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Gandhi and religions

While still a young man studying in England, Gandhi and some of his friends read the translation of the sacred Hindu scripture, the Bhagavad Gita by Edwin Arnold, also called "the Song Celestial". We went on to read the "The Light of Asia", about the life of Gautama, the Buddha. Around the same time, he also read the New Testament of the Bible. It's documented that later in his life he could also quote from the Qu'ran. He respected people of all regilious backgrounds and ways, and found beauty in all of the sacred texts. He wrote later. "Especially the Sermon on the Mount which went straight to my heart. I compared it with the Gita."

This story is adapted from Gandhiji Anecdotes and Quotes by Nenmeli K Srinivasan and published on

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