpose?’

Cow-slaughter and man-slaughter are in my opinion the two sides of the same coin.

Volunteers should regard criticism as the food on which they live. Death is at any time blessed, but it is twice blessed for a warrior who dies for his cause, that is, truth.

Man is the marker of his own destiny, and I therefore ask you to become makers of your own destiny. To find Truth completely is to realise oneself and one’s destiny, to become perfect.

No displeasure, even of the dearest friends, can put me off the duty I see clearly in front of me.

A pure fast, like duty, is its own reward. A complete fast is a complete and literal denial of self. It is the truest prayer. A genuine fast cleanses the body, mind and soul. It crucifies the flesh and to that extent sets the soul free. My religion teaches me that whenever there is distres which one can not remove, one must fast and pray.

A life without vows is like a ship without an anchor or like an edifice that is built on sand instead of a solid rock.

My fast is, among other things, meant to quality me for achieving that equal and selfless love.

Man is sent into the world to perform his duty even an the cost of his life.

The more a man gives his life, the more he saves it.

The essence of a vow does not consist in the difficulty of its performance but in the determination behind it unflinchingly to stick to it in the teeth of difficulties.

Scientific knowledge requires constant probing into the why and wherefore of every little process that you perform.

Robert Cohen