The opinions I have formed and the conclusions I have arrived at are not final. I
may change them tomorrow; I have nothing new to teach the world. Truth and
nonviolence are as old as the hills. All I have done is to try experiments in
both on as vast a scale as I could do. In doing so I have sometimes erred and
learnt by my errors. Life and its problems have thus become to me so many
experiments in the practice of truth and non-violence.
My faith in truth and non-violence is ever growing, and as I am ever trying to follow
them in my life I too am growing every moment. I see new implications about
them. I see them in a newer light every day and read in them a newer meaning.
At the time of writing I never think of what I have said before. 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; I have saved my memory an undue strain;
and what is more, whenever I have been obliged to compare my writing even of
fifty years ago with the latest, I have discovered no inconsistency between the
two. But friends who observe inconsistency will do well to take the meaning that
my latest writing may yield unless, of course, they prefer the old. But before
making the choice they should try to see if there is not an underlying and
abiding consistency between the two seeming inconsistencies.
If I can say so without arrogance and with due humility, my message and methods are,
indeed, in their essentials for the whole world.
I believe in thought-power more than in the power of the word, whether written or spoken.
And if the movement that I seek to represent has vitality in it and has divine
blessing upon it, it will permeate the whole world without my physical presence
in its different parts.
I lay claim to nothing exclusively divine in me. I do not claim prophetship. I am but
a humble seeker after Truth and bent upon finding It. I count no sacrifice too
great for sake of seeing God face to face.
A persistent correspondent from Simla asks me whether I intend to found a sect or
claim divinity. I have answered him by a private letter. But he would have me
make a public declaration for the sake of posterity. I should have thought that
I had in the strongest terms repudiated all claim to divinity. I claim to be a
humble servant of India and humanity and would like to die in the discharge of
such service. I have no desire to found a sect. I am really too ambitious to be
satisfied with a sect for a following, for I represent no new truths. I
endeavour to follow and represent truth as I know it. I do claim to throw a new
light on many an old truth. I hope that this declaration will satisfy my
inquirer and others like him.