"I am not a visionary. I claim to be a
practical idealist. The religion of nonviolence is not meant merely for
the rishis and saints. It is meant for the common people as well.
Nonviolence is the law of our species as violence is the law of the
brute. The spirit lies dormant in the brute and he knows no law but
that of physical might. The dignity of man requires obedience to a
higher law-to the strength of the spirit….
The rishis who discovered the law of
nonviolence in the midst of violence were greater geniuses than Newton.
They were themselves known the use of arms, they realized their
uselessness, and taught a weary world that its salvation lay not
through violence but through nonviolence."
Oh if only we learnt that…