As I proceed in my search for truth it grows upon me that Truth comprehends
everything. It is not in Ahimsa, but Ahimsa is in it. What is perceived
by a pure heart and intellect is truth for that moment. Cling to it,
and it enables one to reach pure truth. There is no question there
of divided duty. But often enough it is difficult to decide what is
Ahimsa. For instance, the use of disinfectants is Himsa, and yet we
cannot do without it. We have to live a life of Ahimsa in the midst
of a world of Himsa, and that is possible only if we cling to truth.
That is how I deduce Ahimsa from truth. Out of truth emanate love,
tenderness, humility. A votary of truth has to be humble as the dust.
His humility increases with his observance of truth. I see this every
moment of my life. I have a much vivider sense of Truth and of my
own littleness than I had a year ago. The wonderful implication of
the great truth 'Brahma Satyam Jaganmithya (Brahma is real, all else
unreal) grows on me from day to day. It teaches us patience. This
will purge us of harshness and add to our tolerance. It will make
us magnify the mole-hills of our errors into mountains and minimize
the mountains of others' errors into mole-hills. The body persists
because of egoism. The utter extinction of the body of egoism is moksha.
He who has achieved this will be the very image of Truth, or one may
call it Brahman. Therefore the loving name of God is Dasanudasa (Servant
Wife, children, friends, possessions—all should be held subservient
to Truth. Each one of these should be sacrificed in the search for
truth. Only then can one be a Satyagrahi. I have thrown myself into
this movement with a view to making the observance of this principle
comparatively easy, and it is with the same object that I do not hesitate
to plunge men like you in it. Its outward form is Hind Swaraj. This
Swaraj is being delayed because there is yet to be found a Satyagrahi
of that type. This, however, need not dismay us. It should spur us
on to greater effort.
You have made yourself my fifth son. But I am striving to be worthy.
It is not an ordinary responsibility for an adopter. May God help
me, and may I be worthy of it in this very life.