Whilst I was engaged on the recruiting campaign in Kheda, an error in diet laid me low, and I was at death's door. I tried in vain to rebuild a shattered constitution without milk. I sought the help of the doctors, vaidyas and scientists whom I knew, to recommend a substitute for milk. Some suggested mung water, some mowhra oil, some almond-milk. I wore out my body in experimenting on these, but nothing could help me to leave the sickbed.
I might not take cow's
or buffalo's milk, as I was bound by a vow. The vow of course meant the
giving up of all milks, but as I had mother cow's and mother buffalo's
only in mind when I took the vow, and as I wanted to live, I somehow
beguiled myself into emphasizing the letter of the vow and decided to
take goat's milk. I was fully conscious, when I started taking mother
goat's milk, that the spirit of my vow was destroyed.
I would therefore urge
those who, on the strength of the theory propounded by me, may have
given up milk, not to persist in the experiment, unless they find it
beneficial in every way, or unless they are advised by experienced
physicians, Up to now my experience here has shown me that for those
with a weak digestion and for those who are confined to bed there is no
light and nourishing diet equal to that of milk.