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What Is Hinduism? By Mahatma Gandhi (Abee)

[National Book Trust, India]


What is Hinduism?

It is the good fortune or the misfortune of Hinduism that it has no official creed. In order therefore to protect I myself against any misunderstanding I have said Truth j and Non-violence is my creed. If I were asked to define | the Hindu creed I should simply say: search after Truth through non-violent means. A man may not believe even in God and still he may call himself a Hindu. Hinduism is a relentless pursuit after truth and if today ithasbecomemoribund, inactive, irresponsive to growth, it is because we are fatigued; and as soon as the fatigue is over, Hinduism will burst forth upon the world with j a brilliance perhaps unknown before. Of course, there- j fore, Hinduism is the most tolerant of all religions. Its i creed is all-embracing.

Young India, 24 April 1924


Preface vii
1. What is Hinduism? 1
2. Is there Satan in Hinduism? 2
3. Why I am a Hindu? 3
4. Hinduism 6
5. Sanatana Hindu 11
6. Some Objections Answered 12
7. The Congress and After 15
8. My Mission 17
9. Hindu-Muslim Tension: 19 Its Causes and Cure
10. What may Hindus do? 21
11. Hinduism of Today 24
12. The Hydra-headed Monster 28
13. Tulsidas 30
14. Weekly Letter (Other Questions) 33
15. Weekly Letter (A talk with 36 Rao Bahadur Rajah)
16. Weekly Utter (The Golden Key) 37
17. The Haripad Speech 41
18. From the Kottayam Speech 45
40. The Sin of Untouchability 115
41. Weekly Letter 116
42. The Thousand Headed Monster 117
43. Dr. Ambedkar's Indictment 119

About Mahatma Gandhi

Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, commonly known as Mahatma Gandhi, was the preeminent leader of Indian nationalism in British-ruled India. Employing non-violent civil disobedience, Gandhi led India to independence and inspired movements for nonviolence, civil rights and freedom across the world.