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The light of the world will illuminate within you, when you fast and purify yourself.

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There is truth in saying that man becomes what he eats.

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All the vitality and energy I have comes to me because my body is purified by fasting.

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ON "THE UPANISHADS"

If all The Upanishads and all other scriptures happened all of a sudden to be reduced to ashes, and if only the first verse in the Ishopanishad were left in the memory of the Hindus, Hinduism would live forever.

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I believe the Bible, The Koran, and the Zend-Avesta* to be as divinely inspired as the Vedas. I Believe in the institution of Gurus, but in this age millions must go without a Guru, because it is a rare thing to find a combination of perfect purity and perfect learning. But one need not despair of ever knowing the truth of one's religion, because the fundamentals of Hinduism as of every great religion are unchangeable, and easily understood.
I believe like every Hindu in God and His Oneness, in rebirth and salvation... I can no more describe my feeling for Hinduism than for my own wife. She moves me as no other woman in the world can. Not that she has no faults; I daresay she has many more than I see myself. But the feeling of an indissoluble bond is there. Even so I feel for and about Hinduism with all its faults and limitations. Nothing delights me so much as the music of the 'Gita', or the 'Ramayana' by Tulsidas. When I fancied I was taking my last breath, the 'Gita' was my solace.
Hinduism is not an exclusive religion. In it there is room for the worship of all the prophets of the world. It is not a missionary religion in the ordinary sense of the term. It has no doubt absorbed many tribes in its fold, but this absorption has been of an evolutionary, imperceptible character. Hinduism tells each man to worship God according to his own faith or 'Dharma', and so lives at peace with all religions.

* - The sacred scripture given to Persia about 1000 B.C. by Zoroaster.

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I have found that life persists in the midst of destruction. Therefore there must be a higher law than that of destruction. Only under that law would well-ordered society be intelligible and life worth living.
If that is the law of life we must work it out in daily existence. Whenever there are wars, whenever we are confronted with an opponent, conquer by love. I have found that the certain law of love has answered in my own life as the law of destruction has never done.
In India we have had an ocular demonstration of the operation of this law on the widest scale possible. I don't claim that nonviolence has penetrated the 360,000,000 people in India, but I do claim it has penetrated deeper than any other doctrine in an incredibly short time.
It takes a fairly strenuous course of training to attain a mental state f nonviolence. It is a disciplined life, like the life of a soldier. The perfect state is reached only when the mind, body, and speech are in proper coordination. Every problem would lend itself to solution if we determined to make the law of truth and nonviolence the law of life.
Just as a scientist will work wonders out of various applications of the laws of nature, a man who applies the laws of love with scientific precision can work great wonders. Nonviolence is infinitely more wonderful and subtle than forces of nature like, for instance, electricity. The law of love is a far greater science than any modern science.

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Mahatma's wife, Kasturabai wrote the following trubute to her husband:

"I thank you for having had the privillege of being your lifelong companion and helpmate. I thank you for the most perfect marriage in the world, based on 'brahmacharya' (self-control) and not on sex. I thank you for having considered me your equal in your life work for India. I thank you for not being one of those husbands who spend their time in gambling, racing, women, wine, and song, tiring of their wives and children as the little boy quickly tires of his childhood toys. How thankful I am that you were not one of those husbands who devote their time to growing rich on the exploitation of the labor of others.
How thankful I am that you put God and country before bribes, that you had the courage of your convictions and a complete and implicit faith in God. How thankful I am for a husband that put God and his country before me. I am grateful to you for your tolerance of me and my shortcomings of youth, when I grumbled and rebelled against the change you made in our mode of living, from so much to so little.
As a young child, I lived in your parents home; your mother was a great and good woman; she trained me, taught me how to be a brave, courageous wife and how to keep the love and respect of her son, my future husband. As the years passed and you became India's most beloved leader, I had none of the fears that best the wife who may be cast aside when her husband has climbed the ladder of success, as so often happens in other countries. I know that death would still find us husband and wife.

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I call myself a nationalist, but my nationalism is as broad as the universe. It includes in its sweep all nations of the earth. My nationalism includes the well-being of the whole world. I do not want my India to rise on the ashes of other nations. I do not want India to exploit a single human being. I want India to be strong in order that she can infect the other nations also with her strenght. Not so with a single nation in Europe today; they do not give strength to others.
President Willson mentioned his beautiful fourteen points, but said: "After all, if this endeavor of ours to arrive at peace fails, we have our armaments to fall back upon." I want to reverse that position, and I say: "Our armaments have failed already. Let us now be in search of something new; let us try the force of love and God which is truth." When we have got that, we shall want nothing else.

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How mysterious are the ways of God! This journey to Rajkot is a wonder even to me. Why am I going, whither am I going? What for? I have thought nothing about these things. And if God guides me, what should I think, why should I think? Even thought may be an obstacle in the way of His guidance. The fact is, it takes no effort to stop thinking. The thoughts do not come. Indeed there is no vacuum - but I mean to say that there is no thought about the mission.

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Strength does not come from physical capacity. It comes from an indomitable will

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Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.

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Keep your thoughts positive because your thoughts become your words. Keep your words positive because you words become your behavior. Keep your behavior positive because your behavior becomes your habits. Keep your habits positive because your habits become your values. Keep your values positive because your values become your destiny

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To my mind, the life of a lamb is no less precious than that of a human being. I should be unwilling to take the life of a lamb for the sake of the human body

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The moment the slave resolves that he will no longer be a slave, his fetters fall. He frees himself and shows the way to others. Freedom and slavery are mental states

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I object to violence because when it appears to do good, the good is only temporary; the evil it does is permanent.

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An eye for an eye will only make the whole world blind.

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To believe in something, and not to live it, is dishonest.

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Always aim at complete harmony of thought and word and deed. Always aim at purifying your thoughts and everything will be well.

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Remember that all through history the way of truth and love has always won. There have been tyrants and murderers and for a time they seem invincible but in the end, they always fall -- think of it, ALWAYS.

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Every moment of your life is infinitely creative and the universe is endlessly bountiful. Just put forth a clear enough request, and everything your heart desires must come to you.

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Truth is by nature self-evident. As soon as you remove the cobwebs of ignorance that surround it, it shines clear.

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Each one has to find his peace from within. And peace to be real must be unaffected by outside circumstances.

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An ounce of practice is worth more than tons of preaching.

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Those who say religion has nothing to do with politics do not know what religion is.

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Even if you are a minority of one, the truth is the truth.

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