Instead of hopeful progress I have to report a tragedy this week. In spite of great carefulness in experimentation along an unbeaten track, I have been laid low. A mild but persistent attack of dysentery has sent me to bed and not only to cooked food but also to goat's milk. Dr. Harilal Desai used all his skill and patience to save me from having to go back to milk, which I had left last November in the hope of not having to go back to it, but he saw that he could not reduce the mucus and the traces of blood that persistently appeared in the bowels without making me take curds. At the time of writing this therefore I have had two portions of curds, with what effect I shall note at the foot of this article which is being written on Sunday night.
It appears that I was not digesting the raw foods I was taking, and what I
had mistaken for good motions were precursors of dysentery. The other
conditions including vitality being good, I had no cause to suspect any
My companions too have one after another fallen off, except four, of whom
one has been on raw food for nearly a year with great success as he
The companions have left off because they were feeling weak and were losing
weight week by week.
Thus Sjt. Gopalrao's claim that unfired food is suitable for any stomach
and can be taken with impunity by young and old, sick and healthy is to
say the least of it ;un- proven'. This apparent failure
should serve as a warning to the zealots that they should move most
cautiously and be scrupulously exact in their statements and careful in
I call the failure apparent, because I have the same faith in unfired food
that I first had nearly forty years ago. The failure is due to my gross
ignorance of the practice of unfired food and of right combinations.
Some of its good results are really striking. No one has suffered
seriously. My dysentery has been painless. Every doctor who has examined
me has found me otherwise in better health than before. For my
companions I have been a blind guide leading the blind. I have sadly
missed the guidance of someone who has known the virtue of unfired food
and who would have the patience of a scientist.
But if I regain my health and have a little leisure, I hope to revert to the
experiment with better hope in that I shall know what mistakes to avoid.
As a searcher for Truth I deem it necessary to find the perfect food for
a man to keep body, mind and soul in a sound condition. I believe that
the search can only succeed with unfired food, and that in the limitless
vegetable kingdom there is an effective substitute for milk, which,
every medical man admits, has its drawbacks and which is designed by
nature not for man but for babies and young ones for lower animals. I
should count no cost too dear for making a search which in my opinion is
so necessary from more points of view than one. I therefore still seek
information and guidance from kindred spirits. To those, who are not in
sympathy with this phase of my life and who out of their love for me are
anxious about me, I give my assurance that I shall not embark upon any
experiment that would endanger my other activities. I am of opinion that
though I have been making such experiments since the age of 18, I have
not often suffered from serious illness and have been able to preserve
tolerably good health. But I would also like them to feel with me that
so long as God wants me for any work on this earth, He will preserve me
from harm and prevent me from going too far.
Those who are making the experiment must not give it up because of the
temporary check I have received. Let them learn from the causes of my
1. If there is the
slightest danger of insufficient mastication, let the ingredients be
finely pulverised and dissolved in the mouth instead of being
2. If there is an undissolved residue in the mouth, it must be put out.
3. Grains and pulses should be used sparingly.
4. Green vegetables should be well washed and scrapped before being used and should also be used
5. Fresh and dried fruits (soaked) and nuts should be the staples at least in the beginning stages.
6. Milk should not be
given up till the unfired foods have been taken without any harm for a
sufficiently long period. All the literature I have read points to
fruits and nuts with only a small quantity of green vegetables as a