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Gandhi's Dharma

Koneru Ramakrishna Rao


When asked about his message to the world, the Mahatma famously said, ‘My life is my message.’ In him there was no room for contradiction between thought and action. His life in its totality is a series of experiments to convert dharma, moral principles, into karma, practices in action. Gandhi believed that development is a dialectical process stemming from the antinomy of two aspects latent within every individual—the brute and the divine. While the former represents instinct-driven behaviour, the latter is one’s true self, which is altruistic. Gandhi described this process in different field ... More

Keywords: Gandhi, dharma, karma, swadeshi, swarajya, ahimsa, non-violence, altruism, Advaita philosophy

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780199477548
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2018 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780199477548.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Koneru Ramakrishna Rao, author
Chairman, Centre for Gandhian Studies