“My aim is not to be consistent with my previous statements on a given question, but to be consistent with truth as it may present itself to me at a given moment. The result has been that I have grown from truth to truth.” ~ Gandhi, Harijan, August 30, 1939
Instead of setting his sights on a moral rule made by men that he had to apply in every situation, Gandhi relied on the natural laws that govern the universe, like Truth. In fact, his life was dedicated to discovering Truth. That’s important for anyone to realize about the Mahatma. He was not going after money, fame, power —any of it. He wanted to discover Truth itself. Reality. And so few of us can claim to be doing that with such intensity. People like him remind us that those who want to follow Truth must be willing to sacrifice everything for it, in the end. It’s an incremental project for most of us, of course. This process is steadily reflected in Gandhi’s life, and one excellent book that marks his transformation is Eknath Easwaran’s Gandhi the Man.
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