MOHAN-MALA : (A Gandhian Rosary)


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Mohan-Mala: (A Gandhian Rosary)

Compiled by : R. K. Prabhu

Table of Contents

Key To Sources

  • BC : The Bombay Chronicle, daily newspaper published in Bombay.
  • DD : Delhi Diary (Prayer Speeches from 10-9-46 to 29-1-48), M.K. Gandhi,Navajivan Publishing House, Ahmedabad, 1948.
  • EF : The Epic Fast, by Pyarelal. Mohanlal Maganlal Bhat, Ahmedabad. 1932.
  • ER : Ethical Religion, by Mahatma Gandhi. S. Ganesan, Madras, 1930.
  • GIV : Gandhiji In Indian Villages, by Mahadev Desai. S. Ganesan, Madras, 1927.
  • H : Harijan, weekly journal edited by Gandhiji and others and published at Ahmedabad.
  • HS : Hind Swaraj or Indian Home rule, by Mahatma Gandhi. Navjivan Press, Ahmedabad, 1928.
  • LG : Lenin and Gandhi, by Rene Fullop-Miller. Putnam, London, 1930.
  • Auto : The story of My Experiments with Truth by M.K. Gandhi. Navjivan Press Ahmedabad, 1956.
  • SRIS : Self Restraint v. Self Indulgence, by M.K. Gandhi. Navjivan Press, Ahmedabad, Pt. I (1930) and Pt. II (1939).
  • SSA : Satyagraha in South Africa, by M.K.Gandhi. Navjivan Press, Ahmedabad. 1928.
  • SW : Speeches and Writings of Mahatma Gandhi, G.A. Natesan, Madras, 4th Edition, 1933.
  • TI : The Times of India, daily Newspaper published in Bombay.
  • WGG : with Gandhiji in Ceylon, by Mahadev Desai. S. Ganesan, Madras, 1928.
  • YI : Young India, weekly journal edited by Gandhiji and published at Ahmedabad; ceased publication in February 1932.
  • YM : From Yervada Mandir, by M. K. Gandhi Navjivan Press, Ahmedabad, 2nd Edition, 1935.

About This Book

In this work I have essayed to present to the reader the essence of Mahatma Gandhiji's philosophy of life in the form of a Rosary of 366 "Pearls of Thought" one "Pearl" for each day of the year, including the leap year all gleaned from his writings and speeches. The "Pearls" have been so arranged as to make the transition from one thought to the next as smooth as possible, thus enabling the reader to make use of the Rosary either for daily contemplation of the given thought or for continuous reading at a stretch.

Written by : Ravindra Varma
First Edition : January, 1949
Total Copies :85,000 copies, 2009
ISBN :81-7229-059-4
Printed and Published by :
Jitendra T. Desai
Navajivan Mudranalaya,


January 1 :
There is an indefinable mysterious Power that pervades everything. I feel it Power that pervades everything. I feel it though I do not see it. It is this unseen Power which makes itself felt and yet defies all proof, because it is so unlike all that I perceive through my senses. It transcends the senses. But it is possible to reason out the existence of God to a limited extent.

YI, 11 Oct. 1928

January 2 :
I do dimly perceive that whilst everything around me is ever changing, ever dying, there is underlying all that change a Living Power that is changeless, that holds all together, that creates, dissolves, and recreates. That informing Power or Spirit is God. And since nothing else I see merely through the senses can or will persist, He alone is.


January 3 :
And is this Power benevolent or male volent? I see it is purely benevolent. For I can see that in the midst of death life persists, in the midest of untruth truth persists, in the midst of darkness light persists. Hence I gather that God is Life, Truth, Light. He is Love, He is the Supreme Good.

YI, 11 Oct. 1928

January 4 :
I cannot account for the existence of evil by any rational method. To want to do so is to be co-equal with god. I am therefore, humble enough to recognize evil as such; and I call God long-suffering and patient precisely because He permits evil in the world.


January 5 :
I know that He has no evil in Him and yet if there is evil, He is the author of it and yet if there is evil, He is the author of it and yet untouched by it. I know too that I shall never know God if I do not wrestle with and against evil even at the cost of life itself.


January 6 :
We do not know all the laws of God nor their working. Knowledge of the tallest scientist or the greater spiritualist is like a particle of dust. If God is not a personal being for me like my earthly father, He is infinitely more. He rules me in the tiniest detail of my life. I believe literally that not a leaf moves but by His will. Every breath a leaf moves but by his will. Every breath I take depends upon His sufferance.

H, 16 Feb. 1934

January 7 :
He and His Law are one. The Law is God. Anything attributed to Him is not a mere attribute. He is the attribute. He is Truth, Love and Law and a million other things that human ingenuity can name.


January 8 :
Perfection is the attribute of the Almighty, and yet what a great democrat He is! What what a amount of wrong and humbug He suffers on our part! He even suffers insignificant creatures of His to question His very existence, though He is in every atom about us, around us and within us. But, He has reserved to Himself the right of becoming manifest to whom so ever He chooses. He is a Being without hands and other organs, yet He can see him to whom He chooses to reveal Himself.

H, 14 Nov. 1936

January 9 :
TO me God is Truth and Love; God is ethics and morality; God is fearlessness. God is the source of Light and Life and yet He is above and beyond all these, God is conscience. He is even the atheism of the atheist. For in His boundless love God permits the atheist to live.

YI, 5 March 1925

January 10 :
He is the searcher of hearts. He transcends speech and reason. He knows us and our hearts better than we do over selves. He does not take us at our word, for He knows that we often do mean it, some knowingly and others unknowingly.

