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                            Gandhi on Leo Tolstoy
TOLSTOY AND THE CREATION
of A Calendar of Wisdom
INTRODUCTION
                        
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A Calendar
of Wisdom

D A I L Y T H O U G H T S T O N O U R I S H T H E S O U L
W R I T T E N A N D S E L E C T E D F R O M T H E

W O R L D ’ S S A C R E D T E X T S B Y

LEO TOLSTOY

T R A N S L A T E D F R O M T H E R U S S I A N B Y

-PETER SEKIRIN

S C R I B N E R

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Gandhi on Leo Tolstoy

From "The Essential Gandhi," Louis Fischer

[When] I was passing through a severe crisis of seep
ticism and doubt... I came across Tolstoy s book
The Kingdom of God Is Within You, and was deeply
impressed by it. I was at that time a believer in violence.

Its reading cured me of my scepticism and made me a
firm believer in [non- violence]. What has appealed to
me most in Tolstoy s life is that he practised what
he preached and reckoned no cost too great in his pur
suit of truth. . . .

He was the greatest apostle of non-violence the pres
ent age has produced. No one in the West before him or
since has written and spoken on non-violence so fully or
insistently and with such penetration and insight. . .

[His] remarkable development of this doctrine puts to
shame the present-day narrow and lop-sided interpre
tation put upon it by the votaries of Ahimsa in this land
of ours. . . . True Ahimsa should mean a complete
freedom from ill will and anger and hate and an over
flowing love for all. For inculcating this true and higher
type of Ahimsa amongst us, Tolstoy s life with its ocean­
like love should serve as a beacon light and a never-
failing source of inspiration. . . .

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June 26

Love provides a person with the purpose of his life. Intel­
lect shows him the means to achieve that purpose.

In the scheme of the world, a person is no more than a
pine cone, or a weak herb, or a bit of swamp grass, but he
is a grass which possesses some intellect.

—Blaise Pascal

Man differs from other animals only in his intellect; some
people try to develop it and others neglect it, just as they try to
reject those other qualities which differentiate them from the
animals.

—Eastern wisdom

I praise Christianity because it develops, strengthens, and
elevates my intellectual nature.

—William Elllery Channing

If a person lacks intellect, he can not distinguish bad from
good, and so he can neither truly seek nor truly have real
goodness.

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June 27

A good life is given only to those who make efforts to
achieve it.

In order to have a good life, you should not be afraid of
any good deeds. You should have no less power or
strength for small acts than for the biggest and greatest
good deed.

In order not to pour out a vessel full of water, you should hold
it evenly. Inorder to have a razor sharp, you should sharpen
it. The same should happen with your soul if you are looking
for real goodness.

—Lao-Tzu

If there is something great in you, it will not appear on
your first call. It will not appear and come to you easily,
without any work and effort.

—Ralph Waldo Emerson

Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find;
knock, and it shall be opened unto you: for every one that
asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him
that knocketh it shall be opened.

—Matthew 7:7-8

Try to live a good life in accord with the virtues that are
set before you. Perhaps this is a difficult thing, but with
time it becomes more and more joyful.

If you need goodness, follow God’s law. And to follow
the law of God is possible only by making an effort. Not
only is this effort rewarded with a happy life, but even the
effort itself gives the biggest blessing of life.

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December 31

The past does not exist. The future has not begun. The
present is an infinitely small point in time in which the
already nonexistent past meets the imminent future. At
this point, which is timeless, a person’s real life exists.

“Time passes by!” we say. Time does not exist; only we
move.

—After the TALMUD

Time is behind us, time is before us, but in the present there is
no time.

i consist of spirit and body. Time affects the body, but the
life of the spirit has no meaning either in the past or in the
future. All its life is concentrated in the present.

—Marcus Aurelius

Divine spirit is eternal, it exists out of time. Limitless
time and space are divided into small, limited parts to be
used by limited beings.

—Henri Amiel

The soul is put into our body, so that it can understand
the notion of date and time. It contemplates this fact and
calls it “nature.”

—Blaise Pascal

Time does not exist. There is only a small and infinite
present, and it is only in this present that our life occurs.
Therefore, a person should concentrate all his spiritual
force only on this present.

Page 374

Gandhi on Leo Tolstoy

From "The Essential Gandhi," Louis Fischer

[When] I was passing through a severe crisis of seep
ticism and doubt... I came across Tolstoy s book
The Kingdom of God Is Within You, and was deeply
impressed by it. I was at that time a believer in violence.

Its reading cured me of my scepticism and made me a
firm believer in [non- violence]. What has appealed to
me most in Tolstoy s life is that he practised what
he preached and reckoned no cost too great in his pur

suit of truth. . . .

He was the greatest apostle of non-violence the pres
ent age has produced. No one in the West before him or
since has written and spoken on non-violence so fully or
insistently and with such penetration and insight. . .

[His] remarkable development of this doctrine puts to
shame the present-day narrow and lop-sided interpre
tation put upon it by the votaries of Ahimsa in this land
of ours. . . . True Ahimsa should mean a complete
freedom from ill will and anger and hate and an over
flowing love for all. For inculcating this true and higher
type of Ahimsa amongst us, Tolstoy s life with its ocean­
like love should serve as a beacon light and a never-
failing source of inspiration. . . .

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True Ahimsa should mean a complete
freedom from ill will and anger and hate and an over
flowing love for all. For inculcating this true and higher
type of Ahimsa amongst us, Tolstoy s life with its ocean­
like love should serve as a beacon light and a never-
failing source of inspiration. . . .

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