Selected Letters of Gandhi : Part-1


Chapter-40: Brahmacharya

Real brahmacharya must persists at all times and in all conditions. It is certainly difficult to reach this stage, and no wonder, for our very birth is due to an act of self-indulgence. We are deeply attached to the body which owes its existence to that act. It must be difficult to overcome the inherited tendency to indulgence. However the body is also the temple of the Holy Spirit, and when we have seen the Supreme face to face, brahmacharya becomes a natural state, and remains undisturbed even if the celestial nymph Rambha comes down from the sky and tempts us. Our mother is the paragon of beauty for every one of us. Passion is stilled as we contemplate her beauty. So should it be when we think of every other women.....