YI, 5 March 1925

January 11 :
He is a personal God to those who need His personal presence. He is embodied to those who need His touch. He is the purest essence. He simply is to those who have faith. He is all things to all men. He is in us and yet above and beyond us.


January 12 :
He cannot cease to be because hideous immoralities or inhuman brutalities are committed in His name. He is along suffering. He is patient but He is also terrible. He is the most exacting personage in the world and the world to come. He metes out the same measures to us that we mete out to our neighbors men and brutes. With Him ignorance is no excuse. And withal He is ever forgiving for He always gives us the chance to repent.


January 13 :
He is the greatest democrat the world knows, for He leaves us unfettered to make our own choice between evil and good. He is the greatest tyrant ever known, for He often dashes the cup from our lips and under the cover of free will leaves us a margin so wholly inadequate as to provide only mirth for Himself at our expense. Therefore it is that Hinduism calls it all His sport lila, or calls it all an illusion maya.

YI, 5 March 1925

January 14 :
God is not outside this earthly case of ours. Therefore, exterior proof is not of much avail, if any at all. We must over fail to perceive Him through the senses, because He is beyond them. We can feel Him, if we will but withdraw ourselves from the senses. The divine music is incessantly going on within ourselves, but the loud senses drown the delicate music, which is unlike and infinitely superior to anything we can perceive or hear with our senses.

H, 13 1936

January 15 :
God is the hardest taskmaster I have known on this earth, and He tries you through and through. And when you find that your faith is failing or your body is failing you, and you are sinking, He comes to your assistance some how or other and proves to you that you must not lose your faith and that He is always at your beck and call, but on His terms, not on your terms. So I have found. I cannot really recall a single instance when, at the eleventh hour, He has forsaken me.

SW, p. 1069

January 16 :
The divine guidance often comes when the horizon is the blackest.

YI, 27 Aug. 1925

January 17 :
God helps when one feels oneself humbler than the very dust under one's feet. Only to the weak and helpless is divine succor vouchsafed.

SSA, p.6

January18 :
Mankind is notoriously too sense to read the signs that God sends from time to time. We require drums to be beaten into our ears, before we would wake from our trance and hear the warning and se that to lose oneself in all is the only way to find oneself

YI, 25 Aug. 1927

January 19 :
If you would ask Him to help you, you would go to Him in all your nakedness, approach Him without reservations, also without fear or doubts as to how He can help a fallen being like you. He who has helped millions who have approached Him, is He going to desert you?

YI, 1 March 1929

January 20 :
Man's ultimate aim is the realization of god, and all his activities, social, political, religious, have to be guided by the ultimate aim of the vision of God. The immediate service of all human beings becomes a necessary part of the endeavor, simply because the only way to find God is to see Him in His creation and be one with it. This can only be done by service of all. I am a part and parcel of the whole, and I cannot find Him apart from the rest of humanity.

H, 29 Aug. 1936

January 21 :
God is a very hard taskmaster. He is never satisfied with fireworks display. His mills although they grind surely and incessantly grind excruciatingly slow and He is never satisfied with hasty forfeitures of life. It is a sacrifice of the purest that He demands, and so you and I have prayerfully to plod on, live out the life so long as it is vouchsafed to us to live it.

YI, 22 Sept. 1927

January 22 :
God keeps an accurate record of all things good and bad. There is no better accountant on earth.

H, 21 Sept. 1934

January 23 :
If God was a capricious person instead of being changeless, unchangeable living law, He would in sheer indignation wipe out those who in the name of religion deny Him and His Law.

YI, 11 July 1929

January 24 :
God tries His votaries through and through, but never beyond endurance. He gives them strength enough to go through the ordeal He prescribes for them.

YI, Feb. 1925

January 25 :
God to be God must the heart and transform it. He must express Himself in every smallest act of His votary. This can only be done through a definite realization more real than the five senses can ever produce.

YI, 11 Oct. 1928

January 26 :
Where there is realization outside the senses it is infallible. It is proved not by extraneous evidence but in the transformed conduct and character of those who have felt the real presence of god within. Such testimony is to be found in the experiences in all countries and climes. To reject this evidence is to deny oneself.


January 27 :
But it is impossible for us to realize perfect Truth so long as we are imprisoned in this mortal frame. We can only visualize it in our imagination. We cannot, through the instrumentality of this ephemeral body, see face to face Truth which is eternal. That is why in the last resort we must depend on faith.

YM, Chap. II

January 28 :
No one can attain perfection while he is in the body for the simple reason that the ideal state is impossible so long as one has not completely overcome his ego, and ego cannot be wholly got rid of so long as one is tied down by the shackles of the flesh.

YI, 20 Sept. 1928

January 29 :
Our existence as embodied beings is purely momentary; what are a hundred years in eternity? But if we shatter the chains of egotism, and melt into the ocean of humanity, we share its dignity. To feel that we are something is to set up a barrier between God and ourselves; to cease feelings that we are something is to become with God.

YM, Chap. XII

January 30 :
A drop in the ocean partakes of the greatness of its parent, although it is unconscious of it. But it is dried up as soon as it enters upon an existence independent of the ocean. We do not exaggerate when we say that life is a bubble.
January 31 :
As soon as we become one with the ocean in the shape of God, there is no more rest for up, nor indeed do we need rest any longer. Our very sleep is action. For we sleep with the thought of God in our hearts. This restlessness constitutes true rest. This never-ceasing agitation holds the key to peace ineffable. This supreme state of total surrender is difficult to difficult to describe, but not beyond the bounds of human experience. It has been attained by many dedicated souls, and may be attained by ourselves as well.