Posted by Richard Gizinia on April 25, 19101 at 22:01:35:
In Reply to: Ghandi as child abuser posted by Laurie Moody on April 23, 19101 at 10:51:25:
On page 47-48 of Gandhi's Body, by Joseph S. Alter.
"...and took up residence with Muslims in Srirampur in order to see if he could plant the seeds of nonviolence in one village torn apart by murder, pillage, abduction, and the destruction of property. It was in this context that he engaged in what must be regarded as a kind of sensory purge - an enema to eliminate not just evil, but also that which gave rise to the distinction between good and evil: desire. As is widely known but largely misunderstood, it was at this time that Gandhi experimented by sleeping naked with close women associates, most often with Manu, his grandniece. His intent was not simply to test and thereby increase the strength of his commitment to the principle of brahmacharya, although certainly it was that. It was also an attempt to discover the exact means by which his vision of Truth and nonviolence could be disseminated. For the question was not so much Gandhi's faith in his own convictions and his own vision as the question of how others could be made to see, feel, and act upon that same vision."
There is more included that includes the body as a shell and confrontation of absolute violence/nonviolence. If you're unsatisfied with that answer, you can email me.
"brahmacharya - absolute control of the senses; celibacy" (Alter 155).
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